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The economic super-powers of Northern Asia are changing fast (China in particular). Highlights: Sun Moon lake and the surrounding area, Taroko gorge, Alishan mountain range, the whole of the East coast is a delight with amazing mountain and coastal scenery as well as interesting aboriginal areas. Some good beaches in the Southern part of the island, although not on a par with other parts of Asia such as Thailand or the Philippines. Not much of a scene outside of Taipei for those who like to party. Japan is intriguing, confusing and always fascinating - few destinations in the world will have such a lasting impression on you.
Cutting-edge modern and rural-tradition sit side-by-side. Lowlights: To get the most out of a trip to Taiwan you really need your own transport. Japan with a little cash, care and a rail pass is truly one of the highlights of Asia and world travel and very easy to include on many round-the-world tickets or as aside trip (by ferry) from China or S. Highlights: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Mt Fuji, Himeji castle, the public baths, iconic views of Mount Fuji, the learning experience of a visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki plus lots of great places off the tourist trail.
Despite being a island, international connections are easy: To/from Russia, Zarubino (near Vladivostok, the last stop on the Trans-Siberian), there are twice-weekly ferries to Sokcho.
It's around 18hours by boat and for this reason many take one of the regular flights.
Freedom is close to zero, you'll most likely spend every night in Pyongyang and all your accommodation, guide, transport (tour bus - although there is a metro system you get to ride on as part of your tour - the deepest in the world no less - all public transport is off-limits) and food will be pre-paid and provided for you.
You will get state-run TV in your hotel room and will see/hear all the state propaganda you might expect on the TV and in all forms of media you come across.
While same-day banging is possible, the more likely outcome from a daytime meet is a phone number after 5-30 minutes of chat. (Side observation: In the history of the universe I doubt any guy has pulled a one-night stand with the designated driver) The newbie gamer should stick with day approaching, since he can have initial success (phone numbers) with weaker game.
As you can see, day game requires at least one extra date. A better option is to prolong the meet, but logistics are rarely favorable to do that.