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TAIWAN TRAVEL GUIDE

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TAIWAN

Major airlines:

China Airlines, Eva Air

Capital:

Taipei

Language:

Mandarin Chinese is the official language of Taiwan. In tourist areas, people speak some English, but most taxi drivers speak Chinese only.

Currency:

New Taiwan dollars

Eating Out:

Szechuan, Peking, Cantonese, Hunan, Shanghai, and Fukien styles of cooking are available in Taiwan. Try Szechwan crispy duck with steamed lotus buns, Peking celestial eel (steamed with scallions, ginger, sugar, radish and wine), Cantonese dim sum (dumplings and snacks), lemon chicken, stir-fried abalone with oyster sauce; Hunan steamed fish with fermented black beans, and deep-fried pigeon with salt, pepper and herb dip; Shanghai drunken clams, "two-taste" yellow fish, stir-fried beef and scallions, steamed crabs and bean curd pork; and Fukien shrimp and cashew nuts, chopped pork with salted egg.

Shopping Specialties:

Chinese carpets, teak, rosewood and camphor wood furniture, custom-made clothing, cameras, electronic items, semi-precious stones, jade jewelry and carvings, silks, laquerware, tea and tea sets.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

Tourism Bureau, Republic of China: www.tbroc.gov.tw