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About Taiwan (external link)

Area: 36,000 square kilometers
Population: 23 million
Capital: Taipei
Language: Mandarin/Taiwanese /Hakka
Religion: Buddhism/Taoism/Christianity/Islam/Catholicism

Taiwan is a subtropical island and lies on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. The continuous tectonic movements have created majestic peaks and steeply eastern coastline. Lying from north to south, five mountains accidentally form a mountain chain and cleave the narrow long island The western plain is industrialized while the eastern strip is preserving the nature and farming. The magnificently winding highways, narrowly run between the eastern coastline and steep cliffs, or along gorges, are masterpieces of nature and man-made works.

The south coastline is the paradise for water activities, such as surfing, snorkeling, motorcycling, etc. Recreation resorts attract crowded tourists on holidays. The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium provides exhibitions in two halls; one is Waters of Taiwan and another is Coral Kingdom Pavilion. The Coral Kingdom Pavilion is immersed in coral reef with brightly colored fishes swim vividly. What a stunning experience!

For more information about Taiwan, please visit Taiwan Touch Your Heart or A Glance at Taiwan

How to fly to Taiwan

There are two international airports in Taiwan, CKS Airport in Taoyuan county, which is the nearest airport to NCU, and Hsiao-Kang Airport in Kaohsiung.


Summer, from June to September, is hot and humid. Bring casual clothes, sandals, and rain gear for guarantee of nice trip, though rainfall is often limited to afternoon and evening storms. The average temperature varies from 27°C to 35°C. For weather forecast click here Weather in Taiwan


Electricity is 110 Volts, 60 cycles AC here. A multi-plug adaptor should be carried for local sockets.


Taiwan’s official currency is the New Taiwan Dollars (NTD or NT$). For currency exchange rate please click here

Banks and major hotel will exchange most major currencies. Major credit cards are accepted in most Taiwanese cities and towns.


A 10-percent service charge and a 5-percent sales tax are automatically included in room rates and meals. Tipping is optional here.

Business Hours

Banks: Monday - Friday 09:00 to 15:30 Government Offices: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Department Stores: Sunday - Saturday 10:00/11:00 - 21:00/22:00


Three local English newspapers, Taiwan News, Taipei Times, and China Post, can be purchased in convenient stores, such as 7-11, HiLife, Family mart etc.


Taiwan is GMT(Greenwich Mean Time) + 8 hours.


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