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Taiwan Good to Know

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Getting Online

Internet cafes are plentiful and most are open 24/7. Few have English signs, so you'll probably have to ask around for a wang-ka (網咖). Such places are generally comfortable and smoke-free, but often noisy as most people use them for online gaming. Each hour of Internet access is cheap, coming in at around NT$20; you may also be expected to buy a soft drink for something like NT$40. In some cafes the machines are coin operated. For free Internet access, try libraries. Wireless Internet access is widespread in big cities, and free at visitor information centers. There is also a user-friendly Wifi network at every McDonald's. The login page has English.


The standard prefix for international calls from Taiwan is 002, though some other companies may use alternatives at lower rates. Calls to mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau require international dialling. Taiwan's country code is 886. 

Mobile phone

Mobile phone coverage is generally excellent in Taiwan, with the exception of some remote mountain areas. The major providers are Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, and Far EasTone. Taiwan has both GSM 900/1800 and 3G (UMTS/W-CDMA) networks and roaming might be possible for users of such mobile phones, subject to agreements between operators. Most payphones work with telephone cards which can be bought at convenience stores.

Numbers starting 0800 are commercial toll-free numbers.



Taiwan has a free and lively press. Two daily English-language newspapers are available in bookstores and many (but not all) convenience stores.

  • China Post
  • Taipei Times

Other news sources

Other news sources include:

  • Central News Agency
  • Government Information Office periodicals
  • RTI (Radio Taiwan International)
  • Taiwan Economic News
  • Taiwan Headlines
  • Taiwan Today

Discussion forums

  • Forumosa.com


Foreign Missions

As the People's Republic of China (PRC) does not allow other nations to have official diplomatic relations with both itself and the ROC, many of the world's major nations do not have official embassies or consulates in Taiwan, but rather trade offices which perform consular work such as issuing visas and helping with passport renewals. The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is the USA's unofficial embassy. The find the name and address and your country's diplomatic representative, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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