Taiwan is one of the most popular tourist destinations for many foreign tourists. You will feel that this place is full of multiculturalism. A blend of multi-ethnic races, multi-languages, authentic cultures, and much beautiful scenery.
No firearms and robbers make you feel safe. So you can relax and enjoy everything here: wearing slippers, eating delicious Taiwanese food, and readily available beer.
A Small But Full Places Island
In addition, you will feel the charm of this island country: Taiwan has hundreds of mountains and beaches, lovely and kind local residents. In addition, a lifestyle that makes you feel most free. Compared to Southeast Asia, you will not have to worry about being bound by some traditional taboos. You can boldly make your own speech without restriction.
Taiwan is a country that implements democracy, freedom, and pluralism. Therefore, you must visit Taiwan at least once in your life.
TAIWAN Location: Where is Taiwan?
Before visiting Taiwan, you must know the geographical location of Taiwan. Maybe you heard about this place when you were young and felt very far away. Indeed, if you live in Europe or the Americas, just open the Google map. And Taiwan locates in the vast western Pacific, southeast of mainland China, northern Philippines, and south of Japan. The area of this island is similar to Hainan Island in China, which is neither large nor small, so you cannot move anywhere just by walking.
In addition, Taiwan also includes these outer islands: Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, Green Island, Lanyu, and Little Ryukyu. Each island has beautiful scenery and culture. Therefore, you can not just stay on the island of Taiwan; you can visit these islands for a few more days.
State of TAIWAN: What Regions Does Taiwan include?
The capital of Taiwan is Taipei, located north of the island of Taiwan. Taipei is a metropolis with the densest population and the most attractions and restaurants. Taipei 101, North Gate, the Forbidden City Museum, and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are the most famous attractions.
The other regions are arranged from north to south from the west of Taiwan:
Keelung – The northernmost area of Taiwan, with the most important ports, and Miaokou Night Market nearby to gather a lot of food.
New Taipei City – The vast hinterland covers Taipei City. It has the largest population in Taiwan, including many famous attractions such as Tamsui Old Street, Jiufen, and Yehliu.
Taoyuan – When your airplane lands in Taiwan, the airport is located in this area. The full name is “Taoyuan Zhongzheng International Airport.” Many attractions will be near the seaside and on the mountain like Daxi Shimen Reservoir.
Hsinchu – A place where many high-tech factories meet, many wealthy people live in Zhubei. Most attractions are in the mountains on the outskirts and need to move for a long time like Neiwan.
Miaoli – Strong Hakka culture gathers here, and towns are scattered. However, the most prominent place is Hakka Round House.
Taichung – The fastest-growing city shortly. There are many attractions to visit with a large urban area, whether it is the city center or near the sea. The most famous is Gaomei Wetland.
Nantou – It’s an area which doesn’t close to the sea. Instead, locates in a higher altitude mountain. You can visit several famous attractions such as Zinan Palace, Qingjing Farm, and the most famous Yushan.
Changhua – The most famous temple culture is the most famous: Lugang Old Street, Round House.
Yunlin – The area with the most rice fields and animal husbandry can feel the countryside atmosphere here.
Chiayi – There are also many paddy fields. Of course, you can also visit Alishan by moving in the direction of the mountain.
Tainan – The area with the most local snacks and an exceptional alley appearance, where you can eat the most delicious Taiwanese food, and the enthusiastic locals will greet you.
Kaohsiung – is the most important city in southern Taiwan. There are ports and bays like Xiziwan (Xizi Bay). The locals are also very enthusiastic and will take the initiative to help you if you need it.
Pingtung – Many people talk about Kenting in this area, but the hinterland is long and narrow, and it takes a long time to drive.
Yilan – You can enjoy the best hot springs and geothermal attractions in this area.
Hualien – Narrow terrain, close to the coast, has many beautiful natural attractions like Qingshui Cliff, Taroko, Qixingtan.
Taitung – Also, the narrow terrain. Rich aboriginal culture is in this area. Then, of course, there are many famous attractions like Haibin Waterfront Park, Brown Avenue, Sanxiantai.
Little Ryukyu – An island with many natural reefs, perfect for a relaxing holiday.
Penghu – A lot of seafood here, smell the freshest seafood, and of course, you can enjoy the most relaxing moments here. The most famous attraction is Penghu Bridge across the sea.
Kinmen – This island has had wars before, so you will see many secret facilities and bunkers. Don’t go into the jungle, or you may touch mines. Kinmen is also the region closest to mainland China.
Matsu – Similar to Kinmen, there have been wars. Several scattered islands in Matsu require a boat ride to reach. Matsu is the only place where blue tears can be seen.
Green Island – This island holds many political prisoners in the past, so you will see prison facilities here.
Lanyu – This island has a strong Dawu aboriginal culture. In addition to the seascape, you can see some festivals of the aboriginal people.
What Kind of Language are The Taiwanese Speak?
Taiwan is a multi-racial and multi-language country. Most of the local residents speak Chinese. It sounds like Mandarin in China. Both Chinese are similar, and some words are different. In addition, since Taiwan is a country of multi-ethnic immigrants, you will hear Min Nan, Hakka, and even aboriginal languages (this is relatively rare).
Min Nan is common in many places in Taiwan, and Hakka is spoken in Hsinchu and Miaoli Regions. English education has been popular since Taiwan opened its doors for sightseeing. Most young people in Taiwan speak English, while the elderly speak only the local language. English is only widely used in urban areas.
It is worth mentioning that if you want to identify in English. Currently, only street signs or intersection signs and some well-known attractions will be marked in English. When you want to try local snacks, it may make you feel tired.
The menus of most stores only have Chinese and no English, so on this website, I will recommend Taiwan food information for you to try. You can click on other articles to read more.
TAIWAN Dollars: What are the current currency notes in Taiwan?
Think travel Taiwan can use credit cards frequently? No, credit cards are only available in department stores and chain stores. Other snacks and restaurants only accept cash. Moreover, the use of credit cards in Taiwan is not high, so you must redeem (NTD) New Taiwan Dollar cash to start your Taiwan travel.
Regarding New Taiwan Dollar banknotes, the Taiwan government currently issues these currencies:
Local residents will call “yuan” for each price, especially the boss’ response before you pay.
Coins: (NTD) 1 yuan, 5 yuan, 10 yuan, 50 yuan.
Notes: (NTD) 100 yuan, 200 yuan, 500 yuan, 1,000 yuan, 2,000 yuan.
Another thing you must have when traveling to Taiwan is an Easy Card, which is a very convenient and fast payment method for public transportation. You can click this article to read the information about Easy Card and the in-depth introduction of New Taiwan Dollar: Click here.