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  • 1. The Handy Guide forForeigners in Taiwan Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive Yuan November 2010
  • 2. A Note from the Editor Following centuries of ethnic cultural assimilation and development, today Taiwan has a population of about 23 million and an unique culture that is both rich and diverse. This is the only green island lying on the Tropic of Cancer, with a plethora of natural landscapes that includes mountains, hot springs, lakes, seas, as well as a richness of biological diversity that encompasses of these are endemic species, such as the Formosan Landlocked Salmon ( ), Formosan Black Bear ( ), Swinhoe’s Pheasant ( ), and Black-faced Spoonbill ( ), making Taiwan an important base for nature conservation. In addition to its cultural and ecological riches, Taiwan also enjoys comprehensive educational, medical, and transportation systems, along with a complete national infrastructure, advanced information technology and communication networks, and an electronics industry and related subcontracting industries that are among the cutting edge in the world. Taiwan is in the process of carrying out its first major county and city reorganization since 1949. This process encompasses changes in direct administration of the central government, will take effect on Dec. 25,the pre- and post-reorganization maps.City and County Reorganization Old Name New Name (from Dec. 25, 2010) Taipei County Xinbei City Taichung County, Taichung City Taichung City Tainan County, Tainan City Tainan City Kaohsiung County, Kaohsiung City Kaohsiung CityEssential Facts About Taiwan 36,000 square kilometers Taipei City New Taiwan Dollar (Yuan) /NT$ Oct. 10 Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, others2
  • 3. 02 A Note from the Editor05Immigrationand Visas Information for Foreigners Website 6 17 International Community Service Transportation Hotline 6 International Flights/Domestic Visitor Visa 6 Flights 18 Resident Visa 8 Taiwan High Speed Rail 20 Round-the-island Railroad 21 Metropolitan Rapid Transit Holder Counter 9 Systems 22 Visa-exempt Entry 10 Long-distance Bus Service 22 Landing Visa 11 Taxis/Car Rental 23 Overstay 12 Driver’s License and Visa Services 15 International Driving Permit 24 Priority Counters at Arrival Bicycles 26 Passport Control 16 Ship Transport 27 Naturalization and Marriage Registration 1629 45Discover Taiwan Eating and Tourist Information Services 30 Drinking Taiwan Tour Bus 31 Taiwan’s Culinary Culture 46 Night-market Snacks 48 Youth Travel Card 33 Local Delicacies 51 National Parks in Taiwan 33 In-depth Travel 38 Leisure Agri-tourism 39 Arts and Culture 40 3 Museums 42
  • 4. 53 63 Shopping Living Tips Metropolitan Shopping Districts 54 Renting a House 64 Taiwans Brand Commercial Basic Public Services 64 Districts 55 Telecommunications and Internet 67 English Services Emblem 55 Postal Services 69 Tourist Shopping Assurance Buying Daily Necessities 69 System 56 Keeping a Pet 70 Consumer Protection 56 Recycling 71 Information for Consumers 59 73 81 Banking Services Healthcare Currency 82 National Health Insurance 74 Currency Exchange 83 Bilingual Healthcare Service 75 Travelers Checks 84 Opening an Account 84 Traditional Chinese Medicine 78 Using Bank Cards in Taiwan 85 Drug Safety 80 Medical Tourism 80 Credit Cards 86 Internet Banking 86 87 Employment and Investment 97 Studying Work Permits for Foreign Professionals 88 Foreign Schools 98 Preferential Measures for Foreign Taiwan Education Centers 100 Professionals in Taiwan 89 Studying in Taiwan 100 Work Permits for Overseas Scholarship Opportunities Chinese and Foreign Students 92 in Taiwan 102 Working in Taiwan: Rights and Scholarships and Grants 103 Obligations 92 Studying Chinese in Taiwan 105 Labor Protection 95 Investing in Taiwan 95 The Centennial of the Republic of China 1084
  • 5. Visas for visitors entering Taiwan are divided into four categories:1. Visitor visa, for stays up to 180 days2. Resident visa, for stays exceeding 180 days3. Diplomatic visa4. Courtesy visaForeign nationals who meet certain criteria may be visa-exempt, or they mayobtain a landing visa. Information for Foreigners Website International Community Service Hotline Visitor Visa Resident Visa http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=2 Visa Information Hotline: 02-2343-2888 Visa-exempt Entry http://www.immigration.gov.tw/immig_ Landing Visa eng/aspcode/main4.asp Overstay International Community Service Visa Services Hotline: 0800-024-111 Priority Counters at Arrival Passport Control Naturalization and Marriage Registration
  • 6. Information for Foreigners Website http://iff.immigration.gov.tw This website provides tourists, business travelers, overseas students, long-term residents, and foreign spouses with information they may find useful for living in Taiwan. It contains information on things services, etc. publishing a free Chinese-English bi-weekly newsletter for foreign visitors called “Taiwan What’s Up.” It includes new government measures, special reports, cultural activities and information updates. International Community Service Hotline 0800-024-111 This service hotline is toll free and provides immediate services 24 hours a day in Chinese, English and Japanese. Call this number if you have questions health insurance, transportation, etc. The hotline provides services 24 hrs a day in Chinese, English, and Japanese. Visitor Visa Visitor visas are for foreign nationals who hold ordinary passports or other legal travel documents with the intention to visit Taiwan for no more than 6 months, and for the purposes of transit, tourism, visiting relatives or friends, business, attending international conferences, short-term study, temporary employment, temporary missionary work, or engaging in other activities in the ROC as approved by the Ministry6
  • 7. Visitor Visa Information taken within the last six months.RequiredDocuments ticket. countries with which the ROC has entered into reciprocal visa agreements, shall be determined in accordance withVisa Validity these agreements. for three months up to one year.Duration ofStay with which the ROC has entered into reciprocal visa agreements.Fee for sixty or ninety days, and whose visas bearing no suchNotes service centers of the NIA for a maximum extension of 180 days. 02-2303-2888 7
  • 8. Resident Visa Resident visas are issued for foreign nationals who hold ordinary passports or other legal travel documents with the intention to stay in the Republic of China for more than 6 months for the purposes of joining family, pursuing studies, undertaking government level. Foreign nationals with the intention to reside in Taiwan should submit Resident Visa Information Required photos taken within the last 6 months. Documents competent authority of the ROC. Visa Validity A resident visa is valid for three months. Resident Visa holders are required to apply for the Alien Duration of service centers of the NIA within 15 days starting from the Stay as their ARC remains valid.8
  • 9. certain foreign embassy staff in Taiwan. holders. Fee be applied to applications made in the ROC by visitor visa holders applying for a change or replacement of visitor visas or resident visas. ROC has entered into reciprocal visa agreements, the resident visa is issued gratis. employment purposes may apply to have their original Notes resident visas in Taiwan. enter Taiwan visa-free or with landing visas, or to foreign workers. 02-2303-2888entering Taiwan. Goods worth up to NT$20,000, 200 cigarettes, 25cigars, or one pound of tobacco; and one liter of alcoholic beveragesmay be brought into Taiwan duty-free. Underage children, however,are not allowed to bring in tobacco or alcoholic products. Forbiddenanimals, protected plants and animals and their products, and otheritems the import of which is forbidden by law. english/ 9
  • 10. Coming to Taiwan for Employment Employers who wish to hire foreign nationals to work in Taiwan must receiving the work permits, the prospective employers must apply for resident visas for the employees. If the prospective foreign employees have already entered Taiwan on ordinary visitor visas, they can go Taichung or Kaohsiung and apply to have their visitor visas changed to resident visas. If the prospective employees are not in Taiwan, they must go to the nearest overseas ROC mission and apply for resident visas. Foreign has set up a one-stop center for work permit applications for foreign professionals. Companies hiring foreign professionals can handle all procedures for the application of work permits at this center. Visa-exempt Entry entry. Japanese citizens with passports valid for at least three months10
  • 11. Countries Eligible for Visa-exempt Entry Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg,Visa-exempt Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain,Entry for 30 Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia,Days Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia Citizens of India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, andVisa-exemptEntry for 90daysLanding VisaLanding visas are available for holders of valid emergency orLanding Visa Information Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, KaohsiungPorts of Entry International Airport reservation for departure.Requirements with reciprocal agreements will be issued visas gratis. 11
  • 12. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport may apply for a Processing Kaohsiung International Airport may apply for a Procedure temporary entry permit at Kaohsiung Airport with the 2nd Brigade of Border Affairs Corps of the NIA. These passengers must change the permit to a visa at the days, or they will be subjected to an administrative penalty for overstaying 30 days starting from the day after arrival, and cannot be Maximum extended. Landing visas cannot be converted to other Period of Stay types of visas. Holders of US passports valid for less than six months: passengers shall apply for a visa at an overseas Passengers who apply for visas upon arrival at the ports Notes single entry visa of which the duration of stay is no more than 30 days may be granted. Overstay Please apply for visa extensions 15~30 days prior to expiration to avoid penalties.12
  • 13. Those who overstay for no more than 30 days may, if their originalSuch persons will, however, receive penalties ranging from NT$2,000Reapplication for Entry Visa Conditions of Documents Needed for Status Overstay Application With a valid Go to the local NIA service White-collar center and have their passports professionals period of overstay endorsed with the valid periods of working in Taiwan not exceeding one the employment permit. Re-apply legally month for an ARC valid for three months. 13
  • 14. Household registration from the ARC expired for Foreign spouses last three months, or proof of no more than six joining their family valid resident status of spouse in months. Taiwan. Household registration from the Underage ARC expired for last three months, or proof of a dependents joining no more than six valid Taiwan residence ID from a their family months. relative. Overseas Chinese ARC expired for and foreign no more than six Valid student ID card. students months. Service Centers of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) Service Hours: 08:00 ~ 17:00 Service Center Telephone Service Center Telephone 02-2428-1775 05-231-3274 Keelung City Chiayi City 02-2427-6174 05-231-9947 Taipei City 02-2389-9983 Chiayi County 05-362-3763 02-8964-7960 06-293-7641 Taipei County Tainan City 02-8964-6937 06-293-6210 Taoyuan 03-331-4830 06-581-7404 Tainan County County 03-331-0409 06-581-6659 03-524-3517 07-282-1400 Hsinchu City Kaohsiung City 03-524-7357 07-221-3478 03-551-4590 Kaohsiung 07-621-2143 Hsinchu County 03-551-9905 County 07-623-6294 037-322-350 08-721-6665 Miaoli County Pingtung County 037-327-941 08-721-5417 04-2254-9981 03-957-5448 Taichung City Yilan County 04-2254-2545 03-957-8455 Taichung 04-2526-1087 03-832-9700 Hualien County County 04-2526-9777 03-833-0007 Changhua 04-834-9614 Taitung County 089-361-631 County 04-834-7640 049-220-0065 06-926-7150 Nantou County Penghu County 049-224-2235 06-926-946914
  • 15. 05-534-5971 082-323-701 Yunlin County Kinmen County 05-534-6029 082-323-695 Lienchiang 0836-23-741 County 0836-23-738Visa ServicesIn countries where the ROC maintains a mission, foreign passportholders may apply for a visa at the ROC embassies, consulates or1. letter of guarantee for visa application to the Republic of China; the Republic of China;3. visa application form;4. other relevant documents.visa application.Locations for Submitting Visa Applications in TaiwanService hours: 08:30 ~ 17:00 Service Unit Telephone Address 3F, No. 2-2, Sec. 1, Jinan BOCA, MOFA 02-2343-2888 Rd., Taipei City 1F, No. 503, Sec. 2, Liming 04-2251-0799 MOFA Rd., Taichung City 2F, No. 436, Chenggong 1st 07-211-0605 MOFA Rd., Kaohsiung City 03-833-1041 MOFA Rd., Hualien City Taoyuan International 15
