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A warning at Taipei airport
Up until 1949, the Chinese mainland was controlled by the KMT (Kuomintang). However, in 1949 the communists took control and the KMT, along with approximately 600,000 soldiers and 1.5 million Chinese, fled to Taiwan. The KMT maintained that their move to Taiwan was temporary until they were in a position to take back control of the mainland. This never happened. The KMT named Taiwan the ROC (Republic of China), while the mainland named itself the PRC (People's Republic of China). China regards Taiwan as a renegade state that should be reunited with the mainland; it has missiles aimed at the island. Taiwan, which has one of the healthiest economies in Asia, declares itself an independent country.
Sun Yatsen Memorial, Taipei Looking towards the Taipei 101 building from the 46th floor of the Shin Kong Life Insurance building Looking at the Chiang Kaishek Memorial from the 46th floor of the Shin Kong Life Insurance building
2-28 Peace Park, Taipei National Concert Hall, Taipei National Concert Hall, Taipei
Chiang Kaishek Memorial, Taipei Looking at the National Concert Hall and National Theatre from the steps of the Chiang Kaishek Memorial, Taipei Members of the army outside the National Concert Hall
A busy Taipei street The Taipei 101 building, named after its 101 floors. At 508m it is the tallest building in the world. A busy Taipei street
Many people ride scooters in Taipei. It is easier to weave in and out of traffic. A busy intersection in the centre of Taipei