Where is Taiwan located on the map?

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Where is Taiwan located on the map?

One of the most annoying things about living in Taiwan is hearing your friends and family think you live in Thailand rather than Taiwan. So here is a post you can link to explain that Taiwan is actually a different place without its own culture, history, and ladyboys.

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Taiwan is an isle of convergence in the western Pacific. It occupies a place where the Asian continent borders the Pacific Ocean. It is where the Kuroshio Current joins the Oyashio Current and it is where ships going north meet vessels headed south. Taiwan is also an island that accommodates extremely different ecosystems. Tall mountains stand adjacent to deep ocean waters. Frigid zone flora and tropical forests live side-by-side. Within half an hour, one can drive between mountains and the oceans or shuffle between tropical and frigid zones. Since ancient times, people of different ethnic groups and from various countries have been attracted to this island. This combination of different languages, cuisines and cultures has formed a dynamic natural and man-made landscape, engendering a plural and integrated story of Taiwan.


Taiwan is situated at the meeting of the Eurasian and the Philippines Sea tectonic plates. Over time the collision of these plates created a dramatic uplift in Taiwan’s terrain, producing the seacoasts, plains, hills, valleys, and mountains that make up the abundant topography of the island. Despite the limited area of this small island, totaling only 36,000 square kilometers, one can observe tropical coral reefs and frigid zone forests at the same time. Rare life forms that survived the Ice Age can still be found in the higher elevations today. Indeed, Taiwan is an ecological treasure-trove, a virtual microcosm of the ecosystems of the northern hemisphere of the earth.


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