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Visitors to Taiwan should ensure that their passport or travel document is valid for at least 6 months and proof of ongoing travel must be held. It is also advisable to carry documents verifying the purpose of your visit. An automatic fourteen-day visa-free privilege is afforded to residents of selected countries and certain nationalities can apply for a thirty-day landing visa on arrival.
All other foreign nationals, not entitled to use the visa-exempt privilege, are required to obtain a valid visa prior to arrival in Taiwan. Visa information can change and should be checked.
Receipts are issued when currency is exchanged and these should be kept if you wish to exchange NT$ before departing the country.
Visitors may take the following into Taiwan duty free:
- Alcohol - 1 litre of alcoholic beverages
- Tobacco - 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 454g (1lb) of tobacco
Penalties for carrying or trafficking illegal drugs are extremely severe, ranging from long prison sentences to the death penalty.
Taiwanese time: GMT + 8 hours
- New Taiwanese Dollar (NT$) - Check current exchange rates
- 100 cents = 1 NT$
- Notes issued NT$1000, NT$500, NT$100, NT$50
- Coins issued in NT$50, NT$10, NT$5, NT$1
Tipping is optional in most situations, although some large hotels and restaurants may add a 10% service charge to the bill. Tip porters around NT$50.
- Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
- Saturday 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan; however many residents also speak the local Taiwanese dialect. English is not widely spoken.
The international dialling code for Taiwan is 886
When making international calls from Taiwan, first dial 002 +country code + area code + telephone number
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- 110 volts and 60 cycles AC
- Flat two and three pin plugs are most common. A universal adapter is an important travel item.
Tap water should be boiled before consumption; however bottled water is widely available.
The standard of medical service available around the country can vary; therefore you should ensure that you have adequate health insurance covering evacuation. Generally, there are no need for inoculations but always check the current situation and vaccination requirements with a doctor when planning your trip.
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As with many Asian countries, situations should be avoided which would cause a loss of "face". Try to steer clear of confrontation as it is not appreciated and will only worsen rather than resolve any situation.
Casual and smart clothes can be worn around city and country locations in Taiwan, although some restaurants and bars do have a dress code. On beaches, topless sunbathing is never acceptable.
A limited number of countries have diplomatic representation in Taiwan.
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|Season||Average temperature||Average rainfall|
|Spring (March - May)||21 - 25°C||193mm|
|Summer (June - August)||24 - 33°C||275mm|
|Autumn (September - November)||20 - 27°C||144mm|
|Winter (December - February)||12 - 29°C||97mm|
Taiwan straddles the Tropic of Cancer in the Pacific Ocean and enjoys a sub-tropical climate with four seasons - spring, summer, autumn, winter.
- Summer - rainfall is at its highest and the weather tends to be hot and humid. Visibility is quite often poor at this time of year due to low cloud and mist and there is also a high possibility of typhoons between June and October.
- Winter - usually mild, however temperatures can drop below average.
In general, lightweight clothing should be worn most of the year and warmer clothes are necessary in the cooler months.
Best time to visit: During the spring or autumn when both humidity and temperatures are comfortable and rainfall is relatively low.
Carry a lightweight jumper as it can be chillingly cold inside air-conditioned buildings during hot weather.
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Getting a rental car online was virtually impossible, so we ended up getting a car with a driver to take us over the North-Cross-Island Highway. Though the roads were treacherous and we only averaged about 35 kph the views and stops here and of the Taroko Gorge and our return up the East Coast Highway were amazing. Our stay at the very "grand" Grand Hotel helped make our stay in the surprisingly nice, interesting and diverse city of Taipei wonderful.
Getting a rental car online was virtually impossible, so we ended up getting a car with a driver to take us over the North-Cross-Island Highway. Though the roads were treacherous and we only averaged about 35 kph the views and stops here and of the Taroko Gorge and our return up the East Coast Highway were amazing.
The Shilin night market is probably the main attraction. Don''t forget to try the fried chicken there as it is the best ever.
The city of Taipei itself is not too large. In all frankness, I think Taipei can be toured in about 2 full days. The Taipei subway is a great way to travel around Taipei. It''s affordable, fast, and clean. It''s so much better than the NYC subway system that I take to commute daily. I was in Taipei for about two days. I visited the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and two night markets. Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is a noteworthy place to visit and it is beautiful. The night markets were fascinating and it was a mecca for exotic foods and drinks. But in all honesty, I think that if you''ve visited one night market, you''ve visited them all.
The Baiyang Waterfall trail is beautiful and easy (strollers can even make the journey) with wide trails and beautiful overlooks. The restaurant beside the post office is good for a quick meal and more predictable and fresh than some of the other restaurants. There is an ATM in the post office.
Ask for Thai restaurant (not takeout) just around the corner. If you can''t take Chinese food anymore, visit Pig&Whistle British Pub in downtown. however don''t order Mexican food in there. Indian Spice Shop is pretty good too. If you are looking for gifts, you must go to Handicraft Mart in Taipei. And don''t be afraid of trying food on the street, cheap, fresh and very good.
Taipei is a nice place to visit. Weather is good and people are certainly friendly when answering queries. Jiu Fen is a very nice place to visit where there are alot of things to buy and a lot of unique food to savour. The place is clean also. We thoroughly enjoy the place with it''s scenery. Would definitely visit Taipei all over again and perhaps would wander further south of Taipei to places like Alishan!
Arriving at the main International Airport (CKS) we boarded the service bus to Taipei Station (we are not backpackers and I am 64). This turned out to be the best choice as the last stop is around the corner (about 300 yards) from the Cosmos Hotel entrance. We tried a coach trip to the scenic north coast, a bit dissapointing, so we went independent! After that and boarded the excellent MRT to the end of the line at Danshui which seems to be a bit of a local holiday town. Very interesting. We spent an evening at the Shilin night market and surrounding area, where we enjoyed amongst other things the best food of our visit to Taipei. Once again the MRT provided our transport. We were in Taipei for only three nights and quite enjoyed it. we did not experience any problems.
I had one day. I visited the National Museum on a friend''s recommendation. It was very interesting and a worthwhile place to see. I also stopped by the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial. Climbing up the stairs to get to the top was reminiscent of a certain scene from Howl''s Moving Castle. I don''t want to give any spoilers here, so if you''ve seen the movie you''ll know! The food from the market areas was cheap. I didn''t find it to be all that delicious though.
I was on a business trip, and did not have much time for sight seeing, however I can recommend a visit to the Grand Palace Museum for an impressive collection of extremely ancient Buddhist artefacts. Also worth a visit is the Confucius Temple, and many other Buddhist temples, within walking distance of the hotel.