Like Hong Kong, Taiwan has a diverse mix of cultures. The small island nation was ruled by Japan for 50 years, then received 2 million settlers when the Nationalists lost the Chinese Civil War to the Communists in 1949. Now, China claims Taiwan as its 23rd province, even though Taiwan governs itself as the Republic of China. But Taiwan has managed to become one of the largest economies in the world with a massive high-tech industry.
I travelled there from May 8 to 20, 2015, staying with my in-laws in Taipei. The following photos are my 28 favourites from the 1500 I took.
Moped scooters are the primary way to get around Taiwan.
Thanks to its climate, Taiwan is able to grow many fresh fruit. Watermelon was in season when we went.
Members of the military perform the changing of the guard at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, dedicated to the leader of the Nationalists that brought them to Taiwan.
Performances dedicated to various gods of Chinese folklore and buddhism.
Most neighbourhoods have temples, where visitors can leave incense, get water, or socialize with their community.
Unlike Hong Kong, Taiwan still has many markets with fresh produce, meat, snacks, clothing, and more.
The best food I had in China was in Taiwan, and the best food I had in Taiwan was fast fry.