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Taiwan is an island located about 100 miles from China It was originally part of China But in 1949 the communists seized Mainland China forcing the nationalists to retreat to Taiwan From then on Taiwan is also known as Free China The leaders of Republic of China Free China hoped someday that the communists will be driven out of China Therefore they start to build Taiwan as a military base for such purpose However their dreams were never accomplished instead their efforts turned Taiwan into a economic powerful country This is also known as the Taiwan Miracle There is another interesting information about Taiwans name Despite Free China Taiwan also has two other names Taiwan the one we call it and Formosa Lets talk about Taiwan first Taiwan means terraced bay to the mountain tribal people who originally lives in Taiwan When the immigrants from China migrated to this island 3 hundreds years ago they kept hearing the tribal people calling the place where the Chinese landed Taiwan Therefore they assumed that the island is Taiwan Formosa on the other hand was called by the Portuguese sailors in the 1600s It means beautiful island Therefore there are still people referring Taiwan as Formosa when they try to beautify Taiwan today Taiwan is a sub-tropical country that that is warm most of the year The Tropic of Cancer passes through Taiwan in the southern part Therefore snow is unusual to most the Taiwanese here But there are some places up in the high mountains that do get cold enough to snow Because the land is hot and humid it is the best for growing rice and other farm products The farmers in north can grow two crops of rice a year in the north and three crops a year in the south There are mostly mountains in the north part of Taiwan while plate farmland in the south The government of the Republic of China has
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