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Questions tagged [taiwan]

The Republic of China (commonly called Taiwan), an island of East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean.

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Is it possible to get from the Philippines to Taiwan to Japan (or the reverse) without flying?

It's not that I have a fear of flying but it seems the best way to see Island countries is by island hopping and these three countries are all relatively close to one another if you take into account ...
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Are the hoses in toilets in Asia something I should know about?

I have noticed random bits of hose without proper fittings before I think for example in India and just assumed they are for use by the cleaners or for filling the water jug in squat toilets. But Now ...
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Would China to Taiwan and back again count as another entry into China?

I have a double entry visa for China. I've used up the first one and will reenter China for the second one in the next few days. Now I'd really like to go to Taiwan by ferry but was worried that it ...
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Finding public toilets in Taiwan

I've been in Taipei for over a week and keep running into the problem of not being able to find public toilets. I can't recall seeing a single public toilet in a street or park. Train and MRT ...
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How, specifically, can I travel between Taiwan and Okinawa by sea?

This is a followup to a previous question of mine where we established that it is possible to travel between the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan. So now that we know that it's possible, and because ...
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In Taiwan, do ATMs in convenience stores (7-Eleven, FamilyMart) charge higher fees than ATMs at banks?

In Taiwan like other East Asian countries (except China) using an ATM for a foreigner is quite a pain. One thing I personally hate is ATM fees. Australian banks all gouge us outrageously already on ...
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Is the tapwater fit to drink throughout Taiwan?

I didn't want to insult my hosts here in Taipei by asking if it's safe to drink the water since it's very developed here. On the other hand you can't flush toilet paper, so not everything we think of ...
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Where can “public showers” be found in Taiwan?

I've been travelling on foot and by hitchhiking and sleeping in a tent in many countries and now I'm doing so in Taiwan. But in some countries it's really easy to keep fresh. In Turkey I was often ...
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Where is this picture taken from (in Taiwan)?

I did a reverse Google image search and Google located it as being in Taiwan. Did some more looking and found some photographers taking this from Alishan. I also posted this image to Reddit's /r/...
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I overstayed and was deported from Taiwan, how long am I now banned for?

After legally living and working in Taiwan for over 10 years, I overstayed my ARC card (it's a long and emotional story), for 2197 days and was detained for 3 months in the Nantau (?) Detention Centre ...
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Taiwan maximum stay rules with reentry

I've heard about US expats temporarily leaving Taiwan for a weekend so that they can stay an additional 90 days under visa exempt entry. I have two questions about this practice: Is there a minimum ...
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Credit card acceptance in Taiwan/Taipei?

I'm going to visit Taipei next week. Now I wonder how good the acceptance of a credit card is there. Specifically, is it more like in China, where even Visa/Master is rarely accepted in local ...
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Can a foreigner get a visa for China in Taiwan?

I'm in China and thinking of taking a ferry to Taiwan. I'm an Australian citizen and I've been to Taiwan before and know I get visa-free entry. But I'm wondering about getting a new visa for China ...
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Is free / wild camping legal or tolerated on Kinmen and Matsu islands?

Matsu island of Taiwan (but actually located just near Fuzhou, China) is beautiful and sparsely populated. Official tourist accommodations are expensive compared to PRC and even a little high compared ...
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Where to buy an effective decongestant for a headcold in Taiwan?

After surviving through the Sydney winter without catching a cold, I woke up on the morning of my flight to Taiwan with the beginnings of one. Now I find myself in 30+ temperatures with a blocked and ...
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Visiting both Taiwan and China having one passport

Can I expect to encounter any problem when visiting the Republic of China (Taiwan) after visiting the People's Republic of China or vice versa? I mean, some countries have political clashes with each ...
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China visa issue after traveling to Taiwan

I flew from China to Taiwan a while back. I have an extend-able visa to Taiwan. Upon arrive in Guangzhou, I was informed I needed a Chinese visa to visit to Taiwan (which if you are up-to-date with ...
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Is there any kind of monument or marker for the Tropic of Cancer along the coast on the east side of Taiwan?

