There are some that say when the nationalists were fleeing China they took the nation's best engineers and chefs with them to Taiwan. Whether or not that is the truth or just folklore is up in the air, but the reality is that Taiwan has both excellent engineering and world class chefs. The once sleepy island has boomed into a global power, exporting high tech goods and making a name for itself in international business.

What to do

Be prepared to feel confined when you travel to Taiwan. The small island holds a sea of humanity, making it one of the most densely populated places on this planet. With the people and the endless tall buildings comes a surprisingly pretty nature that is certainly worth exploring. This probably isn't the first place you have read this nor will it be the last, but no trip to Taiwan is complete without a visit to the National Museum. It is a must see for anyone with an inkling of curiosity about Chinese history.

Getting there

Unless you want to take a boat to Taiwan (not recommended), the best way to get there is to fly. Prices on flights to Taipei vary throughout the year so make sure you search our international flights search engine.

Where to stay

Hotels in Taiwan range from the deluxe to the very reasonable. You can also try your luck with hostels on the island.

Looking for those insider travel tips that you just can't find in traditional travel guides? Check out the travel stories about Taiwan submitted by everyday travelers who have been there. If you still have a question or are looking to chat with people who have lived, worked and studied in Taiwan, head on over to the members forums.