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Taiwan at a Glance

Lush Taiwan earns its name " beautiful island" from its dense green jungles, craggy volcanoes and towering coastal cliffs. Taiwan has the distinction of being one of the most densely populated areas in the world, but also a place of untouched natural wonders.

When people think of Taiwan, they think of high energy urban centers, night markets, fantastic food and a rich heritage of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Taiwan's cities are a joy to visit. On the one hand visit ancient temples rich with incense, carved wood and carefully painted designs. Wander through traditional gardens and pick out the Chinese and Japanese influences at work on the island. On the other hand, dive right into the busy streets. Haggle at a night market, enjoy a restaurant meal, taste stinky tofu, visit a museum, or pop into a high energy bar.

In the countryside, get in touch with nature. Stay in a mountain resort, or head into the interior for a day trip. Tall mountains have breath taking views of the cities and the sea below them. Tangled jungles are filled with treasures. Tie on your walking shoes or hop on a bicycle and get ready for Taiwan's untouched places.

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Getting There
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  • Major Airport Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American citizens do not need a visa to enter Taiwan if their stay will be less than 90 days. All tourists must present a valid passport and a confirmed onward ticket in order to enter the country. American citizens can visit the U.S State Department's website for more information. All tourists can visit the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office website for visa information for their nationality.

Need to Know

Severe Weather and Seismic Events Taiwan is in the Pacific Ring of Fire and has earthquakes. Building codes are strict so small earthquakes generally are no more than a nuisance. During the summer and fall heavy rain and typhoons occur. The strongest storms batter the eastern coast of the island.

Safety Concerns Be cautious of pickpockets in crowded markets and squares. During the night, stay in well lit areas, avoid traveling alone.

Health Concerns  It's best to chose bottled or purified water while in Taiwan. While hiking in the mountains, be watchful for rock slides if there has been recent heavy rain.

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