Mandarin is the official language in the Republic of China, though other dialects are also
spoken. The most commonly used foreign language is English. Taxi drivers; however,
generally only speak Mandarin or Taiwanese.
Taiwan's climate is subtropical with average annual temperatures of 19℃ (66℉) in
the north and 21℃(69℉) in the south. Autumn is from September through November,
and is usually cool with an average temperature from 20℃ to 24℃ (68℉ to 75℉). The
weather report of Taiwan can be found at the website of Central Weather Bureau:
Time Zone
Taiwan is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and does not practice
daylight saving time during summer. Local time in Taiwan and the time difference
from your home country can be found via this link:
Electricity Power Supply
The utility power supply used in Taiwan is 110 volts/60 Hz. Appliances from Europe,
Australia or South-East Asia will require an adaptor and/or transformer.
Taiwan's currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Bill denominations are NT$2,000,
NT$1,000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100. Coin denominations are NT$1, NT$5,
NT$10,NT$20, and NT$50. The exchange rate is around NT$32 to US$1. Foreign
currencies can be exchanged at the airport upon arrival, or at government-authorized
banks, tourist hotels, and department stores. Please retain the currency exchange
receipt to exchange unused NT Dollars back to original currecncy. Traveler's checks
in major currencies may be cashed at some tourist-oriented businesses and for
customers at most international tourist hotels.
Credit Card
Major credit cards are accepted by hotels, department stores, airlines, most stores
and restaurants. Cash can be withdrawn from the ATM which has the same logo on
your cards. Cash is generally preferred in most places in Taiwan.
Telecommunication Service
A single local call from a public phone costs NT$1 for 3 minutes with additional coins
insertion for continuing service. If needed, the overseas operator may be reached by
dialing "100". Direct internatinal call is available from some phones, after dialing the
prefix “002”. Rate for direct international calls is charged every six seconds.
Personal items are free of duty. Visitors over 20 years old may bring in, duty free,
200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 0.5 kg of tobacco, one bottle of liquor and one used
camera. Gold cannot be exported without a permit issued by the Ministry of Finance.
Passengers arriving with gold and silver and planning to take it out at departure must
declare it and leave the items with Customs until they leave Taiwan.
About Tainan City

Tainan city is located on Taiwan's southwest plain, the climate is hot in all seasons, and it is the first developed city in Taiwan. Ancestors left the word, " Tainan is the most famous city of Taiwan, Lukang the second, and Mengchia the third." Now, Tainan is the fourth city in Taiwan. People in Tainan are hospitable and friendly. Tainan is so historic that it is filled with abundant ancient remains and cultural heritage now.
Everywhere in Taiwan's ancient capital city of Tainan you can see structures with an air of the past. These include Chikan Towers, among the best-known historic sites in the southern part of the island, which exude a pain and simple architectural style and preserve a substantial number of historic artifacts. The Ancient Fort of Anping is the site of the first fortress built in Taiwan; this was Fort Zeelandia, constructed the 17th century when the Dutch occupied the island. The Confucius Temple here was also the first of its kind in Taiwan, and was the highest government-run school here in the days prior to the late Qing. Quite a number of historical artifacts are well preserved here, including records carved in stone, tablets presented by different national leaders, and ritual and musical instruments from the early Qing up to the present. The Eternal Fortress was the first modern Western-style fort to be built in Taiwan, and its construction marked a milestone in the history of southern Taiwan military emplacements.
Helpful Phone Numbers:

English Speaking Police

(02)2555-4275 or (02)2556-6007

Emergencies/Fire Department




English Speaking Directory Assistance


English Speaking Telephone Operator


International Operator Assistance


Taxi Service

(06)2363636 (06)5999999 (06)255-7700

TEL:+886 6 2096455
FAX:+8866 2381422