Situated just 161 kilometers off the south west coast of China in the China Sea,
Taiwan (meaning Terraced Bay) is a mix of mountainous land and bustling cities. The east of the island is particularly mountainous at Yushan National Park, while its capital city Taipei is up north.
While Taiwan is the island’s official title, it also has two others which are regularly used by other people. These are Formosa (Beautiful) and the Republic of China, the latter shedding some light on the country’s troubled past. In 1949 the Chinese Communists gained full control of the island in 1949, but in more recent years things have changed. Although it is still part of China, in 1996 the very first direct president elections were held and in 2000 the Democratic Progressive Party won the next presidential election, ending 55 years of Nationalist Rule.
Today approximately 85% of Taiwan’s populations are Chinese. The country’s biggest industries are food crops such as rice, vegetables and fruit, along with fish. Manufacturing makes up approximately 40% of the country’s gross domestic product, while various service industries account for the remaining 60%.
Most visitors from North America, Oceania and Europe can enter Taiwan on their passport alone once it is valid for 6 months after the date of entry. Anyone planning to stay longer can purchase a ‘landing visa’, which permits stays of up to 30 days. To ensure you are fully aware of the entry requirements into Taiwan it is advised that you contact your embassy before traveling.
Note: Your passport or travel documents must have at least 6 months validity.
Taiwan’s currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT), which is divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of NT$50, NT$100, NT$500 and NT$1,000. Coins in circulation are NT$50, NT$10, NT$5, NT$1 and 50c.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
The two main languages spoken are Mandarin and Taiwanese, but there are various dialects spoken around Taiwan.
North and south experience totally different weather. Southern Taiwan enjoys a more tropical climate whereas in Northern Taiwan it gets far, far colder. There are four seasons, just like most countries in the world. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit, as the temperatures don’t get too high or low for traveling, while summer is extremely hot and humid, and in winter will be cold.
Tipping isn’t a part of Taiwanese culture but some services such as taxi drivers are usually tipped. Hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge most of the time.
Drivers and Guides are expecting some reward as a gesture of satisfaction. We suggested US$10.00 per person per day for sit-in-coach group tour and US$15-20 per person per day tipping for private mini van driver and the local guide(s) if their services are good.
It's absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage
THINGS TO SEE IN TAIWAN
Taiwan covers approximately 35,000 square kilometers and each part of the island has its own qualities. The focus point of northern Taiwan is the capital, Taipei. Central Taiwan is best known for another city, Taichung, as well as the island’s tallest mountain, Jade Mountain (3997m).
Taipei itself is a typical Asian city. It is busy, full of people and cars and gets clogged up with smog. Its second largest city, Kaohsiung, isn’t as frequented with visitors as it is more industrial, while the third largest, Taichung, is a good base if you plan on doing some hiking in rural Taiwan.
If you have the time, and if you want to get off the beaten track, then you should make the effort and leave mainland Taiwan for one of the surrounding islands. Lanyu (Orchid Island) just 80km east off the coast of Taichung is regarded as one of Taiwan’s hidden treasures, while Green Island (also off the east coast) and Liuchiu Island off the west coast are also worth the small journeys.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Taiwan are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG)
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge.
Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm
More travel information about Taiwan please visit: www.taiwantourism.org