General Information


Taiwan lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China - an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. Many airlines fly to Taiwan, making it the perfect travel destination. Taipei is Taiwan's largest city as well as its economic, political, and cultural center. It is a modern cosmopolitan metropolis with a lively and diversified face, filled with exuberance.

Time zone

Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Dialing Code

International Regional Code: +886 2 (Taipei)


The monetary unit is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD). The exchange rate is approximately NTD 30 to USD 1 (as of November 2016). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport, government-designated banks and hotels.

Credit Card

Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, and JCB are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and (by room guests) most international tourist hotels.

Electric current

Voltage of the alternating current comprises 110V with 60 Hz frequency.


At the time of the Conference, Taipei's average temperature is a comfortable 22°C (72 °F), ranging from a low of 18°C (64°F) to a high of 25°C (77°F)


Tipping generally isn’t very common in Taiwan, although it is appreciated. Most restaurants add a 10% service charge.


Drinking water served at hotels and restaurants is distilled or boiled. Tap water is suggested to be boiled before drinking.

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.
For further information, please visit "The Heart of Asia, Taiwan"


◆ Transportation

● Taiwan High Speed Rail

The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSPR) connects major cities in western Taiwan between Taipei and Kaohsiung. Opened on January 5, 2007, the 345 Km-long rail system has become an important part of Taiwan's transportation network.
Model: THSR 700T
●Electrical power: 25kV AC, 60 Hz single-phase
●Cars: 12 car sections, 9 powered and 3 unpowered
●Capacity: 989 seats (standard car 923 seats, business car 66 seats)
●Maximum speed: 300 km/hour
●Maximum acceleration: 2 km/hour/second
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Hours: 06:00 - 24:00 everyday
Service hotline: 886-2-4066-3000


● Taiwan Railway

Constructed in the late 19th century, Taiwan's railway system has been developed so extensively over the years that many routes are in fact no longer used today. The railway system has long been connecting cities to the country side. The history behind the railway system brings a sense of romanticism to railway trains. While the traditional railway system does not travel as fast as the newly opened high speed rail system, traditional trains cost less than half the price of high speed trains, easily making them a favorite among backpackers and railway fans.
Website :
Hours: 06:00 - 24:00 everyday
Service hotline: 886-2-2381-5226
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