TRAVEL & GENERAL INFO

♦ About Taiwan

Location
Taiwan lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China - an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. Many airlines fly to Taiwan, making it the perfect travel destination. Taipei is Taiwan's largest city as well as its economic, political, and cultural center. It is a modern cosmopolitan metropolis with a lively and diversified face, filled with exuberance.

Time zone
Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
 
Dialing Code
International Regional Code: +886 2 (Taipei)

Currency
The monetary unit is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD). The exchange rate is approximately NTD 30 to USD 1 (as of November 2016). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport, government-designated banks and hotels.

Credit Card
Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, and JCB are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and (by room guests) most international tourist hotels.

Electric current
 
Voltage of the alternating current comprises 110V with 60 Hz frequency.

Climate
At the time of the Conference, Taipei's average temperature is a comfortable 22°C (72 °F), ranging from a low of 18°C (64°F) to a high of 25°C (77°F)

Tipping
Tipping generally isn’t very common in Taiwan, although it is appreciated. Most restaurants add a 10% service charge.

Water
Drinking water served at hotels and restaurants is distilled or boiled. Tap water is suggested to be boiled before drinking.

Travel in Taiwan
In spite of being a small island, Taiwan has a special geologic structure that has created an endless variety of prodigious scenery.
For further information, please visit "The Heart of Asia, Taiwan"

Useful Links
 
◆ Transportation
Airport
  • Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
Taoyuan International Airport of Taiwan is located No.9 Terminal South Road, Dayuan Township. The airport website offers comprehensive transportation information including ticket prices from Taoyuan International Airport to Songshan Airport or Taipei Railway Station.
Website : www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/Index/

 
  • Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA)
Situated in Metropolitan Taipei, the Taipei International Airport is the hub of domestic air transportation. It is easily accessible from the town centers.
Website : www.tsa.gov.tw/tsa/en/home.aspx


Taiwan Railway

Constructed in the late 19th century, Taiwan's railway system has been developed so extensively over the years that many routes are in fact no longer used today. The railway system has long been connecting cities to the country side. The history behind the railway system brings a sense of romanticism to railway trains. While the traditional railway system does not travel as fast as the newly opened high speed rail system, traditional trains cost less than half the price of high speed trains, easily making them a favorite among backpackers and railway fans.
Website : www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx

Taiwan High Speed Rail

The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSPR) connects major cities in western Taiwan between Taipei and Kaohsiung. Opened on January 5, 2007, the 345 Km-long rail system has become an important part of Taiwan's transportation network.
Model: THSR 700T
●Electrical power: 25kV AC, 60 Hz single-phase
●Cars: 12 car sections, 9 powered and 3 unpowered
●Capacity: 989 seats (standard car 923 seats, business car 66 seats)
●Maximum speed: 300 km/hour
●Maximum acceleration: 2 km/hour/second
Website : www.thsrc.com.tw/en/?lc=en
  • Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station
Address No. 6, Section 1, Gaotie North Road, Zhongli, Taoyuan Prefecture 
Hours: 06:20 - 23:45 every day.
Service hotline: 886-3-2612000
External connection. The Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station shares the same complex with the Taoyuan International Airport metro station (MRT A18 Station). Passengers can transfer from high speed rail directly to the airport metro system.
 
  • Taipei High Speed Station
Address No. 3, Beiping West Road, Taipei
Hours: 06:00 - 24:00 everyday
Service hotline: 886-2-40663000
External connection. The Taipei High Speed Rail Station shares the same complex with the Taiwan Railway Station and its metro station. The Taipei Railway Station is conveniently located in
the nexus of the city transportation network. The station is included in all major public transportation system.
 
Taoyuan Airport MRT
    
Express Train                                                     Commuter Train 
Taoyuan Airport MRT Line serves as the extension to the national gate –Taoyuan International Airport. It is also a symbol of an advanced country to provide travelers with reliable, convenient and high-standard transit service. Passengers can enjoy a different spatial experience during the ride from the diverse sceneries, landscapes, and stations along the line.




Route Map link: www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/taoyuan_metro
Website: www.tymetro.com.tw/eng/index.php



Taxi
Taxis on the north side of the arrival area of Terminal 1 and the south side of the arrival area of Terminal 2 of Taoyuan International Airport are certified by the Airport Police Bureau and provide first-rate taxi services.
Taxis are available 24 hours a day. A ride to Taipei City costs around NT$1,100.


 MRT
 

english.metro.taipei/ct.asp?xItem=1056373&CtNode=70241&mp=122036
The system operates according to a spoke-hub distribution paradigm, with six lines running radically outward from central Taipei. The metro system operates from 6 am to midnight daily. Clean and air-conditioned trains arrive every five minutes. A “Single-journey Ticket” costs between NT$20 to NT$65 depends on distance. Smoking, eating, drinking or gum chewing are strictly prohibited on all MRT trains.
Website : http://english.metro.taipei/np.asp?ctNode=70239&mp=122036

 
Ticket
Price
 
Single-Journey Ticket
Depends on price
 Valid only on the day of issue.
One-Day Pass
NT$150
 The price of a One-Day Pass does not include a refundable deposit.
24hr Taipei Metro Pass
NT$180
48hr Taipei Metro Pass
NT$280
72hr Taipei Metro Pass
NT$380


Bus
Buses in Taipei are numerous and bus routes are well-planned. Once you get a hang of it, buses are a great way to get around the city. Buses take EasyCard or cash. Prices are calculated by distance. Tickets come in three price levels: One-segment, Two-segment and Three-segment. Website : ebus.gov.taipei/
Tickets
Coin: One-segment ticket, regular NT$15; Two-segment ticket, regular NT$30; Three-segment, NT$45. Most passengers will only need a One-segment ticket. The bus driver will notify you if you need to pay more for a Two or Three-segment ticket.
EasyCard
Gently sweep card over the sensor area marked by the EasyCard logo (or insert token
into the slot) on the ticket reader. The beep you hear indicates that credit corresponding to the ticket amount has been deducted from your card.

