The island of Taiwan is separated from mainland China by the narrow Formosa Strait. Formosa which means “beautiful one” was the name given to Taiwan by Portuguese sailors in the 1500’s. Much of the island is mountainous and forested. On the lower ground in the western part is where most people live. The moist and tropical weather enables farmers to grow crops like rice and pineapples, although only one-fourth of its land can be farmed. Industry and tourism have become very important to the country’s economy.
About one third of Taiwan’s workers now have jobs that specialize in...More