Taiwan Warnings and Dangers

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Taiwan Warnings and Dangers

  • pollution

    The first thing I became aware of was (on my arrival in Taipei ) the strong smell of exhaust fumes in the"air" Taipei is not a pedestrian friendly city..beware crosing the streets even on "zebra" crossings.!! It is beyond my understanding that millions of people would burn toxic money in metal pots (on so many occassions )in a crowded and polluted...

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  • Be aware of Typhoons in summer!

    The damage of typhoons in Taiwan gets more and more with the global environment change,esp. in south of Taiwan,a popular tourist site,that is , Kenting, where there is a potential danger on a bridge linking kenting downtown and other towns. That means, when the bridge is damaged by wild wind and heavy rains, you could probably be stuck in...

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  • Disease/Sickness/food

    Taiwan has a great medical system and if your un insured is pretty cheap to patch you up...compared to most countries.There is no malaria, sars seems in the past and avian flu is kept at bay and i never heard of it.The biggest worry is stuff like ecoli. every year i get some form of ecoli and it wipes me out for a week. Its from the foods, so you...

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  • Typhoons

    Typhoons come every year, like a hurricane in the states. July to November is the season, but most are in Aug/Sept. Taiwan is quite safe in typhoons, and devastation like you see in China, Philippines and even the USA form hurricanes is just not seen.you should avoid going outside though, things blowing around can be dangerous.The real bad thing...

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  • Earthquakes

    They happen. Many small ones. The building structure in Taiwan, although it may not look it, is pretty safe! there was a really devastating one a few years back, but they are rare. I would not be any more worried here than say Japan or California.Probably good to have an emergency contact or 2, just in case. Even have your embassies phone #.

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  • When the typhoon comes to town...

    At first I was worried that my incoming flight would be delayed due the impending typhoon. When the typhoon lashed downtown Taipei, I stayed indoor like the locals but right after the typhoon, we went driving around to check out the damage. Actually, it is not advisable as there could be broken power lines and better to keep roads clear for...

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  • Rockslides and Mudslides

    Rockslides and Mudslides are rather common occurences in Taiwan's mountains. Heavy rains and earthquakes (especially after 921) have caused many mountain slopes to become unstable. Often, entire mountain sides will collapse, causing roads to be broken and sometimes killing. While your chance of being buried by a landslide is small, all mountainous...

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  • Traffic

    Traffic in Taiwan isn't quite as bad as some areas in America (yet) but it probably will be, soon. The Republic of China is a relatively affluent nation, and soon more people will be driving, and considering how many people there are for this small island, that's scary.Traffic problems at the present don't deal so much with cars as with scooters...

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  • Earthquakes

    Although not quite as frequent as typhoons, major earthquakes in Taiwan are really something to worry about. The island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of the Phillipines and Eurasian Plates, meaning that the island sits right on top of the boundary of the plates. This also means that as the collision between the plates continue, plenty of...

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  • Typhoons

    Typhoons in the western Pacific are identical to the North Atlantic hurricanes; technically, they are both called tropical cyclones. Typhoon comes from the Chinese word tai-fung (high wind). Most western Pacific typhoons form near Guam, first as tropical storms and depressions. These low pressure systems rotate counterclockwise and eventually...

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  • animal cruelty

    Callous regard for animal wellbeing is not uncommon. Street dogs roam in packs in Kaohsiung.further reading:http://www.animalstaiwan.org/http://www.atkaohsiung.org/http://www.savedogs.org/english/

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  • the land of natual disasters.

    Taiwan has more natural disasters than any other country in the world. The typhoons cause flooding, so don't ride your scooter during high winds. Earthquakes are common, but usually uneventful. The buildings are build to withstand.

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  • MRT self-serve vending machines for Easy...

    When you buy store value ticket from those vending macines at MRT stations, make sure you feed the machine EXACT change, even though it may say it will give you change. I was as Ximen MRT (near my hotel at Ximenting), and wanted to buy a store vaue card, minimum value is NTD500. My friend fed it 5 x NTD100 notes and got her card. I fed in 1 x...

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  • Taipei Main Station

    Warning! TP Main Stn is very very huge. If you wish to transfer from MRT to railway, you must give yourself more time to get to your platform. After buying your tickets (and these are time stamped), give yourself plenty of time to find the correct train platform. It took us a good 10 mins and we walked very very fast, to get onto the platform, from...

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  • Dare to Drive!

    Unless you just love major city traffic issues, DO NOT try to drive in the major cities. The traffic is controlled by police but many drivers seem to be in the biggest hurry to get through town. When an accident happens, the local rule of thumb seems to place blame on the largest vehicle involved. So if a bike cycle hids you you are at fault. If...

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  • Typhoons

    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......)

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  • CKS Airport

    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.

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  • Centipedes as Big as your Hand!

    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.

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  • There is only one thing that I...

    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 !!!

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  • Vagrant Men at Train Stations

    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...

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  • EarthQuakes

    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???!!!Keeping Calmjump and hide yourself in the bath-tup covered with cushions,...

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  • Typhons

    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...

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  • Why did the chicken cross the road?

    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...

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  • Water

    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...

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  • watch out of the traffic!!

    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!!

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  • The Dishonest Cab Driver

    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...

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  • Crime

    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..

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  • Traffic congestion

    Traffic congestion is a problem in the big cities, while air and water quality in and around Kaohsiung has been ranked as Taiwan's worst..

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  • Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my...

    A sign posted up in the mountains, which gives the short list of thing that can bite, burn, sting, annoy, or eat you here in Taiwan....

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  • Big Brother is Watching...

    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...

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  • Earthquakes

    Well, what can you say, they kind of speak for themselves. But earthquakes are part of life in Taiwan...

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  • Mind the Signs...

    When hiking in Taiwan, make sure to heed the signs. Even if you can't read the Chinese on this one, you can probably figure out that it would be a good idea to watch your step....

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  • busy street, number of...

    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.

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  • The island shows a lot of...

    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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  • Don't drive!

    There are a lot of cars, motorcycles, and scooters in Taiwan so there tends to be a lot of crazy driving. Cabs making their own lanes, scooters riding on sidewalks, and bumping cars just to squeeze in to a parking space. Parking is really bad! So avoid driving if you can.

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  • If you go to SNAKE MARKET...

    If you go to SNAKE MARKET where they eat snakes and turtles, never try to take pictures, it is stricktly forbidden.

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  • Pri prechadzke po uliciach...

    Pri prechadzke po uliciach Taipei si treba davat pozor na taketo nahodne sprchovanie havkacov. Maju prednost a vy musite chodnik uvolnit, inak riskujete, ze sprcha sa ujde aj vam.

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  • Be carefull with crazy moto...

    Be carefull with crazy moto ridders rushing everywhere in the city of Taipei. BTW this mad motard is my dear friend Eva, a nice, quiet and helpful China Airlines air-hostess.

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  • Typhoon, Storm...Before you go...

    Typhoon, Storm...Before you go to Taiwan , check the Weather Report

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  • Island fortress

    You don't have to spend much time on Taiwan to realise that it is an island fortress, constantly alert for any aggressive move from the mainland. There may not be tanks at every corner, but you are certain to hear Taiwanese jets screaming overhead in readiness to repel any incursion by the People's Liberation Army.(photo courtesy Wei-Bin Chang)

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