Background: In 1895, military defeat forced China to cede Taiwan to Japan. Taiwan reverted to Chinese control after World War II. Following the Communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1946 constitution drawn up for all of China. Over the next five decades, the ruling authorities gradually democratized and incorporated the native population within the governing structure. In 2000, Taiwan underwent its first peaceful transfer of power from the Nationalist to the Democratic Progressive Party. Throughout this period, the island prospered and became one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The dominant political issues continue to be the relationship between Taiwan and China - specifically the question of eventual unification - as well as domestic political and economic reform.
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- November 2nd 2013 Suao to Hualien
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- November 1st 2013 Taiwan - 5 day tour - Day 5 + 6.3 Earthquake :)
by Words: 340 Photos: 30
- August 2nd 2013 Day #122: East Coast cycle path
by Words: 183 Photos: 6
- August 2nd 2013 Day #123: Taroko Gorge
by Words: 335 Photos: 5
- July 31st 2013 Day #121: Hualien
by Words: 176 Photos: 3
- April 1st 2013 Taiwan- Tantalisingly Beautiful
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- February 10th 2013 Hikes, hot springs and Chinese New Year in Yuli
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- February 6th 2013 Gorn to a gorge and gorged on gorgeous gorub
by Words: 1299 Photos: 47
- December 19th 2012 In Search of Animism in Eastern Taiwan
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- October 24th 2012 On the Move....
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- November 5th 2011 Biciklisticna odisejada po vzhodni obali
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- November 3rd 2011 Na obisku na policiji
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- October 31st 2011 Hello Pacific!
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- October 15th 2011 Finally!
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- October 11th 2011 Hualien and Taroko National Park
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- March 18th 2011 Finally!
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- March 16th 2011 Ice cold!
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- March 15th 2011 牛了B! Taiwan Part II: Scooters, Bizarro Hawaii and Mud Hot Springs
by Words: 890 Photos: 11
- March 15th 2011 Trainin’ it
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- August 17th 2010 Taroko Gorge
by Words: 378 Photos: 12