The City of Taipei
Taipei is located in northern Taiwan, covering 271.77 square kilometers, with a population of over two million. It can be reached from most cities around the world by many international airlines.
As the capital city of Taiwan, Taipei is a vibrant blend of traditional culture and cosmopolitan life. Taipei is the political, economic, educational and recreational center of the country with large numbers of significant cultural sights located throughout the city. The variety of exquisite dishes at Taipei’s thousands of restaurants and eateries enticingly demonstrate why Taipei is famed as the gourmet’s capital of Asia.
For more information, please visit Taipei City Government, Tourism Bureau.
The CKS (Chiang Kai-Shek) Airport is your entry/departure port, which is located in Taoyuan country approximately 40 kilometer or about 50 minutes by car or bus from downtown Taipei. The transportation from the airport to Taipei is available as followings:
For more Information, please visit Taipei Rapid Transit Coporation, Taipei City Government.
Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan, though other dialects are also spoken. The most commonly used foreign language is English.
The New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) is the national currency. Bill denominations are NT$2000, NT$1000, NT$500, and NT$100. Coin are NT$1, NT$5, NT$10 and NT$50 denominations.
Office hours for the most government agencies are from 8:30am to 5:30pm on weekdays. Banking hours are from 9:00am to 3:30pm from Monday to Friday. Most stores open until late hours both on weekdays and weekends and there are plenty of 24-hour convenience stores throughout the city.
Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round and is extremely suitable for traveling, as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 22°C with lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17°C (54-63°F). Therefore, with the exception of a few mountain areas where some traces of snow can be found during winter, no snow can be seen throughout Taiwan.
Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles.
A 10 percent service charge is usually automatically added to room rates and meals. Other tipping is optional, but rare, including for Taxis.
nationals may obtain
tourist visas if they
hold foreign passports or travel documents valid for more than six
Taiwan for purpose of sightseeing, business, family visits, study or
medical treatment, or other legitimate activities.
14-day visa-free privileges are afforded to citizens of 18 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands (Holland), Portugal, Spain, Sweden, U.K. and the U.S.A.