Taiwan is the more popular name for the area that encompasses Taiwan, Penghu, the archipelago of 64 islands and islets in the Taiwan strait, Kinmen, a small archipelago, and the Matsu islands.
The largest island, Taiwan is leaf shaped - just under 245 miles long and ranging from 81 to 140 wide.
Taiwan has been colonized by The Portuguese (who called it Formosa) from 1517 - 1624 and the Dutch from 1624-1662, the Spanish from 1626-1642, the Ming and Ching Dynasties of mainland China, and Japan.Now officially known as the Republic of China (since Chiang Kaishek established it in 1945), Taiwan's rich cultural heritage, diverse landscape, and strong infrastructure make it an excellent destination for meetings and events. In fact,Taiwan is investing heavily to construct additional MICE venues in in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung by 2018.
Major attractions include Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, the Temple of Enlightment, and Taipei 101 Tower. Taiwan also the opportunity for relaxation in hot springs in a number of areas including Yangmingshan, Wulai, and Taian.
Popular festivals include the Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and the Moon Festival. Some of the most interesting times of year to plan events in Taiwan include during the Kinmen Mid-Autumn Moon-cake Gambling Festival (gambling for moon-cakes is a dice game), Chinese New Year, and the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition.