- A lush green island slightly smaller than Switzerland
- 120 km (75 miles) southeast of the Asian continent
- 23 million people
- Most of the population reside in the west plain
- Marine tropical climate
- Typhoon season from June to August
- Average monthly temperatures from 17 °C (63 °F) in winter to 28 °C (83 °F ) in summer
There are four international airports in Taiwan.
The nearest airport to Hsinchu is Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), which has five denominations in paper money and five in coins. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels.
Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and (by room guests) most international tourist hotels.
Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer. Many buildings have sockets with 220 volts especially for the use of air conditioners.
Taiwan is +8 hours from Greenwich Mean Tim (GMT). It is + 13 from Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the eastern US and Canada, +12 during EST daylight saving time.
|Government||Weekdays: 8:30~12:30; 13:30~17:30|
|Shops|| Open almost everyday except for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
|Convenience Stores|| Open daily
24 hours a day
(some stores open at 07:00~23:00)
|Restaurants|| Most open daily
(afternoon tea at 14:00~17:00)
|Department Stores|| Open almost daily
|Taipei: Taiwan's capital is one of the most dynamic cities in Asia. Taipei has ancient temples, a museum that holds the world's largest collection of Chinese artifacts, vast memorials, world-class hotels, the popular Taipei 101 Tower, and endless shopping opportunities. MORE|
|Sun Moon Lake: Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's most popular natural tourist attraction to walk around, or paddle across Taiwan's largest lake in the beautiful green hills of the Central Mountain Range. MORE|
|Taroko Gorge: With its marble-walled canyons, remote mountains and rushing rivers, Taroko National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world. MORE|
|Hualien: It has a lot of charm, beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. It is the biggest city on the east coast of Taiwan and is home to many ethnic minorities. MORE|
|Kenting: Kenting is the most popular beach resort in Taiwan. The warm tropical weather makes it a favorite travel destination in winter. Kenting also has wicked surfing, decent scuba diving sites and some hiking trails. MORE|
|Maolin: Maolin has remote mountains, waterfalls, rushing rivers, hot springs, a very long suspension bridge, and even a butterfly sanctuary. This wild, unspoiled region is also home to the friendly Rukai aboriginal tribe. MORE|
|Lugang: It is one of Taiwan's oldest towns and is famous for its old market street, magnificent temples, curved streets, and fine traditional handicrafts. MORE|
|Tainan: Tainan is Taiwan's temple capital. It's the best place to witness ancient Chinese traditions and age-old religious ceremonies. MORE|