Taiwan Travel Tips - with Wired Destinations
around Taiwan is easy and convenient. Domestic airlines provide daily
flights between Taipei and other major cities, as well as to nearby
Green and Orchid Islands and the Penghu Archipelago.
express buses connect Taipei with all major cities and most major
scenic spots, and reserved-seat, air-conditioned express trains provide
fast, comfortable service around the island. Rental cars are also
available. Fares for buses and trains are quite reasonable. Taxi
charges are NT$65 for the first 1.65 km and NT$5 for each additional
350 meters. An additional NT$5 is charged for every three minutes of
waiting, and a 20% surcharge is added to fares between l l p.m. and 6
a.m., the price of radio cars, and carrying luggage in the boot adds
belongings are duty-free, but stereo sets, TVs, and video recorders
must be declared. Each person may bring into the ROC, duty free, one
liter of alcoholic beverages, 25 cigars, 200 cigarettes, or one pound
of other tobacco products.
than NT$40,000 in cash (or its equivalent in foreign currencies) may be
brought into the country by each passenger. Unless declared upon
arrival, no more than US$5,000 (or an equal amount of other currencies)
may be taken out of Taiwan. Up to NT$40,000 in notes and 20 coins (of
the types in circulation) may also be taken out.
for carrying or trafficking illegal drugs are extremely severe, ranging
from long prison sentences to the death penalty.
Public holidays and festivals
- Jan 1 2002 Founding Day of the Republic of China/New Year's Day
- Feb 12-14 Chinese New Year
- Apr 4 Tomb-Sweeping Day and Anniversary of President Chiang Kai-shek's Passing
- Jun 15 Dragon Boat Festival
- Sep 21 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
- Sep 28 Teacher's Day (Confucius Birthday)
- Oct 10 National Day. Oct 25 Taiwan's Retrocession Day
- Oct 31 President Chiang Kai-shek's Birthday
- Nov 12 Dr Sun Yat-sen's Birthday; Cultural Renaissance Day
- Dec 25 Constitution Day
Republic of China's unit of currency is the New Taiwan dollar (NT$).
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and
Major credit cards are
accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at some tourist-oriented
businesses and by room guests at most international tourist hotels
(keep the receipts if you'll want to convert unused NT dollars back to
foreign currency before departure).
visas for the Republic of China can be obtained from the ROC Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and ROC embassies, consulates, or designated
representative offices in foreign countries.
nationals may obtain a tourist visa to visit the Republic of China for
purposes of sightseeing, business, family visits, study or training,
medical treatment, or other legitimate activities. Tourist visas may be
single- or multiple-entry, and allow stays in the ROC for two weeks to
privileges are afforded to citizens of the United States, Japan,
Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium,
Luxemburg, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal.
Climate and weather
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
The typhoon season is from June to October.