  • 16. Priority Counters at Arrival Passport Control women, and all passengers with reduced mobility may use this counter. Naturalization and Marriage Registration Foreign nationals and stateless applicants who meet the requirements necessary documents to a local household registry office. The documents will be transferred to the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) for approval. For registration of marriage, divorce or naturalization, please Memo16
  • 17. Taiwan High Speed Rail is a speedy and convenient way of traveling downthe island. Travelers can also use the round-the-island railroad, buses, theMetropolitan Rapid Transit System, cars, motorcycles, and bicycles to travel International Flights/Domestic Flights Taiwan High Speed Rail Round-the-island Railroad Metropolitan Rapid Transit Systems Long-distance Bus Service Taxis/Car Rental Driver’s License and International Driving Permit Bicycles Ship Transport
  • 18. International Flights/Domestic Flights International Flights Taiwan’s international air routes are served by Taoyuan International I eng/aspcode/main4.asp Flights across the Taiwan Straits Foreign passport holders may enter from and depart to Mainland permits. Domestic Flights airports serving Taiwan as well as the surrounding islands. Flights should be reserved before departure, directly with an airline or through a travel agency. Foreign passport holders need to present their passports at check-in and boarding.18
  • 19. Domestic AirportsAirport Website TelephoneTaipei International 02-8770-3430 http://www.tsa.gov.tw/Airport 02-8770-3460Kaohsiung 07-805-7630International http://www.kia.gov.tw/Airport 07-805-7631 http://www.hulairport.Hualien Airport 03-821-0768 gov.tw/Taitung Airport http://www.tta.gov.tw/en/ 089-362-530, 089-362-531 04-2615-5206,Taichung Airport http://www.tca.gov.tw/ 04-2615-5000 ext.123Chiayi Airport http://www.cya.gov.tw/ 05-286-7886 ext. 311Tainan Airport http://www.tna.gov.tw/ 06-260-1016, 06-260-1017Kinmen Airport http://www.kma.gov.tw/ 082-322-381, 082-313-694 http://www.mkport.gov.Magong Airport 06-922-8188, 06-922-9123 tw/ http://www.tta.gov.tw/Lanyu Airport 089-732-220 lanyu/index.asp http://www.tta.gov.tw/Lyudao Airport 089-671-194 green/index.asp http://www.mkport.gov.Qimei Airport 06-9971-256 tw/cim/index.asp http://www.mkport.gov.Wang’an Airport 06-999-1806 tw/wan/index.aspMatsu Nangan http://www.tsa.gov.tw/ 0836-26-505Airport web/nangan http://www.tsa.gov.tw/Matsu Beigan Airport 0836-56-606 ext. 105 web/nairportPingtung Airport http://www.pta.gov.tw/ 08-766-5760Hengchun Airport http://www.hca.gov.tw/ 08-889-7120 ext. 1127 19
  • 20. Domestic Airlines Airline Website Telephone http://www.china-airlines. China Airlines 02-2715-1212 com/ Far Eastern Air Transport http://www.fat.com.tw/ 02-2712-1555 TransAsia Airway http://www.tna.com.tw/ 02-4498-123 http://www.mandarin- Mandarin Airlines 02-2717-1230 airlines.com/ Eva Air http://www.evaair.com/ 02-2501-1999 http://www.ep-air.com.tw/ 04-2615-5058 Aerospace Industrial http://www.aidc.com.tw/ 04-2707-0001 Development Corp. Uni Air http://www.uniair.com.tw/ 02-2518-5166 http://www.dailyair.com. Daily Air 089-362-487 tw/ Taiwan High Speed Rail become one of the main choice for north-south bound passenger transportation along Taiwan’s west coast. It travels from Taipei to Kaohsiung in less than two hours, with stations in Taipei, Banqiao Ta i c h u n g , C h i a y i , Ta i n a n , a n d Zuoying in Kaohsiung. 02-4066-3000 02-4066-000020
  • 21. Transfer Informationparking facilities nearby. transfer.aspRound-the-island TaipeiRailroad Transportation Taichung Transportation Taoyuan County Taipei CityThe railway is one of the Kaohsiung Hsinchu Transportation City/County Xinbei Citybest ways to travel around Yilan Transportation Miaoli Yilan County CountyTaiwan. The round-the- Hualien Transportationisland railroad connects Taichung Cityall of Taiwan’s major Nantou Hualien Countycities. There are also local Changhua County Countyroutes, including the Jiji Yunlin County( Chiayi City/County ) and Neiwan ( ) Tainan Citylines that give access tospecial scenic areas. Kaohsiung City Taitung CountyTickets can be reserved upto 14 days prior to travelvia telephone or website, Pingtung Countybut they must be pickedup at the railway stationweekends and holidays, it is advised to make reservations early.Foreign students who are in Taiwan on short-term study tours canpresent their foreign passports, international student certification, ora travel pass issued by the National Youth Commission (NYC) ( 21
  • 22. Metropolitan Rapid Transit Systems Both Taipei and Kaohsiung have mass rapid transit systems that provide convenient access to tourist spots within the cities and connecting buses are available to surrounding areas. Travelers purchasing a Smart Card (or an IC Card), such as the EasyCard in Taipei, or I-Pass and TaiwanMoney Cards in Kaohsiung. Smoking, eating and drinking, and chewing gums are prohibited in MRT stations and on the trains. Long-distance Bus Service Many long-distance bus services are available for convenient travel between cities. Some bus routes operate 24 hours a day. Traveling by long-distance buses is cheaper than by train or by plane. Bus Company Information Bus Company Telephone 0800-010-138, 02-2331-2950 0800-241-560, 02-2995-7799 0800-043-168, 07-237-5640 0800-002-377 0800-051-51922
  • 23. Local Bus Service TransportationEvery city and town in Taiwanhas a municipal or highway busnetwork, providing convenienttransportation. In Taipei andKaohsiung you can use the MRTand connecting shuttle busesto save time. Signs at bus stopsshow the routes of the buses, so atraveler can check the route beforeboarding. The local bus is a great choice for short- distance transportation.Taxis/Car RentalTaxisby the meter, but tariffs vary from city to city. Some long-distancetherefore passengers should check withthe drivers before using the service. Inmost cities in Taiwan, you can call forhave passed English proficiency testsare available in Taipei and Kaohsiung.To use this service, call the International Taxis provide fast and convenientavailable in most convenience stores. services. (Taipei and Keelung areas), 0800-001-006 (Kaohsiung) 23
  • 24. Car Rental R e n t i n g a c a r i n Ta i w a n i s v e r y convenient. Rental companies offer various kinds of vehicles at major airports and railway stations in major cities. Chauffeur services are also available . Chauffeur services Driver’s License and International Driving Permit Drivers’ Situation Requirements Foreigners with international Are allowed to drive for up to 30 days. driving permits from countries that have and complete an International Driving reciprocal agreements with License Permit Application if they are staying the ROC. for more than 30 days. Before arriving in Taiwan, need to go to an Foreigners who want to overseas ROC embassy, representative exchange a license issued by another country or area in Taiwan, or… into an ROC driver’s license. After arriving in Taiwan, go to a foreign embassy in Taiwan. Must apply at a motor vehicle supervision General of Highways. Foreigners who wish to get a new ROC driver’s license. languages: Chinese, English, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, and If you need more information about driving in Taiwan with an international driver’s license into a Taiwan license, please see the24 english 02-2311-3456
  • 25. Getting a Motorcycle Driving LicenseMotorcycles in Taiwan are categorized as light motorcycles, ordinaryheavy motorcycles, and large heavy motorcycles. Motorcycles withhighways). Motorcycle drivers and passengers in Taiwan are required to wear full-face safety helmets at all times. For details on license testing, please check with one of the motor vehicle Department in Charge Website Telephone http://english.mvo.taipei.gov.tw 02-2831-4155 Taipei City Government Taipei Motor Vehicle http://www.tmvso.gov.tw 02-2688-4366 Hsinchu Motor Vehicles http://www.hmv.gov.tw 03-589-2051 Taichung Motor Vehicles http://www.tmv.gov.tw 04-2691-2011 Chiayi Motor Vehicles http://www.cyi.gov.tw 05-277-0150 Kaohsiung Motor http://www.komv.gov.tw/eng/ 07-771-1101 Department of Motor http://mvdis1.kcg.gov.tw/dep_17/ 07-361-3161 Vehicle, Kaohsiung City index.phpMotorcycle Evaporative and Exhaust Emissions Testemissions. Failure to do so will result in penalties. The environmentalprotection institutions send out notification for tests each year tomotorcycle owners as a reminder for this test. Motorcycle ownersmust carry out this test whether they receive such reminders or not.Tests are available with or without such reminders. 25
  • 26. Bicycles The government has been promoting leisure cycling in recent years. Together with local bicycle-manufacturing industry, great efforts have been made to transform Taiwan into a “Cycling Island.” Many of the island’s main tourist destinations have bicycle rental shops and designated cycling paths, such as the Dongfeng Green Bicycle Corridor ( ) and the Shoreline Bikeway at Sun Moon Lake. Taipei City, Taipei County, and Kaohsiung City offer public bike rental with pickups at one location and returns at another. Rental is For details, check the relevant city or county website.26
  • 27. Ship TransportDirect travel between Taiwan and Mainland China began in Decemberof 2008, bringing convenience to cross-straits travelers. Taiwan alsoon the Danshui River and Kaohsiung City’s Love River cruises. Whileprovided by river tourism. web02.mtnet.gov.tw/eng/ Northern Taiwan Maritime Transportation Eastern Taiwan Maritime Transportation about.htm Southern Taiwan Maritime TransportationMemo 27
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  • 29. Taiwan is a land of beautiful sceneries and coastlines. Its geographic positionand international cultures creates the diverse cultures in Taiwan. Tourist Information Services Taiwan Tour Bus Youth Travel Card National Parks in Taiwan National Scenic Areas In-depth Travel Leisure Agri-tourism Arts and Culture Museums
  • 30. Tourist Information Services Tourist Information Website The Taiwan Tourist Information website contains separate sections on travel, folk festivals, cuisine, shopping, itinerary planning, accommodation, and transport. The website also has recommendations to help you plan your travel itinerary. There is also information on are available in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, German, and French. Tourist Information Hotline: 0800-011-765 Travelers needing information on itinerary planning or emergency Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean. Special operators can provide comprehensive information on topics ranging from transportation and accommodation to itinerary planning and other travel-related matters. Travel Service Centers To help travelers, the Tourism Bureau has established Travel Information Service Centers at Taiwan’s major airports, railway stations, MRT stations, national scenic areas, and popular tourist sites. Travelers should look for the Center’s bright yellow logo “ ” These information centers offer maps and brochures and also allow travelers to go online to look up the information they need. In addition, specialized staff members are available to provide detailed local travel information.30
  • 31. Taiwan Tour BusIn-depth Travel around TaiwanThe Tourism Bureau has assisted bus operators in planning TaiwanTour Bus itineraries to cover all major tourist destinations, scenicareas, cultural centers, shops, and festivals. Travelers can be pickedup from their hotel, airport, or railway station. These tour buses visitpopular tourist sites, providing travelers with transportation, insurance,and comprehensive services. The tour buses also have guides whoprovide Chinese, English, and Japanese interpretation to help travelersenjoy carefree travel without language barriers. Online reservationsand the telephone numbers of major travel agencies can be found onTaiwan Tour Bus’ website. Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean)Digital Tour BuddyAn Essential Helpmate for Independent TravelThe Digital Tour Buddy is part of a program sponsored by the NationalYouth Commission (NYC) ( ). It is a mobile phone that you canborrow for 15-30 days, free of charge. It is designed for visitors whomessaging and direct-dial services,the Digital Tour Buddy has a built-in English-Chinese dictionary,and it includes numbers for visitorinformation centers, 24-hr Touristhostel reservations, English-functions. The phone’s value card 31
