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Taiwan Facts

Currency

New Taiwan Dollar (NTD, but also referred to as TWD).

US$1 NT$33 (NT$100 roughly equals US$3; NT$1000 roughly equals US$30)

Currency exchange is possible internationally, although you will get a much better rate if you wait until you arrive at the airport to exchange currency at the 24 hour window. Most banks in Taipei and Kaohsiung will also exchange money or offer cash advances on credit or debit cards. You should bring American currency, and additionally, please be sure to bring newer bills, as the banks and exchange-centers (such as in department stores) will only accept the newer bills. Don't forget to show your passport!

Most hotels and department stores accept credit cards, generally Visa and Master Card as well as JCB. Diners Club or American Express cards are seldom accepted. Most restaurants and small stores do not accept cards, and cash is the main form of payment. Because street crime is rare, it is common for people in Taiwan to carry large amounts of cash with them.

Electricity

110-220V 60HZ (USA plug type)

Time Zone

GMT+8:00

Get Around (Transportation) By bus

In Taipei, bus transportation is extensive. Route maps, however, on the bus-stations are in Chinese, while the front boards (to- and from-) of buses are in English. If you're staying at a hotel, ask the clerk to suggest some routes for you, and circle your destination on the map. Show this to the bus driver, and he/she will hopefully remember to tell you when to get off. It is advised to always keep your own address and the name of the place you are going to written in Chinese with you.

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