Being controlled by the Chinese, Dutch and Japanese at different points has left a country in search of its own identity. Gleaming metropolises with bright neon signs have risen from the ashes of dictatorship, making Taiwan the model for progress in Asia, but with a great respect for its history.
Such a modern country should have a transport system to match, and Taiwan doesn't disappoint. Planes fly between the major cities and the buses are regular and comfortable. But for a real treat, take a train from Taipei's bustle to the spectacular natural scenery of the surrounding mountains.
- The high salaries are great for saving money
- There are lots of teaching posts, so with the right qualifications, you have a good chance of finding a job
- Taipei – Taiwan’s constantly-evolving capital is a dynamic, chaotic and exciting place to be.
- South Cross-Island Highway – beautiful mountain scenery and hot springs– what more could you want?
- Lanyu – gorgeous little island where you can meet the aboriginal people of Taiwan.
Things you might not know about Teaching English in Taiwan
- The Taiwanese have, on average, more than one mobile phone per person. That’s more than anywhere else in the world.
- Taipei 101 is the second-tallest building on earth, reaching a staggering 1,667 feet in the air
- A company in Taipei makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate after you’ve finished your dinner!
- It’s common for Taiwanese to burn “ghost money” at Chinese New Year as an offering to their ancestors