Does Taiwan is an independent country ?
For determine if a country is independent, there are eight criteria. Let us exam there criteria in regard to Taiwan.
(1) Has space or territory that has internationally recognized boundaries
(2) Has people who live there on an ongoing basis
(3) Has economic activity and an organized economy. A country regulates foreign and domestic trade and issues money
(4) Has the power of social engineering, such as education
(5) Has a transportation system for moving goods and people
(6) Has a government that provides public services and police power
(7) Has sovereignty
(8) Has external recognition
Taiwan fully meets five of the criteria, but the three other are mainly respected. So Taiwan should be considering like an independent island and country, but in reality it is so much complicated... Indeed, in an official point of seeing, Taiwan belongs to China and is not officially recognized as an independent country on the international scene.
Until 1971, Taipei was recognized as the representative of China to the United Nations Organization; and therefore as one of the five permanent members. However, only 23 of the members of the United Nations recognize Taiwan as independent countries, while the most of them maintains unofficial relations with it for their economic and cultural interests.
In addition, even the population of Taiwan is divided about the independence of the country....
Taichung city government starts since a while to create line of MRT for easily circulate in the city. But the last 10th April, a sad event occurred.
During the construction, one of the pillars fell and came crashing down on the people. The balance sheet is heavy, four people were killed and four others were injured... And at the origin of everything, a simple human error and a negligence in hoisting the girder onto the MRT system's support pillars.
Taichung city is still in shock of the new, while the construction continues to complete this MRT network more quickly...
Article there: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201504100028.aspx
Taiwan is a small island, but where there are so many things to discover! With three exchange friends, we left to discover this island full of surprises.
We began to make our trip over three days, because it was easier to juggle the courses each time.
Therefore, we started our trip on Friday morning in the direction of the natural park of the Taroko Gorge.
Taroko Gorge formed by the river that flows through these great cliffs of marble. The road crosses the mountains and gives stunning views of waterfalls, tunnels, pagodas and temple. As the Park is very large, we could not visit it completely in one day, but we saw the main spots recommended by guidebooks.
On the way we are thus ridden up a bit more than 3000 meters above sea level, allowing us to discover any other landscape that we used to see in Taichung.
This place is really beautiful and very impressive!
Then we went to Hualien, a city in the West coast. We spent the night there.
It is a city by the sea, and one of the only one where there is a real beach.
On the evening we went to a KTV to continue our immersion in the culture of Taiwan. KTV is karaoke, it is a very important place for the Taiwanese, this is an integral part of Taiwan culture. . Many of them take this very seriously and gives rise to performance impressive. For our part we were only very bad singer who made themselves ridicule on stage...
In the morning, we took the car to go to the panoramic tour of the West Coast. All this sea-side has a protected status since 1987; it begins at the mouth of the Hualien River and ends in the South of Taitung. Then, we continued our journey on this road between sea and mountain. On the way we made stops at the most important places to visit the caves of Bashian who pay homage to deities Taoists, on a famous bay for its number of surfers, and at hiking places which gives stunning views of the ocean. Despite the extent of the coast we did not find beaches where we could swim.
We arrived at Taitung on the evening, then we tried to visit the famous Shiben hotstpings. Unfortunately, the only public sources are for boiling eggs and are not bigger than one meter. The only sources for a swim where in the hostels. Therefore, we visited the mausoleum of the martyrs and some rice fields, but it is not a very big city and we were very tired by the road, so we went to have some rest.
The next morning we left early because we had a lot of road before returning to Taichung. We passed through the South and stopped at Kaohsiung on the way. It is the second largest city in Taiwan. It is a very modern city that has grown significantly thanks to its port. We walk a little bit there, and then we went back.
It was a very busy but excellent weekend. We drive almost 800km, but it was very nice.
This is more or less our trip for this weekend...
Keep calm it's just an earthquake!
Earthquakes are so common in Taiwan... And local people seems really like they totally careless. However, yesterday four happen in the day, and for the first time I felt them!
Even if these earthquakes epicenter was not in Taichung, but in Hualien, here, the felt earthquake was at 3! It's a very weird feeling, for the first one I was in my room trying to work and suddenly everything began to tremble, I looked out the window and I saw the building moving. It is really very strange, I felt my body disconnected from my mind. In addition, they lasted a very long few seconds.
During one of them, I was in the street so I didn’t felt it, but the others yes. Four in one day, it is a lot! But even if it’s the little panic at the beginning, because it’s my first time, this is not very serious and we calm down quickly because it’s very common here and building are (suppose to be) built for it….