Favorite thing: Some people carry tripod stand but more people just have a camera on the go. Some who are without a tripod stand take their photo by holding the camera to themselves and the angle would most of the time out of the expectation. I would ask others to help me to take my group photo, so I always ready to offer help to those who need a helping hand for a photo.
In Taiwan, typhoon would come from north, east or south but it's predictable. And due to special geographical positions, west and Southern areas like Maoli, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung... are protected by Central Mountains in duration of typhoons hit so hardly influence those areas. But it pours in mountainous areas sometimes when typhoons approach.
If you are planning to travel Taiwan, Kengting (¤’š) is one of advisable places you should not miss. KentingThe Spring Break & Summer Vacation destination in Taiwan.
I'm studying in Kaohsiung (taiwan) now, it's convinient for me to travel Kenting, and I've been there 2 times. You can enjoin beautiful and clean beaches, blue sky and windy days in Kending. There is always windy that will make you feel much comfortable even in very sunshine day ;)
Moreover, there are many kind of foods. Most of them are very cheap and tasty ^_^ Let choose some kinda them at seafood market and having your meals nearby quiet night beaches or in front of 7-11 stores.
However, a tip for you is that you should rent a car or motorbike for convenience as distance from spot to spot at Kenting. In addition, you should go small beaches to swim, you might go through paths. Do not swim at beaches near hotels or centre of Kenting where there are always so many people, you can not enjoin fun. If it's possible, a local friend is suggested for you ;)
Taiwan uses 110V, 60Hz.
Standard plug is the USA (NEMA) & Japanese 2-pin flat blade, types A & B
Nice hotels may have universal outlets that accept European 2-pin and British 3-pin rectangular blade plug.
Typhoons are possible during all months of the year. However statistically, they happen more frequent in the months of August, September and October. Now the other odds come into play about how often those storms make a particular landfall such as Taiwan and chances are not high being a one time visitor you will have any problem.
Taiwan in my opinion has two seasons. Hot and humid. Hot, rainy and humid.
Again in my humble opinion, one week is the absolute minimum to visit Taiwan and see anything outside of Taipei. I spent 2.5 days in Taipei, 2 days in/near Kaohsiung and Cijin, then I completed my circumnavigation by spending a day in Hualien.
That was a very quick itinerary focusing on only three places and allowed for relatively no relaxing. If you want to see more than that, you must take additional time.
I speak no Chinese either and had no difficulties. Feel free to visit my pages for a starting point.
The food is great here. LOTS of FRESH local vegetables and tropical fruit. Bananas, guava, mangos, papayas, Lychee, Cherimoya, plums etc....YUMMY!
Fondest memory: Central mountains where industrialization has not completely destroyed.
Alishan is a small mountain top village where people go for hiking from one village to another. It is a beautiful place to visit, particularly if one takes the Alishan train from Chaie to Alishan (72 Km) which takes 4 hours. Keep in mind that, a portion of the rail was damaged by hurricanes back in 2004 (one train would take passengers to the damaged area, then passengers would hike a short distance to the other side of landslide and hop on yet another train that would take the passengers to Alishan). Therefore, there was only one scheduled train going up a one that came down per day. I am not sure if the train tracks/landslide has been repaired.
Hualien is a nice coastal city with few ocean front parks and of course Toroko gorge not far from city center. I really liked Toroko gorge, unfortunately, I was there for only one full day and could not see all that there was … I only visited the famous sites. I believe spring blooms will flourish in April all over the gorge and most likely in Alishan as well making your visit even more special.
Hualien is also famous for its pink/rose marbles and you will find many stores who sell jade and stone carvings, etc. I enjoyed visiting those stores well.
By the way, road leading north from Hualien to Taipei is most picturesque drive ever, sort of scary due to high highway overlooking the ocean, but it sure is beautiful.
Fondest memory: Hiking through its magnificent mountains
Visa is no longer for Malaysians visiting Taiwan up to 30 days.
