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The Handy Guide for Foreigners in Taiwan

The Handy Guide for Foreigners in Taiwan

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Published by: NSENGIYUMVALADISLAS on Sep 28, 2011
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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
of these are endemic species, such as the Formosan Landlocked Salmon (
), Formosan Black Bear (
), Swinhoe’s Pheasant (
),and Black-faced Spoonbill (
), 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
direct administration of the central government, will take effect on Dec. 25,
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
36,000 square kilometers
Taipei City
 New Taiwan Dollar (Yuan) /NT$
Oct. 10
Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, others
Immigrationand Visas
Information for ForeignersWebsite 6
International Community ServiceHotline 6
Visitor Visa 6
Resident Visa 8
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
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
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
Eating andDrinking
Taiwan’s Culinary Culture 46
Night-market Snacks 48
Local Delicacies 51
A Note from the Editor 

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