The Clima of Taiwan

If you are from a high-latitude country, you can leave your winter coat behind when coming to Taiwan and enjoy the pleasant warmth of the sun. If you'd rather experience the carefree sensation of healthy beads of sweat running down your forehead, then you should visit the beach at Kending (Kenting) in southern Taiwan, where it is summer all year round. Don't worry too much about getting burned by the dazzling sun, so long as you take prudent precautions; the sun may not be as stinging hot as it seems. Furthermore, the country is surrounded by the ocean; and the ocean breezes, which are the reasons for Taiwan's humid weather, will surely make you completely forget the dry cold back home.If you are from a low-latitude country, you will certainly revel in the comfortable warmth of Taiwan's sun. The coolness that hangs in the air will be a welcome change from the simmering heat of your native country. You can do some hiking in the mountains, immersing yourself in the beautiful trees of the forest while inhaling the pure and fresh air that blows across the island of Taiwan.Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. Weather conditions fluctuate during spring and winter, while in summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. Taiwan is extremely suitable for traveling, as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius with the lowest temperatures on the lowlands generally ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). Therefore, with the exception of a few mountain areas where some traces of snow can be found during winter, no snow can be seen in Taiwan. During raining season (March to May), continuously drizzling rain will sometimes fall on Taiwan. When visiting Taiwan during this period, remember to carry an umbrella at all time. Although it might seem romantic to have a stroll in the rain, it is no fun to travel when you're soaking wet. During the summer time (June to August), typhoons sometimes approach or hit the country. We suggest you keep an eye on weather reports, because weather conditions are often severe and unpredictable when typhoons hit Taiwan. In addition, the roaring waves along the coast are not to be regarded as one of Taiwan's tourist scenes. During the autumn (September to October), you can wholeheartedly enjoy the cool and comforting weather, while Taiwan's relatively warm and short winters (November toIn short, Taiwan, where it always seems to be spring, is your perfect travel destination! February) are the time for you to appreciate the beautifully colored maple trees. The cold fronts that reach Taiwan sporadically are greatly favored by the island's hot-spring lovers.

Taste of Taiwan

Gourmet Cuisine Taiwan can be termed a melting pot of all the great culinary traditions, both Chinese and foreign. In any town, city, or village in this country, it is said, there is a snack shop within three steps and a large restaurant within five, making dining in Taiwan a matter of the utmost convenience. All of China's regional culinary styles are available, from those of Beijing, Tianjing, and Shandong of the north to those of Sichuan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Taiwan in the south. You can also find restaurants in Taiwan that serve the cuisines of other countries all over the world, including the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, among others. The famous international fast-food and restaurant chain--McDonald's, KFC, Mos Burger, Pizza Hut, and others--also have outlets scattered all over the main cities. Taiwan also offers its own unique types of restaurant, such as vegetarian, "improved" hot pot (including medicinal hot pot), and local snacks, that offer a native Taiwanese taste. If you would like to have a drink before or after your meal, there are plenty of bars, pubs, and beer houses to choose from.

Taiwanese Food

The emphasis in Taiwanese cooking is on light, natural flavors and freshness, and there is no pursuit of complex flavors. Another feature of Taiwanese cuisine is that tonic foods are prepared by using different types of medicinal ingredients for the various seasons of the year.

Taiwan Snacks

Snacking is deeply woven into the fabric of daily life in Taiwan. The plethora of snack foods available on the island opens a window on local culture. In fact, one of the quickest ways to experience the local flavor of Taiwan is to visit one of the island's many night markets, each with a tempting array of mouth-watering delicacies. At each market, visitors can sample a wide selection of snack foods made with locally sourced ingredients. Since Taiwan is an island surrounded by the sea, seafood is a major ingredient in night market foods, from oyster omelets and stir-fried cuttlefish to seafood congee, squid stew, and milkfish soup, all of it addictively fresh and tasty.

Pearl Milk Tea

Also known as "Bubble milk tea," pearl milk tea originates from Taichung and is made of a mixture of black tea, milk, and sago pearls. The combination of fragrant tea and chewy sago has made this beverage popular not only in Taiwan but in other countries as well. In many Chinatowns across the world, you can find this refreshing beverage.