  • 32. can be purchased, and credit can be added at convenience stores and Chunghwa Telecom business offices. Beginning in September 2010, 3G SIM cards are also available for travelers using their own mobile phone for internet connection. Using the Digital Tour Buddy Applying for a Digital Tour Buddy Application prior to entry Application after entry 1.Online application Digital Tour Buddy can be picked up three Application should be made days after application. 7 days to 1 month prior to visit. Application form is 2.On-site application available online. Application can be made between 10:00 to 21:00 at NYC’s Taipei Youth Volunteer Center, Tuesday through Sunday. Picking up a Digital Tour Buddy Applied prior to entry Applied after entry 1. Online application Digital Tour Buddy can be picked up at After arrival, bring the NYC’s Taipei Youth Center with documents. necessary documents Leave a copy of passport and ID for security to the Travel Information purposes. Service Counter of Taoyuan International Airport and 2. On-site application Kaohsiung International Application can be made at NYC’s Taipei Airport or to the NYC’s Youth Center between 10:00 to 21:00, Taipei Youth Travel Center. Tuesday through Sunday. Leave a copy of passport and ID for security purposes.32
  • 33. This website provides updated information on travelling mainly of interest to travelers between the ages of 15 and 30. It also encourages young travelers to ZhongXiao E. Rd. Sec. 1, Taipei City 02-3322-5550Youth Travel CardNearly 800 discounts on tickets, transportation, accommodation andcuisine are available for young travelers between the ages 15-30.group ticket price for Taipei 101 Observatory and 50% off the ticketprice for the National Palace Museum.ID (passport for foreign nationals and identification card for ROCservice centers and visitor centers of Tourism Bureau (e.g. TaiwanVolunteer Centers of the NYC, Chinese Language Centers, and certainregional government centers and associations and foundations relatedto youth travel.National Parks in TaiwanTaiwan is surrounded by the sea and has a subtropical climate. Ithas alpine forests and a diverse topography. The island’s warmtemperatures and abundant rainfall, nurturing forests with rich plantlife as well as a huge variety of animal species. To preserve theisland’s natural beauty, the government has designated 8 nationalparks, each with its own characteristics and attractions. Touristsvisiting these national parks must obey the regulations protecting thenatural environment and respect local cultures and practices. 33
  • 34. Name Features Website Telephone Yangmingshan is located at the http:// northern edge of Taipei basin, www. featuring volcanic mountains, Yangmingshan ymsnp. crater lakes, and breathtaking 02-2861-3601 National Park gov.tw/ views of the city and the sea. A html/ eng/ here every year. A park in central Taiwan, northeast of Taichung, with high mountain peaks and river streams. A range of endemic http:// Shei-Pa species can be found at this www. 037-996-100 National Park park: Formosan landlocked spnp. salmon, broad-tailed swallowtail gov.tw/ bears, Formosan serows, and other protected wildlife. http:// A park near Hualien with marble www. Taroko gorges and canyons, along with taroko. 03-862-1100 National Park archaeological sites from the gov.tw/ Neolithic Age. English/ Yushan, or Jade Mountain, in central Taiwan, is 3,952 meters high. It is the highest peak in Taiwan and Northeast Asia. It is currently on the shortlist for the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park features subtropical, temperate, 049-277-3121 http:// and alpine forests, rich wildlife Park Entry www. Yushan ecologies, and the Batong Service Unit: ysnp. National Park Historic Trail, which has existed 049-234-8204, gov.tw/ since the Qing Dynasty. 049-234-8209 en/ The number of hikers and climbers allowed on Jade Mountain at any time is limited, so climbers must apply in advance. Application prior to visit and on-spot application are also available for foreign visitors.34
  • 35. Name Features Website Telephone This national park preserves aTaijiang widespread of precious wetland http://www.National ecosystem, mangrove forests, 06-391-0000 tjnp.gov.tw/Park and also serve as the habitat for the Black-faced Spoonbills. A park located at the southernKenting tip of Taiwan with an atmosphere http://www.National resembling the South Seas. It ktnp.gov. 08-886-1321Park is known for its rich coral reef tw/eng/ ecology. A special battleground site on one of Taiwan’s offshore islands with rich culture and history. InKinmen http://www. autumn and early winter, KinmenNational kmnp.gov. 082-31-3100 becomes a way station forPark tw/ migrating fowls of many species, making it an ideal setting for bird watching. The park features unique http://Dongsha geological landscapes formed of dongsha.Atoll National weathered coral and seashells 07-360-1898 cpami.gov.Park tw/National Scenic AreasNational Website TelephoneScenic AreaNortheast http://www. Longdong Visitors center: 02-2499-1190Coast and Yilan necoast- Dali Visitors center: 03-978-0727Coast National nsa.gov.tw Yilan Visitors center: 03-930-8420Scenic Area Fulong Visitor Center: 0800-091-115 35
  • 36. National Website Telephone Scenic Area Jinshan Visitor Center: 02-2498-8980 North Coast and Sanzhi Visitor Center and Gallery of Famous http://www. Guanyinshan Sons: 02-8635-3640 northguan- National Scenic Guanyinshan Visitor Center: 02-2292-8888 nsa.gov.tw/ Area Yeliu Visitor Center: 02-2492-2016 Baishawan Visitor Center: 02-8635-5100 National Scenic Area Administration: 089- 841-520 Taitung Visitors Center: 089-281-530 East Coast http://www. Hualien Visitors Center: 03-867-1326 National Scenic eastcoast- Green Island Visitors Center: 089-672-026 Area nsa.gov.tw/ Sanxiantai Visitor Center: 089-854-097 Baxian Cave Visitors Center: 089-881-418 Shitiping Visitors Center: 03-878-1452 National Scenic Area Administration: East Rift Valley http://www. 03-887-5306 National Scenic erv-nsa. Liyutan Visitors Center: 03-864-1691 Area gov.tw Luoshan Visitors Center: 03-882-1725 Luye Visitors Center: 089-551-637 Lion’s Head Mountain Visitors Center: 03- 580-9296 Nanzhuang Visitors Center: 037-824-570 Tri-Mountain http://www. Lishan Visitors Center: 04-2598-1331 National Scenic trimt-nsa. Guguan Visitors Center: 04-2595-1496 Area gov.tw/eng Baguashan Visitors Center: 04-728-9608 Songbo Mountain Visitors Center: 049-258- 0525 Sun Moon http://www. 0800-855-595 Lake National sunmoon- Shuishe Visitor Center: 0800-855-595 Scenic Area lake.gov.tw/ Checheng Visitors Center: 049-277-4981 Dapeng Bay http://www. National Scenic dbnsa.gov. Little Liuqiu Visitors Center: 08-861-4615 Area tw/ http://www. Maolin National maolin-nsa. 0800-600-766 Scenic Area gov.tw/36
  • 37. National Website TelephoneScenic AreaSouthwest http://www. Budai Visitors Center: 05-347-0051Coast National swcoast- Cigu Visitors Center: 06-780-1161Scenic Area nsa.gov.tw/ Beimen Visitors Center: 06-786-1017 http://www.Siraya National siraya-nsa. Meiling Visitors Center: 06-575-5830Scenic Area gov.tw/ National Scenic Area Administration: http://www. 0836-25-630Matsu National matsu-nsa. Dongyin Visitor Center: 0836-77-266Scenic Area gov.tw/ Beigan Visitor Center: 0836-56-531 Juguang Visitor Center: 0836-89-388 South Sea Visitor Information Center: 06-926-4738Penghu http://www. North Sea Visitor Information Center:National Scenic penghu-nsa. 06-993-3082Area gov.tw/ Houliao Visitor Center: 06-993-3437 Jibei Visitor Center: 06-991-1487Alishan http://www. Ruitai Visitor Center: 05-250-1070National Scenic ali-nsa.net/ Yuantan Visitor Center: 05-250-2026Area Dabang Visitor Center: 05-251-1982Metropolitan ParksMetropolitan Park Website TelephoneTaichung http://taichungmp.cpami.gov.tw/ 04-2461-2483Metropolitan Park taichung_mp_english/Kaohsiung http://w3.cpami.gov.tw/khmp/english/ 07-365-6103Metropolitan Park english-index.htm 37
  • 38. In-depth Travel Local Tourist Festivals Throughout the year, Taiwan’s city and county governments host regional events and activities, combining local specialties with leisure travel. Taipei City’s Chinese Food Festival Taipei City Aug. Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Taipei Oct. Carnival County Taipei Shimen International Kite Festival Sep. County Yilan County International Rain Yilan Jul.~Aug. Festival County Northern Taoyuan Taoyuan County Lotus Festival Jul.~Aug. County Taiwan Hsinchu Sep. Cake Festival County Hsinchu City International Glass Art Hsinchu Sep.~Nov. Festival City Miaoli County Tung Blossom Miaoli Apr. Festival County Miaoli Sanyi Wood Carving Festival May County Taichung Mazu International Festival Feb.~May County Taichung Taichung City Jazz Festival Oct. City Changhua County Wang-gong Changhua Aug. Fishing Boat Lights Festival County Central Yunlin Taiwan Nantou County Hot Spring Festival Oct.~Jan. County Yunlin County Linnei Purple Chiayi Mar.~Apr. County Chiayi County Alishan Cherry Chiayi City Mar.~Apr. Blossom Festival International Band Festival Chiayi City Dec.~Jan.38
  • 39. Tainan Tainan County Baihe Lotus Festival Jul.~Aug. County Tainan City International Chihsi Tainan City Aug. Festival Southern Kaohsiung Taiwan International Container Arts Festival City Dec.~Jan. Kaohsiung Puppetry Festival Jan.~Feb. County Pingtung May~Jul. County Hualien Eastern Whale Watching Festival County Occasional Taiwan Taitung and off East Coast Music Festival Occasional County shore islands Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival Apr.~May County foods and handicrafts of each town.Leisure Agri-tourismTaiwan Agri-tourismOver the years, Taiwan’s agriculture hasadvanced in quantity, variety, and quality.Taiwan’s leisure agri-tourism industry has Come and experience for yourself the charm of agri-tourism.emerged in recent years, combining agricultural(B&B) have become a feature of Taiwan’s leisure travel industry in recent years.Many of these facilities have distinctive architectural themes and styles – SouthSeas, European villas, rural simplicity, traditional villages – and can be foundin different settings – mountain streams, coasts, forests, farm fields, and ruralvillages. farming.org.tw/ 39
  • 40. Arts and Culture Folk Festivals Ta i w a n w a s o r i g i n a l l y an agricultural country with farmers celebrating a range of religious and folk festivals. The island’s Lantern Festival history and various cultures have also produced many unique celebrations and activities. The most important traditional festivals, in order of their lunar-calendar dates, are the Lunar New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Ghost Festival, and Major Taiwanese Folk Festivals Traditional Lunar Folk Activity Festival Calendar December Lunar New 30 to Year home on the 2nd day of the year January 5 Lantern January Festival 15 Dragon Boat May 5 Festival Ghost Festival July 15 Ghosts Mid-Autumn August 15 Moon Festival40
  • 41. Culture and ArtsTaiwan’s traditional operatic arts arerepresented primarily by Taiwanese operaFirst developed for the open-air stage,form that is now performed in moderntales with operatic martial-arts into a kindof theater that has become an important partof Taiwanese popular culture. Beijing opera was later brought fromChina to Taiwan, where it has been enriched by the addition of modernThe interweaving of the traditional with the modern has broughtTaiwan a booming development of cultural activities and performing ) withits melding of traditional and modern elements, and the internationallyfamous Cloud Gate Dance Theatre ( ) to the moving U-Theatredrummers ( ), a large number of outstanding performingthroughout Taiwan but around the world.Each town and city has a cultural center, performance hall, and activitycenter where concerts, dances, dramas, stage plays, and culturalactivities are performed. For more information on performing arts National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center (National Theater and National 41
  • 42. Museums Taiwan is the home of the world-famous National Palace Museum, which has the largest collection of Chinese art and artifacts from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. It is considered one of the premier museums in the world, on par with the New York Metropolitan Museum, British Museum, and the Louvre. Taiwan also boasts museums on a range of subjects such as history, ethnology, natural history, art, industrial arts, image, and industry, including the and National Museum of Natural Science. htm Museums Museum Website Telephone Location National Palace http://www.npm.gov.tw/ 02-2881-2021 Taipei city Museum National Museum http://www.nmh.gov.tw/en- 02-2361-0270 Taipei City of History us/Home.aspx National Taiwan http://formosa.ntm.gov.tw/ 02-2382-2699 Taipei City Museum web/en/exhibition.aspx http://www.nmth. National Museum gov.tw/Default. 06-356-8889 Tainan City of Taiwan History aspx?tabid=177&language =en-US National Museum http://www.nmns.edu.tw/ Taichung of Natural 04-2322-6940 index_eng.html City Science National Museum http://en.nmp.gov.tw/index. Taitung 089-381-166 of Prehistory php County42
