■ ABOUT TAIWAN
Like anywhere else, Taiwan has beautiful attractions and yet co-exists with some dangers to be aware of. There are some reminders you need to keep in mind before visiting Taiwan.
Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes. Many modern buildings in Taiwan are constructed with earthquake safety in mind, including Taipei 101, which had to cope with the dual challenges of being flexible enough to withstand earthquakes, yet rigid enough to resist wind shear. However, earthquakes are a devastating yet common natural disaster that causes numerous losses in property damage and human life. At the first sign of an earthquake, you should evacuate the building you’re in if possible.
Earthquakes always come with falling rocks. The eastern Taiwan like Hualien is known to experience earthquakes frequently and mountains near the epicenter might occur rockslides. If you are going mountain climbing, please pay attention on every related information that announced by Taiwan authority and tourist centers.
Typhoons often strike Taiwan in summer and autumn apparently, especially from June to November. They can result in 1 to 3 days bad weather. The eastern Taiwan is regarded to be the very outpost when Typhoon hits Taiwan mainland.
Based on official data released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, nearly 9,300 people in Taiwan were reported as homeless last year. The area around Taipei Main Station is filled with many homeless and often elderly people. It’s considered a relatively safe area, and violence is rare. However, they might ask you for money or food.
Central Weather Bureau
New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) 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.
(4) Useful Contacts
2. Useful Contacts
(5) Tipping & Tax
Sales tax is included in the listed price in Taipei City.
Tipping is not customary in Taipei, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill. Otherwise there are no hard and fast rules. Of course you can always make someone happy with a small reward for good service.
Taiwan uses an electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, and yet many buildings also have 220-volt sockets.
Visitors with appliances of different voltages are urged to bring adapters with them.
Both coin and card pay public phones are available in Taiwan:
a) Coin phones accept coins in denominations of NT$1, NT$5, and NT10.
b) Card phones accept both magnetic-strip and IC stored-value cards available in amounts of NT$100, NT$200, and NT$300. These cards are sold in railway stations, bus stations, and convenience stores.
c) Local calls from public phones are charged at NT$1 per minute.
d) International direct calls are charged at NT$5 per specified unit of time.
■ Calling Overseas Direct from Taiwan:
a) Dial Taiwan's international access code (002 or 009).
b) Dial the country code of the country being called (Ex. "1" for the US, "86" for mainland China).
c) Dial in the area code of the called party (leaving out the long-distance digit, "0").
d) Dial the local number of the called party. For operator-assisted international calls, please dial "100."
e) For information on international calling, call this toll-free number: 0800-080-100
■ For international reverse charges or credit calls the dial-up codes for various countries are as follows:
a) Australia 00801-610-610, 00801-610-061
b) Canada 00801-120-012
c) Germany 00801-490-049
d) Hong Kong 00801-852-111
e) Italy 00801-390-039
f) Japan 00801-810-051. 00801-810-033
g) South Korea 00801-820-820
h) Malaysia 00801-600-060
i) The Philippines 00801-630-063, 00801-630-630
j) Singapore 00801-656-565
k) United Kingdom 00801-440-044
l) United States (AT&T) 00801-102-880
m) United States (MCI) 00801-13-4567 (English), 00801-13-9988 (Mandarin)
*Dial-up codes are subject to change. For toll-free information on current codes call: 0800-080-100 All information is provided by Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City Government