Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, is an island of approximately 36,000 square kilometers, about the size of the Netherlands. It is situated southwest of Japan, north of the Philippines, and about 180 kilometers off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The R.O.C.' territory consists of Taiwan proper, as well as Kinmen, Matsu, Penghu and other minor islands.
Taiwan’s economy experienced rapid growth and industrialization following World War II. After martial law was lifted in 1987, the country embarked on a path of political democratization and economic liberalization. As a result, Taiwan quickly transformed from a manufacturer of basic goods to an industrial economy, and one of the most competitive countries in the global information communications technology sector. Today, Taiwan enjoys one of the highest standards of living in Asia and ranks among the top in terms of economic liberalization, freedom of the press, health care, human rights and political freedom. Weather Taipei enjoys a subtropical climate with warm weather and is extremely suitable for traveling all year round. Celsius with lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). It will be around 18 degree Celsius in November. CurrencyTaiwan’s currency is the New Taiwan dollar (NTD). 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. 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 some hotels and restaurants. 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.
Dialing CodeInternational Regional Code: +886-2 (Taipei)Transportation
Trains and high speed rails are regarded as the fastest public transportations between cities in Taiwan, and 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. Check the timetables for detailed route and schedule information to plan your trip!