Travel to Taiwan


Taiwan is located in between the southeastern coast of the Asian continent and the East Asian islands distributed among the western Pacific Rim. Taiwan is a long and narrow island stretching from north to south. The island is about 395 km long vertically and about 144 km in width with a total land area of around 36,000 square kilometers (about 14,400 square miles). The mountain areas cover the majority of the island. Taiwan’s ecological resources are abundant. The plains of Taiwan are relatively narrow and found only in the western region and the longitudinal valley along the east coast. Taiwan belongs to tropical and subtropical climate zones. From January to March, the average temperature is around 15°C. From June to August, hot weather prevails with temperature rising up to 38°C. More moderate temperatures follow in the months between, with an average temperature of 25°C.

Taiwan has a population of about 23 million people which consists of various ethnics groups. The aborigines who have inhabited the island for around 8,000 years make up 2.3% of the total population. The Han Chinese who migrated to Taiwan in the 17thcentury constitute the rest of the population. The diversity of cultures and heritage formed with the integration of different ethnic groups. Seventy percent of the population are concentrated in the five western metropolitan areas (Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung). Every year, travelers from all over the world come to Taiwan to experience the beautiful culture and warm hospitality. For further information, please click here.

April in TAIWAN

By April, spring is in full swing. It is a popular time of year to visit Taiwan. The average temperatures are a warm but delightful 22-25°C in Taipei. April continues to be an excellent time of year for trekking in the country’s mountain ranges. There is plenty of choice, with 286 mountains over 3,000 meters. The landscape is particularly picturesque due to the blooming cherry blossoms.

General Information

Mandarin is the official language. English is spoken quite extensively.
Taipei enjoys warm weather all year round and is extremely suitable for travelling. The average temperature in April is 21.9℃. For more weather information, please visit Central Weather Bureau.
3Credit cards
Most credit cards are widely accepted throughout the island. ATM machines are wide spread.
4Electrical supply
The local power supply is AC 110 Volt / 60 Hz with type A outlets, the same as the USA and Japan. The outlets also accept the same flat two-parallel pin plug as is used in the USA and Japan. Even though most hotels provide outlets for 220 volt appliances, travelers with electrical appliances that run on a different current from 110 volts will need to bring a converter.
5Exchange rates
The New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) is the currency used today in Taiwan. The exchange rate is around US$1 to NT$30. Like most countries, they come in the forms of bills and coins. Foreign currency exchanges are easy to access. Exchange service is available at the airport. banks, hotels and large department stores. For up to date exchange rates, travellers please visit the currency website.
6Telephone & Wi-Fis
Public telephones are easy to find in Taipei. Free public Wi-Fi service is available across Taipei city both indoors and outdoors. The SSID of Wi-Fi access is TPE-Free. Visitors who wish to use the service can set up an account with valid passport or entry permit at twelve Tourist Information Center at Taipei included Taipei Main Station and Songshan Airport. To check the free public Wi-Fi service in Taipei, please click here.
In addition to the free Wi-Fi access, payable Wi-Fi accesses are also available in most of 7-11 convenience stores across Taiwan, and in coffee shops and restaurants like Starbucks or McDonald’s. Prepaid access cards can be purchased over the counter at the stores, and the costs vary.
7Tips & Taxes
Tipping is not customary in most places, but is welcomed if guests wish to show their appreciation for satisfactory service. A 10% service charge and a 5% value-added tax may be included in room rates or meals. Most taxes are already included in prices of products or services.
Opening hours: Mon. ~ Fri. 9:00-15:30.


Taipei has a huge fleet of taxis. Charges are NT$70 for the first 1.5km and NT$5 for each additional 300 meters. An additional NT$5 is charged for every two minutes of waiting, and a 20% surcharge is added to fares between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. All fares appear on the meter, except for a NT$10 charge for cabs dispatched by phone and for each piece of luggage placed in taxi trunk. Tips are not required.
2Airport Shuttle Bus
Six bus companies provide frequent service between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and important destinations around Taiwan. An average journey time to Taipei is 60 minutes.
3City Bus
In Taipei, buses are the most convenient means of transportation. There are a number of different routes that can be studied online as well as the bus station. They come roughly every 10-15 minutes and the adult ticket fare is NT$15. No change is available on the bus, so please prepare the exact amount of coins ahead of time..
The Mass Rapid Transit, or more commonly known as the MRT, provides travellers around the cities of Taipei an easy means of metro transportation. Passengers can enjoy a nice air conditioned ride to the Gondola, Zoo, and other parts of Taipei filled with eatery, museums, and shops. One way ticket price ranges from NT$20 to NT$65 while a NT$180 one day pass will allow passengers unlimited travel among all MRT lines throughout the day. Auto ticketing slots are located in the stations for passengers to purchase tickets or recharge their multi-transit pass. Smoking, drinking, eating and gum chewing are strictly prohibited, keeping our metro railway stations clean and safe. Detailed MRT maps can be found at each station as well as online.
5YouBike - Taipei's Public Bike Sharing System
YouBike was unveiled in 2009 as a convenient, alternative transport option to citizens. The Taipei City Government expects to set up 162 rental booths - with 5,350 bikes - across Taipei City by yearend 2013, promising the citizens even greater convenience to commute and shuttle between different destinations, the Taipei Metro, and a network of bus stops for last-mile traveling.