- General Information -
Getting Around Taipei
Taipei has the most convenient transportation system that can be used to travel throughout the city centre and beyond the city limits. Getting around is possible by MRT, bus and taxi. Those transportation vehicles are easily available throughout the city. There are regular bus and taxi services around Taipei City. The cost of taxi is approximately 4-6 € for short distances.
Useful links about Transportation System in Taipei and Taiwan are as the following:
http://www.taipeibus.taipei.gov.tw/TPBUS.aspx?lang=eng (Taipei Bus Transit System)
http://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/?lc=en (Taiwan HSR)
http://www.railway.gov.tw/ (Taiwan Railway)
The official language of the conference is English. There will be no simultaneous translation.
For gettin around by taxi, it is useful to have conference venue/hotel name and address in Chinese characters.
Passport / VISA
Recently, many countries are eligible for the visa exemption program. Please click the link http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1443&ctNode=536&mp=2 to get more information about visa exemption. ) However, for some non-Taiwan citizens from other countries, visas are still needed Those who need an official invitation in order to obtain a visa for entering Taiwan, please check your ConfTool account and you’ll find invitation letter.
To get more information about Landing Visas, plase see:
PME cannot be held responsible for any matters related to obtaining visas.
Letters of Invitation
Please check your ConfTool account and you’ll find invitation letter. It does not imply any other expenses or financial support from the conference organizers.
The Taiwanese currency is TWD dollar. Roughly, 1 Euro is about 38 TWD. A currency converter is available at http://rate.bot.com.tw/Pages/Static/UIP001.en-US.htm.
Electricity in Taiwan is 110 Volts, alternating at 60 Hertz. In some hotels, there are wall sockets for 220 Volts. If you travel to Taiwan with a device that does not accept 110 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
You can link to http://electricaloutlet.org/ for getting more information.
The time in Taiwan is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 8). Same time zone is used all around Taiwan.
Taiwan Telephone Code
To call Taipei, Taiwan, you will need to dial: International Access Code +886 plus area code (the area code of Taipei is “2”) and finally dial the correct telephone numbers. For example if you need to have a international call with someone in Taipei, Taiwan and his telephone number is 23639955, you need to dial the number as +886-2-23639955.
Most shops in Taiwan are open from 10:00 to 22:00 on Monday to Sunday. Night Markets are open from late afternoon to mid-night. Convenient stores like 7-ELEVEN or FamilyMart are open for 24 hours.
It is generally safe to walk in the Taipei City and it is usually still busy even after 12:00 at night. However, it is not suggested for anyone to go around Taipei alone after midnight. Please notice departure time of the last train if you need to take MRT. (Please link to here to check timetable. You can choose the MRT station you desire to get on and check the departure time of the last train.) And then, we suggest you to go with your companies if you need to take a taxi at midnight.
It is hot and humid in Taipei during summer. The following is average temperature in Taipei from June to August.
|Highest Temperature in a Month||36.2°C/97.16°F||37.7°C/99.86°F||37.5°C/99.5°F|
|Lowest Temperature in a Month||23.8°C/74.84°F||24.5°C/76.1°F||24.2°C/75.56°F|
Please click the link: http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/index.htm to get more information about the climate before reaching Taiwan.
Liability and insurance
The Local Organizing Committee are happy to assist people in need, but are not liable for personal injuries, or for loss, or damage to property belonging to conference participants (or their accompanying persons) either during or as a result of the conference. Please, check the validity of your own insurance.
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