Taipei 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.
Access to Taiwan
There are two international airports in Taiwan:
- Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
The Taipei TTY Airport is the main gateway of Taiwan. It can be accessed via over 190 non-stop and direct flights from 56 major cities throughout the world.
- Taipei Songshan Airport
Situated in Metropolitan Taipei, the Taipei International Airport is the hub of domestic air transportation. It is easily accessible from the town centers.
Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. The strongest fluctuations in weather conditions are during spring and winter, while during summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. The annual average temperature in Taiwan is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius with lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit).
Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).
The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). The exchange rate in recent months is around NT$32 for US$1, foreign currencies can be exchanged at the banks, airport and hotels. Payment by major credit card is accepted almost everywhere around Taiwan.
Taiwan uses an electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles. Many buildings also have 220-volt sockets.
Visitors with appliances of different voltages are urged to bring adapters with them.
Tipping & Tax
Sales tax is included in the listed price in Taiwan.
Tipping is not customary in Taiwan, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill.
Calling Overseas Direct from Taiwan:
Step 1: Dial Taiwan's international access code (002 or 009).
Step 2: Dial the country code of the country being called (Ex. "1" for the US, "86" for mainland China).
Step 3: Dial in the area code of the called party (leaving out the long-distance digit, "0").