Per website: http://investintaiwan.nat.gov.tw/en/env/guide/visa_reside_work/short_stay.html
Visa-free Entry - non-extendable
Eligible to passport holders from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A
It's the meaning of beautiful in Potugese. So, when you decide to come visiting this island, all you need to prepare is be ready to recieve. People are warm, caring, and kind here. We have plenty kinds of delicous food. First, go to the map site to know what you can see from a satellite. TAIWAN MAP
For looking for what to do, go to TAIWANFUN and take a look!! This website is designed for foreigners who are interested in Taiwan, especially for who doesn't know what to do, what to see. There are some great areas in this site, like culture parts. Don't wait, check it out!!
Fondest memory: If you have time, remember to go to urban area to experience our aboriginal, I will recommend Ilan, a beautiful county.
If you like mountains, please go to Nantou Traveling Net and check the website. Nantou is the only county which is surrounded by mountains. Yushan, the highest mountain of Taiwan, is in this county too.
It is the tallest building in the world. Helight 508meters.
Construction completed on October 17,2003.
Observation deck is on 89th floor.
National Palace Museum
It is one of the four greatest museums in the world. Founded in 1925.
Collected more than 650,000 artifacts. recently renovated.
Sun Moon Lake
Scenic lake in the central of Taiwan.
Cultural and scenic attrations include Wunwe Temple and Cihen Pagoda.
To be continue...
Ask me what are my favourite things to do here in Taiwan ?! Well , go and ask Taiwanese people on the street , you will get the answer .
We love Taiwanese food , nightmarkets and 'scootering around the city 'Not lying , Taiwan has the coolest scooters in the world .
To be honest , I didn't know Taiwan has a fabulous & fantastic amusement park until yesterday(Nov. 25) .
We spent an afternoon here and of course didn't get to try all of the facilities in the park . ( It's just huge , I'll suggest , if you do wanna try everything and see everything , you really have to come here ealier in the morning and stay there the whole day .)
*Leofoo Village -the best amusement park in Taiwan
Favorite thing: From April to May every year is the Tung Blossom season in Sanyi, which is a small town of Miaoly. In the middle of April, Tung Blossom is getting blooming, then the flower dropped to the ground, like snowy; even in May, you still can see this landscape.
Taiwan's population surpassed 22.45 million in June 2002. Taipei City is the largest and most densely populated metropolitan area, followed by Kaohsiung City in the south. About 60 percent of Taiwan's population is concentrated in four metropolitan areas--Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Tainan.
Over the past few decades, the average age of Taiwan's population has increased by 1.8 percent. In June 2002, the number of people over the age of 65 exceeded 8.9 percent of the total population, and the rise is expected to continue.
With the exception of over 413,519 indigenous peoples in 2001, Taiwan's population is composed almost entirely of Han Chinese. Early Han Chinese immigrants, or "Taiwanese," are of two groups: the Hakka, mostly from Guangdong Province; and the Fujianese, from China's southeastern coastal province of Fujian. These two groups comprise about 85 percent of the Han population, with the Fujianese outnumbering the Hakka by about three to one. The last group of immigrants came to Taiwan from various parts of China with the ROC government in 1949. They are generally referred to as "mainlanders," and account for less than 15 percent of the Han population. Intermarriage between all four groups--indigenous peoples, Hakkas, Fujianese, and mainlanders--is quite common, so the distinguishing characteristics of these groups have become fainter over time.
Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples
Human habitation in Taiwan dates back 12,000 to 15,000 years, and evidence suggests that the ancestors of today's aboriginal peoples came from southern China and Austronesia. There are currently eleven major aboriginal tribes in Taiwan: the Atayal,Saisiyat,Bunun,Tsou,Paiwan,Rukai, Puyuma,Amis,Kavalan,and Yami. Collectively, they comprise less than 2 percent of the population.
Postal agencies are open from 09:00 until 17:00 from Monday to Saturday (except the second and fourth saturdays). The Taiwan postal service is generally quite reliable though envelopes with English addresses should be written in a clear hand to ensure prompt delivery.
Red postal boxes are for airmail (usually the left hand slot) and prompt delivery items (right hand slot) while green boxes are for local mail (left hand slot is generally for local mail only).
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142 Jungshing Road, Yuchr Shiang Nantou, Nantou, 555, Taiwan
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