On my way down the west coast of Taiwan some weeks ago I passed a large monument marking the Tropic of Cancer. The site itself was a bit cheesy but just having a monument at all to mark the tropic and ...
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How to leave the Philippines by boat to Taiwan, China or Hong Kong?

We are now trying to do a world tour without flying, and after a bit more than two years we are facing one of the biggest challenges of our journey, crossing the Pacific. We know there are few ...
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Avoid fireworks/firecrackers in Taiwan

I have ligyrophobia (the fear of loud sounds). It is possible for me to tolerate things like balloons and thunders, but fireworks/firecrackers will send me into a panic attack. I will be travelling ...
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Is there somewhere a glossary or introduction to the different kinds of accommodation in Taiwan including the Chinese characters?

I've travelled in both mainland China and Taiwan before, but this time in Taiwan I've noticed a lot more Chinese words and characters than I was aware of are used for different types or accommodation, ...
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How to calculate the number of days you can stay in Taiwan on a tourist visa?

Tourist visas to Taiwan have an associated "maximum stay" of 30 days. For those visas, how are the days counted? Does the stay begin on the partial day that the traveler arrives or the first full day ...
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Can I get a Taiwan visa from China?

I am a Sri Lankan citizen currently living in Sri Lanka. I'm planning a short trip to Taiwan this October, and they require us to get visa in advance to enter the country. To make the matter worse, ...
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When should I bow in Taiwan?

Under what circumstances, if any, should I bow while I'm in Taiwan? I know that Taiwan is now a separate country from Japan, and has its own customs and etiquette, but I think I've seen staff bow to ...
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Do any of the convenience store chains in Taiwan offer free Wi-Fi?

Here in Taipei there's more cafes than ever and most have free Wi-Fi, and of course accommodation always has free Wi-Fi too. So I don't bother spending money for Wi-Fi access. There do seem to be a ...
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Is it possible to enter Taiwan without a return ticket?

Will Taiwan let me in if I show up with a one-way ticket only? My nationality is visa exempt and I can stay 90 days in Taiwan with no problem. My plan is to get to Taiwan, hang out for a bit (...
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How can I find which police stations in Taiwan have camping facilities for cyclists?

Two and a half years ago I walked and hitchhiked around the island of Taiwan. I liked it so much I'm starting my next trip by doing it again. A couple of months into my trip I learned that some ...
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The literacy rate of Mandarin/Simplified Chinese in Taipei?

When I'm in China and having trouble communicating in English, I type in a sentence in Mandarin on my iPhone. I'm good enough to write one or two sentences in Mandarin, although I can't handle an oral ...
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Is the fast ferry between Pingtan, China and Taipei, Taiwan still going?

Seat 61 has a page on ferries between Taiwan and China. A promising option is the SeaCat between Keelung Taipei and Pingtan. It should be priced from $2,500 NTD and take three hours. But the website ...
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Can tourists in East Asia still receive a massage from a blind masseur?

I've read every now and then about how massages used to be mainly performed by blind people in Japan. I couldn't find much info about the present-day situation in Japan, but I came across an article ...
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Are carnival-style games still available in Taiwanese night markets?

In Show them the door: Taiwan's netizens ashamed of loutish tourists, there's mention of a Taiwanese night market game: The doors, with their paper panels punched through, resembled a popular ...
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What is Taiwan's stance on visa runs?

I am planning on going to Taiwan for close to 90 days, a period I am eligible for visa-free entry for. Would it be OK (or possible), for me to temporarily fly out of Taiwan just to get another 90 days,...
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How can a non-Chinese-speaking traveller use the free Wi-Fi in 7-Elevens in Taiwan?

In another of my questions here I asked if any of the convenience store chains in Taiwan offer free Wi-Fi. Well today I found out that 7-Eleven does. But the sign up / log in pages are totally in ...
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How to get a Taiwanese visa as a Pakistani citizen?

