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Taiwan Resources

Entry: U.S. citizens will need a valid passport, but they can visit Taiwan without a visa for up to 30 days.

Arrival: There are two international airports in Taiwan: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan (about 24 miles from Taipei), and Hsiao-Kang Airport in Kaohsiung, at the southern tip of Taiwan. The great majority of international flights land in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Rail: The Taiwan High Speed Railway runs 208 miles north to south along the western corridor of the country. The trains are capable of traveling at speeds of up to 180 miles an hour, making the run from Taipei to Kaohsiung City (with stops en route) in roughly two hours, as compared to the four to six hours the journey takes by conventional rail. It isn’t necessary to purchase tickets in advance, announcements are in English, and there is ample room for luggage in racks above the seats.

Currency: The New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). At press, the exchange rate was $1 to NT $30.7.

Tipping: In restaurants, it is customary to tip 10 percent, unless the service charge is already included. Hotel porters expect a dollar a bag. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip.

Electricity: Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles.

Links: Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Taiwan:

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