The volcano is perhaps the only category of natural disaster that has major tourist appeal. Mildly active volcanoes draw crowds with molten-lava activity, otherwordly geological features and nearby hot springs. Among this slide show of the world's top viewer-friendly volcanoes, some are easily recognizable, while others are exotic - some are sleepy, while others catch headlines with their fiery theatrics.... Read More
For many Westerners, all knowledge of Taiwan comes from labels-our mind's eye conjures the city as a giant industrial hub packed with factories, stores brimming with cheap plastic souvenirs, and narrow streets jammed shoulder-to-shoulder with day laborers. Taiwan's identity beyond a manufacturing center is something of a puzzle. Few people think to peek behind its hazy veil to the verdant mountains and dramatic river gorges, the cartoon-decorated streets and priceless art collections.
Once you do look though-and now is an ideal time, since the International Flora Exposition is in full swing through April-you'll be reluctant to take your eyes away. This island confounds expectations and over-delivers at every opportunity, often with Lite Brite-inspired special effects.... Read More