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   If you are looking at this website, then you are probably quite interested in coming to Taiwan already, and why not ?

Not for nothing did early Portuguese explorers name this place "Formosa" –beautiful island, there is plenty of natural beauty to behold here, including Taroko Gorge, Mount. Alishan, green fields and sandy beaches.

Today's Taiwan is a fast developing society, the days when "Made in Taiwan" only appeared on cheap, shoddy plastic toys are long gone! Taiwan today is a democracy whose people enjoy full freedom of expression.

For decades the most important and influential people in Taiwan have consisted mainly of people who studied in the USA. Today people who have studied in the United Kingdom, Australia Canada and elsewhere are also taking their ranks amongst Taiwan's movers and shakers. As a result, the ability to speak and understand English is highly prized and sought after. You will find that many more people, from all walks of life, will try to talk to you in English in Taiwan than in most other non-English speaking countries.

Taiwan offers many of the comforts of home, even small villages have internet cafes, 24 hour convenience stores with English-language newspapers and, of course, cable TV. Taiwan also offers plenty for the curious and culturally sensitive visitor to discover.
If you have time, you may also want to visit Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Thailand or The Philippines, all of which are within a short flying distance of Taiwan.


The cost of living in Taiwan is not as high as it is in most English speaking countries, which means that your money will go further than you might expect. Prices are usually a little higher in the city than they are in the country but wages in the city are also slightly higher.

Below is the average cost of some common goods and services in Taiwan.

Home and Vehicles
Rent for a small, unfurnished apartment NT$ 3,000 ~ 7,000
Used 50cc scooter NT$ 5,000
New 125cc scooter NT$ 50,000
Petrol / Gas NT$ 28.20 per liter (95 octane-medium grade)
Used cell phone NT$ 100 ~ 1000
Phone call to USA NT$ 4 per minute


Entertainment
Cable TV NT$ 600 per month
ADSL NT$ 299 per month
One hour at an Internet cafe NT$ 30
Movie ticket NT$ 250
New CD, not pirated NT$ 350
English language newspaper NT$ 15

Food and drink
10 boiled dumplings NT$ 30
Big Mac, medium fries and medium soft drink NT$ 109
Bucket of Kentucky Friend Chicken NT$ 199
Small pizza from Pizza Hot NT$ 350
Starbuck’s tall cappuccino NT$ 70
Can of Coke at convenience store NT$ 18
Small can of beer at convenience store NT$ 35
Large glass of beer in a pub NT$ 150

The rest of this section of the website will give you some more information that should help to make your stay in Taiwan a little easier and more comfortable.


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