Taiwan's total land area is 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, making it the perfect travel destination.
Taiwan lies on the western edge of the Pacific "rim 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 Taiwan government has established 9 national parks and 13 national scenic areas to preserve Taiwan's best natural ecological environment and cultural sites. There are various ways to discover the beauty of Taiwan. 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!
Security Taipei is one of the safest cities in the world, with a very low crime rate. However, as at every major global jewellery fair, exhibitors and visitors are reminded to keep close watch on your goods when you are in a public area, such as taxi station, lifts, rest room, airport and the exhibition venue.
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New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) has five denominations in paper money and five in coins. Paper money comes in NT$2000, NT$1000, NT$500, NT$200 and NT$100 denominations. Coins come in NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5 and NT$1 denominations.
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Tipping & Tax
Sales tax is included in the listed price in Taipei City.
Tipping is not customary in Taipei, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill. Otherwise there are no hard and fast rules. Of course you can always make someone happy with a small reward for good service.
Electricity & Telecommunications
♦ Taiwan 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.
Both coin and card pay public phones are available in Taiwan:
♦ Coin phones accept coins in denominations of NT$1, NT$5, and NT10.
♦ Card phones accept both magnetic-strip and IC stored-value cards available in amounts of NT$100, NT$200, and NT$300. These cards are sold in railway stations, bus stations, and convenience stores.
♦ Local calls from public phones are charged at NT$1 per minute.
♦ International direct calls are charged at NT$5 per specified unit of time.
► Calling Overseas Direct from Taiwan:
♦ Dial Taiwan's international access code (002 or 009).
♦ Dial the country code of the country being called (Ex. "1" for the US, "86" for
♦ Dial in the area code of the called party (leaving out the long-distance digit, "0").
Dial the local number of the called party. For operator-assisted international calls,
please dial "100."
For information on international calling, call this toll-free number: 0800-080-100.
► For international reverse charges or credit calls the dial-up codes for
various countries are as follows:
♦ Australia 00801-610-610, 00801-610-061
♦ Canada 00801-120-012
♦ Germany 00801-490-049
♦ Hong Kong 00801-852-111
♦ Italy 00801-390-039
♦ Japan 00801-810-051. 00801-810-033
♦ South Korea 00801-820-820
♦ Malaysia 00801-600-060
♦ The Philippines 00801-630-063, 00801-630-630
♦ Singapore 00801-656-565
♦ United Kingdom 00801-440-044
♦ United States (AT&T) 00801-102-880
♦ United States (MCI) 00801-13-4567 (English), 00801-13-9988 (Mandarin)
Dial-up codes are subject to change. For toll-free information on current codes call: 0800-080-100 All information is provided by Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City Government