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Climate

Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. Weather conditions fluctuate during spring and winter, while in summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. Taiwan is extremely suitable for traveling, as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius with the lowest temperatures on the lowlands generally ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). Therefore, with the exception of a few mountain areas where some traces of snow can be found during winter, no snow can be seen in Taiwan. During raining season (March to May), continuously drizzling rain will sometimes fall on Taiwan. When visiting Taiwan during this period, remember to carry an umbrella at all time. Although it might seem romantic to have a stroll in the rain, it is no fun to travel when you’re soaking wet. During the summer time (June to August), typhoons sometimes approach or hit the country.

We suggest you keep an eye on weather reports, because weather conditions are often severe and unpredictable when typhoons hit Taiwan. In addition, the roaring waves along the coast are not to be regarded as one of Taiwan’s tourist scenes. During the autumn (September to November), you can wholeheartedly enjoy the cool and comforting weather, while Taiwan’s relatively warm and short winters (December to February) are the time for you to appreciate the beautifully colored maple trees. The cold fronts that reach Taiwan sporadically are greatly favored by the island’s hot-spring lovers. In short, Taiwan, where it always seems to be spring, is your perfect travel destination!

 

Time zone

GMT+8

 

Currency

The Republic of China’s unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), which 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.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.

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.

 

VISA

International Direct Dialing: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-156-247-7bf35-2.html

Telecommunications

International Direct Dialing: http://www.cht.com.tw/en/personal/related/002-009-1.html

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. Many buildings have sockets with 220 volts especially for the use of air conditioners.

 

 

Emergency

Useful Phone Numbers

Contact Telephone No.
Emergency Numbers(Free Service)-Police 110
Emergency Numbers(Free Service)-Fire, Ambulance 119
Emergency Numbers(Free Service)-Emergency Call (For Bad Cell Phone Reception) 112
Overseas Operator 100
Chinese Local Directory Assistance 104
Chinese Long Distance Directory Assistance 105
English-language Directory Assistance 106
Telephone Repair 123
Time 117
Weather 166
Traffic 168
Tourist Information Hotline +886-2-2717-3737

Business Hours

Government Weekdays
8:30~12:30
13:30~17:30
Shops Open almost everyday except for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
10:00/11:00~21:00/22:00
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
09:00~18:00
Department Stores Open almost daily
11:00~21:30/22:00

Traveler’s Check

Many Taiwan’s local stores do not receive Traveler’s Check, therefore travelers who have Traveler’s Check, please exchange for NT dollars.