  • 43. MuseumsMuseum Website Telephone LocationNational Museum http://www.nmmba.gov.tw/ Pingtungof Marine Biology 08-882-5678 english/index.aspx Countyand AquariumNational Science http://www.nstm.gov.tw/ Kaohsiungand Technology 07-380-0089 english/ CityMuseumNational Taiwan http://www.ntmofa.gov.tw/ 04-2372- TaichungMuseum of Fine english/index.aspx 3552 CityArtsTaipei Fine Arts http://www.tfam.museum/ 02-2595- Taipei CityMuseum index.aspx 7656Kaohsiung KaohsiungMuseum of Fine http://www.kmfa.gov.tw/ 07-555-330 CityArtsDanshui Historic 02-2623- Taipei http://www.tshs.tpc.gov.tw/Sites 1001 CountyYingge Ceramics http://www.ceramics.tpc. 02-8677- TaipeiMuseum gov.tw/en-us/Home.ycm 2727 CountyHsinchu Municipal http://glassmuseum.cca. Hsinchu 03-562-6091Glass Museum gov.tw/ CityFort San Domingo, a historical site preserving the colonial atmosphere as well as constructions, is nowa major tourist attraction in Danshui. 43
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  • 45. diverse ethnic groups. Taiwan has everything from exquisite palace dishes and Taiwans Culinary Culture Night-market Snacks Local Delicacies
  • 46. Taiwans Culinary Culture Rice is Taiwan’s staple food for all three meals of the day. In addition to their traditional cooking methods, the island’s residents have used local ingredients to develop rice dishes with all kinds of tastes. With a wide variety of fried rice and rice with toppings, rice noodles and vermicelli, people of Taiwan have also taken advantage of the varied characteristics of different rice varieties to produce a wide range of rice-based snacks such as turnip cakes, mochi, leaf-wrapped glutinous rice zongzi dumplings, and the New Year’s cake. Restaurants that line the streets and lanes of Taiwan offer all kinds of noodle dishes, of which danzai (peddler) ( ) noodles and beef noodles have developed their own Taiwanese characteristics. ), Wenshan Baozhong ( ), Tie Guanyin ( ), and White- tip Wulong ( black tea is produced as well, but in smaller quantities. Drinking tea is common, yet can also be specialized in Taiwan’s daily life. In Taiwan, people drink tea every day. They entertain guests with tea, and an Boiled Salted Chicken Glutinous cake Rice with Soy-stewed Pork Tapioca Milk Tea Peking Duck46
  • 47. unique “teahouse culture” has developed as a feature of Taiwanesesociety. Besides brewing tea in the traditional style, Taiwan has alsodeveloped its own innovative “pearl milk tea,” which has becomepopular not only in Taiwan but also in other parts of the world as well.If you want a thorough understanding of the island’s tea culture, youcan visit the Pinglin Tea Museum in Taipeithe history, cultivation, processing, andtea brewing, as well as what tea leaves aremade of, the varieties of tea plants, thetypes of tea leaves, and where tea trees aregrown in Taiwan. You can also see displaysof tea-processing equipment from the Tangand Song dynasties. There is also a videoroom, tea house, outdoor tea-drinking area,and tea promotion area.Diverse Culinary CultureTaiwan is a great melting pot for Chineseand foreign cuisines, all of which areserved in a variety of restaurants around theisland. Taiwanese cuisine emphasizes thenatural features of the ingredients and addssoy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, fermentedblack beans, sweet basil, green onions,coriander, and other spices to produce itsown characteristic colors, aromas, andflavors. Seafood is another major featuredeveloped their own cuisine with a strong 47
  • 48. The indigenous peoples cook their dishes using fresh local ingredients, which are accompanied with a sweet wine made of millet. With new international cuisines and cultures, Taiwan now has a range of foods that can satisfy any palate. Night-market Snacks Located around the cities’ busiest markets and temples, Taiwan’s night markets represent their very own special kind of dining culture. Upon entering a brightly-lit night market, visitors will see clusters of vendors cake,” pork knuckles, oyster noodles, and an endless variety of other snacks. Dining at a night market is convenient, fast, and affordable. Keelung Miaokou Night Market48
  • 49. Night MarketsNight Market Specialties Location Miaokou Night Market offers well-Miaokou known snacks such as pot-side Near Dianji Temple, on noodle soup, frothy ice, tempura, Ren 3rd Rd. and Ai 4thNight Market nutritious sandwiches, and bean- Rd. in Keelung City sprout stew. This night market offers a wide Between Dadong Rd.Shilin Night selection of snacks from all over and Anping Rd. in theMarket Taiwan, and is a favorite among Shilin District, Taipei tourists. City From intersection of Sec. 4 Bade Rd. andRaohe Street It has numerous vendors offering Fuyuan St. to CiyouNight Market medicinal stewed spareribs. A Temple on Bade Rd. in good place for a healthy diet. Taipei City Taipei’s most famous night On Huaxi St. in TaipeiHuaxi Street market, also known as SnakeNight Market Alley, with popular snacks and Rd. and Huanhe South seafood. Rd. Among the famous snacks On Liaoning St. in Taipei here are goose meat, seafood, City, between Chang’anLiaoning Night glutinous rice cake in bamboo East Rd. and TaipeiMarket tubes, shawarma, oyster omelet, Municipal Chung Hsin and marinated stew. High School This night market is the mostJingmei Night popular street market in southern Jingmei St., Taipei CityMarket Taipei. On Sec. 4 Tonghua This cross-shaped market hasLinjiang Street dining on one side and generalNight Market Rd. and Sec. 2, Keelung goods on the other. Rd. in Taipei City This night market has all the On Ningxia Rd.,Ningxia Night traditional foods with local between Minsheng W.Market Rd. and Nanjing W. Rd. and chitterling thin noodles. in Taipei City 49
  • 50. Night Markets Night Market Specialties Location The streets around Feng Chia On Fuxing Rd. Feng University form a city that never Chia Rd. and Wen-hua Fengjia Night sleeps. This night market is Rd., between Sec. 2, Market known for its “cheap prices” and having “everything under the in Taichung City sun.” The snacks include a range of seafoods. Also offered here are tea snacks such as “phoenix Lugang Lugang, Changhua cake” and “ox tongue cake”. The Snacks County Shop, in particular, are famous throughout Taiwan. The special Tainan cuisine here At the intersection Flower Garden as well as the vast varieties of Sec. 3 Hewei Rd. Night Market of garments available always and Sec. 3 Haian Rd., attracts visitors’ attention. northern Tainan City This night market features food and beverages from the Liuhe Night On Liuhe Rd. in mountains and from the sea. Market Kaohsiung City Specialties include papaya milk and salt-steamed shrimp. The authentic snacks sold Around the town center Luodong Night here include salty rice noodles, Market smoked duck, pork stew, shrimp Luodong, Yilan County. and chicken leg. In this night market, Hualien’s largest, you can try freshly Nanbin Night stirfried seafood and special Near Nanbin Park in Market snacks as you watch the sun set Hualien City. slowly behind the mountains to the west.50
  • 51. Local DelicaciesTaiwan also has a rich variety of local cultures, including thethe traditional methods and are perfect for tasting on spot or for takinghome as gifts for family and friends.Protect the World - Bring Your Own Eating Utensilsreduction, the government encourages its people to bring their owneating utensils when eating out.Memo 51
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  • 53. Taiwan offers a rich and diverse shopping experience, with most shops stayingopen for more than 12 hours a day. In addition to the department stores andlarge shopping centers, many unique shopping districts are found island-wide,each with its own character, showing off unique local products. These shoppingdistricts offer all kinds of quality merchandise and a wide range of services.Shopping in Taiwan will be a genuine pleasure. Metropolitan Shopping Districts Taiwans Brand Commercial Districts English Services Emblem Tourist Shopping Assurance System Consumer Protection Information for Consumers
  • 54. Metropolitan Shopping Districts Taiwan’s three major cities, Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung, are shoppers’ paradises offering the latest styles and fashions. The shopping districts in these cities can satisfy everyone’s needs. The mass transportation networks make these shops accessible within these cities. City/District District Characteristics Government has transformed the area into the city’s Shopping District packed with people who come for cultural and musical performances, shopping, and other activities. Here modern and traditional elements come together to offer a new experience. The Eastern District is one of the most popular and convenient business districts in Taipei City. The MRT and bus systems provide connections to the department stores and restaurants that line the streets. Most big- Shopping District this area. This district is called the “Manhattan of Taipei.” During Shopping District it transforms into a fashionable shopping area. Cafes, exotic restaurants and art galleries all line this boulevard. There are open-air tables on the sidewalks Taichung Jingming and outdoor concerts, as well as art exhibits and other 1st Street community activities. This is a street for shopping, leisure activities and art. Close to Tunghai University, the International Art Street Taichung Tunghai is a “Utopian community” that promotes culture, art, International Art and sustainable living. Shops sell many kinds of unique Street products. The street comes alive in the evenings.54
  • 55. Over the past several years the New Juejiang ShoppingKaohsiung New District has developed into the largest and most well- known place for imported goods in southern Taiwan. ItShopping District offers a particularly attractive shopping experience for young people. The Sanduo Shopping District is centered around the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Sogo and Mega departmentKaohsiung Sanduo display of clothing fashions and other products atShopping District inexpensive prices. The area is a favorite among young people, and, as an added attraction, is close to the Linsen Night Market.Taiwans Brand Commercial DistrictsTo meet shopping and travel demands, the Department of Commercequality commercial districts that combine cultural activities withshopping are showing a new brand of Taiwan brand specialty goods.English Services EmblemThe government is promoting an EnglishServices Emblem certification program inorder to enhance Taiwan’s internationalservice capabilities and to provideforeign visitors with a friendly shoppingenvironment. This program involves English Services Emblem 55
  • 56. shopping, accommodations and dining, tourism and recreation, medical services, and transportation. It encourages businesses to participate in the program and awards them with gold or silver emblems depending on their ability to provide English services. Tourist Shopping Assurance System in regard to environmental safety, post-sales services, product labeling, product shipping, and the quality of services provided by sales personnel. Businesses that pass the evaluation are issued the arise in stores with this emblem, shoppers have 30 days to contact the Consumer Protection Protecting Consumer Interests In Taiwan, consumers’ interests are protected by the Consumer are purchased by mail order or door-to-door sales are most frequent. Under the regulations, consumers can return merchandise bought via mail-order or door-to-door sales within seven days of receipt. If you have a complaint, contact a local government Consumer Service Center56
  • 57. Consumer Protection LabelsThe government has established a wide range of products and serviceemblems for consumers to identify certified products and services. Name of Emblem Logo Descriptions Chinese This logo stands for the highest sanitary Agricultural standards of domestic produce and processed produce. GAP Labels for Safety of the recommended use of chemicals for pest Vegetables and control. Agriculture and Produce production meet the required standards Traceability and cause no harm to the environment or System human health. come from a processing environment that Meat Safety meets the regulations. Meat products with Inspection the CAS label also meets the standards of hygiene regulations. Manufacturing Practice seal have met the required manufacturing standards, including quality and hygiene. Department of Health to provide certain Health Food side effects: please check with the Food and Drug Administration, Deparment of Health websites for further information. Dairy products carrying this logo come from Fresh Dairy domestic dairy farms. Good Goat’s Milk the National Animal Industry Foundation to have met the hygiene, safety, and quality requirements. 57
