To the east of China lies Taiwan, a cluster of islands, that was once part of China. Most countries don’t recognize it today as a country distinct from China. Japan invaded Taiwan in 1895 and took it by force from China. It belonged to Japan until after World War I when it came under the control of the Chinese Nationalists. Today, mainland China is a communist country, while Taiwan remains independently democratic.
Taiwan is a mountainous country with forests, plains and lowlands. It has a tropical climate with seasons of wet and dry weather. The country gets up to 98 inches of rainfall each year and experiences about four typhoons every year. The typhoons often cause mudslides. People build braces on hillsides from lumber and metal to keep the land from sliding during heavy rains.
Taiwan has rich farmland, but it also exports electronics and other goods. It has a strong economy and is growing.
Fun Facts about Taiwan for Kids
- 23,299,716 people live in Taiwan.
- Most people are Buddhist or Taoist.
- People in Taiwan can expect to live 78 years.
- 96 percent of adults can read.
- Cluster: group
- Invade: enter without permission by force
- Communist: a system of government in which no one owns private property. Property is divided among people.
- Typhoon: severe tropical rain storm
All About Taiwan Video for Kids
Check out this cool video about Taiwan for kids:
This is a visual slideshow of the different tourist attractions in Taiwan.
Question: Is Taiwan prone to earthquakes?
Answer: All of the countries in Southeast Asia are vulnerable to earthquakes, including Taiwan.
Map of Taiwan
Here’s a map of the country of Taiwan and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Taiwan! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Taiwan, as though you are actually there!