General Information

Time

Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Electricity

Taiwan uses an electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia

will need an adaptor or transformer. Many buildings have sockets with 220 volts especially for the use of air

conditioners.

Language

Mandarin is the official language. English is widely spoken in Taipei.

International Airports

There are three international airports in Taiwan.

the most recommended airport as the final destination would be the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei

SongShan Airport 

Currency and Banks

The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Several foreign currencies can be exchanged at hotels,

airports and government-designated banks. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and traveller’s checks may

be accepted by tourist-oriented shops and at most international tourist hotels and banks. Banks open from 9:00 AM

to 3:30 PM, Monday to Friday and closed at the weekend and public holidays

Climate

Taiwan enjoys a subtropical climate with warm weather all year round. The annual average temperature is 22 degrees

Celsius with lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). For more weather information,

please visit the Central Weather Bureau. (http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/index.htm).