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Flight Time to Taiwan from the UK
Approx 16 Hours from London
The island of Taiwan lies some 200 kilometers off the southeastern coast of China, across the Taiwan Strait, and has an area of 35,801 square kilometers (13,823 square miles), with the East China Sea to the north, the Philippine Sea to the east, the Luzon Strait directly to the south and the South China Sea to the southwest. The island is characterized by the contrast between the eastern two-thirds, consisting mostly of rugged mountains running in five ranges from the northern to the southern tip of the island, and the flat to gently rolling plains in the west that are also home to most of Taiwan's population. Taiwan's highest point is the Yu Shan at 3,952 meters, while there are 5 other peaks over 3,500 meters.
Taiwan's climate is marine tropical. The Northern part of the island has a rainy season that lasts from January to late March during the southwest monsoon, and also experiences "Plum Rains" in May. The entire island succumbs to hot humid weather from June until September, while October to December are arguably the most pleasant times of year. The Middle to South of the island do not have an extended Monsoon during the winter months, however can experience several weeks of rain, especially during and after Lunar New Year. Natural hazards such as typhoons and earthquakes are common in the region.
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Boisterous and bustling, the modern metropolis of Taipei puts up a convincing front of being a hotbed of frenetic wheeling and dealing; an in-demand success story of a city packed to the brim with six million worker-bee residents. But in its quaint back streets, temples, and parks, Taipei, like its mother nation of Taiwan, transcends its shiny new-school guise.
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Public Holidays in Taiwan
January 1 - Republic Day / New Year's Day
February 17 - Chinese New Year's Eve
February 18 - Chinese New Year
February 21 - Chinese New Year Holiday
February 22 - Chinese New Year Holiday
February 28 - Memorial Day
April 5 - Tomb Sweeping Day
May 1 - Labor Day
June 19 - Dragon Boat Festival
September 3 - Armed Forces Day
September 25 - Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn
October 10 - National Day (Double Tenth)
Visa Requirements for Taiwan
Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens may stay in Taiwan for up to 30 days without a visa. If passport endorsed with other than British Citizen a visa is required. Passports should be valid for at least six months.
Taiwan is very safe for tourists, even for women at night. This is not to say, however, that there is no crime, and you should always exercise caution. In crowded areas such as night markets or festivals, for example, pickpockets are a known problem. However, it is fair to say that the streets of Taiwan are generally very safe and that violent crime and muggings are very rare.
In addition, it is also very unusual to see drunks on the street, day or night.
Like anywhere else in the world, women should be cautious when taking taxis alone late at night. Although they are generally safe, it's a good idea to arrange to have a friend call you when you get home and to be seen making the arrangements for this by the cab driver. It also helps if a friend sees you being picked up as taxis have visible license numbers. As an additional safety precaution, tell taxi drivers just the street name and section instead of your exact address.
Police departments in most jurisdictions have a Foreign Affairs Police unit staffed by English speaking officers. When reporting a major crime, it is advisible to contact the Foreign Affairs unit in addition to officers at the local precinct. Police stations are marked with a red light above the door and display a sign with the word "Police" clearly printed in English. For more information see the National Police Agency website.
Foreign victims of a major crime in Taiwan are also advised to report the matter to their government's representative office in Taipei.