Taiwan is a
leaf-shaped island straddling the Tropic of Cancer about 200 kilometres (120
miles) off the eastern coast of mainland China. Named the "Beautiful
Island" (Ilha Formosa) by Portuguese merchants, the island has a long
history as a centre of trade in the region.
lively and colourful culture celebrates the interesting juxtaposition of the
traditional and the modern. Outstanding examples of Chinese heritage co-exist
with the most recent innovations in technology.
nationals who intend to stay in Taiwan
for less than six months for the purpose of transit, tourism or visiting
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currency of Taiwan
is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD), also known as the TWD and sometimes written as
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.
value-added tax (VAT) of 5% is added to all purchase amounts. VAT is refundable for tourists making
purchases only at participating shops.
charge of 10% is usually added automatically to all hotel and restaurant bills.
If not, a 10% tip is appropriate for waiters.
Bank Hours9am -
3.30pm, Monday through Friday
Office Hours8 / 9am to 4
/ 5pm, Monday through Friday
Shop Hours10 / 11am to
9 / 10pm, Monday through Sunday
facilities are available. We advise you to drink either boiled or bottled
water. Tap water in the hotel is potable.
drinking water is also available in the hotel room, compliments of Shangri-La.
clothing is recommended for the summer months and a sweater for the cooler
months. Suits are appropriate for business occasions and meetings.
Taipei enjoys warm to hot
temperatures throughout the year. Average summer temperatures range from 29°C
to 32°C, and from 10°C to 20°C during the winter.
Rain and drizzle in the morning; cloudy
Heavy thunderstorms; cloudy and humid
PopulationOver 20 million
LanguageChinese (Mandarin, Taiwanese) and English
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / 1800
201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei, 106, Taiwan
T: (886 2) 2378 8888
F: (886 2) 2377 7777
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