Taipei is nestled in the northern Taiwan, the center of east Asia. It is an international metropolis surrounded by mountains and rivers and also a transportation hub in east Asia. Its characteristics include:
- A highly networked city with advanced ICT infrastructure
- A very convenient international destination to travel to and within
- One of the safest city in the world
- Famous for its friendliness and hospitality
- An attractive tourist destination with natural landscapes, tasty cuisine and affordable shopping
Taipei has a warm subtropical climate. The temperature is around 24- 37°C (75 – 99°F) in the summer.
The currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$).
- Paper Currency: NT$2,000, NT$1,000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100
- Coins: NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5, and NT$1
Tipping and Tax
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. Sales tax is included in the listed prices in Taipei City.
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.