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Why does there seem to be an extreme lack of public trashcans in Taiwan?

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 ...
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I overstayed and was deported from Taiwan, how long am I now banned for?

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 ...
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How can I know ahead of time whether the Taiwanese immigration and airline flying there will accept my passport?

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 ...
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How easy/hard is it to backpack to Taiwan knowing only English?

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,...
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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?

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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Consequences of Overstaying visa in Taiwan

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 (...
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Can I get a Taiwan visa from China?

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 ...
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Choosing the Airline for a long-haul fligt, Europe to Taiwan

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 ...
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Is the tapwater fit to drink throughout Taiwan?

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 ...
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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?

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 ...
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What exactly is "Fuxing / Shuttle"?

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 ...
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Does Taiwan have thrift stores? How to find them?

Individuals in any place always are different, but Japanese culture long has embraced collecting. When combined with the prolonged economic slump in the 1990s, this strengthened a willing market of ...
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Can I still visit a "movie TV" establishment (MTV) in Taiwan?

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 ...
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Can a foreigner get a visa for China in Taiwan?

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 ...
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Why is the flight path from Taipei to Tianjin not a straight line?

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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Is it possible to enter Taiwan without a return ticket?

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 ...
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Does the taxi waiting time impact the taxi fare when taking a taxi from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)'s taxi stand?

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 ...
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Is it possible to get a tentative flight itinerary to apply for Taiwan visa without paying?

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 ...
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Why do people in Taiwan sometimes use Western-sounding names?

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 ...
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Where can "public showers" be found in Taiwan?

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 ...
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The literacy rate of Mandarin/Simplified Chinese in Taipei?

I am Taiwanese. For the younger people and middle-age, it's okay to use simplified Chinese, but for older people, I am not sure if they understand or not. I also think it's okay to use simplified ...
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Is there any printer at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) that airline passengers can use?

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 ...
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Can you leave Taiwan airport after going through international security?

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 ...
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How easy/hard is it to backpack to Taiwan knowing only English?

I rode my bicycle around the whole of Taiwan. English is spoken a bit more in Taipei than other places, but it's hit-or-miss everywhere. I found a tea shop in Taipei where the staff did not ...
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Avoid fireworks/firecrackers in Taiwan

TL;DR: You're probably fine. The big occasion for firecrackers in Taiwan (and the rest of the Chinese world) is Chinese (Lunar) New Year, which is traditionally celebrated at the stroke of midnight ...
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Choosing the Airline for a long-haul fligt, Europe to Taiwan

Eva Air is definitely a good carrier but they only serve Vienna, Paris, London and Amsterdam in Europe. Depending on where you are in Germany one of those may be an option. If you allow for a ...
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Do any of the convenience store chains in Taiwan offer free Wi-Fi?

Yes, 7-Eleven and FamilyMart both do, but since they're both so hard to use in English, I'll tell you about another service I found that is not tied to a convenience store chain first. .1.Free Wi-Fi (...
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Where can "public showers" be found in Taiwan?

Where I have been staying for over a week now on the east coast, Dulan village, Donghe township, Taitung county, the police station basically has a full camping setup intended for cyclists. It ...
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Is it possible to get a tentative flight itinerary to apply for Taiwan visa without paying?

Travel agents are able to hold flights without committing to the ticket. Most will hold flights and issue itineraries without charging you, while you firm up your plans. Pop in to a local travel ...
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Travelling in Taiwan during Chinese New Year? Good or no good?

Taiwan will have the same week long holiday as the mainland, officially starting on the 18th. The biggest days are the first two: the 18th is new year's eve and the 19th is the first day of the new ...

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