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Taiwan

Continent: Asia

Ideal Duration: 5 - 7 days

Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)

Best Time: April - May ; October - December Read More

Budget: Moderate

"The Charming Land of History & Architecture"

Taiwan Tourism

Taiwan is a little island that lies towards the east of China. To its northeast lies Japan and the Philippines are towards the south. Taiwan is very well-known for urban cities such as Taipei, its capital as well as hot springs resorts and beautiful Chinese temples. The nation also boasts of some beautiful landscapes. Cycling along the highway with the Pacific ocean on one side of you is just one of the ways in which you can bask in Taiwan's beauty.

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Tourist Places to Visit In Taiwan

Best time to visit Taiwan

April - May ; October - December is the best time to visit Taiwan

These two time periods are considered to be the best times to visit Taiwan. Between April and May, the weather is warm and not at all humid, making it conducive for travelling around. Another reason is that the festival of the goddess Mazu's birthday is celebrated in April and this is a great time to be in Taiwan. Between October and December, the weather gets chilly and it does not even rain much.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Beautiful landscapes. Kind people. One of the safest countries. Delicious food.

What's Not So Great?

Language problems. Unfavourable weather. Very work-centric culture.

For Whom?

Family groups. Friends. Nature lovers. Temple lovers.

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Exchanging Money in Taiwan

It is recommended to not exchange currency at the airport, as they are quite expensive. ATMs are available almost everywhere for you to use. Banks in Taipei and Kaohsiung will also exchange currency. These banks will also, at times, offer advances on debit or credit cards. Several hotels and stores accept cards, the most frequently used and accepted ones being Visa and Master Card. American Express is accepted really rarely.

Nightlife in Taiwan

Taiwan is exciting and fun during the night. Discos, bars, pubs, clubs, lounges and more make up the nightlife here. Internationally acclaimed DJs can be found performing at clubs in Taipei. You will see that entry fees are far cheaper than other neighboring countries, so you can enter any club without any hesitation, especially if you have a budget in place. Dance clubs are very popular here, and you will find tons of people dancing the night away at any of them. Karaoke nights, or KTV as it is called in Taiwan, are also hugely popular and people spend as much as 12 hours here!

Shopping in Taiwan

The best bit about shopping in Taiwan is its night markets. These markets are open-air ones and are always bustling with people. You can find lots and lots of things to buy here, from food to clothing to souvenirs. Bargaining is allowed. Most of the best night markets can be found in Taipei. However, there are also ones in Kaohsiung and Taichung. Apart from that, there are also several shopping centres in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung.

Festivals of Taiwan

Taiwan celebrates a lot of traditional Chinese festivals. The most popular ones are the Chinese New Year, Ching Ming Festival, where the locals pay their respects to their ancestors, Dragon Boat Festival which includes dragon boat racing, Hungry Ghost Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Hygiene in Taiwan

Water fountains in Taiwan always come with filters so that you can drink from those without any fear. But if you are consuming water from any other tap, make sure to boil it first. Taiwanese restaurants tend to serve slightly undercooked food such as raw meat and seafood, which may or may not suit foreign travellers.

Customs of Taiwan

Do not whistle when in public, as it is considered to be impolite. Tipping is not expected in restaurants or hotels, but the boys who carry your luggage for you do expect some tip. If invited to somebody's home, make sure to take a gift. Never make jokes about death; it is something the Taiwanese despise.

Tips for visiting Taiwan

Always remove your shoes before entering someone's house. Do not point and talk, as it is considered to be rude. Getting angry in public is not at all acceptable. Shake hands when you meet a local, as it is considered the norm.

Food of Taiwan

Taiwanese cuisine does draw its inspiration from Chinese food and cooking. Their food reflects the culture of the aborigines such as Hakka and Hoklo. The most commonly used ingredients in Taiwanese food are chicken, pork, seafood, soy, and rice. The older generation refrains from eating beef. However, beef noodle soup is a very popular dish in Taiwan. Fish such as tuna, sardines, etc. are also consumed on a large scale. There are a lot of fruits in Taiwan, so they are used in meal preparations or consumed as is. These fruits include papayas, starfruit, and other citrus fruits. Taiwanese food makes heavy use of seasonings like sesame oil, soy sauce and rice wine. This adds flavor to the food. Taiwanese cuisine is also known for xiaochi, a snack that has become famous across the globe. Bubble tea is one of the favorite drinks here.

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How to reach Taiwan from India?

The airlines that go from India to Poland are Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Jet Airways, Air India and Hong Kong Airlines.

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