-Do you need a visa to travel to Taiwan?-

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There are many people arrive in Taiwan every day. Did they apply a visa to visit Taiwan or did not? The answer is depending on which country you are coming from, some of them do need a visa to entry into Taiwan. Visitors to Taiwan must obtain a visa or authorization in advance, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose nationals are eligible for visa on arrival.

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(Dakoykoy, 2017)


Visa-Exempted Entry, some Passport holders can stay in Taiwan up to 90 days without a Taiwan Visa. For example, Canada, France, U.K., Germany, Australia and more. If you need more info you can see the website below which I provided.(http://www.taiwan-travel-experience.com/taiwan-visa.html#ixzz4k7r0syyR) However, no matter which country you are coming from, if you plan stay more than 90 days, you must apply a visa to go to Taiwan.



Now, if you are planning stay in Taiwan for 30 days, the meaning is that you don’t really need a visa if you come from the country where Visa-Exempted Entry in Taiwan. You just need to have your passport that valid at least 6 months, and your return ticket. But if you plan stay more than 90 days, then yes, you must apply a visa to travel to Taiwan.

If you are not coming from the country has Visa-Exempted Entry in Taiwan, for sure you need to apply visa before you go to Taiwan. How do you apply your visitor visa? Here is what you would need for apply a visa to Taiwan.

  • valid passport (with at least 6 months valid)
  • Two identical standard passport photos in color. ( taken within the last six months)
  • Online Application, fill-out and print out, sign by the applicant
  • Supporting documents, such as business letter from Canadian firm, correspondence with company in Taiwan, travel itinerary or airline ticket, financial statement (bank balance), student card, etc.



The Visitor Visa can be single or multiple entry – multiple entry that means you can stay more periods in Taiwan, each time still up to only 60 days.



Apply a visa to Taiwan quite simple, but before you apply, please check online that if you really do need a visa.





Trip down to the south of Taiwan , Kenting

kenting-map (sheila, 2014)

If you are thinking about relaxing on the beach , and like to view of the white sandy beach, then you have to put this wonderful place in your Taiwan travel list. Kenting is Located in Pingtung county, a beautiful city in southern Taiwan. Kenting is a popular, enchanting holiday destination popular among travellers.


Kenting has good weather year-round, except typhoon season in the summer. Otherwise, Kenting is usually full of the tourists. Why? Because the weather in kenting is warm tropical weather, even in the winter time is not cold at all.

Where must go in Kenting?

There are few places you must see in Kenting, such as Baisha Beach (Baishawan) 白沙灣, Sail Rock 船帆石, Kenting Beach 墾丁海水浴場, Eluanbi Lighthouse 鵝鑾鼻燈塔…etc.

xnanwan-kenting-beach_jpg_pagespeed_ic_m5v7Ku9nS8Baisha Beach, this bech is one of My favorite beach. The sand in Baisha beach is White, very lovely. It’s located about 5 km away from Kenting. The beach is quite big and long, also very clean.

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Sail Rock, It’s a famous landmark in Kenting National Park, the Sail Rock is the result of a large piece of rock that has broken off from the coastal cliff nearby. As you can see the picture, there is a such as a head, it made by nature.



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Eluanbi Lighthouse, Eluanbi Park is located at the southern tip of Taiwan and part of Kenting National park. It’s another landmark of Kenting.





There are also bar, clubs, night market in Kenting, so you won’t be bored at night time.


Another thing I want to mention is that, if you want to travel around in Kenting, you’d better rent a motorcycle because you don’t want to  stuck in traffic.

There are more things that you can do in Kenting, I’d like to show you in the video below.

How amazing Kenting is.



**Taiwanese Night markets **


Do you like to snaky different kind of food? Taiwanese night markets have it all(Taiwanese snack).

Night markets in Taiwan are mostly street market, and they usually open  in urban open area (expect some of them in the city). Even though there are over one hundred night markets in Taiwan, only few of them are famous. For example, Raohe night market and shilin night market in Northern Taiwan, Fengjia Night Market in Central Taiwan, HuaYuan Night Market in Southern Taiwan, Luodong Night Market in Eastern Taiwan. In addition, the biggest night market in Taipei Taiwan, just open on June 10th 2017, is called The Sing Ren Garden Night Market. The opening hours of the Sing Ren Garden Night Market are 5 pm to 12 am from every Wednesdays to Sundays. Other than that, most night markets open everyday from 5PM to 12AM.

There are not only all kind of Taiwanese snacks in night markets, but also clothing, accessories…etc. So what you should try in Taiwanese market? Let me give you some idea to know what you would like.

2323018715_29652ae6e91First, xiao long bao soup dumplings. we usually eat xiao long bao with the soya and ginger and after you bite it, the soup is all over in your mouth. They’re very delicious and each of them is plumping with hot soup. At night markets , the xiao long bao at Raohe night market is the best. However, if you want to try the most famous xiao long bao and many types of it , you should go to Din Tai Feng restaurant.


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Next, if you visit Taiwan in the summer time, you should have an ice bowl with jelly dessert that you choose. You usually can choose 3-5 toppings on your ice bowl, the price depends on how many topping you choose(usually around CAD$5). It could bring you to the heaven when you try it in the summer time. Yum yum!



