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Taiwan's Country Information

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Name : Taiwan
Official Name : Republic of China
Capital : Taipei
Climate : Tropical; marine; rainy season during south-west monsoon (June to August); cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year.
Race : 84% Taiwanese (including Hakka), 14% mainland Chinese, 2% aborigine.
Language : Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects. Frequent use of English and Japanese in business settings.
Official Language : Mandarin Chinese
Religion : 93% mixture of Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist, 4.5% Christian, 2.5% other.
Government : Multiparty democratic regime headed by popularly elected president.
Population (in mil) : 21.9
Literacy Rate : 93.2%
Visas : A visa, which allows a 60-day stay is required. Visitors have to get their visa from a Taiwanese ‘pseudo embassy’ i.e. trade offices, travel services or friendship associations as the Republic of China (Taiwan) is not recognised by most countries.
Immunisations : Consider vaccinations for hepatitis.
Time : GMT/UTC plus eight hours
Electricity : 110V, 60 Hz
Weights & Measures : Metric
Currency : New Taiwan dollar (NT$)
Travellers Cheque : Both forms of monetary exchange can be used at international airports and large banks.
US dollars can also be used.
There are no legal private money changers in the country but some jewellery shops do provide money changing.
Credit Cards : Major international credit cards can be used at big hotels and restaurants.
Tipping : Expect to tip hotel bellhops and airport porters.
A bout $1 for a bag.
Bargaining :