The official language spoken in Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, however you will also find people speaking Taiwanese Mandarin (Hokkien) which is influenced by standard Mandarin, indigenous and other languages.
Name: New Taiwan Dollar
Symbol: $ or NT$
Exchange rate: $1 USD is approx $31 NT$
Time Zone: China Standard Time (GMT/UTC+08:00)
The cost of a pint of draught beer in Taiwan is between 39NT$ - 69NT$, with local markets being around the same price.
The cost of a meal for two in Taiwan can range from 500NT$ – 1,000NT$ (approx $16.50-$33). Or grab some traditional Taiwanese meatballs or beef noodle soup at a street food stall for as little as 60NT$ (approx $2).
Looking to catch a cab? A normal taxi tariff starts at 80NT$ (approx $2.60) depending on where you're going.
Taipei and Kaohsiung have great MRT metro systems, starting at 20NT$ (approx 70c) for a one-way ticket.
Looking for somewhere to crash? Hostels in Taiwan are around 500NT$ (approx $16) per night, on average.
If you're wanting something a little more 'upmarket', a double room in a midrange hotel ranges between 1,400-2,600NT$ a night.
If you're staying in Taiwan for less than 90 days then you don't need a tourist visa. If you plan on staying longer than 90 days you'll need a visa prior to traveling. *Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.
Taiwan is warm all year round, averaging at about 71°F, but the best time to visit would be between April and June or September and November if you'd like to avoid the high tourist season, humid weather and the possibility of typhoons which occur in the summer time.