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About Taiwan

  1. General Information

    Taiwan's total land area is about 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles). It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends. It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China-- an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. To the north is Japan; to the south is the Philippines. Many airlines fly to Taiwan, making it the perfect travel destination.

    Taiwan lies on the western edge of the Pacific "rim of fire," and continuous tectonic movements have created majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, coastlines, and other natural landscapes. Taiwan's tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons. There are about 18,400 species of wildlife on the island, with more than 20% being rare or endangered species. Among these are the land-locked salmon, Taiwan serow, Formosan rock monkey, Formosan black bear, blue magpie, Mikado pheasant, and Xueshan grass lizard.

    The cultural aspects are also not to be missed. The blending of Hakka, Taiwanese, indigenous people and mainland Chinese cultures has produced a rich plethora of cultural and social color. Whether it is religion, architecture, language, living habits, or food, it's just one big exciting melting pot! Food is the best representative of this cultural mixing and matching. Aside from cuisines from different parts of the mainland such as Zhejiang, Hunan, Guangdong, Yunnan, Shanghai, Beijing, Sichuan, and others, there is also the local Taiwanese cuisine as well as the local delicacies of each area.

           
  2. Climate

    Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. Weather conditions fluctuate during spring and winter, while in summer and autumns the weather is relatively stable. Taiwan is extremely suitable for traveling, as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius with the lowest temperatures on the lowlands generally ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). Therefore, with the exception of a few mountain areas where some traces of snow can be found during winter, no snow can be seen in Taiwan. During raining season (March to May), continuously drizzling rain will sometimes fall on Taiwan. When visiting Taiwan during this period, remember to carry an umbrella at all time. Although it might seem romantic to have a stroll in the rain, it is no fun to travel when you're soaking wet. During the summer time (June to August), typhoons sometimes approach or hit the country.

  3. Currency and Banking/Credit Cards

    The official currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$); it is a decimal currency with units in dollars. Currently one US Dollar can exchange for about 33.5 NT dollars. (For major foreign currency exchange rates, please refer to Currency Conversion 1,and Currency Conversion 2)
    Major credit and charge cards like American Express, Visa, Diners and Master are widely accepted by establishments in Taiwan. Normal bank opening hours are Mondays to Fridays: 0900hrs to 1530hrs. Most banks handle travelers’ checks and change foreign currencies.

  4. Electricity

    Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer. Many buildings have sockets with 220 volts especially for the use of air conditioners.

  5. Local time

    Taiwan’s Standard Time is GMT +8 hours. (no summer daylight saving time)

  6. For the "Tour Taiwan" app or any further information, please visit the website:

    http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0017805
    http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/

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