  • 58. Name of Emblem Logo Descriptions The quality of alcoholic beverages, Quality Alcohol including the raw products and manufacturing process, are guaranteed by Merchandise mechanical, and toy products have been Inspection Safety tested and registered. Standards indicates that the product CNS Standards quality meets national standards. The quality management system also meets the required standards of the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection. Safe Toy System Inspection Commission of Taiwan Toy Research and Development Center. is 10-50% higher than the National Energy offer greater quality assurance and save energy. The Recycling Label represents eco-friendly ideas such as recycling, low pollution, and Eco-Friendly are the top 20-30% performers in their categories. international tourist hotels, tourist hotels, and general hotels. the Tourism Bureau or local government Breakfast websites for more details. Tourism and Amusement visit the tourism bureau or local government Enterprises website for more details.58
  • 59. Name of Emblem Logo Descriptions also conveys the MIT philosophy of “getting Made in Taiwan more than what you paid for.” The 12 Logo industries that are currently participating in towels, bedding, socks, shoes, bags, stones, ceramics and home appliances. CAS Organic logo.Information for ConsumersStore Hoursmost shopping areas lengthen their hours on weekends and holidays- especially during long holidays and the Chinese New Year. Largedepartment stores and shopping centers are open 365 days a year.Some convenience stores, chain pharmacies, fast-food restaurants andbookstores operate 24 hrs a day.Tax RefundIf you are a visitor with a non-ROC passport (including those whothe holder’s ROC ID number stamp) and have purchased goods worthout of the country by the traveler and 2. taken out of the country withinCustoms at the airport or seaport. 59
  • 60. Tax Refund Counters for Foreign Travelers at Airports and Seaports Airport Tax Refund Counter Location Taipei International Counter Airport Taoyuan Counter International Airport Counter Taichung Airport Visitor Center, Customs Service Counter Kaohsiung International Airport Hualien Airport Keelung Harbor East Pier 2 and West Pier 2, Customs Service Center Hualien Harbor Taichung Harbor Visitor Center, Customs Service Counter Kaohsiung Harbor Budai Harbor Visitor Center, Customs Service Counter Fuao Harbor Magong Harbor Visitor Center, Customs Service Counter Shuitou Harbor60
  • 61. Tax Refund Information Service Center Telephone Website 02-2717-3737 Taipei Service Center 0800-011-765 Taichung Service 04-2254-0809 Center 0800-422-022 Travel 06-226-5681 Service Tainan Service Center 0800-611-011 http://www.taiwan. Center, Kaohsiung Service 07-281-1513 net.tw/ Tourism Bureau Center 0800-711-765 Taoyuan International 03-383-4631 Airport 03-383-4632 Kaohsiung 07-805-7888 International Airport Terminal 1, Customs 03-398-2308 http://www. Taoyuan Service Counter 0800-311-006 taoyuanairport. International Terminal 2, Customs 03-398-3428 gov.tw/english/index. Airport Service Counter 0800-016-801 jsp http://www.ntat.gov. National Tax Administration 02-2311-3711 tw/county/ntat_ch/ ntat_en/Uniform InvoiceUniform Invoice for all business transactions. The Uniform Invoicealso serves as a lottery ticket with bi-monthly draws for prizes rangingfrom NT$200 to NT$2,000,000.A Shopping ReminderPlease use your own shopping bagTo help conserve the environment, stores do not hand out freeplastic bags to shoppers. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their ownshopping bags. 61
  • 62. Smoking is banned in public places Taiwan implemented bans on smoking in indoor public-areas in 2009. Smoking is forbidden in indoor spaces with more than three people. Businesses are required to post “No Smoking” signs. Those who smoke where smoking is not allowed are subject to Memo62
  • 63. cultures, providing foreign visitors with interesting diverse experiences. Renting a House Basic Public Services Telecommunications and Internet Postal Services Buying Daily Necessities Keeping a Pet Recycling
  • 64. Renting a House The cost of renting an apartment or house varies with location and size, so look around and compare. Before renting a place, look at the however long you intend to rent, you must sign a lease to protect your interests. In addition to the rent itself, you will most likely be asked for a deposit; if you go through a real estate broker, you will also have to pay brokerage fee. You can check the websites of legal brokers for details of properties for rent. The following website and hotline may Basic Public Services Tap Water Taiwan’s tap water is safe and convenient, with 99% of tested water meeting quality standards. The Taipei Water Department supplies water in Taipei City; outside Taipei City, the supplier is the Taiwan Water Corp. Information on applications for service, payment of fees, and other water-related matters are available online. Tap Water Services Customer Unit Logo Service Hours Website Service Line 8:30~17:30 Taipei http:// Water a day, 365 days english.twd. Sundays and national Department gov.tw 8:00~17:30 Check the http://www. Taiwan nearest service water.gov. Water Corp. Sundays and national branch tw/eng64
  • 65. ElectricityTaiwan’s household electricity is supplied at 110 and 220 volts.Lights, TVs, refrigerators and other small appliances generally use 110volts, while most air conditioners use 220 volts. If you use electricalproducts brought from overseas, be sure to check their voltagerequirements before plugging them in. When the electrical productsadapter or transformer.Gasor pressurized containers. To get a natural gas pipeline into yourresidence, contact the local gas supplier. You can order a containerfulof gas from a local supplier who will deliver it to your home andreplace the empty containers. In accordance with governmentregulations, gas suppliers add a strong odor substance to the naturalgas, so that leakage can be detected by smell and action can be takento avoid accidents.Cable TV & RadioIn Taiwan viewers have the choice of five terrestrial TV stations,Discovery, as well as other international channels.You can receive terrestrial TV programs with an antenna (aerial); forcable TV, however, you need to contact your local cable TV company.Taiwan’s only English-language radio station is ICRT (InternationalTaiwan, and FM100.1 in central Taiwan. You can listen to it online at 65
  • 66. areas of western Taiwan and some parts of the east although reception may not be clear due to signal disruption by the mountains. 113 Personal Safety Hotline Providing assistance to ensure personal safety of foreign visitors, the 113 protection hotline offers 24-hour service in English, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian and Cambodian. Dial 113 to report domestic you to interpreters for conference calls and provide immediate consultation. to reports of public disorder, traffic accidents, natural disasters, emergencies, disputes and cases pertinent to the disruption of public interests. Calls to 110 are connected to dedicated operators who will and to protect the safety of people and their property. The 119 hotline is a 24-hour service that provides emergency scene. Currently all 119 centers have English-speaking operators to assist foreigners. Interpreters are also available via the Foreigner66
  • 67. Telecommunications and InternetLocal Telephone ServiceForeign residents can apply for a local telephone land line by visiting aavailable upon request.To call another party in your area, simply dial the local telephonenumber. To make a domestic long-distance call (to another county orFor international calls, first dial the international access code, theinternational access code 002 (or 009 or 019), the U.S. country code 1,Taiwan Area Code Area Area Area Area Code Code Taichung City,Taichung Keelung City,Taipei City, 02 County, Changhua 04 Taipei County County Kaohsiung City, 07 Kinmen County 082 Kaohsiung County Taoyuan County, Nantou County 049 Hsinchu City, Hsinchu 03 County, Yilan County, Hualien County 0836 67
  • 68. Area Area Area Area Code Code Pingtung City, Pingtung Yunlin County, Tainan 08 05 County County, Chiayi County Miaoli County 037 Wuqiu 0826 Tainan City, Tainan Taitung County 089 06 County, Penghu County Islands, Dongsha 07 Cell Phone services. Foreign residents can choose their service provider based on the pricing plans offered. Cell phone pricing plans are categorized personal ID documents, together with a deposit or a local citizen acting as guarantor. If you have just arrived in Taiwan or are here for only a short stay, we suggest that you apply for a prepaid cell phone plan. Telecom English Service Telecom English Company Line Company Service Line Chunghwa 0800-080-090 02-4050-7999 Telecom Telecom VIBO Telecom 0986-000-537 Taiwan Mobile 02-6606-2977 First International FarEas Tone 0800-058-885 0800-096-866 Telecom Internet Connection68
  • 69. apply to the cable TV operator in your area. Many public transportstations, restaurants, coffee shops and other establishments offerphone, please apply with your cell phone operator for a 3G numberand a 3G wireless card.Postal ServicesTa i w a n ’s p o s t a l s e r v i c e sare very convenient. TheChunghwa Post Co. offersdomestic and internationalof refrigerated goods, homepickup services, etc. Inaddition, a number of privateparcel services also offercomparable services as wellas 24-hour pick up at convenience store chains. The Chunghwa Postcollections - a passion that is catered to on the Philately section of thecompany’s website. englishBuying Daily Necessities Buying fresh food and daily necessities is easy. You can buy goods from wholesale stores, supermarkets, and popular traditional markets. Taiwan also has a high density of Traditional convenience stores, including Market 69
  • 70. and OK chains. Many of them are open 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year, they collect various utility bills and other public service fees, accept handle pickups of goods bought online, sell postage stamps and event Traditional Markets Traditional markets’ attractive prices and friendliness make them and local delicacies. The morning traditional markets usually run from in the afternoon until 8 in the evening. Prices at the sunset markets are normally lower than those at the morning markets. Keeping a Pet If you want to bring a pet into Taiwan, you should first apply to counter at the airport or seaport of entry for on-site quarantine inspection. If the documents are in order, the animal will be cleared immediately; otherwise, it will be kept for the entire quarantine period before release. Pet owners in Taiwan are required to register pets with a county or city animal disease control center or a private organization commissioned by the center within four months of birth. When a pet is deceased, the owner should notify the registration organization within one month of the date of death. Most veterinary clinics provide registration, among other services.70
  • 71. Organization Website Telephone Bureau of Animal and Plant Health http://www.baphiq.gov. 0800-039-131 Inspection and Quarantine, COA tw/mp.asp?mp=2 http://animal.coa.gov. Animal Protection Information tw/html/english/index. 02-2381-2991 Website, COA htmRecyclingWaste categorization in Taiwan has been practiced for many years.garbage, kitchen waste, and ordinary garbage. Recyclable garbageand kitchen waste are both recycled. For more information, go tothe links to the local environmental protection agencies and privateenvironmental protection bodies. Recyclable garbage includes paper, metal, glass, plastic, dry batteries, motorized vehicles (automobiles and motor scooters), tires, lead-acid batteries, electrical apparatus, CDs, light sources and cell phones. Kitchen waste includes raw and cooked foods and other organic wastes. Different parts of the island have different regulations regarding waste separation. Before you take out your garbage, separate it and then deliver the designated category of recyclable garbage for that day to the cleaning squad at the assigned time. Failure to separate NT$1,200 to NT$6,000. For more information and for garbage collection times and locations, contact your local cleaning squad or environmental protection bureau, or call the special recycling information line. 71
  • 72. Name of Logo Descriptions Emblem Recycling Product or product packaging with this logo Logo means the container is recyclable. Currently Taipei City charges garbage collection Taipei City by the Department of Environmental Protection Garbage Bag are collected. These garbage bags can be Logo purchased at convenience stores or stores carrying the “Designated Garbage Bag Seller” sign. Currently townships in Taipei County charge garbage collection fees by the bag. Only Taipei County of Environmental Protection are collected. Garbage Bag These garbage bags can be purchased at Logo convenience stores or supermarkets designated “Designated Garbage Bag Seller” sign. Memo72
