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Tradition meets modernity
Formerly a territory of Imperial China, ruled by an independent government since 1949, Taiwan was viewed for many years only in terms of its economic power, embodying the image of a highly competitive Asian “dragon.” A veritable concentrate of Asian culture, the island has nonetheless forged its own identity as a model of contemporary-minded society. Its bustling capital, Taipei, is an ultramodern urban tapestry of glass and steel. Rising 509 meters (1,670 feet) above the skyline, the Taipei 101 Tower, the world’s third tallest building, lights up in a different color every evening. From the observation deck on the 89th floor, the view extends all the way to the mountains that ring this sprawling, ever-animated metropolis.