Taipei City – Useful Information and Facts

Breeze Nan Jing Department Store next to the hotel

 

 

Taipei City is the capital of Taiwan. The city maintains historic sites, preserving the essence of traditional cultures. You may enjoy yourself day and night the bustling business districts, night markets, museums, hundreds of years old temples, and Taipei 101.

Taipei Metro (MRT) is the most convenient local transportation in Taipei City. By taking the Taipei Metro (MRT), it is very easy to reach the different tourist spots of Taipei City.

Shopping malls and famous tourist spots can be easily reached by local public transportation – buses, Taipei Metro (MRT) and taxi.

 

 

Taipei City “Short Facts”

Region: Northern Taiwan
Population: 2,705,000
Language: Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, Hakka, English
Time Zone: UTC+8
Climate: Semi-tropical
Average Temperature: 12-20 Celsius in January
Electricity: 110 volts at 60 cycles. “Type A” and “Type B”. Many building also have 220-volt sockets
Visitors with appliances of different voltages should bring adapter.
Useful webpages:
Taipei City Government
Taipei Travel Net
Department of Information and Tourism

Currency

The Currency of Taiwan is the new Taiwan dollar (NTD$)
Paper Currency: NTD$2,000, NTD$1,000, NTD$500, NTD$200, and NTD$100
Coins: NTD$50, NTD$10, NTD$5 and NTD$1

Changing Money

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks at airports, hotels and local banks. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure. When exchanging currency, your passport must be presented.

Local Banks Operating Hours:

Opening hours: Monday through Friday, 09:00AM – 15:30PM
 Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

Tipping & Tax

Tipping is not customary in Taipei; however, some hotel and restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge fee to the bill. Otherwise there are no hard rules. Of course, you can always make someone happy with a small reward for good service.

Drinking Water

We do not drink the water from the tap. Therefore, please drink from the mineral water bottles prepared by the hotels and the Organizing Committee. Otherwise, they are available for purchase from convenient stores (e.g. 7-11, Family, OK Mart, etc.)

Convenient Stores/Super Markets

Taipei is a very convenient city, and convenient stores are seen everywhere in the city (e.g. 7-11, Family, OK Mart, etc.) However, these convenient stores do not accept credit card payment or foreign dollars; they only accept Taiwan dollars.

Super Markets are also easy to find in Taipei City (e.g. Carrefour, RT-Mart, Wellcome, etc.) These super markets accept both credit card payment and Taiwan dollars.

Medical Emergency Number and Main Hospital in Taipei

Emergency Number
110 – For safety and crime emergencies
119 – Fire Department and ambulance

Hospitals (only 3 minutes driving distance from both Official Hotel & Taipei Arena)

Chang Gung Medical Foundation
No. 199, Tunghwa Rd., Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.
Telephone: +886 2 2713 5211
Website: https://www.cgmh.org.tw/eng2002/index.asp

Taiwan Adventist Hospital
424, Section 2, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei, Taiwan
Telephone: +886 2 2771 8181
Website: https://www.cgmh.org.tw/eng2002/index.asp

Liquor Laws

The minimum legal drinking age in Taiwan is 18 years old.