Danzai Noodles

Oil noodles and bean sprouts are the main ingredients in this Tainan specialty dish. The noodles are served in a small bowl and usually topped with meat or an egg boiled in soy sauce for an extra flavor boost.

Oyster Omelet

Sea-fresh oysters are an important ingredient in this popular snack, available at just about every night market in Taiwan. The oysters are coated in potato starch and tapioca. Eggs and leafy vegetables are added to the mixture, which is skillet fried over a high flame. A sweet and sour sauce further adds to the addictively delicious taste.

Local Products

Aside from enjoying all kinds of snacks in Taiwan, you also should not miss the special delicacies of each area. These products often come with gift packaging service, which is convenient for travelers who want to take them home as gifts for friends and relatives. Although Taiwan is small, there is a wide variety of products which it has made uniquely its own. These not only make fine gifts for friends and relatives, but they also allow you to take home a true piece of Taiwan.

Tea

With a reputation of being a tea empire, Taiwan has topography and climate that are perfect for growing tea plants. There are many varieties of tea available in Taiwan; among these, Wenshan Baozhong Tea, Dongding Oolong(Wulong) Tea, Pekoe Oolong(Baihao Wulong) Tea, and Tie Guanyin are the four mainstream teas. You can pick up virtually any type of teapot in department stores or tea stores. If you want to buy a piece of porcelain culture aside from having a teapot to boil tea in, go to Yingge, the ceramics capital of Taiwan. Yingge's Jianshanpu Rd. is a newly designed pedestrian area, and the whole shopping area provides various types of porcelain products. This is the best place to buy your teapot and have a look around. Major department stores and supermarkets have special stalls that sell tea, which makes this national beverage readily available. Besides, there is also the tea bag, a simple and convenient way to enjoy a cup of tea.

Pineapple Cake

Pineapple is widely grown here in Taiwan, which is also known for producing canned pineapple, pineapple drinks, and pineapple jams. Pineapple is also made into pineapple cake, with the pineapple's sweet and sour taste mingling with the loose, soft outer skin that seems to melt in your mouth; definitely worth giving it a taste... and more!

Shaoxing and Gaoliang Wines

The water quality of the Ailan Plateau, located on the western side of Puli Township, Nantou County, is pure and sweet. Because of the water's unique qualities, it is considered the primary "Shaoxing wine spring." Made by fermenting glutinous rice, Penglai rice, wheat, and other ingredients, the golden yellow Shaoxing wine has a dry, sweet taste. Kinmen, with its hot, dry weather and unpolluted environment, is the best place to make Gaoliang spirit. Thanks to excellent water quality, the Gaoliang produced here is superior in quality and fine in taste. In Matsu, with the uniqueness of the local spring water, brews such as Daqu, Gaoliang, and Matsu Old Wine are most popular. Clear ruby-colored Matsu Old Wine is not just a favored drink on Matsu, but is also widely used in Chinese cooking.

Getting Around

Airlines

Taiwan has three international airports: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport, and Taipei International (Songshan) Airport. Each offers convenient direct links to all major countries.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

+886-3-398-2144(Terminal 1 Service Counter)
+886-3-398-3274(Terminal 2 Service Counter)
Voice inquiry:+886-3-398-3728
Address:No. 9, Hangzhan S. Rd., Dayuan Township, Taoyuan, Taiwan, R.O.C.


Go To Airport

Kaohsiung International Airport:

0800-090-108 (Information toll-free)
+886-7-805-7630 (Domestic)
+886-7-805-7631 (International)
Address:No.2, Zhongshan 4th Rd., Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


Go To Airport

Taipei International Airport (Songshan Airport):

+886-2-8770-3430(International)
+886-2-8770-3460(Domestic)
Voice inquiry:+886-2-8770-3456
Address:No. 340-9, Dunhua N. Rd., Songshan District, Taipei City , Taiwan (R.O.C.)


