About Taiwan

Taiwan situated in the heart of Asia Pacific. Many airlines fly to Taiwan making it become the perfect travel destination. Taiwan is a quality convention destination, high-quality human resources, and successful development of the capital and technology-intensive industrial sectors. With natural sceneries, convenient transportation and delicious cuisine, Taiwan will guarantee an enjoyably journey.

 Climate

During the spring, June is the best time of the year to visit Taiwan, as the weather is pleasant and warm. The average temperature is around 26 °C (79 °F) to 34 °C (93 °F). It generally feels warm during the day; wearing a long-sleeve shirt is enough. In the early morning and evening, a light cardigan be needed. Carrying an umbrella is recommended.

About Taipei

Located in northern Taiwan, Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan. Thanks to advances in economic development and the robust transportation systems, important international conferences and exhibitions are frequently held here in Taipei. Its ethnic fusion has styled Taipei to become a melting pot of cultural diversity. Taipei is home to various world-famous architectural or cultural landmarks which include Taipei 101, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, National Palace Museum, Ximending, and several night markets dispersing over the city. Its natural features such as Maokong, Yangmingshan, and hot springs are also well known to international visitors.Taipei is also very well known for its food diversity and decent restaurants.

 Weather

Taipei enjoys a subtropical climate with warm weather all year round. Taipei is extremely suitable for traveling, as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius with lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). It will be around 18 degree Celsius in November.

 Gourmet Paradise

Taipei is a diner's paradise, a place where the smell of food emanates from every street corner, and the food here is excellent. From international cuisines to local dishes, the menus will have you coming back for more. In the city itself, there are many popular international eateries featuring Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian and Western cuisine with good service and moderate prices.

 Time Zone

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

The currency of Taipei is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the banks, airport and hotels. Payment by major credit card is accepted almost everywhere around Taipei.

 Electricity

  • Taipei uses an electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles. Many buildings also have 220-volt sockets.
  • Visitors with appliances of different voltages are urged to bring adapters with them

   

Tipping & Tax

Sales tax is included in the listed price in Taipei Tipping is not customary in Taipei, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill.

Taipei Top Attractions

Maokong Gondola

This gondola service runs for 4.03km over the hills of south Taipei and rises 275.2 meters from the first to last station. The circulatory cable car route is roughly in the shape of a number 7. There are 4 towers which support the cable. Along the way there are four stations – Taipei Zoo, Taipei Zoo South, Zhinan Temple Station and the Maokong Station. There are two additional stations which are not open to the public. There are 147 regular cabins which can hold up to 8 passengers and 31 Special Eyes on Maokong Gondola Crystal Cabin. The Crystal Cabins can hold only 5 passengers and they have been modified. The floor has been replaces with a thick transparent tri-layer reinforced glass. Passengers can look down through the floor at the sites beneath them. The cabins leave each station at a rate of every 2-4 minutes.

Take the Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing. It's a great option if you want to take a day from Taipei and visit Maokong Gondola.

Taipei 101

Dominating the skyline of Taipei is this tall skyscraper in the Xinyi District. The building was briefly the tallest building in the world in 2004 but it is still the largest green building in the world having being designed with the environment in mind. The building was designed by C.Y. Lee and Partners and took 5 years to build before completion in 2004.

Taipei 101 has….101 floors (as well as 5 below ground); it symbolizes the evolution of technology and incorporates Asian symbols with a postmodern style which combines both traditional features and modern treatments. The tower was constructed to withstand natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes.

Longshan Temple

There are three halls, one for worship, one where the statue of Kuan-in stands flanked by two other bodhisattvas and a rear hall constructed for worship of Matzu Goddess of the Sea for protection of the many sailors working out of Taipei. Other gods in the rear hall include the god of literature, god of water, the city god of Tamsui and Lord Kuan, god of war. The temple is admired as an outstanding example of traditional Chinese architecture. The temple is worth visiting for its exquisite traditional decoration and statues.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial

The memorial was constructed in Taipei following submission of 43 proposed designs from around the world. The design of Yang Cho-Cheng was chosen. The site covers 250,000m^2 and includes the National Opera House and Concert Hall. It consists of a main hall, pavilions, gardens and verandahs. The Memorial Hall has three levels with an octagonal roof which is covered in blue glazed tiles. The apex of the roof is gold and inside the building features natural construction materials like white marble, red cypress and red granite floors. The hall is surrounded by a 25 hectare garden. The largest hall is dominated by a large bronze statue of the leader. On the surrounding walls are inscriptions in Chinese.

Taipei Zoo

This is the largest zoo in Asia; it was established in 1914 when Taiwan was under Japanese sovereignty. It was originally a private zoo owned by a Japanese citizen but the zoo was soon bought by the Japanese government and opened as a pubic zoo. Following WWII the zoo reverted to the Taipei City government. The zoo is spread over 165 hectares but only 90 hectares are public areas.

The zoo has 8 outdoor areas and 6 indoor areas each highlighting animals from a particular country or environment. Among the exciting areas of the zoo there is the Koala House, Penguin House, Amphibian and Reptile House and an Insectariums. Outside there is the Asian Tropical Rainforest Area, Desert Animal Area, Australian Animal Area, African Animal Area, Temperate Zone Animal Area and the Bird World aviary which is home to over 1,00 birds.

There is a Children’s Zoo where you can see domestic animals. At the Education Center or Animal Ecology and Dinosaur Museum kids can enjoy a hands-on museum and there are exhibits of taxidermy specimens, multi-media displays and a library with literature relating to the animals and zoo.

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