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Information about Taipei (please link to http://www.taiwan.net.tw )

Located in northern Taiwan, Taipei is the political, economic, financial, and cultural center of the island. It has thriving arts and academic scene and countless modern commercial buildings. With its vibrant cultural and economic growth, it has become a modern international metropolis.

Besides the friendly, welcoming nature of Taiwan’s inhabitants, the high level of development created by Taiwan's economic miracle make Taipei a cosmopolitan city that brings together the traditional and the new. The National Palace Museum houses the world's finest collection of Chinese art; beautiful temples are the setting for colorful folk festivals. Visitors can enjoy regional specialties from all parts of Taiwan. On top of all this, Taipei is a city with the mixture of old and modern scenery. It offers bustling night markets, the 101 tower, streets lined with shops selling brand name products, and numerous international hotels.
  • Language
    Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan though other dialects are also spoken. The most commonly used foreign language is English.
  • Electricity
    110 Volts A.C
  • Time Zone
    Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
  • Currency
    The exchange rate is quoted around NT$ 35 to US$ 1. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport upon arrival, or at government-authorized banks, tourist hotels.
    Banks are open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  • Climate (please link to http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V5e/index.htm )
    Most area of Taiwan enjoys a subtropical climate. The weather is warm and mild all year round, particularly suitable for travel. The mean temperature is around 12°C~15°C in Feb.
  • Transportation
    Buses, taxis, and limousine services are available at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The costs are approximately NT$ 1300-1500 to get to Taipei from the CKS Airport by taxi. The starting rate for taxis in Taipei is NT$ 70 and NT$ 5 for each additional 350 meters. A 20% surcharge is added between 11p.m. and 6 a.m. and a "waiting surcharge" for each 3 minutes is added when the taxis are stopped or have traveled less than 5 kilometers per hour. Different rates apply in other areas.
  • Tipping/Taxes
    Tipping is optional. It is common, however, to tip for restaurant service and hotel porters. A 10% service charge and a 5% value-added tax are added to room rates and meals.