The "other" China boasts some great eating, history/culture, and other urban allures in Taipei, along with some mighty lovely countryside.

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Equal parts handsome, historic, and cutting-edge, Taiwan is terrific

  GoranQ Officially the Republic of China, this island with a population of around 24 million – just a bit larger than the state of Maryland and just under half the size of Scotland – has been in the news lately both thanks to its controversial January 13 presidential elections and to its perennial potential (and especially in the context of other current crises in Ukraine and Gaza) as a world flashpoint due to mainland China´s obsession with eventually and forcibly annexing it. Taiwan is…

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  • As I pointed out in my recent blog post about Taiwan, its second largest city, Tainan is also the country's oldest - celebrating its 400th anniversary this year - as well as its foodie capital. And it earned a spot on CBB´s list of two dozen top destinations for 2024:
  • I recently came across this while surfing YouTube, and I must say, Taroko National Park looks spectacular!
  • Most of my experience with Taiwan has been urban, but this sounds wonderful:
  • Taiwan will now be paying tourists to comet? CNN has the story:
    This popular destination will pay tourists to visit | CNN
  • Ever heard of the Kenting Peninsula? Recently CNN Travel featured it as another of its dozen and a half great Asian destinations that are under the radar:
  • Lonely Planet just came out with a piece on what Taiwan has to offer in the varioius seasons:
    When should I visit Taiwan?
    When to go and what to do when you arrive.
  • Taiwan's most scenic driving route - closed after typhoon damage in 2009 - has just reopened:
    One of Taiwan's most beautiful roads has reopened
    Taiwan's Southern Cross-Island Highway has reopened to the public following a 13-year closure.
  • Taiwan in all its diversity is front and center on the Tripatini blog this week. Check it out!
  • Exactly. In Imperial China, the year was expressed as a measure of the reign of the sitting emperor. (Actually, things were more complicated than that, even, because of the Ten Celestial Stems and the Twelve Earthly Branches used to form the sexagenary cycle of years--see

    It wasn't until the founding of the PRC that Gregorian calendar years were adopted for official use in China, though the Gregorian calendar itself has been used since the founding of the ROC, I believe. I think Japan did/does this, too. I remember seeing weird dates on money or something else official when I was there, and being told it was a "reign year."

    Apparently the year 100 change was not anticipated, at least not early enough or widely enough. But western designers/programmers also failed to anticipate until quite late the need for changes with the coming millennium. Remember Y2K? Slightly different, but similar: old systems pre-Y2K had the "19-" of "19XX" hard-keyed into them or something.
  • So how did they refer to anything before the Republic? The fifth year of the reign of K'ang Hsi? And didn't they anticipate that the two-digit system would run into trouble just after the 99th year?
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