About Taipei

Taipei City sits at the northern tip of Taiwan Island, being the capital city it is the political, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Taiwan (R.O.C).  Railways, high-speed rail, highways, airports, and bus lines connect Taipei with all the cities of Taiwan (R.O.C).

The cultural kaleidoscope of Taipei pulses wherever you go. Incense-veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neon street life of a decidedly more modern era.  Taipei has dozens of world-class restaurants where gourmets can sample the best regional Chinese cuisines; and for the gourmand, there are plenty of night markets serving up scrumptious evening snacks in an environment of chaotic excitement and fun.

The polarities of Taipei are vividly present with the joining of the urban and natural worlds.  Just a few minutes away from the heart of the city you can soak away the cares of the world in mineral-rich hot springs nestled in the lush mountain foothills ringing the Taipei Basin.  And throughout the city there are plenty of trails, parks, and other oases of tranquility to lift and invigorate your spirits.

Whether you are just stopping over en-route to another Asian destination, or planning a longer stay, Taipei is a multi-faceted treasure that will call you back again and again.

For more information please visit: https://www.travel.taipei/en/

Taipei’s Top Attraction

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World famous landmark Taipei 101 is the tallest “green” building in the world and it’s located near the Taipei International Convention Center and adjacent to the Grand Hyatt.  Taipei 101 has several restaurants and plenty of shopping.  On the 89th floor there is an observatory with 360 degree views of the Taipei skyline.

Plan ahead and order your tickets for the observatory here.
For more information on this world famous landmark, visit Taipei-101.com
Visit this link for restaurants in Taipei 101, a short walk from the Taipei International Convention Center
Grand Hyatt Restaurants
Taipei 101 Shopping

Taipei 101 Observatory Hours

Monday – Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm
(ticket sales end at 9:15pm)

Taipei 101 Shopping Mall Hours

Sunday – Thursday 11:00am-9:30pm
Friday – Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm

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About Taiwan Island

The Island of Taiwan has a total land area of about 36 000 square kilometers (14 400 square miles).  It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends.  It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China – an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean.  To the north is Japan; to the south is the Philippines.  Many airlines fly to Taiwan (R.O.C), making it the perfect travel destination.

Taiwan Island lies on the western edge of the Pacific “ring of fire”, and continuous tectonic movements have created majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, coastlines, and other natural landscapes.  Taiwan’s tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons.  There are rare or endangered species of wildlife on the island. Among these are the land-locked salmon, Taiwan serow, Formosan rock monkey, Formosan black bear, blue magpie, Mikado pheasant, and Hsuehshan grass lizard.

The Government has established 9 national parks and 13 national scenic areas to preserve the island’s best natural ecological environment and cultural sites.  There are various ways to discover the beauty of Taiwan Island. For example, trekking in the magnificence of the cliffs at Taroko Gorge; taking a ride on the Alishan Forest Railway and experiencing the breathtaking sunrise and sea of clouds; hiking up to the summit of Northeast Asia’s highest peak, Yu Mountain (Yushan).  You can also soak up the sun in Kending (Kenting), Asia’s version of Hawaii; stand at the edge of Sun Moon Lake; wander through the East Rift Valley; or visit the offshore islands of Kinmen and Penghu.  It’s fun in capital letters as well as an awesome journey of natural discovery!

Total Area
36 197 square kilometers

Climate
Subtropical (mean temperature 18 °C in winter, 28 °C in summer)

Check the current conditions and latest weather forecast at the Central Weather Bureau.

Population
23,55 million (April 2017)

Ethnicity
More than 95 per cent Han Chinese (including Holo, Hakka and other groups originating in mainland China); 2 per cent indigenous Austronesia peoples; 2 per cent immigrant residents, primarily from mainland China and Southeast Asia

Official Language
Mandarin

Currency
New Taiwan Dollar (NT$ or TWD)

For more information please visit the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

GDP
US$ 528,55 billion (2016)

Major Religions
Buddhism, Taoism, I-Kuan Tao, Chinese folk religion, Christianity, Islam

Time Zone
UTC +8 hours

Electricity
Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer.

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