Eastern

Tours

General Information.

Banks

Monday – Friday: 0900 – 1530/1700
There are numerous 24 hour automatic teller machines (ATM).

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).

Currency

Taiwan's unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Major credit cards 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.

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.

Language

The official language is Mandarin, but it's relatively easy for foreigners to get around Taipei, where signs are clearly marked with English translations.
English is the most common foreign language spoken throughout Taiwan and is the official language for the Conference.

Food

Taiwanese people love to eat. The dishes people miss the most when they leave include beef noodle soup, soup dumplings from Din Tai Fung, and the uniquely Taiwanese oyster omelets.
If you've never had Taiwanese breakfast...

Shopping

Taipei City department store hours:
Monday – Friday: 1100 – 2130
Saturday & Sunday: 1100 – 2200
Hours vary at smaller shopping centers.
There are many convenient stores open 24 hours.

Taxes

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% applies to all consumer goods, and is included in retail prices.

Tipping

Service charge is customary charge 10% in many hotels or restaurants.

Transport

From the airport
The Conference does not provide any transfers from the airport to the Conference venue or hotels. All delegates must make their own transport arrangements from the airport.

Public Transport
Public transport is the easiest way to get around Taipei. Go to https://www.tyme...

Travel and Health Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.

Wheelchair access, or other mobility disability access, during Conference

When you register, please notify the Conference Secretariat of mobility disabilities you have, so any venue access challenges can be addressed.