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Astounding, accepting and overwhelmingly cool... Taiwan is the gateway to Asia you’ll never want to close.

One of the first things you witness while walking bleary-eyed through Taipei’s airport is a Hello Kitty immigration desk. You pause for a moment wondering if the flight has taken its toll on you, but no, it’s really there – complete with Hello Kitty passport scanners. No sight could better prepare you for the bustling hub of activity, technology and brilliance that is Taipei.

If you’re the kind of holidaymaker who revels in sharing your photographic expertise and rubbing your incredible trip in the faces of your coworkers and friends, Taiwan is most certainly for you. And Taipei 101 is the ideal place to start. This gorgeous structure is the eighth-largest building in the world, standing at an impressive 101 floors and featuring a huge shopping centre and world-renowned dumpling restaurant at its base. In comparison, The Shard in London looks like a cold day in the locker room. From the huge, air conditioned viewing platforms, you can take in the depth and breadth of the capital itself, a sprawling metropolis that abruptly stops to make way for lush green foliage and sloping mountains – picture every futuristic anime city you’ve seen and you’d get pretty close.

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This month, GT reflects on the tragic events that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on 12th June. We pay tribute to those we lost that night and we have reactions from leading figures in the political and LGBTQ* worlds including: David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, Peter Tatchell, Asifa Lahore, Michael Cashman and Mas Naina. Also in this issue: All Saints. Courtney Act. Orange Is The New Black's Kate Mulgrew and Selenis Leyva. Hawaii fashion shoot. Simon Callow. Bright Light Bright Light. Right Said Fred. Matt Hunt. Alexi Kaye Campbell. Travel: Taiwan and our guide to the best road trips. Don't forget all the regular features: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night dining with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. The Guyliner. Ask Aled. Benjamin Cohen. Modern Family. PJ Brennan. Sex with Josh Sabarra. Property tips. Plus much more...