Useful Facts and Information

Destination Taipei

The modern face of Taipei shines through, with its glass and steel skyscrapers, wide boulevards, and the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101. Taipei also boasts dozens of world-class performance venues, where you can enjoy world-class theater and concert events. The city also offers a wide range of other diversions — shopping malls, nightclubs, live-music bars, quality hotels, and exotic restaurants.

Taipei enjoys a subtropical climate with warm weather all year round.  Taipei is extremely suitable for traveling, as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius with lowest temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius (54-63 Fahrenheit). It will be around 19-21 degree Celsius in November in Taipei.

Taipei is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Taipei uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer

The official currency in Taipei is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, and Visa are accepted and traveler’s checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and most international tourist hotels.

Tipping is not customary in Taipei, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill.

VAT Refund Requirements:

  • Foreign travelers holding non-ROC passports, ROC passports without registered household, or a re-entry permit.
  • Foreign travelers who make purchases of at least NT$3,000 (USD100) on the same day from the same Tax Refund Shopping (TRS)-posted store, are eligible for a refund of the 5% VAT paid on those purchased goods. To claim the refund, they must apply at the port of their departure from the R.O.C. within 30 days following the date of purchase, and they must take the purchased goods out of the country with them