Taiwan's land territory stretches about 35,980km² making it the 38th largest island on earth and just slightly larger in area than Vancouver Island (31,285km²) in British Columbia, Canada.
Taiwan's geography is defined by two contrasting regions: the rugged, forest-covered, and almost completely impenetrable mountains on the eastern two-thirds of the island, and the flat to gently rolling plains on the western portion of the island.
Taiwan's climate, much like its geography, is divided into two distinct regions: the tropical monsoon climate that dominates the south, and the subtropical monsoon climate in the north. The temperature is mild in winter and hot in the summer. Temperatures rarely dip below 8 degrees Celsius from December to February, while from February to October temperatures tend to get much hotter, peaking in July around 37 degrees Celsius.
Text by Daniel Puiatti