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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Diplomatic Representations
List of the embassies on the website of the Ministry of foreign affairs.
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
There are plenty of taxis (painted in yellow). All taxi drivers speak Chinese; many speak at least some English. In Taipei, you could take bus and metro. It’s convenient and safe. One bus ticket for adult is 15 NTD. One metro ticket is from 20 to 65 NTD (depends the distance). Language of the signalization in the urban transports: Chinese, English.
Maps of Urban Networks
Taiwan.net
Urmap
Taiwan Map

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Taipei - Taoyuan Intl (TPE) 40 km/25 Miles SW of Taipei City; 13 km/8 Miles NW of Taoyuan; 40 km/25 Miles NE of Hsinchu. Tapei: TWD 125-145 / 35-45 min - - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Voyaging by train is convenient and inexpensive. The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) began operations in 2007 and it is far more faster than conventional rail.
Rail Companies
Taiwan Railways
Taiwan high speed rail

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
China airlines National No Yes
Eva Airways Low cost No No
Uni Air Major Yes Yes
Fast Eastern Air Transport Major Yes Yes
Mandarin Airlines Major Yes Yes
Transasia Airways Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
Driving or riding motorcycles is dangerous and should be avoided, even by experienced motorcyclists. Substandard road conditions and local disregard for traffic laws result in frequent accidents that cause serious and even fatal injuries to foreigners. Mountain roads are narrow, winding, and poorly banked.
Road Maps
Freeway Map
Taiwan.net
Find an Itinerary
Mappy
Live search

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Temples, old Taiwanese Hakka, Chinese style house, and the heritages from colonial age. Visit the website of Taiwan.net.
Cultural
Temples, museums, historical sites, traditional arts and cuisine. Visit the website of Taiwan.net.
Nature
Natural parks, forest recreation areas, national scenic areas and ecotourism. Visit the website of Taiwan.net.
Religious
Taiwan's temples, of which there are more than 5,000, lie at the core of the island's religious life as active places of worship. Most temples are either of Taoist, Buddhist, or the less ornate Confucian styles. Visit the website of Taiwan.net.
Thermal
There are many geothermal hot springs throughout Taiwan. The warm waters of these springs, heated and charged by the earth's own energy, are believed to soothe, revitalize and reinvigorate the body. Visit the website of Taiwan.net.
Beach
In south and north of Taiwan. Visit the website of Taiwan.net.
Winter Sports
No winter sports.
Outdoor Activities
Climbing, mountain biking, rafting, scuba diving, golf, surfing, Sailing and Windsurfing. Visit the website of Taiwan.net.
Shopping
Taiwan is an excellent shopping destination, with everything from Ultra-modern shopping malls to traditional markets offering a wide array of goods. Visit the website of Taiwan.net.
Tourism Organizations
Taiwan Tourism Bureau

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
Routine vaccination: Hepatitis B vaccine, DTP(Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), poliomyelitis vaccine(OPV), MMR, BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccine, Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine.
Required vaccination: yellow fever, Cholera vaccine, Meningococcal vaccine.
Recommended vaccination: Hepatitis A vaccine, Rabies Vaccine, flu vaccine.
It is recommended: to boil tap water before to drink it, to avoid to eat in street stall and to wash carefully fruits and vegetable.
International Hospitals
List of hospitals.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Department Of Health.
Center for Disease Control.
Bureau of Health Promotion.
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
US State Department
 

Emergency Numbers

Police 110
Ambulance and Fire 119
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Taipei (GMT+8)
Summer Time Period
None.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Subtropical; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June to August); cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year.
A subtropical climate with moderate temperatures in the north, where there is a winter season. The southern areas, where temperatures are slightly higher, enjoy sunshine every day, and there is no winter season. The typhoon season is from June to October.
For Further Information
Central weather Bureau
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Taiwan is famous for great seafood dishes like grilled or steamed squid, prawn or shrimp. Authentic Taiwanese cooking is also known as Holo or Minnanese. Ginger is the most common spice added. Other food specialties include shrimp rolls, fried eel, baked clams and crabs with rich ginger honey sauce. When frying, Taiwanese use pork fat which provide instant flavor to meats. Dumplings and dimsum are also common in Taipei.
Dietary Restrictions
Culinary restrictions are different from one religion to another.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
New Taiwan Dollar
ISO Code
TWD
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels.
Possible Means of Payment
Cash, major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and (by room guests) most international tourist hotels.

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Speaking

Official Language
Mandarin Chinese.
Other Languages Spoken
Official language: Chinese mandarin, although the Min Nan Hua Taiwanese (dialect of the South of Fujian) and the Hakka (indigenous language) are widely spoken.
Business Language
English
Getting Some Knowledge
Consult Go2taiwan.net.
Free Translation Tools
Yahoo Dictionnary :

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Consult the website Asia Hotel.
Consult the website Asia Hotel.
Consult the website Asia Rooms, Youth hostels.
Taiwan.net
To Find an Apartment

To Find a Job
E-job
104 Human Resource Agency

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