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Location: Eastern Asia, islands bordering the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, north of the Philippines, off the southeastern coast of China
Geographic coordinates: 23° 30' N, 121° 0' E
Coastline km: 1,566.3 km km
Climate: tropical; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June to August); cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year
Terrain: eastern two-thirds mostly rugged mountains; flat to gently rolling plains in west
Elevation: lowest point: South China Sea 0 m highest point: Yu Shan 3,952 m
Natural hazards: earthquakes and typhoons
Currency: new Taiwan dollar (TWD)
Population: 23,036,087 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Mandarin Chinese (official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects
Divisions: includes main island of Taiwan plus smaller islands nearby and and off coast of China's Fujian Province; Taiwan is divided into 18 counties, 5 municipalities, and 2 special municipalities: counties: Chang-hua (Changhua), Chia-i (Chiayi) [county], Hsin-chu (Hsinchu), Hua-lien (Hualien), I-lan (Yilan), Kao-hsiung (Kaohsiung) [county], Kin-men (Kinmen), Lien-chiang (Lienchiang, also Matsu), Miao-li (Miaoli), Nan-t'ou (Nantou), P'eng-hu (Penghu), P'ing-tung (Pingtung), T'ai-chung (Taichung), T'ai-nan (Tainan), T'ai-pei (Taipei) [county], T'ai-tung (Taitung), T'ao-yuan (Taoyuan), and Yun-lin (Yunlin) municipalities: Chia-i (Chiayi) [city], Chi-lung (Keelung), Hsin-chu (Hsinchu), T'ai-chung (Taichung), T'ai-nan (Tainan) special municipalities: Kao-hsiung (Kaohsiung) [city], T'ai-pei (Taipei) [city]
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By Steeno , 11-05-2010
close but not quite right - but as with EVERYTHING in taiwan there is garbage and pollution everwhere. somehow the locals don't see any of it but to everyone else in this world this would be a place of complete tragedy. stunning mtn views and epic wind but a complete and total disregard for the environment. they would rather make factories that pollute than make fun. take two showers when you come out of these places as the industrial pollution will leave your skin itching. but while you're there make sure you pump your small kite and get ready for some epic riding.
By Anonymous , 31-05-2009
Mr - Neipu, Suao, Guan Yin and Baishawan are excellent Kiteboarding spots - Guan Yin has the best winds but the beach is deserted.
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