Formosa - beautiful island
|Formosa is what the Portuguese called Taiwan when they came here in the 16th century and saw the island's verdant beauty. Taiwan is an island about 36,000 square km located off the coast of southeastern China, southwest of Japan and north of the Philippines. It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from Mainland China. Taiwan is one of the most unsung tourist destinations in all of Asia, its modern emergence as an economic and industrial powerhouse still overshadowing the staggering breadth of natural, historic and culinary attractions this captivating island has to offer. A fascinating mix of technological innovation and traditional Chinese and aboriginal cultures and cuisines, Taiwan is one of the only places on earth where ancient religious and cultural practices still thrive in an overwhelmingly modernist landscape.|
Taipei City is located in the Taipei Basin of northern Taiwan.
Population: 2,703,444（till Jul. 2015）
Size: 271.7997 km2
Taipei City Map
Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Tipping is not customary in most of places in Taiwan since a 10% service charge is automatically added to meals.
Taiwan uses electricity of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer. Many buildings have sockets with 220 volts especially for the use of air conditioners.
The most popular foreign language in Taiwan is English. It is relatively easy to use English in Taipei.
The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese and the native Taiwanese tongue, alternatively called Taiyu or Minnan-hua, is still widely spoken as a first language by the island's dominant ethnic group, which originally hails from China's southern Fujian province. o:p>
“Folk religion” - a blend of ancient animist beliefs with the traditions of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism - forms the core beliefs of most Taiwanese. Purer forms of Buddhism are also on the rise, along with Christianity.
Currency and Banks
The country’s currency is the New Taiwan dollar (NT$). The exchange rate in recent months is approximately NT$32~33 for US$1. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at hotels, airports and government-designated banks. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and traveler’s checks may be accepted by tourist-oriented shops and at most international tourist hotels and banks.
Taiwan enjoys a subtropical climate with warm weather all year round. The annual average temperature is 22 degrees Celsius with lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). It will be in the range of 16 to 28 degree Celsius during March in Taipei. Light- to medium weights, with rainwear advised.
There are three international airports in Taiwan: Taoyuan International Airport (located about 40km from Taipei City), Kaohsiung International Airport (located in southern Taiwan), and Taipei SongShan Airport (only certain international airlines from China, Japan, and Korea could arrive here).
If you were traveling from China, Japan, or Korea you may inquire the possibility to take direct flight to the Taipei SongShan Airport for the most convenient access to the conference venue. If you are traveling from other countries besides China, Japan, or Korea your will be arriving at the Taoyuan International Airport instead.
Taipei City Government has established 13 visitor information centers in Taipei. The services at each center are tailored to the specific attractions in the vicinity. In addition to counter help, the centers provide printed and online tourism information, including free brochures on scenic sites, dining, accommodations, transportation and more. The closest Visitor Information Center to the conference venue is at the Taipei Main Station.
Address: N.3, Beiping W. Rd., Zhongzheng
Service Hours: Daily 08:00-20:00
Taipei City is currently a fast growing city of Uber service in Asia Pacific. Two years ago, Uber launched its private driver service in Taipei, offering quality, safety and convenient service at affordable price.
If you haven't registries as an Uber member, please refer to Google Play or Apple App Store to download the app.
1. Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab&hl=zh_TW
2. Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uber/id368677368?mt=8
The cost from Taoyuan airport to Taipei city is approximately US$35 each way.
EasyCard is a 'touch-and-go' IC ticketing system for the Taipei Metro, bus services, designated car parks, stores and government agencies. Just pass the card over the sensor area to make a transaction, avoiding hassles with finding correct change. As value can be added to the card at any time, there is no need to repeatedly purchasing new cards. An EasyCard can be used for years and its ultimate aim is to allow people to travel throughout Taiwan with only one card.
Please visit: http://www.easycard.com.tw/english/index.asp for more information.
Taipei City Government encourages citizens and visitors to use bicycles for short-distance transit. The “Bike Sharing System”, YouBike, can be easily accessed by EasyCard with registration of one’s mobile phone or credit card. The cost of usage is NT$5 (~US$0.17) for the first half-hour and NT$10 (~US$0.35) for the following half-hours.
Please visit: https://taipei.youbike.com.tw/en/f42.php for more information.
Public Wi-Fi Access
Taipei Free service is readily available for all visitors and residents. The service is free and applicable to notebooks, pads, smart phones, or mobile devices within the wireless network coverage. Visitors can apply for an account at the airport, visitor centers, or through mobile phone to take advantage of this service.
More information, please visit: http://www.wifly.com.tw/tpe/EN-TPE-Guide.html:p
SIM cards are readily available for tourists and visitors in Taiwan. The 4 major service providers are:
1. Chungwha Telecom
2. Taiwan Mobile
3. FarEas Tone
4. T Star
It is easiest to purchase a SIM card at the airport. To purchase a SIM card in a store, you need to have two (photo) IDs. Your passport and another (official looking) document like a driver’s license. Taiwan is one of the few countries which still offers real unlimited 3G internet on daily packages.
If you wish to purchase a SIM card at the airport, please visit: http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/store3_2/1106
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.
Taiwan Travel Information
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Taipei SongShan Airport
Taipei City Government