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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Taipei

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Taipei each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national)

January or February: Chinese New Year (national)

For three days, celebrations involve merrymaking and entertainment of many kinds, both at home with family members and outside in the streets of Taipei: firecrackers to ward off evil spirits and demons, fireworks, etc. No effort is spared to celebrate the start of the new lunar year in style.

February or March, depending on the lunar month: Lantern Festival (Yuanxiaojie, national)

Around the 15th day after the Chinese New Year, festivities mainly take place around the Chiang Kai-shek memorial, but have spread through the entire island over the years. Colourful paper lanterns line the streets of Taipei on this day. Children and adults parade through the city carrying long bamboo poles hung with smaller lanterns.

May 1: Labour Day (national)

May, depending on the lunar month: Buddha's anniversary (national)

In Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month, the faithful celebrate the birth of Buddha. Processions carry statues and crowds gather around temples, as Buddha's images are being submerged.

September or October – Fifteenth day : Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie, national)

Also known as the Moon Festival, it takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, the day in the year when the moon is particularly round and bright, a symbol of unity and familial happiness. The main feature of this traditional celebration is the sharing of cakes with family and friends.

October 10: National Day (national)

Known as “Double-Ten”, this holiday celebrates the anniversary of the October 10th, 1911 uprising that brought forward the fall of the Qing dynasty and the end of the Empire. A military parade takes place in front of the presidential building, as well as popular dances, acrobatics, martial arts displays and traditional dance performances on the streets of Taipei.

December 25: Christmas (national)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Taipei

Taipei has a tropical climate in the south and subtropical climate in the north, bringing warmth and rain most throughout the year. Summer (from May to September) is also known as Monsoon on the island. It can also be a typhoon season all through October. Winter (from October to April) is the best time of year to visit Taipei.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 13/55 18/64 24/0.9 Good period to go Good period to go
February 13/55 18/64 36/1.4 Good period to go Good period to go
March 15/59 20/68 55/2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
April 19/66 24/75 57/2.3 Good period to go Good period to go
May 22/72 27/81 111/4.4 Not the best period to go
June 25/77 30/86 100/3.9 Not the best period to go
July 26/79 32/90 63/2.5 Not the best period to go
August 26/79 32/90 81/3.2 Not the best period to go
September 24/75 30/86 91/3.6 Not the best period to go
October 22/72 27/81 68/2.7 Good period to go Good period to go
November 18/64 23/73 31/1.2 Good period to go Good period to go
December 15/59 20/68 22/0.8 Good period to go Good period to go
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Taiwan-Taoyuan International Airport

The Taiwan-Taoyuan International Airport is located about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Taipei, in the Taoyuan district.

  • Two terminals (a third is under construction)
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2

Getting from the airport to Taipei and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via National Freeway 1 (Sun Yat-sen Freeway) and National Freeway 2.
    • Three parking spaces are available on ground floor of the east and west exits of terminals 1 and 2. Other parking facilities are available in terminal 2. Parking is free for the first half-hour. TWD 30 for the next 60 minutes and TWD 20 for each consecutive half-hour. Maxed-out daily rate of TWD 490.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall of both terminals.
  • By rail
    • Shuttles regularly connect the international airport with the Taoyuan HSR Station nearby, where you can board a train for Taipei. The price of a one-way shuttle ticket to the station is TWD 30 and a one-way ticket from Taoyuan to Taipei up to TWD 160. For more information, visit www.thsrc.com.tw/index_en.html
  • By bus
    • Several bus lines connect the airport to the city centre (travel time of 50-60 minutes). TWD 125 for a one-way ticket. Ticket counters are available in the arrivals areas of both terminals.
  • By metro
    • The Metro Taoyuan express train connects the airport with Taipei's main train station in 40 minutes. One-way ticket: TWD 160.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available 24/7 outside the arrivals hall. Depending on the time of day, fares to central Taipei cost up to TWD 1,250. Travel time of about 40 minutes.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +886 3 398 3728
  • Website: https://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english

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GETTING AROUND Taipei

Taiwan's main industrial centre, Taipei is very well connected with public transportation. Railroad, metro and bus lines allow you to easily visit Taipei and also get around the entire island.

