The beautiful island of Taiwan is an attractive blend of tradition and modernity - it's not surprising that Portuguese sailors of old gave it the nickname "the magnificent island". Wherever you go, you'll be struck by unexpected sights, such as a Dao fisherman decorating his boat on Orchid Island , the flight of butterflies in the Purple Butterfly Valley, or an ancestral ritual in Tainan, the oldest town on the island. Soak up the calm and tranquil atmosphere on the shore of the Lake of the Sun and the Moon , worthy of a painting by an old master, or admire the breathtaking scenery of the stunning Taroko gorge.However, Taiwan would not be Taiwan without its vibrant capital Taipei, where the towering, ultra-modern Taipei 101 stands alongside lavish temples and typical night markets. And in no time at all, you can leave the noise of the city again to relax in the hot springs at Beitou, one of the country's thermal spas, or to recharge the batteries in the magnificent mountains of the Yangmingshan national park. Such is the charm of Taiwan!
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