The city is situated in a basin in northern Taiwan that was inhabited by aboriginal peoples until settlers from China moved into the area about 300 years ago. Eastern Taipei was largely underused fields until the nineteen-seventies when the city began to develop the area as a financial and commercial district. Here, the modern face of Taipei shines through, with its glass and steel skyscrapers, wide boulevards, and the world's tallest building, Taipei 101. Taipei also boasts dozens of world-class performance venues, where you can enjoy world-class theater and concert events. The city also offers a wide range of other diversions -- shopping malls, nightclubs, live-music bars, quality hotels, and exotic restaurants.
It's Springtime in Taiwan, the temperature will be around 18-27 degree Celsius in April in Taipei.
Bring your own light jacket, umbrella, sunglasses, and hat are necessary.
Taipei is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
The official currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, and Visa are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and most international tourist hotels.
1 New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) equals 0.029 Euro and 0.030USD.
Travel and Public Transportation
Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangement to Taipei.
Taipei airport is about 35 minutes from the city and is connected by a regular bus service, metro, and taxis. A taxi fare from the airport into the central city is around NT$ 1200-1500.
Taoyuan Airport MRT website:
Taipei MRT website:
In Taipei, the power sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 110V and the standard frequency is 60Hz. Please check if you need a power plug adapter and/or a voltage converter.
Tipping is not customary in Taipei, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill.
Tax / VAT
VAT Refund Requirements: 1. Foreign travelers holding non-ROC passports, ROC passports without registered household, or a re-entry permit. 2. Foreign travelers who make purchases of at least NT$3,000 (USD100) on the same day from the same Tax Refund Shopping(TRS)-posted store, are eligible for a refund of the 5% VAT paid on those purchased goods. To claim the refund, they must apply at the port of their departure from the R.O.C. within 30 days following the date of purchase, and they must take the purchased goods out of the country with them.
Taipei is a diner's paradise, a place where the smell of food emanates from every street corner, and the food here is excellent. From international cuisines to local Taiwanese dishes, the menus in Taiwan will have you coming back for more. In the city itself, there are many popular international eateries featuring Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian and Western cuisine with good service and moderate prices.
You can get more information from https://www.travel.taipei/en
Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT)
The MRT currently has six lines in operation. Tickets can be purchased at automatic-ticket machines in all MRT stations. A "Single-journey Ticket" costs between NT$20 to NT$65 depends on distance. A NT$180 "Taipei one-day Pass" purchased from a service booth will allow unlimited travel among all MRT lines within one day. The MRT runs from 6 am to 12 midnight seven days a week. Smoking, eating, drinking or gum chewing are strictly prohibited on all MRT trains.
Taipei has a huge fleet of taxis. Charges are NT$70 for the first 1.5 km and NT$5 for each additional 300 meters. An additionalNT$5 is charged for every two minutes of waiting, and a 20% surcharge is added to fares between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. All fares appear on the meter, except for a NT$10 charge for cabs dispatched by phone and for each piece of luggage placed in taxi trunk. Tips are not required.
The Taipei Bike Sharing System is abbreviated as YouBike. It uses an unmanned automated management system to provide “A Leases and B Returns” 24- hour bike rental service, in hope that the citizens will choose bikes as their short-distance transit vehicles. You may rent a Youbike either as a Member or as a Single rental user. Single Rental users can use Kiosks at each station to rent a bike and use credit cards to pay usages fees. The rate is 10 NT$ per 30 minutes within the first 4 hours, 20 NT$ per 30 minutes between 4 to 8 hours, and 40 NT$ per 30 minutes exceeding 8 hours.
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