Keelung locates at the northern Taiwan, with mountains surrounding on three sides, while Donghai (The Eastern Sea) in its north front. Serving as a natural harbor with the immense water, Keelung has its bay cut into downtown deeply. Within the city are much more slopes than planes, and moreover, the protective Keelung Islet and Hoping Islet screen on both sides of the water. These factors mentioned above have contributed to this natural and strategically difficult point, which combines roles of commercial, military, and fishing harbor, yet most importantly, keeps guard at the gates of the whole Taipei area.
There are actually several temples that provide economic accommodations for foreign visitors. However, one must be aware that these are not Holiday Inns. Monks and Nuns expect everyone to abide by the rules of the monastery, though they generally understand the differences that foreigners sometimes bring to their situation. Expect to get up early and go to bed equally early. Food is well rationed, but don't be disappointed when dinner isn't rack of lamb. All monasteries are vegetarian, and that said, moderate in their culinary habits. Therefore, it is a given that one must finish everything on his or her plate.
Changhua is embraced by mountains to the east, south and north, with the peak of Bagua Mountain (Baguashan) towering above them all and the Taiwan Strait to the west. The resulting warm climate and moderate rainfall provide an ideal environment for farming, earning Changhua the nickname of "Taiwan's granary." The county was originally known as "Banxian," after a local indigenous tribe. During the Yongzheng period of the Qing dynasty (1678~1735), this region was settled by Chinese immigrants from southern Fujian.
Nantou County lies at the geographical heart of Taiwan and is the only county that does not border the coast.Nantou County occupies an area of about 4,100 square kilometers. It is home to Taiwan's highest peak, Yushan (Mt. Jade), and 41 other 3,000-plus-meter mountains that form an unbroken and undulating expanse of green. Taiwan's longest river, the Zhuoshui River, winds through the county, and the island's most beautiful lake, Sun Moon Lake, completes the county's scenic tapestry.
Yunlin is located in the south-central part of western Taiwan at the northern end of the Jianan Plain. Nantou County lies to the east and the Taiwan Strait to the west, the Beigang River and Chiayi County define the southern border, with the Zhuoshui River and Changhua County to the north. Plains account for nine-tenths of the county area, while mountainous areas make up the remaining 10 percent. The county has a subtropical climate and a year-round average temperature of 22.6 degrees centigrade. Administratively, it is divided into 20 townships and cities, all in flatland areas except for the three mountainous areas of Douliu City, Gukeng Township, and Linnei Township.
Named after the goddess Mazu, the Matsu Islands are composed of dozens of islands, including Nangan, Beigan, Juguang, and Dongyin. The chain occupies the northernmost edge of the Taiwan-Penghu-Kinmen-Matsu area at the west-northwest side of the Taiwan Strait, just a stone's throw from mainland China. During the opposition to the mainland communist regime, Matsu served as Taiwan's front-line defense, turning the island landscape into battlefield scenes of psy-war slogans, defensive tunnels, and troops.