About Taipei

Taipei city, where The Seventh International Conference on Bioinformatics will be held, is the capital and also the political, economic and cultural center of Taiwan. Taipei city covers an area of 271.77 square kilometers. Behind its modern infrastructure, you will be impressed by its traditional culture and hospitality.

Climate

The average maximum daily temperature ranges from 28℃ to 30℃. Light clothing is advisable. However, as most of the buildings are air-conditioned, it is suggested that you bring a light jacket for long sittings. For further information regarding weather condition, please check the website list : http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V5e/index.htm

 

Tourism and culture events

Living

  • Currency and Credit Card
    The local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD) or Taiwan New Dollar (TWD). The current exchange rates are 1 USD≒30.59 NTD and 1 EUR≒48.48 NTD. Major foreign currencies can be exchanged at Taoyuan Airport, Grand Hotel and banks. Paper money is currently available in NT$100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 bills. Coins have NT$1, 5, 10, and 50 denominations.
    Major credit cards are accepted in main shops, but traveler’s checks might be accepted only in tourist-oriented shops and hotels. Hotels, department stores, airlines and major restaurants accept international credit cards, which include VISA, American Express, Diner’s Club and Master Card.

  • Government offices: Government offices are open 9 A. M. to noon and 1:30 P. M. to 5:30 P. M. from Monday through Friday.
  • Shops: Shops, shopping malls, restaurants, etc. are mostly open from 10:00~11:00 to 21:00~22:00.
  • Language: The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, though other languages are also spoken. Many people can speak some English (the most widely studied foreign language), but taxi drivers general speak only Chinese and Mandarin.
  • Tax: Value Added Tax (VAX) is levied on most goods at a standard rate of 5% and is included in the price. In major tourist hotels, a 10% service charge is sometimes levied on rooms, meals or other services, and will be added to the bill.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not customary in most of places in Taiwan. The one exception is tipping the bellboy when you check into a hotel. Restaurant will usually add 10% service charge to you. Therefore, there is no bill need to give tips.
  • Voltage: The electric power is 110 volts, 60 cycles, AC.
  • Mobile phone network: GSM 900MHz/1800MHz
  • Public telephone service: Public telephones are either coin-operated or card-operated. All local and domestic long-distance calls are timed. The basic charge for a local is NT$1. Telephone cards can purchased in most convenience stores. International Direct Dial (IDD) calls can be made by dialing the international access code 002 + country code + are code (without the preceding “0”) + local number. Just dial the 8-digital numbers for calls inside Taipei (area code “02”); dial the area code (“03” for Hsinchu) plus the number if you dial to places outside Taipei. International reverse-charge and credit-card calls can be made through dedicated telephones located at international airports and major hotels. For English-speaking directory assistance in Taipei, please call 106. Copy and telefax facilities are available in most convenience stores, major post offices and tourist hotels.
  • Safety: Although we are proud of the low rate of crime in Taiwan, it is our responsibility to remind you that burglary, pick-pickers, and robbery are not unknown. It is wise to take some precautionary measures during you stay in Taiwan, especially when you are in a crowded are or when you are alone in a remote area. Be prepared by keeping photocopies of your passport, other identification, and credit cards. You should exercise caution when crossing streets because some drivers might not respect your right of way.