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Umbrellas, which in Mandarin sound the same as the word for "break up". Friends should therefore never give friends umbrellas. Instead, friends will euphemistically "rent" each other umbrellas for a tiny amount (NT$1, for example).

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Clocks. The phrase "to give a clock" ("song zhong"), in Mandarin, has the same sound as the word "to perform last rites." If you do give someone a clock, the recipient may give you a coin in return to dispel the curse.

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Shoes. Never ever offer shoes as a gift to old people, as it signifies sending them on their way to heaven.

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You are expected to remove your shoes before entering a house. You will find some slippers to be worn by visitors next to the entrance door. It is likely to be the same ritual for bathrooms and balconies where you will be expected to remove your slippers to wear a pair of plastic sandals (though it is less shocking not to use the sandals by then).

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In southern Taiwan, and especially in public places, physical contacts of any sorts should be avoided.

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You are not expected to tip in hotels and restaurants.

Weather

Please check the local weather at the website of Taiwan Central Weather Bureau!

http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V5e/index.htm

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