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The Taiwan Itinerary

7 Days In Taiwan


DAY

PLACE TO VISIT

OPENING HOURS

ADDRESS

Day 1 4:30AM Traveling from HKG to Taiwan
Jiufen
Landed in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Start by 10AM 1.Taipei 101(Skyscraper in Taipei
2.Jiufen Old Street(teahouses, street-food shacks and souvenir shops)
3.Shifen Waterfall
Hours:
Mon to Fri 8:30AM–6PM
1.Address: Xinyi District,Taipei
2.Address: Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City
3.Address: 226, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Pingxi District, 乾坑10號
Day 2 1.National Palace Museum
2.Taipei Confucius Temple
3.Raohe Street Night Market
4.Shilin Night Market
Hours:
Mon to Fri 8:30AM–6PM
1.Address:221, Sec2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City
2.Address: 275, Dalong Street, Datong District, Taipei City
3.Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City
4.Address: 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Day 3 1.Lungshan Temple of Manka
2.Taipei Zoo
Hours:
Mon to Fri 10AM–6PM
1.Address: 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City 2.Address:30, Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City
Day 4 1.Shei-Pa National Park
2.Wuling Farm
Hours:
Mon to Fri 8:30AM–6PM
1.Address: 新竹縣五峰鄉 2.Address: 424, Taiwan, Taichung City, Heping District, 平等里武陵路3-1號
Day 5 1.Fengjia Night Market
2.Sun Moon Lake
3.Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Hours:
Mon to Fri 4PM(Evening)–2AM(Early Morning)
1.Address: Wenhua Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407 2.Address: Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
3.Address: 555, Taiwan, Nantou County, Yuchi Township, 大林村金天巷45號
Day 6 1.Taroko National Park
2.Alishan National Scenic Area
3.Yushan
4.Liuhe Night Market
Hours:
Mon to Fri 8:30AM–5PM
1.Address: 972, Taiwan, Hualien County, Xiulin Township, 富世村富世291號 2.Address: 605, Taiwan, Chiayi County, Alishan Township, 中正村59號
3.Address: border on; Taoyuan District
4.Address: 800, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Xinxing District, 800台灣高雄市新興區六合二路與中山一路口
Day 7 1.Chimei Museum
2.Taijiang National Park
3.Fort Zeelandia
Hours:
Mon to Fri 8:30AM–6PM
1.Address: 66號, Section 2, Wenhua Road, Rende District, Tainan City, Taiwan 71755
2.Address: 709, Taiwan, Tainan City, Annan District, 四草大道118號
3.Address: 82, Guosheng Rd, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708

Taipei 101(Skyscraper in Taipei

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The Taipei 101 / TAIPEI 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center(508 metres->1,667 feet) – is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Taipei, Taiwan.Standing in the Xinyi District of Taipei, an area known for its financial services and vibrant shopping malls.
Officially, public observatories are on floors 88 to 91, with an indoor observatory on 89 and an outdoor observatory on 91. At a height of 1,285 feet (392.8 metres), the outdoor observatory was the highest in the world at the time of completion. Another indoor observatory, not open to the public, is on the top (101st) floor and is 1,437 feet (438 metres) high.

Garden's By the Bay

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This historic centuries-old town, overlooking the sea, has become a buzzing center of Taiwanese culinary exhibition.
Jiufen Old Street, as the long sprawl of indoor/outdoor market stalls is known, is home to some of Taiwan’s very best cuisine. check out the dishes that keep locals and travelers coming back year after year such as,1. Tea Egg,
2.Pearl sausages
3.Snails
4.Pork jerky
5.Taro balls
6.Traditional pastry and
7.Purple dragonfruit juice.

Shifen Waterfall

Shifen Waterfall is a scenic waterfall located in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan, on the upper reaches of the Keelung River. The falls' total height is 20 metres and 40 metres in width, making it the broadest waterfall in Taiwan.


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National Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum, located in Taipei and Taibao, Taiwan, has a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest of its type in the world.

The Taipei Confucius Temple

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The Taipei Confucius Temple is modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong Province of China. It is located on Dalong Street, Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan.

Raohe Street Night Market

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One of the oldest night markets in Taipei, the Raohe Street Night Market is a must visit destination.

It seemed entire Taiwanese families came to Raohe Street Night Market just to get their dose of pork bone soup.Most tour guides will recommend you to try the pork pepper bun right at the entrance of the Raohe Night Market. You will see a line starting to form at 6pm, locals and tourists will wait in line for this fried snack.


