KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
OFFICIALLY THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Though the ROC Government doesn't claim to represent the mainland, this remains the official name of Taiwan... weird, I know.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE - MANDARIN
CURRENCY - NEW TAIWAN DOLLAR
SAYING HELLO - "NI HAO"
THANK YOU - "XIÉ-XIÉ"
Pronounced "Syeh-syeh"... and said REALLY quickly!
DON'T MISS - BITOU CAPE (OR ANY OF THE NORTH COAST, REALLY).
Taiwan's North Coast is absolutely beautiful, and easily accessed from Taipei. Definitely make time for a day trip to explore this region. Read more about my Taiwan explorations here.
MUST EATS - STREET FOOD!!!
Head to one of the many night markets for cheap, and delicious, Taiwanese cuisine.
MUST HAVES - EASY CARD (OR MRT PASS)
You can get a prepaid MRT card... or get an easy card and charge it as you go. Like Korea's T-Money card, and Hong Kong's Octopus card, this is used for all public transit.
COMING SOON - TAIPEI + NORTH COAST DESTINATION GUIDE