Monthly Archives: August 2018


Health Insurance in Taiwan

How does Health Insurance work in Taiwan? Should you get one here or use the one you have at home?

As foreigners, you can’t apply for the National Health Insurance when you arrive, so if you need to see a doctor you’ll need to pay full fees. Medical fees here are within a reasonable price, got for hospitals for cheaper fees.

To be qualified for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) foreigners need to have been staying in Taiwan for consecutive 6 months after they receive the ARC. (but you can leave Taiwan once for less than 30 days; and after excluding the days you are out of Taiwan, the days you stay in Taiwan shall be exactly 6 months in total).

    • How to apply for the NHI:
      1. Go to the Administration Division of your resident area for the insurance sheet with your ARC.
      2. Go to the Bureau of National Health Insurance for the Insurance IC card with your ARC, insurance sheet and one photo (2 inches).
    • For detailed information: The Bureau of National Health Insurance, Taipei
    • Address: 5F, No.15-1, Kon-yuan Rd. Taipei City
    • TEL: (02) 2191-2006



Taiwanese Cuisine

Taiwanese cuisine is influenced by Chinese and Japanese Cuisine, the most common ingredients used are pork, seafood, chicken, rice and soy.

Here are some suggestions to start with:


Cong Zhua Bing with Black tea


Taiwan is full of breakfast shops (早餐店, zǎocān diàn), you’ll have no trouble finding one. Breakfast here is quite different from western breakfasts, Taiwanese can eat noodles, dumplings, rice balls, burgers, sandwiches; the options are endless.


Taiwanese beef noodle soup, 牛肉麵 (niúròu miàn)


Beef noodle soup is very famous and popular in Taiwan, but if you are not into soup you can find many dry noodle (乾麵, gān miàn) options too.


Taiwanese hot pot, 火鍋 (huǒguō)


Taiwanese love hot pot, even in summer sometimes. There are many options of hot pot restaurants, some mala hot pot places, all you can eat hot pot and also stinky tofu hot pot. You should definitely try it!

Nightmarket food

Gua Bao, 刈包 (guàbāo)


Bubble Tea, 珍珠奶茶 (zhēnzhū nǎichá)


Mango shaved ice, 芒果冰 (mángguǒ bīng)


Taiwanese sweet sausage, 香腸 (xiāngcháng)