The Shilin Night Market

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The Shilin Night Market is a night market in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan, and is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city.

1.Fried chicken steak
2.Stinky tofu


Chinatown

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If you just want to shelf shopping for another day, it is a good opportunity to visit Chinatown. Stroll along the historic streets of Chinatown and understand more about the lifestyles of the early immigrants. Visit impressive local temples

Lungshan Temple of Manka

Lungshan Temple of Manka is a Chinese folk religious temple in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. The temple was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during Qing rule in honor of Guanyin.

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Wuling Farm

The Wuling Farm is a tourist attraction farm in Heping District, Taichung, Taiwan.

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Fengjia Night Market

Fengjia Night Market, also called Fengjia Shopping Town, is a night market in Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan. The market is located next to Feng Chia University. It was claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan.

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake is in the foothills of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. It’s surrounded by forested peaks and has foot trails. East of the lake, the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is a theme park with a section devoted to re-created indigenous villages.

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Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is an amusement park in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan which has been in operation since 1986.

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Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the Taroko Gorge, the landmark gorge of the park carved by the Liwu River.

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Alishan National Scenic Area

Alishan National Scenic Area is in central Taiwan. It's dominated by the Alishan Mountains, which feature cloud-ringed peaks and green valleys. The area is home to Tsou aboriginal villages, known for tea production. A narrow-gauge train, part of the Alishan Forest Railway, runs through high-altitude forests.

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Yushan

Yushan, also Mount Jade or Mount Yu, is the highest mountain in Taiwan at 3,952 metres above sea level, giving Taiwan the fourth highest maximum elevation of any island in the world.

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Liuhe Night Market

The Liuhe Night Market is a tourist night market in Xinxing District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is one of the most popular markets in Taiwan where seafood, handicrafts, clothing, knives, cameras and live animals are sold.

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Cost of living in Taiwan

Is Taiwan expensive to live?

Most foreign nationals relocate to Taipei, although rural living and the south of Taiwan are much less expensive. ... While Taipei may inspire the highest cost of living in Taiwan, it is still far cheaper than regional competitors like Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Travel Itinerary provides an introductory guidance on cost of living in Singapore. In general, prices for basic necessities such as food, clothing, public transport, basic education and utilities in Taiwan are quite moderate. Public transport and taxis are very affordable as well.On the other hand, housing, private schooling and maintaining an automobile can be costly. If you are an expatriate whose compensation package includes benefits such as transportation or car allowances, housing, childcare, payment of school fees, entertainment allowances and other work-related benefits, these costs would be less of a concern to you and you will find that life in Taiwan can be quite comfortable. Even if you do not have an extensive package, you can always find something that fits your budget; for every category, Taiwan offers a wide range of available choices and prices.

AVERAGE DAILY EXPENSES in Taiwan

1. Accommodation: 37% of daily costs

2. Transportation: 13% of daily costs

3. Food + drinks: 42% of daily costs

4. Paid activities + miscellaneous: 8% of daily costs

Cost of Accommodation

How much is rent in Taiwan?

Rent for my apartment is about $660, which I split with my wife for an average of $330 a person. The apartment itself has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, kitchen and living room area and a couple of balconies. Spending around $250-350 is pretty average for a room in a shared apartment or a studio in Taipei.

The cost of housing in Taiwan depends on factors such as the property’s proximity to the city, relative age of the property, availability of recreational facilities (such as pool, gym, etc.) and the quality of furnishings that come with the accommodation.

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 27,609 NT$

Cost of Food

Food is relatively cheap in Taiwan. However, as elsewhere, food expenses depend on how extravagant you are. Food expenses can either be a marginal factor or a significant factor when calculating your average living costs depending on the lifestyle you choose to adopt in Taiwan.

Basic, lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 208 NT$ and Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 139 NT$

An expatriate family living in Taiwan can save on their food budget if they cook on their own as often as possible or eat out in food courts. Although several international cuisines are available in a range of restaurants to suit varied budgets, dining out on an everyday basis is definitely a more expensive option in the long-term.

Transportation Costs

Taiwan has one of the best, most comprehensive, and least expensive public transport systems in the world.

Taipei Pass is also usable to take the metro and the city buses. The one-day ticket costs NT$180, two-day ticket costs NT$310, three-day ticket costs NT$440, and five-day ticket costs NT$700.

