Taiwan is called Treasure Island for its beautiful natural sights and abundant products. Apart from the majestic mountains, green forests, bright sunshine, beautiful seacoast and splendid cultural and historical sights, you can also enjoy a modern Taiwan and its friendly people. Comfortable weather, convenient transportation and superior tourist facilities are also valuable chips for Taiwan’s Tourism. However, the island is also home to great beaches and stunning national parks – many with hot springs.
Generally speaking, the foods of Taiwan are derived from mainland Chinese cuisines. The Taiwanese are passionately in love with eggs and seafood, as you will discover during your stay on the island. Fruits are another famous part of Taiwanese food. A wide range of fruits can be found at local fruit shops and stations. The subtropical climate allows different fruits to grow nicely. Actually you can find almost every kind of fruits you can think of in Taiwan. Taiwan also has remarkably good bakery items. Most specialize in sweet Chinese pastries or Western pastries adjusted to local tastes, but look out for We Care bakeries which also offer Western options such as whole wheat loaves, sour breads and ciabatta. Vegetarians are better catered for in restaurants and variety than in most other countries.
Ali Mountain and Sun Moon Lake are the most noted scenic areas that are dreamed to go by all visitors willing to Taiwan. Seashore sightseeing is an activity not to miss in Taiwan. Its west coastline is gently sloping and holds many fine bathing beaches. With a fluctuant landform and its characteristic landscapes, the island has become a highly popular destination and is especially renowned for its grand mountains. If you will visit just one of these mountains, you should make it Mt. Yushan (Jade Mountain), which has the highest peak in the northeastern Asia. Additionally, various cultural relics enrich the sightseeing resources even further. National Palace Museum collects tens of thousand culture relics from the Palace Museum in Beijing, Shenyang Imperial Palace in Liaoning and Rehe Imperial Palace
With more and more people wishing to stay up late at night, there are many public places of entertainment which stay open to midnight or are open round the clock to meet needs of ‘night owls’. In fact, round the clock operated stores or shops extend to almost every industry in Taiwan. You can find them located in some featured business districts, so making these a good choice for your night-time entertainment. Usually, weekend nights will convey to you a wonderful impression of Taiwan’s liveliest nightlife.
The main currency of Taiwan is New Taiwan dollar since 1949. Since the 2000’s, the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been the central bank of Taiwan. Their unit name is pronounced and referred to as yuán. Notes come in denominations of NT$100, NT$200, NT$500, NT$1000, and NT$2000. However, some are not commonly used and is replaced by using credit/debit cards.
Customs & Languages
The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin. With Chinese emigration into Taiwan, other popular languages include Taiwanese Hokkien and Hakka. Their culture was influenced by Confucianist Han Chinese and Austronesian people; with modern day influences from Japanese and American culture. Politics is part of their culture as it is due to the framing of Taiwanese and Chinese dualism. Taiwan is a country that believes in superstition, so make sure not to do these things. Do not stabyour rice with your chopsticks, keep your fingers down when you gesture someone to “come here,” and do not write someone’s name red in pen!
Here are some helpful words/phrases:
- Thank you — Xièxiè
- Please — Qǐng
- Hello — Nǐ hǎo
- Excuse me — Dǎrǎo yīxià
- How much? — Duōshǎo?
- Where is the restroom? — Wèishēngjiān zài nǎlǐ?
Go to Taiwan!
Taiwan actually boasts some very impressive scenic sites, and Taipei is a vibrant center of culture and entertainment. The island is also a center of Chinese pop culture with a huge and vibrant entertainment industry. Taiwanese cuisine is also highly regarded among other Asians.