I am a Pakistani national, have a company in China and my visa is Z category (Chinese Work Visa). I want to travel to Taiwan for a business trip. How I can get the visa?
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How easy/hard is it to backpack to Taiwan knowing only English?

My main concern would be the language barrier. I'm quite aware through some of my Taiwanese friends in Taiwan, English is not widely spoken. What should I do to prepare myself for a future Taiwan ...
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Can a U.S. Transit Visa allow a stay of up to 29 days or can a US Tourist Visa application be done from a country other than that of your citizenship?

My sister-in-law (Nicaraguan Citizen) is currently studying abroad in Taiwan. She has a 3 month vacation coming up this June - Sept. and my husband and I are trying to find a way for her to spend some ...
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Penalty for overstaying tourist visa in Taiwan

In Taiwan, what is the penalty for overstaying a tourist visa with legitimate reasons (for example, a flight was cancelled or delayed, or a transportation closure made someone miss getting to the ...
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Prevalence of ATMs that accept JCB cards

I was surprised that Tigerair does not accept JCB cards, and I am starting to worry that it might be difficult to get any cash from ATMs using my JCB card outside of Japan. Outside of Japan, are JCB ...
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How can a citizen of Mainland China visit Taiwan?

How to obtain a Taiwan visitor visa when the applicant is a Chinese citizen living in China?
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Are Taiwan car rental prices really that high?

It has been about a week since I've been looking at rental car prices online for Taiwan. All the prices I found so far are exorbitant and more expensive than any other country where I rented a car ...
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Are there ferries or boats I can take between Kinmen and Matsu or between Kinmen and the main island of Taiwan?

On a previous trip I took a ferry from mainland China (PRC) to Matsu, an island controlled by Taiwan but close to the PRC and then another ferry from Matsu to Keelung, on the main island of Taiwan. I ...
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Buying photographic equipment in Taipei

I am travelling for work to Taipei in a month or so, and since I am lucky enough to be able to spend an entire day doing what I want (counted as holiday, of course, I'm not THAT lucky), I decided to ...
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Easiest way to obtain a Taiwan visa for a Nigerian studying in China?

I'm presently in China studying and I plan to visit Taiwan very soon to attend a convention and probably visit some famous places, so I think the "visit visa" is what I need (probably stay about 8 ...
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Can I still visit a “movie TV” establishment (MTV) in Taiwan?

I have read that before KTV was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s there were similar places for watching movies in private rooms called MTV but most closed around 1988 due to new intellectual property ...
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Is my Chinese visa reusable?

I am a US citizen and have a Chinese visa that expires later this year, but I am looking to go to China again this summer. I originally got this L visa for my trip this winter (which was fantastic). ...
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Why is the flight path from Taipei to Tianjin not a straight line? [closed]

The flight path from Taipei, Taiwan, to Tianjin, China, does not go directly to Tianjin in a straight line. Instead, it heads directly north, then banks left (west) before heading north again. Does ...
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In Taiwan, must you reserve train tickets in advance, or can you buy tickets a few minutes before trains are supposed to depart?

Specifically, I am taking the train from Taipei to Keelung, getting off at Badu and going to Pingxi, and then returning at night. Do trains tend to sell out in Taiwan, or should I be OK purchasing my ...
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Will barbers in Taiwan shave a beard/a week's growth? If so, how much does it cost?

Per the question, are there even barbers in Taiwan, or only hair stylists? How much can I expect to pay for a shave, if it is possible to get one?
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Are street numbers in addresses in geographic order in Taiwan?

Are street numbers in Taiwan addresses in geographic order, like in Australia and the USA, or are they in chronological order, as often happens in Japan?
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Can I change Taiwanese dollars to Chinese RMB at or near the ferry terminals in Keelung, Matsu Island, or Mawei, Fuzhou?

Tonight I'll take the ferry from mainland Taiwan to the Taiwanese island Matsu just off the coast of China, and tomorrow another ferry on to China itself, disembarking at a port named Mawei in Fuzhou, ...