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Understanding Taiwan’s Ethnic Groups

Have you ever heard anyone talk about the ethnic groups of Taiwan and wondered what they meant? Do you know your Yuanzhumin from your Waishengren? This is a brief guide to understanding the terms Taiwanese…

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The National Palace Museum

The National Palace Museum (NPM) is considered to be a national treasure in Taiwan, and is on just about every top list of things to see in Taiwan. And there is no doubt of the importance…

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Butterflies at Taipei Zoo

It is the most glorious time of year in Taiwan as we revel in Autumn. The weather is about as perfect as it gets, with warmish days and cool nights. The air-conditioning can comfortably be…

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Money

Cash is still king in Taiwan, though credit cards are accepted in ever more places The currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Most establishments do not accept US dollars or other currencies,…

Getting help in Taiwan
Getting Help
Scooter police in Taiwan
Security
cycling
Recreation and Leisure
Visiting the dentist in Taiwan
Healthcare, Insurance, and Dentistry
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Taiwan’s Political Dynasties

Power corrupts, they say. But it also condenses, congeals around influential families who—whether by simple advantage of their privileged positions or by more nefarious means—perpetuate lineages of influence and wealth. They exist in many guises…