Taiwan

Capital City: Taiwan
Timezone: UTC+8
Country Calling Code: +886
Currency: NT$

1 CNY = 4.87 NT$

1 USD = 30.44 NT$

1 EUR = 37.46 NT$

1 GBP = 44.27 NT$

1 AUD = 30.44 NT$

These rates were valid at time of writing.
Please check www.xe.com for exact exchange rates.

Weather & When to Visit

 

Despite Taiwan’s relatively small size, its weather conditions can be vary greatly from the north to the south. The northern part, middle mountain area and western plain are abundant with rainfalls in different periods. There is less rain in southern areas but temperatures on average are higher. The typhoon season usually comes into effect from June to October and predominates on the east coast. Generally winters are cold and summers uncomfortably hot, making autumn and spring best times to visit. For more information, please visit http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/

Events & Festivals

 

Celebrations in Taiwan happen almost every month of the year. Same as in Mainland China, Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival are also important celebrations in Taiwan.

Lunar New Year is Taiwan’s most important festival. It is a month-long extravaganza celebrated nationwide. At midnight on the full moon, fireworks are blasted as it is believed to evict evil spirits off the island. This is a loud but fascinating time to be in Taiwan and is a highly recommended festival to see. Beautiful lanterns are hung from every house, shop, temple and public park, as it is believed to bring good fortune in the coming year. Moreover, there are thousands of lanterns (Tian Deng) released into the sky. And it is also during this time that traditional rice dumplings (Tang Yuan) are consumed in great quantities.

There are many other festivals celebrated during the year. The Ghost Month, Asian version of Halloween, is celebrated during the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It is believed that ghosts of the underground return to this world at the beginning of the month, therefore people burn fake money, food and drinks to honor and appease the dead of Taiwan. Various religious ceremonies are also held around the island. http://www.mofa.gov.tw/gio/festival/index_e.htm

Visas

 

All travelers entering Taiwan are required to have a return ticket or some sort of proof of onward travel. Most countries are allowed to enter Taiwan for up to 90 days without visa. A passport with 6 months validity should be enough. However, please check as policies change all the time. http://www.taiwan.gov.tw/sp.asp?xdurl=subject/Newsubject.asp&id=1&mp=999&ctNode=1951&subjectId1=30&subjectId2=34

Airports

 

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is one of two airports that serves Taipei and northern Taiwan; the other, Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA), is located within Taipei City limits and mainly serves chartered flights, most of which are to and from mainland China, domestic flights, and some international flights.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport has 2 terminals:

  • Terminal 1 is the original international terminal.
  • Terminal 2 is for both domestic and international flights.

It provides free skytrain and shuttle bus services between terminals for travelers arriving, departing, and transferring flights in Taiwan. For more information, please visit http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english http://www.tsa.gov.tw/tsa/en/home.aspx

Things to Consider

 

  • Many businesses and service providers may shut down during Chinese New Year celebrations.
  • Light trousers and a t-shirt will always be considered perfectly acceptable for both sexes.
  • Tipping is not expected in Taiwan. Generally, if you eat in a major hotel or restaurant, there may be a 10-15% service charge, but no tip is expected. As with anywhere in the world, if you regard the service as excellent and in need of showing appreciation, then give the tip you feel is warranted.
  • Gift giving is a more widely accepted way of showing gratitude.
  • No visit to Taiwan, especially Taipei, is complete without a visit to a night market. They offer more than just a huge variety of goods. Most importantly they offer fun, local, or exotic snacks, as well as excitement and pleasure of finding something out of the ordinary that will make a perfect souvenir or a gift.
  • Almost every district has its own night market, some open only on the weekends. The major night markets are located in the Hsimingting district of west Taipei, surrounding the Lungshan Temple and Snake Alley, there is a Chinese Handicraft market near Taipei New Park and the northern suburbs of Shilin and Tienmu.
  • At Dinghao in eastern Taipei is where all of the newest department stores can be found.
  • The university district of Kungkuan is in south Taipei, and the famous traditional Chinese Medicine street is Tihua Street. Take a walk on any night, and you will probably run into at least one night market.
  • It might sound tempting to visit Taiwan during the Chinese New Year celebrations, but while you’re likely to experience some spectacular revelry, you should be aware that accommodation prices always sky-rocket and many businesses and service providers shut down for the period.
  • Motorbikes and scooters are a popular form of transportation with young Taiwanese. You will find them parked along the sidewalk in most roads.
  • Do be careful when crossing the road especially at non traffic light controlled junctions. Motorbikes and scooters may emerge from a small lane nearby without you knowing. Be careful about what you drink in Taiwan.
  • Avoid tap water, ice and fountain drinks like coca-cola since they mix the syrup with tap water.
  • Do not use tap water to wash your toothbrushes either. It is recommended to dispose of toothbrushes after every use.
  • Also be careful with bottle water and dairy, since it is not pasteurized.

 

Important Note:
Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.