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Taiwan Tourism

Continent: Asia

Ideal Duration: 5 - 7 days

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

Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)

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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Regions in Taiwan

The major regions of Taiwan are Northern Taiwan, Central Taiwan, Eastern Taiwan, Southern Taiwan and the Outlying Islands. The former is dubbed the technology hub of the island and also holds Taipei. Central Taiwan is well known for its natural beauty in the form of serene lakes, majestic mountains and national parks. Eastern Taiwan is divided from the rest by the central mountains and also contains oodles of charm. Southern Taiwan boasts of fun beaches and cool palm trees whereas the Outlying Islands are popular for weekend getaways.

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.

Stay options in Taiwan

Accommodation is not a problem in Taiwan, especially if you're traveling on a budget. There are plenty of hostels in Taipei and other cities that you can stay at. People also like to stay in motels, as they are often quirky and fun. These motels are also cheaper options. Apart from these, you can choose from the various camping facilities or from the variety of hotels and beach resorts that are available. From little ones to the more expensive and stylish ones, Taiwan has it all. Western hotel companies such as Hyatt, Westin, and Sheraton can be found in Taiwan as well.

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Currency of Taiwan

New Taiwan Dollar is the national currency. The most frequently used notes are TWD 100, TWD 500 and TWD 1000. Coins of denominations TWD 1, TWD 5, TWD 15, TWD 20 and TWD 50 are also used here. The best exchange rate will be received if you convert from USD. Torn or damaged notes will not be accepted here.

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.

History of Taiwan

The Taiwanese aborigines, the first to inhabit Taiwan, were entirely reliant on agriculture. The Dutch arrived and colonized the island. Post that, a lot of immigrants began flowing in, including the Hakka immigrants. The Spanish came to try and assert their authority in Taiwan, but the Dutch drove them out. This was followed by the arrival of the Ming and Qing dynasties. After the first Sino-Japanese war, Taiwan went into the hands of the Japanese. After the end of World War II, China took control of Taiwan. In the 1980s, the first direct presidential election was held in Taiwan, post which rapid industrialisation took place.

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.

Culture of Taiwan

Being hospitable is a big part of the Taiwanese culture. They treat all guests with utmost respect. The Taiwanese to this date, hold close to them their superstitions and beliefs in bad omens, so it is important that you know this before travelling there. Their culture is also quite work-centric. Work is worship, as they say. The three main religions of Taiwan are Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Other religions include Christianity, Mormonism, Hinduism and Islam. Mandarin is the lingua franca of Taiwan. Other aboriginal languages are also spoken here.

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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