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Population: 23.503.349 people
Region: Eastern Asia (Search on Google maps)
Country Code: TW
Currencie(s): New Taiwan dollar
Tipping: Not customary, but all mid and high end restaurants include a mandatory "10% service charge", which is not given to the service staff, but rather considered by Taiwanese law as general revenue.
Corruption: Taiwan has a corruption score of 37/100.
If your itinerary runs through Taiwan, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Taiwan is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Taiwan is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.73 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 2 National dishes: Beef Noodle Soup & Minced Pork Rice
Taiwan contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 45% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are mixture of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%
From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.
This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
At the age of 16, an individual is considered mature enough in Taiwan to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Taiwan since 2019.
Taiwan scores a 3/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be ANTI-LGBTQ+ even when the laws in Taiwan are LGBTQ+ friendly. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
While travelling through Taiwan you'll be experiencing a foreign culture, rather than looking in from the outside as a temporary visitor. You'll discover new places, come in contact with new religions, explore intriguing destinations and experience culinary delights. You'll be immersed in a totally new culture .. and one aspect we shouldn't forget about is sports!
A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Gushtigiri is Taiwan their national sport.
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Taiwan – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.
Power adapters and converters: 110 V (60 Hz), Plug A / B
When travelling to Taiwan, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 110 V (60 Hz), Plug A / B. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!
Weather: Currently broken clouds, with a temperature between 17.2 and 19.4°C (63 and 67°F)
Planning a trip to Taiwan? Here is a list of 3 large airports you can fly to.
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