BEST FACTS & FAQs
really is Taiwan? Old timers tell you all about it!
is an island - and a free country.
capital of Taiwan is Taipei.
people speak Mandarin Chinese (Mandarin is the standard, national Chinese
- Mandarin is the
same as spoken in Mainland China. Only accents and expressions are different.
- A lot of Taiwanese
can speak English (if only it were the same in our countries!).
- There are 22 millions
people in Taiwan with a gross national product of 12.500 US$ per head.
- Chinese people are
a melt of ancient Chinese tradition and modern concepts.
- Chinese people in
Taiwan are extremely nice.
- Cities in Taiwan
are rather ugly, but the island is beautiful; you just need to find the
right guide to show you around.
- The climate in Taiwan
is tropical and humid. Very hot in the summer (over 35 C) and cool in
winter (10~15 C).
- It is easy to do
business in Taiwan as long as you are a buyer.
- The money unit is
the NT$ (new Taiwan dollar). The value is about 1US$=32NT$.
- Visitors from many
countries do not need visa for stay under 30 days.
- It is easy to get
a tourist visa from most countries to Taiwan (more difficult is to get
an ARC, or alien resident certificate).
- Life in Taiwan is
quite expensive (however, food is really cheap).
- You can find almost
everything you need in Taiwan, whether imported or locally made.
is not Thailand (many people still do mix up)
is located in the Pacific ocean, East of China and South of Japan.
- There are NO more
rickshaws. People here rather drive Mercedes Benz....
Kai Check is not the president, he died in 1975.
- You should not come
to Taiwan with preset ideas, it is different from anything you can imagine.
- It is not easy to
establish a local business (local market is very competitive).
- Taiwanese people
are not dumb, they just have a different culture, so take it or leave!
(English guide published by the Community Service Center - Tel/Fax:
8862 - 2836 8134 & 2835 6907)
a Taiwan (French guide published by the French Association - Tel:
8862 - 2514 7959 Fax: 2514 7522)
of Taiwan (English publication of the China News - Tel/Fax: 8862 -
2768 6002 & 2768 6773)
Taiwan Guide (Lonely Planet)
"Le Petit Fute" (guide in French).
Taipei Gourmet Guide (English publication of Mon Jardin - Fax: 8862
- 2325 0489 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Magazine - Free monthly publication of Mon Jardin in Chinese/Japanese/English
- Available in public places islandwide (LIFE@ettis.com)
Express (another publication of Mon Jardin that gives you all the
month's events in Taipei
RECOMMENDED ENGLISH WEBSITES ABOUT TAIWAN!