Useful information

Climate
Most area of Taiwan enjoys a subtropical climate. The weather is warm and mild all year round, particularly suitable for travel. The temperature is around 20°C ~ 24°C in November. Please go to Central Weather Bureau for more information.

Time Zone
Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Useful world time and date converter website: http://www.timeanddate.com/.

Language in Taiwan
Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan, though other dialects are also spoken. The most commonly used foreign language is English. Taxi drivers, however, generally only speak Mandarin or Taiwanese.  

Electricity
The utility power supply used in Taiwan is 110 volts/60 Hz, types A and B electrical outlet. Appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will require an adaptor and/or transformer. Useful website please see: http://countrycode.org/taiwan.

Currency
Taiwan's currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD). Bill denominations are 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, and 100. Coin denominations are 50, 10, 5, and 1. The exchange rate is quoted around TWD 29 to USD 1. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport upon arrival, or at government-authorized banks and tourist hotels. Useful currency converter website: http://www.xe.com/ucc/.

Credit Card
Major credit cards are accepted by hotels, department stores, airlines, most stores and restaurants. Cash can be withdrawn from the ATM which has the same logo on your cards. Cash is generally preferred in most places in Taiwan.

Tipping/Taxes
A 10% service charge and a 5% value-added tax are added to room rates and meals.

Banks
Banks in Taipei generally open Monday-Friday, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. All banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Notice: Guest House of Academia Sinica only accepts NT dollars in cash and can only provide very limited foreign exchange service (only US dollars to NT dollars). Please note that the amount of foreign exchange is not guaranteed. Therefore, it is highly recommended to exchange enough NT dollars in TIA.

Transportation
Buses, taxis, and limousine services are available at the TIA. The costs are approximately TWD1,500 ~ 1,800 to get to Taipei from the TIA by taxi.

The rate for taxis in Taipei city is TWD 70 for the first 1.25 kilometers and TWD 5 for each additional 250 meters. A TWD 20 surcharge is added between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. In addition, a "waiting surcharge" for each 1 minute and 40 seconds is added to TWD 5, when the taxis are stopped. Different rates apply in other areas.

Telecommunication Service
If needed, the overseas operator may be reached by dialing "100". Direct international call is available from some phones, after dialing the prefix "002". Rate for direct international calls is charged every six seconds.

If there is an emergency, dial 119 or 110 to reach the emergency services in Taiwan.

For detail information about Taiwan, please visit Information for Foreigners.