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 18-28 degrees Celsius in November 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 arrangements 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 to the central city is around NT$ 1200-1500.
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 households, 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.