Go To Airport

Taichung Airport:

+886-4-2615-5000
Address:No. 168, Sec. 1, Zhonghang Rd., Shalu District, Taichung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


Go To Airport

Railway

The island-wide railway network, including the western line, the eastern line, the north link line, and the south link line, provides convenient travel in a number of train classes: economy, Fu-Hsing, Chu-Kuang and Tze-Chiang. Travels can choose the class of train they want according to their schedule and budget. small narrow-gauge trains operate on (mainly tourist) branch lines: Alishan, Jiji, Pingxi, and Neiwan. These trains give visitors a chance to see the caried scenery of Taiwan close-up as they travel around the island. It is especially difficult to get the train tickets during long holiday periods, so reserving tickets 14 days before departure, by phone or by website, is strongly recommended.

Taiwan High Speed Rail

With the opening of the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR), visitors can now easily take a day trip between Kaohsiung and Taipei. Currently eight stations are operating on the THSR line down Taiwan's western corridor: Taipei, Banqiao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, and Zuoying (Kaohsiung), and three more are in the planning stage.

MRT

The mass rapid transit system (MRT) in Taipei and Kaohsiung, together with the metropolitan areas' dedicated bus route networks, forms a convenient transportation system.

Taipei Metro

Auto ticketing machiness can be found in all MRT stations, providing ticketing services. Single-journey ticket prices range from NT$20 to NT$65 depending on travel distance. An NT$150 one-day pass purchased from A service booth allows unlimited travels on all MRT lines within one day.

Note:
1. MRT running hours: 6:00~24:00
2. To provide passengers a comfortable and safe ride, smoking, drinking, and gum chewing are strictly prohibited in MRT trains and stations.
3. Using cellular phone is prohibited in the first and the last coaches of the train.
4. Tickets are valid on the day of purchase.
5. Please place pets in hand-carry cages, except for police dogs and guide dogs.
6. For further information, please call the Taipei MRT customer service line:+886-2-2181-2345 (24 hours)

Kaohsiung Rapid Transit System

A one-way ticket costs NT$20 to NT$60 depending on travel distance. KRTC also offers a "One-day pass", "Stored-value Ticket" and "Group Ticket".

Note:
1. KRTC running hours: 6:00~24:00
2. To provide passengers a comfortable and safe ride, smoking, drinking, and gum chewing are strictly prohibited in MRT trains and stations.
3. KRTC customer service lines:+886-7-793-8888, 0770-2300

Intercity Buses

Taiwan's long-distant highway transportation services are provided by private transportation companies: Kuo-Kuang Bus Corp., UBus, Free Go Bus Corp. and Aloha Bus, among others. They are carry passengers on major highways and freeways. Some bus companies provide 24-hour service, plus lower ticket fares than airplanes and trains, and have some of the most popular transportation service providers. However, for safety reasons, passengers are warned not to take illegal highway buses operated by companies without licenses. During long holiday's period, passengers are advised to take trains or planes in order to avoid serious traffic jams on the freeways. Reserve your tickets as early as possible. Stops for long-distance highway transportation service scattering in different cities, but Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung are the main hubs.

Taxi

A large number of taxis are available in most major cities. Basically, taxi fares in all major cities are set by the local city government itself, and there are few variations. The meter may not be used for out-of-town or long-distance travel; travelers are advised to confirm the charging method before getting in a taxi.

Car Rental

Visitors with international driving licenses may drive a car in Taiwan. However, for those who are not familiar with the road conditions, it is recommended to rent a car with a driver. Cars can be rented at service counters in major airports, train stations and downtown locations. Some international hotels also provide car rental services which are convenient to visitors who need just airport pick-up or a journey of a few hours.Some car rental companies allow customers to return cars at more than one location, with additional service fee charged. Most car rental companies offer favorable rental packages; but most rental fees do not include insurance, so be sure that you understand a company's policy before renting its car. In Taiwan, cars are driven on the right; drivers and passengers in both front and rear seats must wear seatbelts. Visitors who rent cars are advised to familiarize themselves with Taiwan's driving regulations and sometimes chaotic driving habits.

Marine Transport

Sea travel between Taiwan and its offshore islets is convenient; please see the schedule below for route information. Most schedules can vary due to weather concerns and passengers capacity limitations. Please reconfirm the schedule by phone before finalizing your travel schedule if the ferry is your primary choice of transportation.

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