Etiquette in Taiwan

Taiwan is an island located in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean and has a population of 23.5 million people.

The state is a unitary semi-presidential republic.

The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin. Taiwanese Hokkien, Hakka, and Formosan languages and Fuzhou dialect are recognized national languages.

Citizens follow Buddhism, Taoism, Yiguandao, or Christianity.

The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan dollar.

A slight bow and nod of the head is usual for most greetings. Male friends are usually the only ones who greet by handshake. A third party will handle the introductions, so wait to be introduced.

Note you should not touch people on the top of the head, in particular babies.

Avoid shows of public affection.

Hospitality is highly valued by the Taiwanese. If invited to a Taiwanese home, take off your shoes.

It’s a good idea to bring cookies, chocolates, good quality alcohol, or flowers as a gift. Don’t gift white flowers or chrysanthemums, and don’t wrap gifts in white, black, or blue paper. Red, yellow, and pink, however, are good choices.

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