By rail

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is the city's underground train system, connecting most tourist areas, and generally the best option to get around. Tickets can be purchased in train stations at the various ATMs. Prices range from TWD 20 to TWD 65 according to the destination. You can purchase city passes for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days (from TWD 180 to TWD 700). The EasyCard can be used for metro and bus. It can be recharged in metro stations and convenience stores, and happens to be a practical solution for travellers staying for several days.

By bus

Cheap way to get around, buses can also be difficult to use for foreigners, as signage is entirely in Chinese. TWD 15 for a single trip in Taipei.

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap in Taipei, using various price fares: daytime, nighttime from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., luggage service… Vehicles are generally equipped with a meter. However, since drivers rarely speak English, it is best advised to show them your destination in written Chinese form. There is an initial charge of TWD 70, to which you add TWD 25 per kilometre.

By car

Driving in Taipei may be complicated for newcomers: heavy traffic, difficulties to find a parking spot, closeness with bikes and scooters. However, cars are an excellent way to get around the rest of Taiwan. Please note: you will need a valid international driver's license in Taiwan.

By bicycle

The city of Taipei has developed a large network of bike lanes, and it is easy to safely move around town. YouBike, an easy to use self-service bike rental system, has been set up. You will find multiple stations spread around the city. TWD 20 per hour. For more information, please visit https://taipei.youbike.com.tw/station/map

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Taipei, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Visitor information centres

Offer practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
All over the island, the visitor information centres will offer information and recommendations for your stay in Taipei. Listed below are the main addresses:

    • Taipei Main Station No.3, Beiping West Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City (East of the Main Hall at 1F)
      +886 2 2312 3256
    • Taipei Songshan Airport No.340-10, Dunhua North Road, Songshan District, Taipei City (Terminal 2)
      +886 2 2546 4741
    • MRT Taipei 101 / World Trade Center B1, No.20, Sec. 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City (Exit 5, MRT Taipei 101 / World Trade Center)
      +886 2 2758 6593

Website: www.travel.taipei/en

Taiwan Tourism Bureau

Taiwan's official tourism provides a wealth of information on Taipei.
Website: https://www.taiwan.gov.tw/content_12.php

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Taipei is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD).

1 NOK = 3,51 TWD

1 TWD = 0,28 NOK

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home. Taipei counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.
Upon arrival at the Taiwan-Taoyuan International Airport, thermal sensors check your temperature. If it is considered high, you may be requested to step aside for secondary screening.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Taiwan.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Food safety

There are no food safety risks in Taipei.

Water

It is recommended to drink bottled water in Taipei.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Taiwan

Except for citizens and nationals of certain countries, a visa is required to enter and stay in Taiwan.
For further information, visit the website of the Taiwan Immigration Department: https://www.immigration.gov.tw/5475/

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Taipei, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Chinese phrases that will make your stay in Taipei a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Nǐ hǎo

Good evening: Wǎnshàng hǎo

Goodbye: Zàijiàn

Yes: Shì

No: Bùshì

No, thank you: Bù, xièxiè

Thank you very much: Fēicháng gǎnxiè

Please: Láojià

I don't understand: Wǒ bù míngbái

Could you repeat ?: Máfan nín zài chóngfù yībiàn

What time is it ?: Qǐngwèn xiànzài jǐ diǎn ?

Sorry: Bù hǎoyìsi
Excuse me:

Airport: Jīchǎng

Train station: Huǒchē zhàn

Taxi: Jìchéngchē

Hotel: Jiǔdiàn

Hospital: Yīyuàn

Bank: Yínháng

Telephone: Diànhuà

I'm (…): Wǒ shì (…).

I'm looking for (…): Wǒ zhǎo (…).

How much is (…)?: Qǐngwèn duōshǎo qián (…) ?

Do you have (…)?: Qǐngwèn nín yǒu ma (…) ?

Where can I find (…)?: Qǐngwèn nǎlǐ kěyǐ zhǎodào (…) ?

Where can I buy (…)?: Qǐngwèn nǎlǐ kěyǐ zhǎodào (…) ?

I'd like (…): Wǒ xīwàng (…).

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Good to know

+886
+ phone number
6 : 00
of time difference with
Oslo
No daylight savings time in Taiwan.

BANKS
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
110 V / 60 Hz

Tipping
Tipping is not expected in Taipei's restaurants and cafés. On the other hand, it is quite common to thank tour guides and drivers by offering a small gratuity. Of course, the amount you choose to give is entirely up to you.

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