Taiwan is situated just off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia. Near to Japan on its north side and the Philippines to the south. Clockin in at just over 14,400 square miles Taiwan is a convenient microcosm of culture, industry and entertainment.
Medical Tourism Fame
Taiwan is expanding its horizons and one way is taking advantage of the market offering both medical care services plus tourism options.
Taiwan's tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons.
Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. The strongest fluctuations in weather conditions are during spring and winter, while during summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. Taiwan´s annual average temperature is 22 degrees Celsius with the lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). Therefore, with the exception of a few mountain areas where some traces of snow can be found during winter, no snow can be seen throughout Taiwan.
When summer is coming (March to May), continuously drizzling rain will sometimes fall on Taiwan. During the summer (June to August) typhoons sometimes reach the island. During this period we suggest you keep an eye on weather reports, because during typhoon weather the roaring waves at the coast are not to be regarded as one of Taiwan's tourist scenes. During autumn (September to October) you can enjoy the cool weather. Taiwan has a relatively warm and short winter (November to February)
Visa and Taxes
Foreign nationals may obtain tourist visas if they hold foreign passports or travel documents valid for more than six months in the Republic of China for purposes of sightseeing, business, family visits, study or training, medical treatment, or other legitimate activities.Visa requirements included one completed application form, incoming and outgoing travel tickets, one photo, documents verifying the purpose of the visits,and other relevant documents. The Visitor Visa Application Form can be downloaded from the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The completed form should be submitted to an overseas mission of the Republic of China for visa issuance.
Foreign Currencies : value over US$10,000 should be declared.
New Taiwan Currency : under NT$60,000. A traveler should apply for permission to the Central Bank for amounts over such value.
There are two international airports in Taiwan: Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport in Taoyuan (about 40 KM from Taipei City), and Kaohsiung Airport in Kaohsiung. Direct flights between Taiwan and other countries provide convenient services.
Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as South East Asia land in Kaohsiung Airport, most international flights all land in Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport: http://www.taoyuanairport.gov.tw/
Kaohsiung International Airport: http://www.kia.gov.tw/
From north to south, Taiwan has large shopping centers and department chain stores. Combining diverse leisure and entertainment facilities, these venues offer designer clothing, lifestyle products, food outlets, bookstores, cinemas, wholesale warehouses and amusement centers, providing the ultimate shopping environment. Moreover, several theme streets have sprung up, exhibiting an exciting blend of history and style. Other venues, including the weekend jade markets and computer lane in Taipei, are very good places to find bargains.
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