A one-way average bus or MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) fare is about NT$180.

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The languages of Taiwan consist of several varieties of languages under families of Austronesian languages and Sino-Tibetan languages are spoken in Taiwan. The Formosan languages, a branch of Austronesian languages, have been spoken by the Taiwanese aborigines in Taiwan for thousands of years. Researches on historical linguistics recognize Taiwan as the Urheimat (homeland) of the whole Austronesian languages family owing to the highest internal variety of the Formosan languages. In the last 400 years, several waves of Chinese emigrations brought several different Sino-Tibetan languages into Taiwan. These languages include Taiwanese Hokkien, Hakka, and Mandarin, which became the major languages of today's Taiwan and make Taiwan an important center of Hokkien pop and Mandopop.


Formosan languages were the dominant language of prehistorical Taiwan. The long colonial and immigration history of Taiwan brought in several languages such as Dutch, Spanish, Hokkien, Hakka, Japanese, and Mandarin. Due to its colonial history, Japanese is also spoken and a large number of loanwords from Japanese exist in several languages of Taiwan.


After World War II, a long martial law era was held in Taiwan. Policies of the government in this era suppressed languages other than Mandarin in public use. This has significantly damaged the evolution of local languages including Taiwanese Hokkien, Hakka, Formosan languages, and Matsu dialect. The situation has slightly changed in the 2000s when the government made efforts to protect and revitalize local languages. Local languages became part of elementary school education in Taiwan, laws, and regulations regarding local language protection were established for Hakka and Formosan languages, and public TV and radio stations exclusively for these two languages were also established. Currently, the government of Taiwan also maintains standards of several widely spoken languages listed below, the percentage of users are from the 2010 population and household census in Taiwan.


Taiwanese Mandarin


Mandarin is commonly known and officially referred to as the national language (國語; Guóyǔ) in Taiwan. In 1945, following the end of World War II, Mandarin was introduced as the official language and made compulsory in schools. (Before 1945, Japanese was the official language and taught in schools.) Since then, Mandarin has been established as a lingua franca among the various groups in Taiwan: the majority Taiwanese-speaking Hoklo (Hokkien), the Hakka who have their own spoken language, the aboriginals who speak aboriginal languages; as well as Mainland Chinese immigrated in 1949 whose native tongue may be any Chinese variant. People who emigrated from mainland China after 1949 (12% of the population) mostly speak Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin is almost universally spoken and understood. It was the only officially sanctioned medium of instruction in schools in Taiwan from the late 1940s to late 1970s, following the handover of Taiwan to the government of the Republic of China in 1945, until English became a high school subject in the 1980s and local languages became a school subject in the 2000s. Taiwanese Mandarin (as with Singlish and many other situations of a creole speech community) is spoken at different levels according to the social class and situation of the speakers. Formal occasions call for the acrolectal level of Standard Chinese of Taiwan (國語; Guóyǔ), which differs little from the Standard Chinese of China (普通话; Pǔtōnghuà). Less formal situations may result in the basilect form, which has more uniquely Taiwanese features. Bilingual Taiwanese speakers may code-switch between Mandarin and Taiwanese, sometimes in the same sentence. Many Taiwanese, particularly the younger generations, speak Mandarin better than Hakka or Hokkien, and it has become a lingua franca for the island amongst the Chinese dialects


