Taiwan's total land area is about 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles). It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends. Taiwan is an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, lying off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China. To the north is Japan; to the south is the Philippines. Many airlines fly to Taiwan, making it the perfect travel destination.
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). During the rainy season (“plum blossom season,” from March to May), continuously drizzling rain will sometimes fall on Taiwan.
Electricity in Taiwan is 110 Volts/ 220 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If travelers’ electronic devices are manufactured in foreign areas, please double check with the voltage before plug in.
Clothing and Supplies
Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round, but rainfall begins to ramp up towards the end of spring as summer
approaches. When visiting Taiwan during this period, remember to carry an umbrella at all time.
You won’t need to worry about bringing winter clothing such as long winter coats and thick boots, just bring clothes you can layer so you‘re prepared for the warm days and cool nights. You can also bring your suntan lotion for the hot days. Bring your own medicines for personal use if you need it.
Tax and Service Fee
Usually, the commodity tax has already been included inside the tag price and foreign travelers will not be further charged with taxes. After you shop, the retailers will computerize receipts of uniform invoice or electronic invoice. But in hotels or restaurants, often they will charge extra 10 % service fee.
Most of the Taiwan shop keepers will not accept traveler’s check. Therefore, please cash out the traveler’s check into TWD.
Exchange Rates and Currency Value
The New Taiwan Dollar (TWD, NT$) has been the currency of Taiwan: the denominations of the Taiwan dollar in circulation are NT$ 2000, NT$ 1000, NT$ 500, NT$ 200 and NT$ 100. Frequently used coins are NT$ 50, NT$ 10, NT$ 5 and NT$ 1.