Know These Before Traveling to Taiwan
Taiwan is a beautiful place to visit. It is one of the most advanced countries in the world. Though it is crowded and confusing; it is not a daunting place to visit. People here are friendly and quite hospitable and appreciate foreign guests visiting their homeland. Here are a few things to keep in mind before travelling to Taiwan.
Food – Taiwan is one of the best culinary centers in the world. Some foods like Oyster Omelette, Steamed dumpling, Stinking Tofu, Crushed Iced desert, Taiwanese Meatballs are some distinct delicacies. This country is heaven for non-vegetarians and street food lovers. Vegetarian food can be found in Buddhist eateries. Taiwan is famous for its tea, especially the oolong tea and green tea.
Free Wi-Fi – Taiwan being a technologically advanced country offers free Wi-Fi to its visitors. Citizens and foreigners can make use of “iTaiwan” the freely available Wi-Fi network to keep themselves connected. It is a semi speed 1 MBPS connection. Citizens just need their local telephone number to connect to this Wi-Fi network. Tourists who generally have trouble purchasing local sim can visit the Taiwan Tourism Bureau and show their passport to get themselves connected.
Etiquette and superstitions – Tipping is usually not practiced in Taiwan, with the possible exception in a few places. Even the Taxis and drivers wouldn’t expect tips and usually return the exact change till the last dollar. Taiwanese people are often superstitious. For instance stabbing your chopsticks into the rice bowl is a reminiscent of incense sticks at a temple. Also, number 4 (pronounced si) is considered unlucky, and they relate it to death. They have a lot of taboos related to certain objects like umbrella that sounds like break-up and clock that sounds like “performing the last rites” in Mandarin.
Night markets – Taiwan is famous for its night street markets. Typically a noisy atmosphere with hawkers and vendors trying to sell clothes, consumer goods, Xiochi –meaning snacks and their special drinks. Most night markets have small restaurants which provide a number of Taiwan special delicacies. Night markets have become a major tourist attraction for foreign visitors. Some night markets also have carnival-style games that are not so commonly seen in the present days. Some famous night markets include Raohe Street Night Market, Shihlin Night Market, Fengjia Night Market and many more. To be precise, there are more than a hundred night markets in Taiwan
Taiwanese typhoons and monsoons – Taiwanese typhoons usually occur during the summer months, mainly from July to September. Taiwan has a subtropical monsoon climate and the best time to visit is autumn and winter.