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The Handy Guide for Foreigners in Taiwan

The Handy Guide for Foreigners in Taiwan

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Following centuries of ethnic cultural assimilation and development, todayTaiwan has a population of about 23 million and an unique culture that is bothrich and diverse. This is the only green island lying on the Tropic of Cancer,with a plethora of natural landscapes that includes mountains, hot springs,lakes, seas, as well as a richness of biological diversity that encompasses
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of these are endemic species, such as the Formosan Landlocked Salmon (
花鉤吻鮭
), Formosan Black Bear (
台灣黑熊
), Swinhoe’s Pheasant (
藍腹鷴
),and Black-faced Spoonbill (
黑面琵鷺
), making Taiwan an important basefor nature conservation. In addition to its cultural and ecological riches,Taiwan also enjoys comprehensive educational, medical, and transportationsystems, along with a complete national infrastructure, advanced informationtechnology and communication networks, and an electronics industry andrelated subcontracting industries that are among the cutting edge in the world.Taiwan is in the process of carrying out its first major county andcity reorganization since 1949. This process encompasses changes in
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direct administration of the central government, will take effect on Dec. 25,
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the pre- and post-reorganization maps.
A Note from the Editor
City and County Reorganization
Old NameNew Name
(from Dec. 25, 2010)
Taipei CountyXinbei CityTaichung County, Taichung CityTaichung CityTainan County, Tainan CityTainan CityKaohsiung County, Kaohsiung CityKaohsiung City
Essential Facts About Taiwan
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36,000 square kilometers
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Taipei City

 
 New Taiwan Dollar (Yuan) /NT$
 
 
Oct. 10
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Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, others
 
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Immigrationand Visas
 
Information for ForeignersWebsite 6
 
International Community ServiceHotline 6
 
Visitor Visa 6
 
Resident Visa 8
 
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Holder Counter 9
 
Visa-exempt Entry 10
 
Landing Visa 11
 
Overstay 12
 
Visa Services 15
 
Priority Counters at ArrivalPassport Control 16
 
Naturalization and MarriageRegistration 16
 
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Discover Taiwan
 
Tourist Information Services 30
 
Taiwan Tour Bus 31
 
Youth Travel Card 33
 
National Parks in Taiwan 33
 
In-depth Travel 38
 
Leisure Agri-tourism 39
 
Arts and Culture 40
 
Museums 42
17
Transportation
 
International Flights/DomesticFlights 18
 
Taiwan High Speed Rail 20
 
Round-the-island Railroad 21
 
Metropolitan Rapid TransitSystems 22
 
Long-distance Bus Service 22
 
Taxis/Car Rental 23
 
Driver’s License andInternational Driving Permit 24
 
Bicycles 26
 
Ship Transport 27
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Eating andDrinking
Taiwan’s Culinary Culture 46
 
Night-market Snacks 48
 
Local Delicacies 51
A Note from the Editor 

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