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Shaped roughly like a tobacco leaf, Taiwan is 394 kilometers
(245 miles) long and 144 kilometers (89.5 miles) wide at its broadest
point. The Central Mountain Range bisects Taiwan from north to south and
about two-thirds of the island is covered with forested peaks. The rest
of the island is made up of foothills, terraced flatlands, and coastal
plains and basins.
The surface structure of the island is formed by a tilted fault block
running roughly northeast to southwest along the entire length. The steep
slope of this tilted block faces east and the rock mass slopes more gently
to the west. Because of the terrain, scarcely more than one-third of the
land area is arable. The mountains are mostly forested, with some minerals
- chiefly coal - at the northern end.
On the east coast, the mountains fall away steeply to the Pacific. To
the west, the level sediments lie just below the surface of the sea. As
a result, river deposits have filled the shallow waters and extended the
land 15 to 30 km westward from the foothills.
The shoreline of Taiwan is simple and fairly straight. The total length
is 1,566 km (including the Pescadore Islands). Off the southern end of
the island lie a number of coral reefs built up along the island's shores
during the Pleistocene Period. However, the area covered by these reefs
The fundamental topographic feature of Taiwan is the central range
of high mountains running from the northeast corner to the southern tip
of the island. Steep mountain terrain above 1,000 meters elevation constitutes
about 32 percent of the island's land area; hills and terraces between
100 and 1,000 meters above sea level make up 31 percent.
To the west, the physical character of Taiwan changes through the foothill
zone to the alluvial plain. Topographically, the coastal plains and basins
are monotonously flat, except near the foothills.
According to the December 1997 census Taiwan's population
was 21.683 million. At 609 persons per square kilometer, the population
density of the Taiwan area was the second highest in the world after Bangladesh.
Taipei City has the highest population concentration (9,763 persons per
sq. km), and is followed by Kaohsiung City (9,220 persons per sq. km)
in the south. In some parts of the island, such as the Central District
of Taichung City, population density is as high as 36,092 persons per
sq. km. Highly populated urban areas have emerged around metropolitan
Taipei, where seven cities and 22 urban and rural townships of Taipei
County with a total population of 3.26 million form an interdependent
economic and industrial network. In fact, about 59 percent of Taiwan's
population is concentrated in four metropolises (Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung,
and Tainan). The average population growth was higher in the four cities
but the push-and-pull effect of urbanization has slowed down in the last
In summer, the southwest monsoon prevails for about five months, beginning
in early May and ending in late September. During this period, southern
Taiwan usually has wet weather,while northern Taiwan is relatively dry.
The moisture, carried by the southwest monsoon and local terrestrial winds,
falls largely in convectional form.Thundershowers and typhoons often bring
Taiwan heavy rainfall in summer months.
Taiwan lies in the track of severe tropical cyclones known in East Asia
as typhoons. With their violent winds and tremendous rainfall, these storms
often cause heavy damage, especially to crops. However, they are the greatest
source of water in the Taiwan area. An average of three to four typhoons
hit Taiwan every year, usually coming in July, August, or September.
to buy a prepaid SIM in Taiwan by Glen Appleby:
MyFone ( Taiwan Mobile ) shops are everywhere to buy a prepaid mobile
You will need a passport and another form of
ID card ( like a drivers license). No questions asked. It does seem
to take 3 people and a lot of discussion - but as a visitor it was
pain-free and simple.A card cost NT$345 or NT$500 to buy a SIM which
is included as value on the Card. A data pack can be purchased from
that credit with an All You Can Use of 1 day ($125), 3 day ($250),
5 days ($350). So for a few days of high use data, you would buy
the $345 and use that towards the 3 day $250 Data pack with rest
for calls and SMS. For 5 days, buy the $500 and use that credit
on the $350 data pack. It is not cheap but had fast coverage everywhere,
all the time so hard to fault. Google maps uses lots of data and
if you use iPhone and iCloud it is nice to backup all your photos
anywhere. The ad hoc rates are also reasonable.
more here about Taiwan's progress in Green energy and renewable energy
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