Taiwan is not a typical destination for Westerners yet it is popular with Chinese visitors. Taiwan has its own President, constitution, armed forces and currency but is officially called the Republic of China (ROC) despite being part of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
There are many things that run through my mind when I start thinking about my recent trip in Xinjiang, China's far west region, which shares borders with Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and to the south to Tibet.
Back at our hotel, the tsunami watch was on and a security team kept watch, cellphones in hand, waiting for word from the nearby island of Langkawi, which, in the event of a tsunami, would experience the tidal wave.
The night market offers some of the best local fare on the island, without inflated prices or forceful wooing. Since it closes before the night creatures descend on town, you won't have to defend your bounty against the drunks.