Taiwanese Hokkien


Commonly known as Taiwanese (臺語, Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tâi-gí) and officially referred to as Taiwanese Hokkien (臺灣閩南語; Tâi-oân Bân-lâm-gú); Taiwanese Hokkien is the most spoken native language in Taiwan, spoken by about 70% of the population. Linguistically, it is a subgroup of Southern Min languages variety originating in southern Fujian province and is spoken by many overseas Chinese throughout Southeast Asia.
There are both colloquial and literary registers of Taiwanese. Colloquial Taiwanese has roots in Old Chinese. Literary Taiwanese, which was originally developed in the 10th century in Fujian and based on Middle Chinese, was used at one time for formal writing but is now largely extinct. Due to the era of Taiwan under Japanese rule, a large number of loanwords from Japanese also appear in Taiwanese. The loanwords may be read in Kanji through Taiwanese pronunciation or simply use the Japanese pronunciation. These reasons make the modern writing Taiwanese in a mixed script of traditional Chinese characters and Latin-based systems such as pe̍h-ōe-jī or the Taiwanese romanization system derived from pe̍h-ōe-jī in official use since 2006.
Recent work by scholars such as Ekki Lu, Sakai Toru, and Lí Khîn-hoāⁿ (also known as Tavokan Khîn-hoāⁿ or Chin-An Li), based on former research by scholars such as Ông Io̍k-tek, has gone so far as to associate part of the basic vocabulary of the colloquial language with the Austronesian and Tai language families; however, such claims are not without controversy. Recently there has been a growing use of Taiwanese Hokkien in the broadcast media.
Accent differences among Taiwanese dialects are relatively small but still exist. The standard accent — Thong-hêng accent (通行腔) is sampled from Kaohsiung city,[21] while other accents fall into a spectrum between Hái-kháu accent (海口腔): representing the accent spoken in Lukang, close to Quanzhou dialect in China, and Lāi-po͘ accent (內埔腔): representing the accent spoken in Yilan, close to Zhangzhou dialect in China. Much of Taiwanese Hokkien is mutually intelligible with other dialects of Hokkien as spoken in China and South-east Asia (such as Singaporean Hokkien), but also to a degree with the Teochew variant of Southern Min spoken in Eastern Guangdong, China. It is, however, mutually unintelligible with Mandarin and other Chinese languages.


Taiwanese Hakka


Hakka (客家語; Hak-kâ-ngî) is mainly spoken in Taiwan by people who have Hakka ancestry. These people are concentrated in several places throughout Taiwan. The majority of Hakka Taiwanese reside in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli. Varieties of Taiwanese Hakka were officially recognized as national languages. Currently, the Hakka language in Taiwan is maintained by the Hakka Affairs Council. This governmental agency also runs Hakka TV and Hakka Radio stations. The government currently recognizes and maintains five Hakka dialects (six, if Sixian and South Sixian are counted independently) in Taiwan.


Matsu dialect (馬祖話, Mā-cū-huâ)


Matsu dialect (馬祖話, Mā-cū-huâ) is the language spoken in Matsu islands. It is a dialect of Fuzhou dialect, Eastern Min.


Sign language


Taiwan has a national sign language, the Taiwanese Sign Language (TSL), which was developed from Japanese Sign Language during Japanese colonial rule. TSL has some mutual intelligibility with Japanese Sign Language (JSL) and the Korean Sign Language as a result (KSL). TSL has about a 60% lexical similarity with JSL.


Japanese language


The Japanese language was compulsorily taught while Taiwan was under Japanese rule (1895 to 1945). Although fluency is now largely limited to the elderly, most of Taiwan's youth who look to Japan as the trend-setter of the region's youth pop culture now might know a bit of Japanese through the media, their grandparents, or classes taken from private "cram schools" .


South-East Asian languages


A significant number of immigrants and spouses in Taiwan are from South-East Asia.
Indonesian: Indonesian is the most widely spoken language among the approximately 140,000 Indonesians in Taiwan.
Javanese: Javanese is also spoken by Javanese people from Indonesia who are in Taiwan.
Tagalog: Tagalog is also widely spoken by Filipinos by the approximately 108,520 Filipinos in Taiwan.
Vietnamese: There are somewhere around 200,000 Vietnamese in Taiwan, many of whom speak Vietnamese. There has been some effort, particularly beginning in 2011, to teach Vietnamese as a heritage language to children of Vietnamese immigrants.


European languages


Dutch: Dutch was taught to the residents of the island during the Dutch colonial rule of Taiwan. After the withdrawal of Dutch presence in Taiwan, the use of the language disappeared.
Spanish: Spanish was mainly spoken by the northern part of the island during the establishment of a Spanish colony in Formosa until 1642. Many of the countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan are Spanish-speaking.


Sino-Tibetan languages


Cantonese: Cantonese is spoken by many recent and early immigrants from Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, and Macau. Various Cantonese-speaking communities exist throughout Taiwan, and the use of the language in Taiwan continues to increase. There are a reported 87,719 Hongkongers residing in Taiwan as of the early 2010s, however, it is likely that this number has increased significantly since.


English language


English is widely taught as a foreign language, with some large private schools providing English instruction. Taiwan's government proposed to make English a second official language by 2030.


Useful Cantonese phrases


English is spoken a bit more in Taipei than other places, but it's hit-or-miss everywhere. ... If you venture outside Taipei, you may encounter some aboriginal Taiwan people. These people are not Chinese, and if they speak to you it is likely to be in English.

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