  • 73. Taiwan has a comprehensive healthcare system with hospitals classified asmedical centers, regional hospitals, local hospitals and basic-level medicalis also divided into Western and Traditional Chinese medicine. National Health Insurance Bilingual Healthcare Service Traditional Chinese Medicine Drug Safety Medical Tourism
  • 74. National Health Insurance compulsory social insurance in Taiwan, providing equal medical rights to all residents. Under the provisions of without full-time employment should take their documentation and four months. Foreign nationals with full-time employment should participate in the program on the day of their employment. If they have dependents who are also foreign nationals, those dependents have to obtain Taiwan residency documentation and live on the island for four continuous months before they can take out their insurance. Card and pay their premiums regularly. In the cases of injury, illness, or childbirth, the insured person needs to present the insurance card to a contracted medical care institution and only pay the registration fee and partial payment for hospitalization or treatment to receive full medical care. For more information consult with a Bureau of National How Foreign Nationals Can Apply for Insurance Insured Person Insuring Unit Method of Payment Premium deducted and paid Employee Employer for by employer Premium deducted and paid Company owner His or her company for by employer Dependent of Through insurer of Payment made by family foreign nationals spouse or lineal relative member Overseas Chinese Through the student’s Collected and paid for by the or foreign student institute institute Through township, city, occupations and payment mailed to insured family dependents of residence person by NHI apply for withdrawal.74
  • 75. Bilingual Healthcare ServiceMost public hospitals and large medical centers in Taiwan offerChinese and English healthcare services, and most of their websites,information desks, and signage are in both languages. If you needEnglish medical consultation, you can contact a hospital servicerepresentative. Some hospitals also have international healthcarecenters that provide convenient healthcare services that includeof hospitals can work out a plan of treatment and cost estimationbefore you arrive in Taiwan, provide transportation information uponyour arrival, and offer you information on medical tourism services.Hospitals Offering Foreign-language Medical ServicesNorthern Taiwan Hospital Website Telephone/Address National Taiwan 02-2356-2900 University Hospital, http://www.ntuh.gov.tw/ International Medical en/ IMSC/default.aspx Rd., Taipei City Service Center 02-2562-7200 Mackay Memorial No. 92, Sec. 2, Hospital, International http://www.mmh.org.tw/ Medical Service Center Taipei City Taipei Medical University http://www.tmch.org.tw/ 02-2737-2181 ext. 3336 Hospital, International tmuh%20english/index. No. 252, Wuxing St., Patient Center htm Taipei City Cathay General http://www.cgh.org. 02-2708-2121 ext. 1312 Hospital, International tw/en/ health_care_ No. 280, Sec. 4, Ren’ai Health Care Services services/index.html Rd.,Taipei City 02-2930-7930 ext. 7766 Taipei Medical University http://www.wanfang. No. 111, Sec. 3, – Wan Fang Hospital gov.tw 02-2771-8151 Taiwan Adventist http://www.tahsda.org. No. 424, Sec. 2, Bade Hospital tw/ Rd., Songshan District, Taipei City 75
  • 76. Hospital Website Telephone/Address 02-2833-2211 Shin Kong Wu Ho-su http://www.skh.org.tw/ No. 95, Wenchang Rd., Memorial Hospital Shilin, Taipei City 03-319-6200 Chang Gung Memorial No. 123, Dinghu Rd., Hospital International http://www.cgmh.org.tw/ Jioulu Village, Gueishan Medical Service Center Township, Taoyuan County Central Taiwan Hospital Website Telephone/Address 04-2658-3899 Tungs’ Taichung Metro http://www.sltung.com. No. 699, Sec. 1, Harbor Hospital tw/ Town, Taichung County http://www.cmuh.org. 04-2205-2121 China Medical University tw/ htdocs/english/e_ No. 2, Yude Rd., North Hospital index.htm District, Taichung City 04-781-3888 Show Chwan Memorial http://www.cbshow.org. No. 6, Lugong Rd., Hospital tw/en/ Lugang Town, Changhua County Southern Taiwan Hospital Website Telephone/Address 07-335-1121 http://yuanhosp.inks. Yuan’s General Hospital No. 162, Chenggong com.tw/ 1st Rd., Kaohsiung City Kaohsiung Medical 07-312-1101 University Hospital, http://www.kmuh.org.tw/ International Medical english/ Kaohsiung City Services Center 05-275-6000 St. Martin De Porres http://www.stm.org.tw/ No. 565, Sec. 2, Daya Hospital Rd., Chiayi City 06-235-3535 National Cheng Kung http://www.hosp.ncku. No. 138, Shengli Rd., University Hospital edu.tw/nckm/english Tainan City76
  • 77. Eastern Taiwan Hospital Website Telephone/Address 03-954-3131 No. 83, Nanchang St., Lotung Poh-Ai Hospital http://www.pohai.org.tw/ Luodong Town, Yilan County 038-561-825 Buddhist Tzu Chi http://www.tzuchi.com. No. 707, Sec. 3, General Hospital tw/tzu- chi_en Citythe contracted hospitals are dividedcenters, regional hospitals, localhospitals, and basic-level medicalinstitutes.You can identify the classificationlogo shown at its entrance. When you seek medical care and presentpartial payment for treatment including a basic charge plus partialpayment for medication, rehabilitation, and hospitalization. Thesedesigned primarily to encourage the public to utilize properly medicalresources. For the schedule of partial payments, please consult the 77
  • 78. Hospital Registration Fees (Unit: NT$) Outpatient Treatment Dental Emergency Chinese Care of Facility With Without Treatment Medicine Traditional Referral Referral Medical $210 $360 $450 $450 $50 Center Regional $140 $240 $300 $50 $50 Hospital District $50 $80 $150 $50 $50 Hospital Physician $50 $50 $150 $50 $50 Clinics People with diabilities shall pay NT$50 for basic charge at hospitals of all gov.tw/english Safeguard of Community Health be found every township, city, and district throughout the island. For defense in public healthcare, providing a full range of timely medical disease prevention, health education, child health management, health inspection, and domestic care. Traditional Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese medicine represents a healthcare system with a very long history of development. The Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy (CCMP) in 1995 to promote the modernization and internationalization of this ancient practice. The people of Taiwan utilize Western and Chinese medicine, and both are78
  • 79. Chinese medicine clinics, many hospitals also have Chinese medicineoutpatient departments and some provide English consultationservices. Combined Chinese-Western medical treatment is adeveloping trend, bringing together the features of Western medicaldiversity of care.Chinese Medicine Hospitals and Clinics that Offer EnglishConsultation Hospital Website Telephone/Address Department of Traditional 02-5552-2850 http://www.tmch.org. Medicine, Taipei Medical No. 252, Wuxing St., tw/ University Hospital Taipei City 02-2388-7088 Chinese Medicine Center, http://www.tpech. No. 100, Kunming St., Taipei City Hospital gov.tw/ Taipei City 03-319-6200 http://www.cgmh. No. 123, Dinghu Rd., Chang Gung Memorial org.tw/eng2002/ Jiulu Village, Guishan Hospital, Taoyuan Branch index.asp Township, Taoyuan County Department of Chinese http://www.cmuh. 04-2205-2121 Medicine, China Medical org.tw/htdocs/ No. 2, Yude Rd., University Hospital english/e_index.htm Taichung City 04-3606-0666 Department of Chinese http://www. No. 66, Sec. 1, Fengxing Medicine, Taichung Tzu tzuchi.com.tw/ Rd., Tanzi Township, Chi Hospital tzuchi%5Fen/ Taichung County 07-761-3186 http://www.kmcmh. Kaohsiung Municipal gov.tw/syn-opsisE. Chinese Medical Hospital Qianjin Dist., Kaohsiung htm City Department of Traditional 07-312-1101, ext. 6410 Chinese Medicine, http://www.kmuh. Kaohsiung Medical org.tw/ english/ Kaohsiung City University Hospital 79
  • 80. Drug SafetyGetting Prescription MedicineTaiwan practices a system of separation between medical consultationand pharmacy, so in addition to the pharmacies that operate insidesome hospitals, patients can go to independent pharmacies to havetheir prescriptions filled. Drugs are divided into prescription drugsand non-prescription drugs. The former can be obtained only with aprescription written by a doctor, while the latter can be obtained andPatients with controlled chronic diseases such as diabetes and highdrug stores.Medical TourismThe quality of Taiwan’s healthcare facilities, resources, and servicesthe globalization of healthcare industry in combination with medicaland cosmetic surgery. Through assessment systems and internationalstandards such as ISO and Join Commission International (JCI),Taiwan has established a high quality medical environment thatmeets international standards. JCI accredited hospitals include Wan-system is world renowned and make Taiwan a major attraction formedical tourism.
  • 81. Taiwan has 37 domestic banks, 32 foreign banks, and a total of more than3,000 branches providing banking services including deposits, withdrawals, Currency Money Exchange Travelers Checks Opening an Account Using Bank Cards in Taiwan Credit Cards Internet Banking
  • 82. Currency The currency used in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), and the basic unit is the Yuan ( ). Bank notes come in denominations of NT$2,000, NT$1,000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100 (NT$2,000 and NT$200 bills are very rare, however), all having different sizes, colors, and designs. Coins come in denominations of NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5, and NT$1. NT$2,000 NT$1,000 NT$500 NT$200 NT$10082
  • 83. NT$50 NT$20 NT$10 NT$5 NT$1 NT$10(New)Currency Exchangeother branches, therefore it is adviced that you check with the banksby phone and on their websites. Foreign visitors should present theirLocations such as tourist hotels, travel agencies, department stores,along with other authorized institutions may also provide currency 83
  • 84. Foreign Exchange Banks Designated by the Central Bank (DBU) Bank Telephone Website Bank of Taiwan 0800-025-168 http://www.bot.com.tw/English http://www.tcb-bank.com.tw/tcb/ Taiwan Cooperative Bank 0800-033-175 home/frame_eng.htm First Bank 02-2348-1111 index.html https://www.chb.com.tw/wps/ Chang Hwa Bank 0800-365-889 wcm/connect/web/common/ English Hua Nan Commercial 02-2181-0101 http://www.hncb.com.tw/eng Bank Shanghai Commercial http://www.scsb.com.tw/english/ 0800-003-111 and Savings Bank eng_default.jsp http://www.citibank.com.tw/ Citibank Taiwan 02-2576-8000 portal/home_english/twcb_ Home.htm Land Bank of Taiwan 02-2348-3456 http://www.landbank.com.tw https://www.cathaybk.com.tw/ Cathay United Bank 0800-818-001 cathaybk/english/eindex.htm Mega International https://www.megabank.com.tw/ 0800-016-168 Commercial Bank en/ Travelers Checks Stores in Taiwan generally do not accept travelers checks. We recommend that you present your passport and other identifications Dollars at a bank or other authorized institutions. Most banks in Opening an Account Opening a New Taiwan Dollar deposit account in Taiwan is simple. Just take your passport bearing a valid entry visa (or stamp) and your84
  • 85. ID Number in the ROC” as a substitute at a county/city service centerat the same time for deposit, withdrawal, or transferring of funds.Different banks use different procedures. For details, check with theindividual bank.Using Bank Cards in Taiwan Withdrawal Restrictions NT$100,000. Funds Transfer prearranged with the bank in which the account resides. Restrictions The maximum transfer per transaction is NT$2 million. Each bank sets its own daily maximum for transfers. If you lose your bankcard, you can use your bank’s Card 24-hour service line to report your lost card and stop Replacement Procedure payment form as soon as possible. Card Different banks collect different fees for card application, Replacement lost card, and card replacement. For details, check with the Fees individual bank.in major railway stations, airports,convenience stores, gas stations, and largean alternative to bank tellers to provideservices such as withdrawals of cash,bills, telecommunication bills, parking 85
  • 86. insurance premium. If you make an interbank withdrawal (that is,in both Chinese and English, making them easy to use.Credit Cards Credit Cardsby foreigners in Taiwan are not affected byapplication form are required. Each issuingcard’s period of validity and credit limit willbe determined by factors such as residence,income, and assessment of debt repaymentability.Internet BankingMost of Taiwan’s major banks offer internet banking services. Foreignresidents who have accounts in local banks can personally activatethe internet banking service at the bank where they have an accountpersonal seal.
