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I'm leaving for Taiwan in around 36 hours, and I was wondering if I should buy a GSM phone in the US or buy it when I'm in Taiwan? I'll be in Taiwan for 2 weeks and in China for about 11 days during my trip. I can't read Mandarin very well, so it might be easier to buy a cheap GSM phone here for around 45 dollars because everything will be in English. However, the phones in China might be cheaper and I might be able to type chinese with them better if I so choose. What do you guys think? I will probably get an international sim card there too.
Also, are there a lot of places (cafes, mcdonalds) that offer free wifi? I will be living in Zhonghe and unfortunately, the person I will be the staying with does not have internet access.
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If you're traveling overseas, do yourself a favor and bring a pen. You would not believe how many people travel without one, and you need one to fill out the immigration forms. I carry some, but I can’t carry 200.
From "13 Things Your Flight Attendant Won't Tell You"