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By Sandra Scott Food market at night held in most cities. That’s the best and most interesting place to sample the variety of food in Taiwan. Unfortunately, the island of Taiwan is often overlooked as a tourist destination. But it has a fascinating history and many interesting places to visit. Taiwan is officially the Republic of China, not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China. It has a strategic location in the South China Sea between Japan and China. Once called Formosa, it was at various times under control of China and Japan. During the Chinese Communist Revolution, Chiang Kai-shek headed up the Chinese Nationalist Party that was defeated by Mao Zedong, the leader of the Communist Party. Chiang Kai-shek and his supporters were forced to flee to Taiwan where they set up the Republic of China. Kai-shek served as its president until his death in 1975. Taiwan has a democratic and liberal government while preserving ancestor worship and other cultural traditions. For those who are just passing through, the airport offers a free city tour. All travel starts in the capital, Taipei, once the home of the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101. It is located in the