  • 87. The government has adopted a number of preferential measures to attractpermit, and resident permit application procedures. A labor insurance systemis being promoted with the aim of creating a safe and convenient workingenvironment for foreign professionals. Work Permits for Foreign Professionals Preferential Measures for Foreign Professionals in Taiwan Work Permits for Overseas Chinese and Foreign Students Working in Taiwan: Rights and Obligations Labor Protection Investing in Taiwan
  • 88. Work Permits for Foreign Professionals Employers of foreign nationals coming to work in Taiwan must submit applications and the required documents for work permits to years. If further employment is needed, the employer may apply for a require professional licenses to apply for work permits, a foreign for work permits. Foreign sailors should apply through their employers to the MOTC; foreign professionals and technical personnel who work Foreign nationals in the following categories need not apply for work 1. those married to local nationals with established residence in Taiwan; 2. consultants and research workers hired by government agencies and academic research institutions; 3. lecturers and academic researchers who are hired by legally registered public and private universities for Ministry of Education (MOE) approved projects and lectures for duration up to 6 months. Foreign professionals who have received permission to work in Taiwan prior to their arrival should apply at an overseas consulate or without leaving the country.88
  • 89. Categories of Work Permits for Foreign Professionals, andIssuing AgenciesForeign Professional Issuing Agency2. Senior executives of enterprises in Taiwan invested in or established by overseas Chinese4. F u l l - t i m e f o r e i g n l a n g u a g e t e a c h e r s i n registered supplementary schools in Council of Labor Affairs accordance with the Supplementary and8. Foreign and overseas Chinese students, and students from Hong Kong and Macau Ministry of TransportationForeign sailors and CommunicationsForeign professionals and technical personnel Science Parkhired by enterprises in Science Parks AdministrationForeign professionals and technical personnel Administration, Ministry of 89
  • 90. Preferential Measures for Foreign Professionals in Taiwan Employment Pass Card of professional or technical nature. It combines the functions of work Taiwan, applications must be submitted with required documentation and fees to an ROC consulate or representative office overseas. For professionals who are already in Taiwan, applications with required documentation and fees should be submitted by their employers or 1. Professional or technical workers 2. Executives of enterprises in Taiwan invested in or established by overseas Chinese or foreign nationals with government approval 3. Teachers in the following schools: above and schools for foreign residents private schools at the senior high level or below experimental senior high schools, or in bilingual schools 4. Full-time foreign-language teachers in legally registered short-term supplementary schools 5. Athletic coaches and athletes 6. Religious and art workers, and performing artists 7. Consultants or research workers hired by government agencies or government academic research institutions90
  • 91. Academic and Business Travel Cardthe “Operation Directions for Issuance ofImmigration Clearance” and whoseprimary purpose of entry into Taiwan is not employment may applyto stay in Taiwan for more than 3 years may apply for a new card. TheCard allows unlimited entry into Taiwan for durations up to 30 days,a cardholder’s stay in Taiwan the Card may also be used as workpermit that allow the cardholder to engage in business and academicactivities such as performances, lectures, and business or technicalconsultations.immigration. Professionals who have outstanding talents in advancedtechnologies, scientific research and business management, andforeign scholars and persons who have been awarded for internationalacademic achievements, and honors in culture, arts, technologies, andForeign nationals who invest over 15 million NTD and create morethan 5 jobs for over three years; or who invest over 30 million NTD infor Senior Professionals and Investment Immigrants” for detailedrequirements. 91
  • 92. Work Permits for Overseas Chinese and Foreign Students Foreign students and overseas Chinese students may submit work permit applications to application form, required documentation and written permission of their schools. they may engage in various Overseas Chinese and foreign students must obtain types of legal employment in work permission to work in Taiwan. Taiwan. The work permits have year; those who apply in the second semester will get permits valid of 16 hours per week. For more information, please check the website Working in Taiwan: Rights and Obligations Regular Medical Examination Foreign nationals applying to teaching positions in supplementary performed within the past 3 months for approval by the Department92
  • 93. it must be validated by an overseas ROC representative office. Forforeign persons already in Taiwan, their employers must arrange fordays before or after the date on which they have resided in Taiwan for6 months, 18 months, and 30 months.Visashould apply for visas at ROC overseas missions, prior to their travelto Taiwan. If they have already entered Taiwan, they should consultForeign nationals with the intention to reside in Taiwan should submitSalary Income and Tax Payment 31) are treated as non-residents. Non-residents who earn no more than 1.5 times the minimum wage (no more than NT$25,920 per2. Legal foreign workers who work and live in Taiwan for 183 days 93
  • 94. Personal Tax Preferences To attract foreign professionals to live and work in Taiwan, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) implemented the “Scope of application 2008. Eligible foreign professionals are allowed to list the following the company for themselves and for their dependents, home-leave travel costs, relocation costs, utility fees, cleaning fees, telephone fees, rental costs, the cost of renovating rented premises, and children’s educational costs. Foreign Resident Tax Return Filed via the Internet Since May 2010, foreign residents without ID cards can use approved Tax Information Agency Telephone Address Foreign Taxpayers Section, No. 2, Sec. 1, Services Division, Taipei, 02-2311-3711 National Tax Administration City NTA of Northern Taiwan 03-339-3789, No. 156, Sanyuan Province ext. 1430 St., Taoyuan City No. 168, Minsheng 04-2305-1111, NTA of Central Taiwan Province Rd., West District, ext. 2212 Taichung City NTA of Southern Taiwan 06-222-3111, 6F, No. 7, Fubei St., Province ext. 1203 Tainan City Foreign Taxpayers Section, No. 148, Guangzhou 07-725-6600, Services Division, Kaohsiung 1st St., Kaohsiung ext. 7020, 7021 NTA City94
  • 95. Labor ProtectionLabor Insuranceemployees, participation in labor insurance is required.time employees who are insured through their companies, and part-time employees who must join a union and be insured through theunion.subsidizes 10%, and the workers pay 20% of the premium. Coverageincludes injuries and illnesses, loss of daily function abilities,childbirth, death, senior citizen pension, and medical costs resultedfrom occupational hazards.Investing in TaiwanTaiwan is positioned to be theJapan, and the emerging marketscenter of high-tech OEM/ODMmanufacturing and an R&D andtesting center for global businessesmarkets.Taiwan” portal website to provideinvestors with the informationthey need in the different stagesof investment evaluation. This is 95
  • 96. the gateway where investors from all over the world can learn about Taiwan’s investment environment. The “Investment Climate” and “Investment Guide” sections of the website provide the following environments and opportunities in the island’s different counties information on customized investment procedures and important forms for various types of investors depending on the amount of investments and operation locations. the “Investing in Taiwan” website. Contact information is provided under the “Contact Us” section for consultation and assistance by designated representatives of Department of Investment Services of Memo96
  • 97. Universities in Taiwan have adopted policies to raise the quality of their curriculato promote globalization. Centers of Chinese language and culture studies andscholarships for foreign students have been established to encourage foreignstudents to pursue academic as well as cultural exchanges. With numerousforeign schools found in Taiwan, foreign residents will feel at ease when itcomes to making arrangements for their children’s education. Foreign Schools Taiwan Education Centers Studying in Taiwan Scholarship Opportunities in Taiwan Scholarships and Grants Studying Chinese in Taiwan
  • 98. Foreign Schools Taiwan currently has 19 foreign schools. The schools offer curricula from kindergarten through the 12th grade according to their respective capabilities and facilities. Please consult the individual schools for the Foreign Schools in Taiwan Location School Program Telephone Website Taipei Kindergarten http://www.tas. American through 12th 02-2873-9900 edu.tw School grade Grace Kindergarten http://www. Christian through 9th 02-2785-7233 gcataipei.org Academy grade Dominican Kindergarten http://www. International through 12th 02-2533-8451 dishs.tp.edu.tw School grade Morrison Kindergarten Academy http://bethany. through 9th 02-2365-9691 - Bethany mca.org.tw grade Taipei City Campus Taipei Adventist 1st through http://www.taas- 02-2861-6400 American 8th grade taiwan.com/ School Taipei Kindergarten http://www. European through 13th 02-2862-2920 taipeieurope- School grade anschool.com Taipei 1st through http://www. Japanese 02-2872-3801 9th grade taipeijs.org School Taipei Kindergarten http:// Korean through 6th 02-2303-9126 taipeikoes.com School grade98
  • 99. Foreign Schools in TaiwanLocation School Program Telephone Website Hsinchu Kindergarten http://www.has. American through 12th 03-520-3211 hc.edu.tw School gradeHsinchu Hsinchu KindergartenCity http://www.hdis. International through 12th 03-538-8113 hc.edu.tw School grade http:// 1st through American 03-571-7070 12th grades School org American 1st through http://www.ast. School in 04-2239-7532 12th grade tc.edu.twTaichung TaichungCity http://k8.mca. Kindergarten Morrison org.tw through 12th 04-2297-3927 Academy http://hs.mca. grade org.twTaichung TaichungCounty 1st through http://tjs97. Japanese 04-2567-2079 9th grade myweb.hinet.net School Kaohsiung Kindergarten http://www.kas. American through 12th 07-583-0112 kh.edu.tw School grade Dominican Kindergarten http://www.dskg. School through 6th 07-552-3989Kaohsiung org Kaohsiung gradeCity Kaohsiung http://takaojs. 1st through Japanese 07-224-9314 hihosting.hinet. 9th grades School net Kaohsiung Kindergarten Korean through 6th 07- 551-3918 http://khks.kr School gradeKaohsiung Morrison Kindergarten http://County Academy through 9th 07-356-1190 kaohsiung.mca. Kaohsiung grade org.tw 99
  • 100. Taiwan Education Centers Taiwan and promoting the study of Chinese, the Ministry of Education (MOE) encourages Taiwanese universities to set up overseas Taiwan education centers to provide information on higher education in Taiwan Education Centers Overseas Establishing Country/ Telephone Telephone Website School City http://www. National Taiwan Thailand/ 02-2363- +66-2-667- taiwan- Normal University Bangkok 7559, ext. 22 0181~2 center.com/ http://www. National Chung Thailand/ 04-2284- +66-5387- tec.mju. Hsing University Chiang Mai 0206, ext. 25 3181 ac.th/ Wenzao Ursuline http://c016. Vietenam/ 07-342-6031, +84-4- College of wtuc.edu. Hanoi ext. 3203 3353-5118 Languages tw/ Vietnam/ 049-291- http://www. National Chi Nan +84-08- Ho Chi Minh 0960, ext. techcmc. University 3910-3105 City 2561 com.vn National http://www. Malaysia/ +603-5121- Changhua 04-723-2105, cts.edu.my/ Kuala 3100, ext. University of ext. 5452 educenter/ Lumpur 114 Education index.htm Ming Chuan Mongolia/ 03-350-7001, +976-9980- http://www. University Ulaanbaatar ext. 3705 6188 tecm.org.tw 02-2882- http://teck. Ming Chuan +82-2-724- Korea/Seoul 4564, ext. mcu.edu. University 2355 8317 tw/ Studying in Taiwan Students without ROC nationality or without Overseas Chinese ID are International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan, foreign students100
