I worked and lived in Taiwan for 12 years. The subtropical island of alpine peaks, deep marble gorges, wooden abacuses and glassy high-rises is one of my favorite places in the world (except for its strong earthquakes and powerful typhoons).

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Pineapple farmers enjoy a midday break on the steep hillsides of northern Taiwan.

Motorcycle cart

Taiwanese work hard. Morning, afternoon and night this man makes the rounds to gather cardboard for recycling.

Folk god tall TW

Taiwan is home to many Chinese folk festivals. It is a colorful society: lucky gold and happy red abound.