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Travel Information

dateAbout Taiwan

Taiwan is located in the western Pacific Ocean 160 km (100 miles) off the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland. Positioned midway between Korea and Japan to the north and Hong Kong and the Philippines to the South, this 35, 563 sq. kms. Island is a convenient gateway to Asia.
Taiwan is a mountainous island with a great range of terrain, from tropical beaches up to spectacular 3952 metre peaks- the highest non-Himalyan mountains in North East Asia.
Taiwanese territory also incorporates many small offshore island chains.

*For a glance at Taiwan, click on Taiwan Touch Your Heart or A glance at Taiwan.
*For more information on the people of Taiwan click here: History, Traditional Culture, Religion.

dateHow to fly to Taiwan

There are two international airports in Taiwan, Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) International Airport in Taoyuan county, located in northern part of Taiwan, and Kaohsiung International Airport, located in the southern part of Taiwan and with limited international airlines access.  

  dateClimate
 

For weather forecast click here.

  dateElectricity
  Electricity is 110 Volts, 60 cycles AC here. A multi-plug adaptor should be carried for local sockets.
  dateCurrency
 

Taiwan’s official currency is the Taiwan New Dollars (TWD or NTD). For currency exchange rate please click here.
Banks and major hotel will exchange most major currencies. Major credit cards are accepted in most Taiwanese cities and towns.

  dateTipping
  A 10-percent service charge and a 5-percent sales tax are automatically included in room rates and meals. Tipping is optional here.
  dateBusiness Hours
  Banks: Monday - Friday 09:00 to 15:30
Government Offices: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Department Stores: Sunday - Saturday 10:00/11:00 - 21:00/22:00
  dateMedia
  Three local English newspapers, Taiwan News, Taipei Times, and China Post, can be purchased in convenient stores, such as 7-11, HiLife, Family Mart etc.
  dateTime
  Taiwan is GMT(Greenwich Mean Time) + 8 hours.