A practical foreign exchange and currency guide to Taiwan
What's in this Taiwan currency guide:
The official currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan dollar, with symbol NT$ and currency code TWD.
One Taiwan dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Conveniently, when shopping in Taiwan, cents are rarely needed because virtually all products sold in the country are priced in whole dollars.
The official name of Taiwan’s currency is the ‘New Taiwan Dollar’, although the prefix ‘New’, which distinguishes the current currency from the original Taiwan dollar used in and prior to 1949, is used only in very formal settings, such as in legal contracts.
Taiwan’s central bank, the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan), operate a flexible exchange rate system, which means that the Taiwan dollar’s valuation is, for the most part, determined by market forces. The bank’s policy does state, however, that they will intervene in foreign exchange markets “when the market is disrupted by seasonal or irregular factors.”
Historically, the US dollar to Taiwan dollar exchange rate has met strong resistance at 35.0. Several times since the late 1990s USD/TWD has reached close to, or slightly breached, the 35.0 level, but each time the rate has reversed strongly.
Since 1990, the Taiwan dollar’s absolute lowest valuation came in March 2009 when USD/TWD reached 35.24. The currency was strongest in July 1992 when USD/TWD fell to just 24.50.
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Towering sea cliffs, marble-walled gorges and tropical forests are just the start of your journey, which could take you as far as Yushan, Taiwan’s 3952m alpine roof.In Taiwan you can criss-cross mountains on colonial-era hiking trails or cycle a lone highway with the blue Pacific on one side and green volcanic arcs on the other. And if you simply want a classic landscape to enjoy, you’ll find them around every corner.
Over the centuries the people have blended their way into a unique and tolerant religious culture that’s often as ritual heavy as Catholicism and as wild as Santeria.Taiwanese temples (all 15,000) combine worship hall, festival venue and art house under one roof. Watch a plague boat burn at Donglong Temple, go on a pilgrimage with the Empress of Heaven, study a rooftop three-dimensional mosaic, and learn why a flag and ball have come to represent prayer.
The currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD or NT/NTD). It is the only currency that can be used in Taiwan, all others will not be accepted except in some duty-free shops.
Something to warned about is that most credits cards are often not accepted and many places in Taiwan. By a rule unless the place you are trying to use you card is an international chain or a very large restaurant or store, cards won’t be accepted. Those that do will charge a 10% fee. As in most countries normal street vendors or night markets won’t accept cards. So be sure to get some cash at the airport. It is usually possible to exchange major currencies into TWD at banks in Taiwan, many hotels and department stores do as well but usually at a worse rate. So you usually don’t need to worry about how to exchange money.
When leaving Taiwan keep in mind that not all banks elsewhere in the world will exchange TWD, so if you don’t want to get stuck with lots of useless TWD bills when you leave be sure to exchange your TWD into other currencies before leaving the airport.
Taiwan has two major cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung, and getting around them is easy due to their ‘Mass Rapid Transit’ (MRT) metro systems. They are reliable, efficient, and comfortable. All signs and ticket machines are in English, as are many signs in the stations which show directions to nearby sights. The are many signs also showing bus transfer routes.You can use the metro systems websites for excellent information and maps. Getting around Taiwan, if you want to budget then bus. The bus network runs 24 hours a day and offer comfortable routes between most cities.
Taiwan also has a high speed bullet train, one of the fastest in the world, between Taipei and Kaohsiung which travels at 300 km/hour. Other trains go most places, cities and villages, and offer a convenient and comfortable journey. Flights are available but considering how efficient and cheaper the train system is, to some the extra price may seem unnecessary, Unless of course you are going to one of the islands.
Taiwan is a popular destination for foodies with a bustling street food culture. Taiwan is also full of little neighbourhood coffee espresso bars with their own micro-roasters many of which are very good.
Taiwan Lantern Festival – one of the biggest and best in Asia – is held every year close to Chinese New Year and attracts visitors from around the world. Blending the best of traditional lantern-making with high-tech innovation, the festival takes place in multiple locations. In PingXi, a small town about 30 kilometres from Taipei, thousands of flying lanterns are released into the night sky.
One of the most popular things to do in Taiwan. Make sure to sample the food, play some games, eat, shop for cheap stuff and oh did I mention eat? Feel free to barter which is common but if you look like a foreigner, expect to pay more.
This famous lake in Nantou county is the largest body in Taiwan and is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to the shape. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side looks like a moon, hence the name and has spectacular sunrises.
There are no special limits on foreigners, except for Chinese, buying property in Taiwan.
Foreigners and foreign companies who purchased property after the beginning of 2016 will have to pay extra taxes on any profit when they sell. This tax will vary depending on the length of ownership.
US$500,000: Old apartment, no lift or parking.
US$1,000,000: New apartment, lift plus parking, roughly 90-110 sqm
US$5,000,000: High-end residential apartment 300-400sqm
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