Category: Moving to Taiwan

Taiwanese children


Children are doted on in Taiwan, but educational standards are suspect and children study extremely long hours Children Children are prized in Taiwan, and those with foreign genes will be an especial focus of interest….

Eating and drinking in Taiwan

Eating and Drinking

Taiwan offers a wide variety of Asian and Western options; from everyday affordable snacks to fine dining Western food Restaurants from outside Taiwan generally fall into one of two categories; the “taiwanified” group of restaurants…

Shopping in Taiwan


Shopping is something of a national obsession. From cheap night-market knock-offs to high-end fashions, Taiwan offers a wealth of options for the ardent shopper. Grocery shopping There are a few options for purchasing your day-to-day…

An apartment in a high-rise


Taiwanese cities offer mostly apartment-living; it’s usually easy to find somewhere suitable, though the quality of housing is often mediocre Finding a place to live Trying to locate a suitable home can be a frustrating…

Xinyi from Taipei 101

Where to Live

Most people will feel comfortable in Taipei, but other cities can offer a more authentic Taiwanese feel When considering where to live in Taiwan, there are a number of factors to take into account: availability…

Taxes in Taiwan


Taiwan has relatively low income tax and an easy efficient tax returns system, but non-residents can be caught out by the blanket 20% tax rate In terms of individual taxation, Taiwan has two systems based…

Marriage in Taiwan


Getting married in Taiwan is relatively straightforward, unless you are British—applying for residency based on marriage to a local is also not difficult It is easy for two foreign nationals or a foreign national and…

Cultural concerns in Taiwan

Cultural Concerns

Understanding the social norms that underpin everyday interactions will help smooth your path Face and Guanxi Much is made of the Chinese concept of face. To some extent it governs how people act in public,…

Taiwan entry and exit stamps

Visas and Residency

Most Westerners can enter Taiwan visa-free for short visits; if you are working or studying you will need a resident visa Passport holders from most Western countries including the US may enter Taiwan without a…

Packing for Taiwan

What to Bring With You to Taiwan

Bring clothes if you are tall or heavy, shoes for big feet, and bring a few months’ expenses to see you through the early part of your stay. Taiwan is a developed nation with an…