Transportation While trains and high speed rails are regarded as the fastest public transportations between cities in Taiwan, taxi and buses offer local transport services in most cities. At Taipei and Kaohsiung, MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) connects the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city and is the most convenient way to get around.
Climate and Clothing Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. Weather conditions fluctuate during spring and winter, while in summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. Taiwan is extremely suitable for traveling, as the weather is warm and pleasant. The average temperature is around 30 °C ( 86°F) to 24 °C ( 75°F). It generally feels warm during the day; wearing a T-shirt is enough. In the early morning and evening, jacket may be needed. Carrying an umbrella is recommended.
Language The most popular foreign language in Taiwan is English, which is part of the regular school curriculum. However, it is advisable to prepare a note with your destination written in Chinese when travelling.
Time zone Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Tipping Tipping is not customary in most of places in Taiwan but consumer taxes are included with the price tag. There will be 10% or 15% extra charge of tax or service fee in all four-, five-star hotels and some of high-end restaurants, which applies to the accommodations and food.
Electricity Electricity in Taiwan is 110 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. However, the shape of a socket varies between countries, a portable plug adaptor may be necessary. The flat blade attachment plug is generally accepted.
Water Drinking water served at hotels and restaurants is distilled or boiled. Tap water is suggested to be boiled before drinking.
Currency and Banks Taiwan’s currency is the New Taiwan dollar (NT$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at hotels, airports and banks. Major credit cards (Visa, Master, JCB, AMEX) are widely accepted, and traveler’s checks may be accepted by tourist-oriented shops and at most international tourist hotels and banks. Banks operates from 09:00 to 15:30, Monday through Friday and closed on weekends and public holidays.
Dialing Code International Regional Code: +886
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. A wide range of tours based on different themes are available at Taiwan Tourism Bureau site: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNO=0000210