Popcorn Fried Chicken, the most popular food choice in the night markets.

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Gua Bao, is folding over steamed buns filled with diced vegetables and slices of pork, also it comes with  sprinkle peanut powder and some cilantro. This is one of Taiwanese traditional food, so If you can have pork, you must try it.gua-bao-taipei-17-X3

16180912956_9e0eeeb7b0Stinky Tofu, you probably will ask me that why do I even tell you about STINKY FOOD. YES, Stinky tofu is a must try in the night market snacks list. The tofu is served either crispy dry in squares with Taiwanese kimchi on top. It smells much worse than it tastes, but it tastes really delicious.


Last but not least, Bubble Tea(pearl milk tea) is the third famous food in Taiwan. When you are in Taiwan, you must try it. It won’t be the same as you try in other countries.

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Raohe Street Night Market 
Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Hours: 5PM-12AM
Shilin Night Market 
No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Hours: 3PM-1AM

*Taipei 101*


Every country has their own landmarks, so do Taiwan. In Taiwan, there are few popular landmarks you should visit. For example, Chiang Kai Memorial Hall, National Palace Museum, Longshan Temple, Sun Moon Lake, and Taipei 101. Today, I’m going to introduce the one of highest building in the world, Taipei 101.


Taipei 101, also called Taipei World Financial Center – is one of the most popular landmark in Taiwan. Taipei 101 is located in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. It was the tallest green building in the world from 2004 to 2010, but now it’s about 4th tallest building in the world.

View of Taipei 101, (SnarkyNomad, 2013)


Taipei 101 is not only have business office in the building , but also restaurant, night club, Café, Luxurious shops from around the world…etc.

You can see the chart which I made below to know what is actually in the building:

Taipei 101

parking lots B2 to B4
shopping centers B1 to the 4th floor
banks and financial centers 5th floor
business offices 6th floor to the 80th floor
VIP Club 85th floor
restaurants 86th floor to the 88th floor
viewing area of Taipei City 89th floor
outdoor viewing area 91st floor
Taipei 101 fireworks (KIMIKO, 2016)


Another thing I want to share with you is that If you visit Taiwan around New years, You must go Taipei 101. In New York, you must go Time Square for New Year Eve, In Taiwan, You must go to Taipei 101. Why? Because there will be a concern with all the famous artists and the amazing fireworks in Taipei 101. You can enjoy the time with thousand of  people and count down the time together.


Where is Taipei 101?

Address: No.45,Shihfu Rd,Sinyi District,Taipei City, Taiwan

You could take MRT(blue line) from Taipei station to Taipei City Hall Station.


Take bus from Taipei station towards to Taipei 101

Business hour:

Sunday – Thursday: from 11:30am – 22:00pm
Friday, Saturday and the day before any public holiday: 11:00am – 22:00pm





Where is Taiwan? Why Taiwan?

Where Taiwan Is?

  • Taiwan, is a one small island with few tiny islands. It is right beside the southeastern of China. The name of Formosa came from Portuguese explorers in the 16th century.

chnt-MMAP-md(operation, 2017)


Why Taiwan?

Most people love to travel to south of Asia and korea, Japan and China. People never learn about the small island, Taiwan. Although, Taiwan is small actually is big inside. There are few reasons you should travel to Taiwan. See the list below:

1.People are friendly and helpful in Taiwan.

That is true. When I was younger, teacher taught us how we need to help people from all over the world. If we don’t understand the language the person speak, you can still bring the person to local tourist service centre to get someone to help.

2.Night markets Snacks are amazing

Raohe st night market (Mindy, 2015)

One of amazing experiences you should have is that try as much as night market snacks as you can. Why? because they are very delicious. I will make another blog to talk about Taiwan’s night market food.

By the way, Taiwan’s night markets usually start from 5PM until 2Am, so if you go there early you would not be able to get what you want.

3.Transportation is convenient.

In local transportation, there is Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Taipei and Kaohsiung. (MRT is kind of Subway system in Toronto). There are also plane, buses, trains and High Speed Rail to city to cities, so it’s really convenient to travel in Taiwan.

4.Climbing up

Yes, if you love to climb in mountains, there is another reason why you should visit Taiwan. There are many mountains in Taiwan such as Xueshan, Nanhu Mountain, Yushan…etc. When you climb one of those mountains, you can get a lot of rewards from nature. For example, fresh air you would never get from the cities or an amazing view from the waterfall that cuts through the lush.

5.Relaxing on beaches or lake

Sun Moon Lake (EIT, 2014)

Oh YEA, There are BEACHES in Taiwan. One of the most famous is in Kenting white sand beach where is in the Southern of Taiwan. Another place I want to talk about is Sun Moon Lake, where is in my hometown, Nantou. Sun Moon Lake, One of the most popular spots for relaxing .It’s known as a beautifully romantic spot, so many couples go there to take wedding photos or honeymoon.


6.Provide free wifi in subway

There is one thing better than Toronto is that we can use wifi while we are taking subway. Even though you are in underground, you can still talk on the phone or using WIFI. NO PROBLEM AT ALL.

Taiwan, is a really special country to visit. It’s small, but we have it all. Taiwan is not only modest island but is a perfect place for a new visitor like you.