About Taiwan

About Taiwan




  • A lush green island slightly smaller than Switzerland
  • 120 km (75 miles) southeast of the Asian continent


  • 23 million people
  • Most of the population reside in the west plain


  • Marine tropical climate
  • Typhoon season from June to August
  • Average monthly temperatures from 17 °C (63 °F) in winter to 28 °C (83 °F ) in summer

International Airlines
There are four international airports in Taiwan.
The nearest airport to Hsinchu is Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), which has five denominations in paper money and five in coins. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels.
Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and (by room guests) most international tourist hotels.

For different currencies, please visit the Currency Converter at Currency Conversion

Taiwan uses 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.

Time Zone
Taiwan is +8 hours from Greenwich Mean Tim (GMT). It is + 13 from Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the eastern US and Canada, +12 during EST daylight saving time.

Business Hours

  Government   Weekdays: 8:30~12:30; 13:30~17:30
  Shops   Open almost everyday except for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
  Convenience Stores   Open daily
  24 hours a day
  (some stores open at 07:00~23:00)
  Restaurants   Most open daily
  Lunch 11:00~14:00
  Dinner 17:00~22:00
  (afternoon tea at 14:00~17:00)
  Business   Weekdays
  Department Stores   Open almost daily





















  Taipei: Taiwan's capital is one of the most dynamic cities in Asia. Taipei has ancient temples, a museum that holds the world's largest collection of Chinese artifacts, vast memorials, world-class hotels, the popular Taipei 101 Tower, and endless shopping opportunities. MORE  
  Sun Moon Lake: Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's most popular natural tourist attraction to walk around, or paddle across Taiwan's largest lake in the beautiful green hills of the Central Mountain Range. MORE  
  Taroko Gorge: With its marble-walled canyons, remote mountains and rushing rivers, Taroko National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world. MORE  
  Hualien: It has a lot of charm, beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. It is the biggest city on the east coast of Taiwan and is home to many ethnic minorities. MORE  
  Kenting: Kenting is the most popular beach resort in Taiwan. The warm tropical weather makes it a favorite travel destination in winter. Kenting also has wicked surfing, decent scuba diving sites and some hiking trails. MORE  
  Maolin: Maolin has remote mountains, waterfalls, rushing rivers, hot springs, a very long suspension bridge, and even a butterfly sanctuary. This wild, unspoiled region is also home to the friendly Rukai aboriginal tribe. MORE  
  Lugang: It is one of Taiwan's oldest towns and is famous for its old market street, magnificent temples, curved streets, and fine traditional handicrafts. MORE  
  Tainan: Tainan is Taiwan's temple capital. It's the best place to witness ancient Chinese traditions and age-old religious ceremonies. MORE