The economic marvel of Taiwan has become a star Asian trading nation with a formidable and thriving technology and petrochemicals industry.

Taipei is the capital and main city with a population of 7 million. It has an efficient and modern transport system and is surrounded by mountains that provide an easy to reach breath of fresh air for city dwellers.

It is a truly international city of high-rise buildings and modern infrastructure with a convenient transport system and extraordinary new skyscrapers. Areas to live in Taipei include Songshan where older apartments offer a central yet quiet location and Xinyi, the most modern and high-rise area of the city.

Da’an is a family friendly choice that includes the largest city park while to the north the hot springs of Beitou and the beaches close to Danshui appeal to residents prepared for a longer commute.

Other substantially quieter and smaller cities with a significant number of foreign residents include the sea port of Kaohsiung, 200 miles to the south and laid-back, sprawling Taichung.

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