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Taiwan - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

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

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

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
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

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
Find an itinerary: Mappy

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

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.
For further information on sanitary conditions: Department Of Health.

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Taipei (GMT+8)
Summer time period: None.
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.
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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 taboos: Culinary restrictions are different from one religion to another.

Speaking

Getting some knowledge: Consult Go2taiwan.net.
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