Taiwan

Country Information

Located in the Far East just off the coast of China, Taiwan is one Asia’s best kept tourist secrets. With an intriguing blend of modernization and ancient Chinese culture, it is one of the few places in the world where ancient traditions still thrive in the modern world. From the tropical island beaches to the bustling cities with high speed trains, Taiwan is truly a one of a kind gem.

Taiwan is an island that is surrounded by the South China Sea and East China Sea. It is governed by China. It has a strong economy and plays a large role in the global economy. It is home to more than 23 million people.

Language

In Taiwan the majority of people speak Standard Mandarin or Taiwanese. Many also speak Hakka. English is taught as a second language in school.

Religion

In Taiwan more than 90% of the population follows the religions of Buddhism, Confucianism or Taoism. About 5% are of the Christian religion. There is also a small following for the Islamic faith in Taiwan. 

Climate

The climate in Taiwan is marine tropical. The northern part of the island has a rainy season that spans from January to March. From June to September the entire island is subject to hot temperatures and high humidity. The best time to visit Taiwan, weather wise, is when the weather is mild and calm between the months of October and December.

Clothing

Generally, the weather in Taiwan is warm, so it is best to pack lightweight clothing when you are traveling there. It is also advisable to bring a few medium weight garments and some rain gear when traveling to Taiwan.   

Mobile Phones

The international access code for Taiwan is 886. Most international cellphone companies have roaming agreements in Taiwan. The coverage for cellphones in Taiwan is excellent. 

Getting Online & Checking E-mail

There are many Internet cafes in Taiwan. In addition to this, many of the larger hotels offer Internet access for an additional fee. Some offer Internet access at no cost to their customers. 

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Your Personal Assistant's phone number will be provided upon arrival in Taiwan

  • Police Station: 110
  • Fire and Ambulance: 119
  • American Institute in Taiwan:  (02) 2162-2000

Activities in Taiwan

Advisory

Please be advised that you may not be able to participate in certain activities after receiving your medical treatment. For instance, you may be advised to avoid diving, snorkeling, paragliding and hiking while you are visiting Taiwan. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the appropriate activities in which you can participate. 

Taiwan Excitement

The tourism industry in Taiwan is quite large considering it is just one island. There is a host of cultural activities and adventures for visitors to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a day of fun in the sun or a little sightseeing Taiwan has something great in store for you.

Starting off, many visitors enjoy exploring the fascinating city of Taipei. Taipei is home to the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101, which serves as the cities financial center. The building is designed to resemble a towering pagoda. Visitors can enjoy views of the building from the street and views of the city from the building’s observation deck.

Many also enjoy a stroll through the National Palace Museum. There is a huge collection of ancient Chinese artifacts and artwork on display. Much of it used to be housed in Beijing’s Forbidden City. Favorite exhibits include the Jade Cabbage and the Qingming Scroll.

The Longshan Temple is another popular attraction in Taipei. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. Originally built in 1738, it has been destroyed by many things over the years including earthquakes, fires and American bombing during World War II. After each destruction it has been rebuilt by the people of Taiwan, and it is still in use as a temple today.

One-Day Tours

If you are looking for a day trip while you are in Taiwan consider visiting Yangmingshan National Park. Many visitors to the park enjoy a soak in the hot springs or mineral springs. Taiwan’s volcanic origins have left hot springs and mineral springs all over the island.

Kenting National Park is very popular. There are nice beaches and coral lakes for visitors to enjoy along with places for golf and water sports. The park also has a bird sanctuary.

Many also enjoy hiking in the mountains in Taiwan. The Datun Mountains also have both hot and mineral springs. Yu Shan, otherwise known as Jade Mountain is North East Asia’s highest mountain peak. There is also the Taroko Gorge, where towering cliffs poke out of huge marble deposits.

Shopping

Many visitors enjoy the shopping opportunities in Taiwan. The Shilin Night Market is both a shopping and cultural experience all rolled into one. Thousands of stalls and stores sell everything from souvenirs and clothing to pets. There is also games and entertainment, along with delicious cuisine. Popular picks for tourists shopping in Taiwan would include sea grass mats, hats, slippers, handbags, bamboo items, dolls, painted lanterns, silk, teak furniture, jade items, brass ware and chopsticks.

 Nightlife and the Arts

The nightlife in Taiwan is very lively. Many hotels have Western influenced entertainment. In Taipei discos and nightclubs are abundant. Visitors to Taiwan enjoy visiting a KTV, which is like a karaoke bar. There are also closed and open air beer houses. Tea houses are also popular in both the day and evening. In fact, in some areas of the country all night tea houses offer tea along with high quality snacks and meals. For the performing arts, visitors can take in a show at the National Theatre or the National Opera House.

  Spas

In Taiwan many of the luxury hotels contain spas and health facilities. The award winning Villa 32 is a great choice when it comes to spas in Taiwan. Located in Hsin Poitou, the spa boasts the healing powers of the hot springs and has a calm landscape.