But there’s another China that is completely First World, an island nation that offers a variety of cultural and natural experiences for twosomes. We’re talking about the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan.
If you are considering visiting China but are put off by the logistics of this demanding trip, Taiwan is a brilliant alternative to the China syndrome. Unlike mainland China, no $130 visa is required to enter this green island set 200 miles off the coast.
Taiwan is a feast for the eyes. Picture mist-shrouded emerald mountains dotted by pagodas. The country was once called Formosa, which meant “beautiful” to the Portuguese sailors who named it.
Couples can easily tour all of Taiwan, which is about the size of Maryland. Roads are safe, public transportation fast and clean, and the water drinkable. An adventurous itinerary could take in Taiwan’s exciting capital Taipei, the island's lovely Sun Moon Lake resort, its natural hot springs, and its spectacular parks, waterfalls, and gorges.
And if you were going for the Chinese food…gun your chopsticks. On these pages, you’ll encounter Taiwan’s top attractions for two.