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Taiwan's policy, related to trash, is that you are expected to take your trash home and dispose of it properly, that is, using the correct bin for separate collection of different types of trash. This is part of a rather comprehensive policy on how to process trash, after, years ago, Taipei's streets were lined with trash and very stinky. A podcast called "...


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These are used to wash the private areas after using the toilet, it is the upgrade to the jug, so instead of filling a jug and use it to wash you use the hose directly. To use it, hold it with one hand (the dominant) and press, water stream will wash away things, you also can use the other hand (non-dominant) to clean while aiming the stream to the private ...


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Looks to me like you're in for a 3 year ban, but you better check that yourself and take a look at the paperwork you got. This law firm has been so nice to provide a translation of the "Operation Directions for Banning Entry of Aliens (禁止外國人入國作業規定)". You should really have a look at it yourself, find the neat PDF here. There is also a slightly ...


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Unfortunately in this case common sense trumps political pride: entering Taiwan is considered leaving China, and you'll thus need a multiple-entry visa to get back to the mainland. (Incidentally, the same applies to Hong Kong and Macau.) I'm having trouble finding an authoritative source, but this random Chinese visa agent (apparently banned here, replace '...


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It really depends. Airline checkin agents are overcautious as in remote case of you being denied, Airline have to pay the fine. From talking to a checkin agent, if the fault is the agent's, the fine will be coming from their paycheck (may vary with airlines). You have three options. Get a new passport or one time travel document from your embassy (...


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According to this Google search it is the 'Stairs (or Stairway) to Heaven' in Yushan National Park.


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I was in Taiwan in August. Very few problems in Taipei; there's usually someone around who can speak some English, and failing that, hand signals and waving and pointing goes a long way. In addition, many of the signs are in English as well. Even in the markets, you could point, or some friendly person would take you where you wanted to go. Probably in ...


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I think what you're looking for is Jing Pu Tropic of Cancer landmark. It's located just off route 11 and is marked on Google Maps as a landmark.


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Taiwan currently has an amnesty program for foreign nationals who want to overstay their visas. "Under the program, there will be no mandatory detention, while the maximum penalty will be NT$2,000 (US$66) and no re-entry ban, compared with detention, a maximum fine of NT$10,000 and an entry ban of 1 to 8 years for those who do not voluntarily contact ...


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Safety wise, if an airline is allowed to land at an EU airport they are safe. That simple. They need to adhere to the EASA regulations for that. Also, they are in the IATA IOSA registry and the last time China Airlines had a fatal accident was in 2002 and the last time they had any accident was in 2007. Source: https://aviation-safety.net/database/operator/...


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Your visa will indicate how many times you are permitted to enter China under that visa. On the first line, there should be a field "ENTRIES" with a letter and a chinese character following it. If that letter is M, you are eligible for multiple entries. China also has single and double-entry visas; presumably, those would be the letters S and D respectively. ...


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TL;DR: You shouldn't. Taiwan is nowhere near as "bow-heavy" as Japan, but the same rule applies: foreigners are not expected to know or understand how to bow, and that's fine. Anybody meeting or being introduced to you is going to shake hands Western style. If you see people bowing at temples, funerals, whatever, what they're doing is none of your ...


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Taiwan has almost no embassies left, having lost the battle with the PRC for recognition (with very few, mostly insignificant, exceptions). What are usually present are offices that provide consular services with names such as "Taipei Economic and Cultural Center". China (The People's Republic) has nothing to do with Republic of China (Taiwan) visas, so don'...


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Here's my understanding from reading this reddit thread (how much more authoritative can you get?), looking at the Taipei Water Department website, and talking to an Airbnb host in the city: Tap water is safe in Taipei on the city's side, but most people boil or filter to be sure, since old buildings may have dirty or faulty pipes. I don't know about ...


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The reason there is no US embassy in Taiwan is because the US does not recognise the Republic of China (the government of Taiwan) as the legitimate government of China - it recognises the People's Republic of China (mainland China). The offical US embassy site notes: *Taiwan Note: The U.S. maintains unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan through ...