Taipei Pass
Website : taipeipass.travel.taipei/?lang=en
Ticket
One-day Pass
Two-day Pass
Three-day Pass
Five-day Pass
 Maokong  Gondola1-Day  Pass
 
Price
NT$180
NT$310
NT$440
NT$700
NT$350
Comments
  1. Suitable for short-term travelers.
  2. Unlimited rides with MRT, city and prefectural buses. 1-day pass (Gondola version) with unlimited rides on Taipei Metro and associated bus services. Allows 3 trips on Maokong Gondola.
  3. Available at the customer service counter in every MRT station.
  4.  Expires on the date of the number of days printed on the pass after the date of first-use.
 
Useful Links
Travel in Taiwan: eng.taiwan.net.tw/
 
About Taipei
It is possible to experience the urban and the natural side of Taipei coexisting side by side. Just a few minutes away from the heart of the city, you can soak yourself in mineral-rich hot springs nestled in the lush mountain. And throughout the
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is not merely the political and economic center but best-known as an international metropolis abundant with a vibrant contrast of the old and the modern cultures. You are welcomed to immerse yourself in centuries-old temples and historical sites to enjoy the old Taipei. Whenever you want to enjoy the lively side of the city, the modern Taipei is just a short metro ride away – shopping malls, five-star hotels, restaurants and night markets are all within reach.city there are plenty of trails, parks, and other natural spots for you to discover.
 
With such a diverse range of attractions, convenient mass transportation and a grand selection of dining and accommodation options, Taipei is a perfectly ideal destination for both 1 day and 1 week
stay.
 
  • Taipei 101 Mall

Located within Taipei 101, the Taipei 101 Mall gathers the world top brands to create a high-end shopping experience. Level 4 of the mall features Singapore-based bookstore Page One and Taipei largest indoor cafe and restaurant area.

 
  • National Palace Museum

The Taipei National Palace Museum is a world-class museum that hosts an eclectic collection of treasures kept by generations of Emperors ruling from the Forbidden City. In WWII, Nationalist troops seized the most important pieces in order to prevent invaders from ransacking China's national treasures. A twist of fate eventually brought these treasures to Taiwan.
The Taipei National Palace Museum is designed in the style of a Northern Chinese palace. The museum is home to hundreds of thousands of historical relics that make up the world's most comprehensive and precious collection of ancient Chinese artifacts. The entire collection covers 5,000 years of China's historical and artistic achievements.
The museum provides Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Korean language guides and museum-related literature. The museum is a must- see on any visitor's itinerary.

 
  • National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

This memorial hall was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the Republic of China. Work on the hall began in 1976, a year after President Chiang passed away. Design by C.C. Yang, who was also the architect for The Grand Hotel, the memorial hall is white with a blue roof, representing the dominant colors in the ROC flag; while the emblem of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) adorns the vaulted ceiling. A bronze statue of Chiang looks west symbolically to the Presidential Office Building and mainland China. The front plaza of the hall is also a major venue for democratic assemblies.

 
  • Xinbeitou Hot Spring
The hot spring in Beitou Hot Spring Road is white sulfur.
The green sulfur in Thermal Valley is the acid spring. The consistency of hydrogen is 1.4, the temperature is 85。C, the color is translucent gray, and it has light radiation.
 
Water quality
Hot springs in Xinbeitou with high temperature and many sources are caused by the terrestrial heat of Datun Mountains. Thermal Valley is one of the earliest hot spring sources found in Taiwan.
Its PH between 3-4, as vitriol salt spring, translucent white and yellow, 50。C - 90。C, and light acidity.
 
Beitou hot spring has been famous since Japanese colonial times. The area is around with historic monuments and natural scenic spots. Beitou Museum, Yinsong Building, Xingnai Spring, Beitou Library, Beitou Hot Spring Park, and the Folk Museum connect into a hot spring route.

 
  • Xingtian Temple
Other than the famous temple itself, there is a Xingtian Temple underpass avenue. At the underpass avenue, visitors will be able to see numerous fortune telling stands. It is also another popular place to visit when visiting Xingtian Temple. The underpass avenue is also known as the “Fortunetelling Street”. The fortune tellers would offer answers to people who has troubles or vexations.
Located in Taipei City, Xingtian Temple is one of the most popular temples in Taiwan. The temple advocates in building a harmonic society from the philosophies of Confucian and Buddhist. The population of visitors sometimes exceeds more than twenty-thousand people a day. The reasons for its popularity are due to its beliefs in creating a harmonic society, thus establishing public goods to the communities. Furthermore, Xingtian Temple locates at an ideal location, in the center of Taipei City, offering convenience to all visitors. To welcome the large population of worshippers, the temple occupies a total area of seven thousand square meters.

 
  • Pingxi
The Pingxi Old Street has an old-world atmosphere. Along both sides of the railway on the slanted hillside are traditional houses untouched by modernity. Nearby business are traditional grocery shops, drink stalls and fruit shops. You can see the local residents’ humble life. When the train passes by through the old street, a rumbling and thunderous sound is inescapable. A very famous Taiwanese commercial was shot here.
 
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