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People tend to think of Taiwan as a small, crowded island filled mostly with electronic factories, and if you stay in Taipei or along the west coast you might indeed maintain that impression. However, the island is also home to high mountain ranges, great beaches and stunning national parks - many with hot springs.


Chinese New Year, Ching Ming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, Spring Scream, Buddha's Birthday, and Mid-Autumn Festival are the traditional festivals celebrated by the Taiwanese all-year round.


Some Taiwanese are superstitious about anything connected with dying - unlucky things should never be mentioned. One thing to note is that the number 4 (four, pronounced 'si') sounds like the word for death in Mandarin. As with mainland China, symbols resembling backwards swastikas are commonly seen in homes and Buddhist temples. They are a Buddhist symbol and have no relationship to Nazism or anti-Semitism.


Taiwan has many forms of transportation. Railways, sea transportation and air transportation are some of it but Tour buses and taxi are the most accessible forms of transportation in Taiwan.


Most people in Taiwan speak both Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. Mandarin is taught in schools, however most spoken media is split between Mandarin and Taiwanese. Speaking Taiwanese under the Taiwanization movement has become a way for the pro-independence Taiwanese to distinguish themselves from the Mainlanders.