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Taipei, the capital of The Republic of China (Taiwan). Located in the northern side of Taiwan, the city where everything happens; it is possible to find anything here, from upscale shops to the most important attractions and shows. Taipei is the fourth largest administrative area in Taiwan, with a population of approximately 2.7 million.

Through advances in economic development and the robust transportation systems, important international conferences and exhibitions are frequently held here in Taipei, drawing overseas travellers to visit, do business, stay and study in Taipei City. Its ethnic fusion has styled Taipei to become a melting pot of cultural diversity. Taipei is without a doubt one of the places to be in Asia. Energetic, multicultural, and well developed, this city is an Asian hotspot.

Visitors to Taiwan must obtain a visa or authorisation in advance, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose nationals are eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport with minimum validity of six months as of the date of entry.

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The official language is Mandarin Chinese; however as many Taiwanese are of southern Fujianese descent, Minnan (the Southern Min dialect or Heluo) is also widely spoken. The smaller groups of Hakka people and indigenous tribes have also preserved their own languages. Many elderly people can also speak some Japanese, as they were subjected to Japanese education before Taiwan was returned to Chinese rule in 1945 after the Japanese occupation, which lasted for half a century.

The most popular foreign language in Taiwan is English, which is part of the regular school curriculum. However, for your own convenience, when taking a taxi in Taiwan, it is advisable to prepare a note with your destination written in Mandarin Chinese to show the taxi driver.

Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. Weather conditions fluctuate during spring and winter, while in summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. Taiwan is extremely suitable for travellers. Spring begins from March, and is the best time of the year to visit Taiwan, as the weather is pleasant and cool.

The annual average temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius with the lowest temperatures on the lowlands generally ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit).

The currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT). Bills come in denominations of NT$2000, NT$1000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100 where coins come in NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5 and NT$1 denominations. The exchange rate is about: US$1 = NT31.75

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.

Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted at department stores, restaurants and hotels.

UTC/GMT +8 hours; There is no daylight saving time.

In Taiwan the standard voltage is 110 V. The standard frequency is 60 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / B.

Type A
Type B

Tipping is optional. It is usual, however, to tip restaurant waiters and hotel porters. A customary Service charge of 10% is applicable in hotels or restaurants.

Taipei Metro (MRT)

The mass rapid transit system (MRT) in Taipei is a convenient and affordable mode of transportation which brings visitors to a variety of attractions and scenic spots, allowing them to take a leisurely journey through some of the most attractive parts of Taipei.

Auto ticketing machines can be found in all MRT stations, providing ticketing services. Single-journey ticket prices range from NT$20 to NT$65 depending on travel distance. An NT$150 one-day pass purchased from A service booth allows unlimited travels on all MRT lines within one day.

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Taxi

A large number of taxis are available in most major cities. Basically, taxi fares in all major cities are set by the local city government itself, and there are few variations. The meter may not be used for out-of-town or long-distance travel; travellers are advised to confirm the charging method before getting in a taxi.

As most drivers do not speak English, it is advisable to have the hotel personnel write both your destination and your hotel’s name and address in Chinese, along with the projected cost of each one-way trip for you.

The country code is +886 and the area code for Taipei is 02. To call a local landline number, please key in +886 2 followed by the 8-digit phone number

e.g.

+886 2 1234 5678. To call a mobile number, please key in +886 2 followed by the 10-digit phone number e.g. +886 2 0912 345678.

Emergency Services (toll-free)

Fire, Ambulance: 119
Police: 110
24-Hour Toll-Free Travel Information Call Center: 0800-011-765
Directory Assistance (English-speaking): 106

Department stores, retail shops and restaurants are open almost daily. Shops may operate around 11am, but note that time varies from business to business. Government offices and banks mainly operates on Monday to Friday, from 9am onwards.

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