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Short answer: Fuxing and Shuttle are two specific service classes on the Taiwan Railways. They refer to semi-express and local trains respectively. The numbers are TrainCode, which identify the train services. There are 2-6 trains per hours between Keelung and Taipei on weekdays, with more trains during the peak hours. The last train departs from Keelung at ...


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You're convolving two independent Western traditions: toilet paper and sit-toilets. Even when using a sit-toilet, there are many ways to clean yourself. So you can clean yourself with water (rather than toilet paper) no matter what toilet you're using, and indeed that's what these hoses are for. As for the wet floor, the reason is twofold: It is ...


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If I am reading multiple place on the Interwebs you may be out of luck. There were ferries running regular scheduled service from Taiwan to Okinawa but they apparently went bankrupt (OpenJourney confirms this as well). If one to believe Wikitravel there is an irregular service offered by Star Cruises but I can't confirm through their website this to be ...


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It's enough of a problem that someone's built an app for that. So one 'trick' would be to download the app, provided you have a capable smartphone. Where are toilets in Taiwan? This will require a GPS signal and data to function, but claims to cover over 60,000 public toilets in the country. The second trick you can take note of comes from the app ...


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Yes you can. There are still some in Taipei. U2MTV is one of the chains. You can pick the movie you want from the shelf (they're all legit copies, btw), then check out and pick a room. You can also order food from them for you to enjoy. Just FYI, it's popular among teenagers because of the private suites... and you could guess what they might be doing in ...


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The general consensus on the web seems to be that you have three options: Go through a travel agent. Apply for a visa with the Chinese embassy in your home country. Go to Hong Kong and spend a few days waiting for the visa to be processed. According to this Chinese Forums post, going via a travel agency will involve shipping your passport to a ...


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It's because China manages its air traffic by routing flights along relatively narrow air corridors. For a discussion, see https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/explained-flight-delays-china-todd-siena.


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According to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), the requirements for visa-exempt travel to Taiwan include : 2.a confirmed return air/sea ticket or an air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure. Timatic (the system used by most my airlines to ...


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Yes, it does. Though: The waiting time refers to the time the taxi spent waiting (or moving very slowly) in traffic and lights (after the flag is down), but not the time it wait for the passengers to turn up before the flag is down, and It doesn't cost much as compared to how much the taxi charge when it moves. The department of transport, Taoyuan City ...


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I applied for my Taiwanese visa (Working Holiday) providing a printout of a tentative flight itinerary by just going to an airline website, selecting some dates and printing out something that looked itinerary-like (ie. has a flight number, dates, and locations). They just want a record of your tentative plans, and aren't going to hold you to it. Something ...


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It is very common in many parts of Asia and Africa for people to adopt Western names, especially English ones, and to use them even in local contexts. So in terms of travel, do not be suspicious if a stranger says he is Christopher or she is Emily. In some cases, it is simply can be one of many names someone adopts. In traditional Chinese culture, one can ...


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This will be very difficult, I think, if you want an actual shower rather than a wash. Some suggestions would be: Find a local swimming pool (these are not common outside big cities); pay for entrance and use their showers. Many pools will require you to have a bathing cap. Hot Springs are another option. Some schools allow people to use their grounds as ...


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There are a couple businesses within Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that provide printing / photocopying service. 7-eleven / ibon Kiosk in Terminal 1 The 7-eleven in Terminal 1 (B1) has two ibon Kiosks, a self-service machine that supports printing and scanning of documents (instructions here): You can print out any documents or pictures saved in the ...


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Airports have procedures in place for cases like this (because this can happen in legitimate situations), but they usually don’t like it and may give you a hard time, and likewise for immigration authorities. Note that in some cases if they find out this was intentional they may even fine you (this happened to a guy in Singapore who wanted to be with his ...


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China and Taiwan, even though China does not officially acknowledge Taiwan's existence, do allow citizens from each others' country to visit. Yes, they have to jump through hoops, but it's allowed. In fact from what I've heard during my travels in Taiwan, there's a lot of economic interdependence between the two countries now. I've also met travellers (...


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