Typhoons..... Lots and lots and lots and lost of typhoon...
Probably safe to expect 3 to 4 a year... One good thing tho', the extra water in typhoon season certainly gets the many waterfalls flowing.... (landslides, too......)
If you are travel to Taiwan, please keep in minds that check the Taiwanese news if there is any politician going out or coming back in Taiwan.
You might caught into a fight right at the arrival or departure hall if you just bump into a politician especial those higher ranking officers.
Multi-legged things come in a gigantic size in Taiwan. Centipedes are often 8 inches long, and they bite! Be sure to keep the drains covered in your sink and shower, they've been known to come in through the plumbing. Also watch out for spiders and snakes when spelunking.
There is only one thing that I really have to warn you if you gonna come to Taiwan .
*If you don't wanna be treated like a moive star , a king or a queen . Better never even thought about planning a trip here to Taiwan . --- People here are just too friendly to you !!!
Just a tip especially for female traveller:
Watch out for Vagrant Men who spend their life sleeping & hanging around the Train station or during train ride from one town to another, not for theft rather for physical offence. As they would target especially on lone female tourist & would queue up right behind you on purpose & push his body towards you.
Use your bagpack to block their "thing" from poking you or push them away should they want to touch you. Be fierce & stern should they wanna offence you physically for I had a few bad experience there & by fighting back makes me on the winning streak.
And they would stray away from you once they notice that you have a male companion.
Hope these would not even happens to you.
Earthquakes take part of everyone life in Taiwan. People are used to it, as it happens very often. Most of the time (everyweek) the earthquakes are small and don't generate damages. The worst place to be in such a case is NANTOU, the very middle of the island.
What to do???!!!
jump and hide yourself in the bath-tup covered with cushions,
If you are at the 5th floor, don't try to go down, better stay high are buildings are breaking down vertically
Living in Taiwan is a kind of adventure. This place is full of unexpected events especially earthquake and ....typhons. Unfortunately Taiwanese are used to this unexpectable tomorrow and know how to live happily despite all the dangers.
In September 2002, i was in Taipei when a typhon arrived. It was incredible a wind you cannot imagine, water falling like a giant waterfall and people rushing into the stores to buy and stock instant noddles....
What to do: if you can fllee to a safer town, just do it quickly before it arrives, otherwise put unstable things inside, stay home with bottle of water and instant noodles....then wait with all the zen you can find inside u!
The biggest danger in Taiwan I felt was road safety.... you are target practice for the Taiwanese drivers.........if they scare you in the car they get a bronze medal..........if they make you want to cry with fear in the middle of the road whilst crossing....they get a silver medal..............if they run you over and you survive...they qualify for a gold medal.........only joking folks ; )
Crossing the road is very difficult.....there are large volumes of traffic that have no fear in just skimming you...............red lights are often ignored. The best option is to find a little old lady and cross with her.
To say there are large volumes of traffic I did not witness any road rage.......quite strange I found.........
be carefull crossing roads
Taiwan is a hot humid country pretty much all the year round. You will need to drink huge amounts of liquid and if you fail to do so then expect to fall ill. Bottled water is available everywhere and there is no problem getting lots of other drinks such as fruit juices teas etc etc...........most of the drinks come in 1 litre cartons...you never want to be with out one.
A good place to cool down and get a drink is Mc Donalds.....it will be air condition and will be one of the few oppertunities for you to find a toilet. Public toilets are difficult to find in Taiwan. Mc D`s is the safest bet....coke and toilet ; )
as long as u've come to taiwan,u 'll be impressed on the strange and awful traffic here,full of cars,trucks,and especially,heapssssss of scooters!!!just be care of them,oh by the way,in taiwan,u'll see the most traffic sights u've ever seen!!
After we left the national palace museum, we wanted to take a cab back. We had taken a cab to the museum. It had cost $130 or so. There was a taxi queue outside the main entrance, so we grabbed a cab. The cabbie demanded $1300 cab fare. This was rather a shock. (For comparison, we took a cab from Taipei to Chiang Kai-shek int'l airport, which is four or five towns away, and the fare was only about $800.) We decided he was waiting for a dumb tourist. We walked a block and hailed a cab. The fare back was about $130.
Be careful of valuables in hotel rooms. A couple at the hotel I was staying at had a camera and other items taken out of the suitcase in their hotel room. The hotel claimed no liability. If you have anything valuable, better to leave it in the hotel safe.
Careful there are hidden cameras everywhere... On the highways, that is.... Too fast, and you'll get two presents in the mail: A picture of your left arm, and a 3000 TWD love letter from your friendly local law enforcement agency...
Safe Motoring everyone...
busy street, number of motorbikes far more than cars... pay attention when you are on the street! Should apply for travelling visa a bit earlier before you go there. for those who had been to there with travelling visa, next time you will only have to apply for visa by the time you are there.
The island shows a lot of tectonic activity. In Hualien I experienced the strongest earthquake in my life (definitely stronger than those I experienced in Tokyo, where I lived for almost a year). In recent years strong hurricanes of caused many casualties and have devasted wide areas of Taiwan.
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142 Jungshing Road, Yuchr Shiang Nantou, Nantou, 555, Taiwan
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