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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Westborough, Massachusetts
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Taiwan Travel Guide
Location: Taiwan (台湾), named "Tai" for short, is situated on the southeast coast of China and borders East Sea to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the east, South Sea to the south and face to Fujian Province across the Taiwan Strait.

Population: 23,373,517

Area: with an area of 36192.8155 square kilometers

Nationalities: Han and Gaoshan Nationality

History: Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. Taiwan was linked together with the mainland in ancient age and then separated due to crustal movement about millions of years ago. Holland and the Spanish Colonial Period
Early in the 17th century, Spain invaded Taiwan and took up some northern and eastern regions. Then in 1642, Holland drove away Spain and occupied Taiwan as its colony as long as 38 years.

Zheng Chenggong Period
In 1662, Zheng Chenggong recovered Taiwan from Holland colonists. Zheng family transplanted political and cultural systems of mainland into Taiwan and developed the international trade.

Qing Dynasty Period
The prime of Zheng Family was in military confrontation with Qin Government. On 8th, July, 1683, Shi Lang, the navy leader in Fujian, was assigned to march toward Taiwan and recaptured Taiwan successfully. In 1684, Taiwan Prefecture was established belonged to Qing Dynasty.

Climate: Taiwan is divided into two climatic regions by the Tropic of Cancer. The northern is subtropical monsoon climate and the south is tropical monsoon climate. Taiwan is surrounded by sea on all sides, so the climate in Taiwan is comfortable all year round. The annual average temperature is around 22℃. Taiwan is one of the regions which have the most abundant rainfall, where the average annual rainfall exceeds 2,000mm.

Transportation: Air- Taoyuan International Airport and Gaoxiong International Airport are two main international airports in Taiwan. Most of international flights take off and land in Taoyuan International Airport. If your destination is northern city of Taiwan, Taoyuan International Airport is the firs choice, otherwise, you could choose Gaoxiong International Airport.

Railway- Metropolises Metro is the main tool of railway transfer in the megapolis such as Taipei. Gaoxiong Metro Red Line was opened on 9th, Marcch, 2008 and Gaoxiong Metro Orange Line was put into operation formally on 21st, September, 2008. Taipei-Gaoxiong High-speed Railway is operated on 1st, Feb., 2007.

Highway- Highway network pervades the whole island and outlying islands areas. Zhongshan Highway and Formosa Highway pass through the Western Corridor.

Waterway- Taiwan is advanced in waterway since it is lined by sea on all sides. Foreign trade mainly relies on marine transportation. Gaoxiong Port, Keelung Port, Taichung Port, Hualian Port and Suao Port are the prime business ports in Taiwan.

Local Specialties: Yingge Ceramics is on behalf of Taiwan ceramic art.

Local Food: Oyster Pancake, Braised Pork Rice, Ice Cream rolled Peanut, Milkfish porridge

Events: Matsu Fete-There are over 870 Matsu Temples in Taiwan. Every March in Chinese lunar calendar, the birthday of Matsu, various grand fete activities are held.

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