Practical Information in TaiwanEdit This
Taiwan practical information must be researched before planning the perfect trip. Understanding the currency and anticipating any language barriers before your trip will help ensure you have an easy visit.
The New Taiwan dollar is the official currency used in Taiwan. It is referred to locally as yuan. The values available for coins are $1, 5, 10 and 50 while the values for notes are $50, 100, 500 and 1,000. In 2010, one U.S. dollar is equivalent to approximately 32 Taiwan dollars. It is advisable for you to have some of your money exchanged before you step out of Taiwan’s airport.
Credit cards are accepted in some shops and restaurants in the city but not as much in the rural areas. Be sure to always bring Taiwan dollars with you wherever you go. If you have a check, some international banks and hotels can exchange them with Taiwan dollars. Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mandarin is the official language used in Taiwan, which means it is the instructional language in schools. Although Mandarin is widely used, many people can also communicate in English. Many Taiwanese are familiar with English as well as native dialects and may speak one or the other as a second language.
The local currency is the Taiwan Dollar (TWD)