  • 101. should apply directly to their schools of choice and duly submit allof admission. Foreign students who already have legal resident statusin Taiwan and seek admission to elementary or high school can goapplying to graduate programs, foreign students, upon completion ofprerequisite courses in Taiwan, who wish to continue studying certaincourses should use the same admission process as local students. moe.gov.twThe Amendment to the Act Governing International Students’Study in TaiwanIn order to encourage internationalstudents to study in Taiwan, theMinistry of Education amendedStudents’ Study in Taiwan toclarify ambiguities within theforeign students have faced. Thenew regulations are effective as ofFebruary 1, 2011. More foreign students are pursuing their education in Taiwan.Foreign students are now allowedto apply for professional programs at the master’s degree level.Taiwanese universities are allowed to accept foreign and overseasChinese students if the universities have additional capacity after 101
  • 102. who apply for household registration, naturalization or restoration of their Republic of China (Taiwan) nationality during their study in Taiwan. Foreign Students Admissions Each college and university sets its foreign student admission rules, the school of your choice directly. Scholarships Opportunities in Taiwan (NSC), and Ministry of Education (MOE) have jointly established scholarships to attract outstanding foreign students (not including programs in Taiwan. or without formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. The MOE and NSC scholarships are offered to students from other countries not covered For details on scholarships, application procedures and other information, please consult an ROC overseas consulate or102
  • 103. Scholarships Offered by Different InstitutionsName Recipient Amount Primarily for students form NT$30,000 per month, plus countries with diplomaticMOFA round-trip economy-classScholarships air ticket for the most direct university and graduate route to Taiwan. courses. For students fromNSC countries not provided with NT$30,000 per month.Scholarships for graduate programs. For students from NT$25,000 per month for countries not provided with university and pre-universityMOEScholarships for university and graduate NT$30,000 per month for programs for university and graduate programs. graduate programs.Scholarships and GrantsType of Eligibility AwardsScholarship Ph.D. candidates with A monthly research allowance of NT$25,000. A round-trip economy class airfare ticket that allows doctoral fellows under recipients from Asia, Europe, 45 years of age and not America, Africa and Oceania toMOE of R.O.C nationality,Short-term who intend to undertake country to Taiwan and back.Research research in one of Expenses will be reimbursedGrants the following subject after the recipient has arrived in areas: Taiwanese Taiwan. The maximum allowance culture, social science, culture, art and related the recipients will have to cover comparative research. additional expenses. 103
  • 104. International applicants over the age of 18 who possess a high school diploma or higher degrees, with excellent academic performance, MOE: and are of good moral Scholarships character. Candidates A monthly allowance of NT$25,000 for Studying who are currently Chinese studying as registered students at a Mandarin language center or have been degree seeking students at any university or college in Taiwan, may not apply. Scholarships and Grants for Short-term Research and Studying Chinese in Taiwan Type of Eligibility Award Scholarship 1. An economy class roundtrip Recipients of the ticket for the most direct route fellowship should be will be provided. Tickets will not current professors, be provided to recipients who are associate professors, already in Taiwan. assistant professors or 2. Stipend for professors, doctoral candidates, associate professors, research or research fellows of MOFA: The fellows and associate research equivalent level at foreign Taiwan fellows, is NT$60,000 per month. academic/research Fellowship Stipend for assistant professors, institutions. Applicants Program assistant research fellows and doctoral candidates is NT$50,000 sciences, including each month. studies on Taiwan, 3.The minimum duration of the Cross-Strait relations, fellowship is three months, and Mainland China, the Asia the maximum is one year. 4.Accident insurance of particularly welcomed. NT$1,000,000 is provided.104
  • 105. moe.gov.tw/Studying Chinese in TaiwanColleges and universities all over Taiwan have set up Chinese-language centers with long-term Chinese-language curricula. There arealso Chinese-language educational institutions, approved by the MOE,that support university level Chinese-language education.Universities with Attached Chinese Language Centers Location Education Center Website Telephone National Central University http://www.lc.ncu. 03-422-7151 edu.tw/main/clp/ ext. 33807 National Taipei University http://r9.ntue.edu. 02-2732-1104 Chinese Language tw/ ext. 3331, 2025 Education Center National Taiwan University http: //homepage. ntu.edu.tw/~cld 02-3366-3417 Chinese Language 222/ Division, Language Center Northern National Taiwan University, Taiwan http://iclp.ntu.edu. International Chinese 02-2363-9123 tw Language Program National Taiwan Normal http://www.mtc.ntn 02-232-18457 u .edu.tw/ Mandarin Training Center National Chiao Tung http://aadm.nctu. 03-513-1231 edu.tw/mandarin/ Chinese Language Center National Chengchi http://mandarin.nc University, Chinese 02-2938-7141 cu.edu.tw/ Language Center 105
  • 106. Chinese Culture University, http://mlc.sce. 02-2700-5858 Mandarin Learning Center pccu.edu.tw ext. 8131-8137 Tamkang University, Division of Continuing http://www.dce. 02-2321-6320 Education, tku.edu.tw ext. 24, 34 Chinese Language Center Fu Jen Catholic University, http://www.lc.fju. 02-2905-2414 Language Center edu.tw 02-2905-3721 http://www.mcu. Ming Chuan University, edu.tw/admin/ 02-2882-4564 Mandarin Studies & Northern mscc/english/ ext. 8321 Culture Center Taiwan index.htm Kainan University, Chinese http://www.knu. 03-341-2500 Learning Center edu.tw/CLC/ ext. 4639, 4640 Chung Yuan Christian http://www.cycu. University, Center of edu.tw/cycu/cce/ 03-265-1308 Mandarin Learning mandarin/ Chung Hua University, http://international. 03-518-6176 Language Centre chu.edu.tw/ Technology and Science http://www.tsint. 02-2892-7154 Institute of Northern edu.tw/chinese/ ext. 2730 Taiwan, Mandarin Center http://www.nchu. National Chung Hsing edu.tw/~cnpm/ 04-2284-0326 chinese/index_ ext. 399 Language Center en.htm Tunghai University, http://www2.thu. 04-2359-0259 Chinese Language Center edu.tw/~clc/ Central Feng Chia University, http://www.clc.fcu. 04-2451-7250 Taiwan Chinese Language Center edu.tw ext. 5871 Providence University, http://clec.pu.edu. Chinese Language 04-2664-5009 tw Education Center National Chiayi University http://140.130.179. 05-273-2981 Language Centre 4/csl/106
  • 107. Location Education Center Website Telephone National Kaohsiung Normal University, http://www.nknu. 07-342-6031 Center of Language and edu.tw/~clct/ ext. 3302, 3303 Culture Teaching National Cheng Kung http://kclc.ncku. 07-717-2930 University, Chinese edu.tw ext. 2603~2605 Language Center National Sun Yat-sen http://www2.nsysu. 07-525-2000 University, Chinese edu.tw/CLC ext. 3030, 3031 Language Center National University of http: / /www2.nuk. Kaohsiung, Chinese edu.tw/clc/chinese/ 07-591-9261Southern Language Center index.htmTaiwan National Pingtung http://lce.npue.edu. 08-722-6141 University of Education, tw/front/bin/home. ext. 24000~ Language Center phtml 24002 Southern Taiwan http://clc.stut.edu. 06-253-3131 University, Chinese tw/ ext. 6010, 6011 Language Center http://c016. Wenzao Ursuline College wtuc.edu.tw/ 07-342-6031 of Languages, Center of front/bin/cglist. ext. 3302, 3303 Chinese Language phtml?Category=39 I-Shou University http://www.isu.edu. 07-342-6031 Chinese Language tw/clc ext. 3302, 3303 Centre Tzu Chi University, http://www. 03-8572-677 Center for Language language.tcu.edu. ext. 1681, 1682Eastern Studies tw/Taiwan Fo Guang University, http://www.fgu.edu. 03-931-3343 Chinese Language tw/~chinlang/clic. ext. 1562 Instruction Center htm 107
  • 108. The Centennial of the Republic of China The year 2011 is the Grand Centennial of the Republic of China. Numerous government and private activities to celebrate the Centennial kicked off in 2010 with the aim of showing the world the rich and multi-faceted achievements that Taiwan has accomplished over the past century. The Centennial logo is a golden “100.” It is a number that represents success and symbolizes a century of proud achievements. The Republic of China had undergone an arduous century, overcoming in Taiwan and opened the way to new hope. It is a century worthy of celebration, which witnessed the foundation being laid for the present success and a brighter future for the people of Taiwan. Centennial Logo Chinese English108
  • 109. The Centennial of the Republic of ChinaWebsites with Information on ROC Centennial Activities: Preparatory Committee for Centenary Centennial National Celebration Website, Celebrations Council for Cultural Affairs http://100.president.gov.tw/ http://100.cca.gov.tw/ Republic of China (Taiwan) Centenary Tour Taiwan Website, Tourism Bureau Foundation http://100.taiwan.net.tw/ http://www.taiwanroc100.org.tw/ 109
  • 110. The Handy Guide for Foreigners in TaiwanPublisher: Chu Chin-PengPublishing Organization: Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive YuanChief Editor: Juang Li-LanEditorial Coordinator: Shih Nai-Yuan Ke Chung-NingTranslator: Studio Classroom Magazine Earl WiemanEnglish Adviser: Dr. Doris Brougham Prof. Li Chen-Ching Mr. Steven Colin Crook Ms. Loh Shellyee Mr. Karl immermanEnglish Copy Editor: Liang Kuo-Ching Tsai Te-Chang Hsu Ting-HaoPlanning and Production: CommonWealth Magazine GroupPhotographs: Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications MOTC CommonWealth Magazine Group Studio Classroom Magazine Juang Li-LanSales: Government Bookstore and Government Bookstore Online: 209, Songjiang Rd., Taipei Tel: 02-2518-0207, 02-2657-9211 http://www.govbooks.com.tw Wu-Nan Book Inc.: 6, hongshan Rd., Taichung Tel: 04-2226-0330We owe special thanks to the following organizations for providing informationand assistance: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Education Ministryof Justice Ministry of Economic Affairs Council of Labor Affairs NationalYouth Commission Council for Cultural Affairs Government InformationOffice Department of Health Centers for Disease Control Bureau of NationalHealth Insurance Bureau of Health Promotion Environmental ProtectionAdministration Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA Construction and PlanningAgency, MOI National Immigration Agency, MOI Taxation Agency, MOF TourismBureau MOTC Directorate General of Highways, MOTC Civil AeronauticsAdministration, MOTC Bureau of High Speed Rail, MOTC Taiwan RailwaysAdministration, MOTC and Bureau of Labor Insurance, CLA IndustrialDevelopment Bureau, MOEA Taiwan Power Company, MOEA.Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive YuanAddress: 6F., 2-2, Sec. 1, Jinan Rd., Taipei, 10051, Taiwan, R.O.C.Tel: +886-2-2341-9066Website: http://www.rdec.gov.twPrice: NT$100Copyright© November 2010. Research, Development and EvaluationCommission, Executive Yuan. All rights reserved.GPN 1009903982/ ISBN 978-986-02-5775-5/ VII-0013