Taiwan is an island nation in East Asia. The People’s Republic of China borders the country to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. The capital city, Taipei, boasts of its stunning sites that blend culture with modern entertainment.
The official language of the country is Mandarin Chinese. However, many people still speak the native Taiwanese tongue. The folk religion is the most popular belief in Taiwan. It is a mixture of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The purer form of Buddhism is also popular, as well as Christianity.
The official currency is New Taiwan Dollar. The approximate exchange rate is NT$32 for US$1. Currency exchange is available at bureaus de change. However, the exchange rate at ATMs is usually more attractive. Keep the receipt, in order to reconvert the local currency before departure. Also, the easiest currencies to exchange would be US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Hong Kong Dollars, and Yen.
ATMs are available in big cities, towns and airports. Most of them accept international cards. You can also use all major credit cards in hotels, large shops, and restaurants. Traveler’s cheques are acceptable as well. However, to avoid additional charges, take them in US Dollars only.
Taxis are widely available and inexpensive. They all have meters. However, if you want to rent a car, you can do it in one of the major towns. The minimum age to rent a car is usually from 20 to 25, depending on the company. Also, the tourist board advises visitors to hire cars with drivers.
As for electricity, Taiwan uses type AB sockets. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 110V.
One way to experience the Taiwanese hospitality is through the cuisine. The cuisine is a combination of Chinese cuisines, Japanese specialties, and local cuisines from Hakka stir-fries to Taipei beef noodles.
The country is popular for Ilha Formosa, a beautiful island with lofty sea cliffs, shimmering gorges and tropical forests that mark the start of your journey to Taiwan’s alpine peak. When in Taiwan, you will be greeted with the question “Have you eaten?” It is their way of greeting people. Culturally, you must answer in the affirmative.
August 15, 2016 12:00 am 2 Comments