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Gay Travel: Taiwan's Tasty Charms
We once had an elderly friend who made the first of his many visits to China way back in 1939 - and who routinely, repeatedly, shared with us that "once you see China, once you have visited the culture, your perspective on life on this planet will be forever altered." Mark my words, ducky. Or as the ancient Chinese proverb has it, "Don't listen to what they say. Go see."

Seeing is believing, as the Portuguese explorers determined in 1544 - and their first sighting of Taiwan caused them to re-christen the island "Formosa" for "beautiful island." A tropical paradise with its own indigenous culture and cuisine, Taiwan, much like Hawaii, retains a special place in the heart of those who visit.

Centrally located in East Asia, less than 75 miles off the eastern coast of mainland China, Taiwan (also known as Republic of China, which is not to be confused with mainland People's Republic of China) attracted more than six million visitors in 2011 (an increase of more than 100% over the past decade).

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Published on:  April 6, 2012

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