Welcome to Taipei!
Table of Contents
- Data SIM Card
- Power (Socket)
- Free WiFi
- Airport transportation
- Getting Around
- What to buy to bring back home
- Buying Electronics
- Sight Seeing
- Coffee Culture
- Cat Cafés
- Co-working Spaces
- See also
This information applies for short-stay visitors only.
Visa Exemption & Visa on arrival
Passports of India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
If you have valid visa for any of the following countries: US, Canada, Japan, UK, Schengen countries, Australia, New Zealand, use the fast track visa application
Otherwise follow the procedeures below for "All other passports".
If you live in China
If you are eligible for 自由行, go for that.
Otherwise: ask if the conference organizer can send formal business visa invitation. Please allow 2 months lead time.
If you live in Hong Kong or other countries, and have residence permit
You are generally eligible for the "Type 3 Chinese Visitor" category. Follow the procedeures below for "All other passports". Please allow 3 weeks lead time.
All other passports
Facial and fingerprint registartion is required for all foriegn passport holders. The only exception is to be invited by a institution and the host has to apply for your fingerprinting exemption by proving your exceptional academic or professional achievement, according to "執行外來人口入出國（境）辨識個人生物特徵作業要點" 三(三）依國際機場禮遇作業辦法申請國賓禮遇、特別禮遇及一般禮遇 with this form. Please allow two-week lead time.
Data SIM Card
Due to the law, you must have BOTH your passport AND your local ID or international driver license to buy one.
- Passport =>
No SIM card
- ID card =>
No SIM card
- Passport + ID card => SIM card!
Sign up an account from TPE-Free. Most of the public places (shopping mall, library and Metro stations) have TPE-Free.
And also, you can use iTaiwan. It will be available at some public places like post office or local government.
No need to tip.
Chinese & English, most of people will help you anyway.
Google Maps is your best friend.
The public transport system runs on a reloadable contactless card called EasyCard (悠遊卡). There are also one to five day unlimited pass (for MRT and Buses), called Taipei pass, and 24hr Taipei Metro Pass (only for MRT). It’s better to buy a EasyCard unless you will plan on making 5+ trips per day then you can buy the Taipei pass at all metro station information. The EasyCard is available at all metro station information counters and convenience stores.
EasyCard credits are refundable (with some fees) so if you still have some credits left, remember to go to the MRT counter to apply for a refund.
MRT and Buses
No eating or drinking is allowed inside the metro station or on the MRT train.
You can flag down a taxi from the street. Starts at NT$70-90, but in some tourist sites away from central Taipei (eg., Jiufen), the price will be a little bit higher.
Uber is also available in Taipei, with the same price as taxi (when without surge pricing), and in most situation are more convenience for foreign users.
YouBike (Bike sharing)
Yellow bike sharing service YouBike is available everywhere across Taipei (and near all metro station). It allows commuters to rent from one station and return at another with EasyCard with very cheap price as low as 30 per hour, which is available at all metro station information counters and convenience stores.
Download the App so you can access the stations map and know if there's still empty places to park your Youbike or if the closest station has available Youbike!
Obike is also avalaible in Taipei, but it's almost dead.
Check Taipei#Tourism on Wikipedia for more detailed venues info.
All informations are available on the Guide to Taipei. Hereafter, what some suggestions:
Credit: Antonio Tajuelo
Treasures that you won't see in Beijing's National Palace Museum.
Credit: Leon Brocard
The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and the Liberty Place (自由廣場).
Elephant mountain (象山, Xiang-shan)
Here you can see the taipei 101 and whole Taipei city.
Credit: 中岑 范姜
Maokong (貓空) & Maokong Gondola
Famous for the taiwanese tea
Credit: Prince Roy
Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園)
Ping Hsi Branch Railway Line & Old Town (平溪支線, 平溪老街)
Famous for the Taiwan’s sky lantern festival. You can launching sky lanterns on the railway. Like "Tangled" by Disney.
Credit: Jirka Matousek
The famous Japanese animation producer Hayao Miyazaki used Jiufen as an inspiration in Spirited Away.
Tamsui Old Town (淡水老街)
Beitou Hot Spring (北投溫泉)
Anime & Manga
Taipei Underground Shopping Street (台北地下街)
Near Taipei Main Station. Most anime shops located at the middle of the shopping street. (Not to be confused with Zhongshan Underground Shopping Street)
Guanghua Market (光華商場)
Electronic Street, but also have some anime shops in Syntrend (三創). Huashan Park (華山文創園區) is also a good place to go.
Taiwan is very famous for night market. There are so many night market in Taipei, for example: Shihlin night market and Ninxia night market. In this night market, you can find many Taiwanese foods. See also 45 Taiwanese foods we can't live without on CNN.
Xiaolongbao Dumpling (小籠包, Siao-Long-Bau)
Probaly the most known Taiwan food. If you want to try Ding-Tai-Feng (鼎泰豐) be prepared to queue for 1 hour in lunch and dinner time.
Braised Pork Rice (滷肉飯, Lu-Rou-Fan)
Stinky Tofu (臭豆腐, Chou-Dou-Fu)
Search Google for stinky tofu challenge
Beef Noodle Soup (牛肉麵, Niu-Rou-Mian)
One of the best places in Taipei. Be prepared to queue
Oyster Omelet (蚵仔煎, O-A-Jian)
Small Sausage in Large Sausage (大腸包小腸, Da-Chang-Bao-Siao-Chang)
Looks like American hot dog but is broiled sausage wrapped in "rice sausage".
Bubble Milk Tea (珍珠奶茶/波霸奶茶, Jen-Ju-Nai-Cha)
Pan-fried bun (水煎包/生煎包, Shui-Jian-Bao)
Gua bao (割包)
Tian bu la (甜不辣/關東煮)
Similar to Japanese oden but is a Taiwan-specialized version. Also called "黑輪" (Oh-Lian)
Ba wan (肉圓)
Two types: Oil-fried and steamed. Steamed is usually only in southern Taiwan.
Fried Chicken (雞排, Ji-Pai)
Unlike American style fried checken, and also unlike Japanese fried checken (kara-age), the Taiwanse fried chicken is flat and as large as your hand, some are even larger than your face.
Flaky Scallion Pancake (蔥抓餅, Tsong-Jua-Bing)
Oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線, O-A-Mi-Sua)
Shaved Ice Mountain (剉冰, Tsua-Bing)
Shaved Ice Mountain usually served with sweet beans like azuki bean or fruits. Besure to try Mango Shaved Ice which is the most known ice in Taiwan.
Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs (藥膳排骨, Yao-Shan-Pai-Goo)
Sun Cakes (太陽餅, Tai-Yang-Bing)
Note: Sun is not included in the cake.
Tube rice pudding (筒仔米糕, Dang-Ah-Mii-Gou)
Aiyu Jelly (愛玉)
Like Jelly but softer. Usually served in cold with lemon. This sweet is probaly only available in Taiwan.
Ongoing list of cafes put together in Wiki. Most café provide free wifi, and power socket is available in some place. Do check "coffee" in Foursquare for (many hundred of) good quality indenpedent cafés.
You can also get cheap (but not so bad) coffee at convenience store at $50~100.
It's great for afternoon tea. The filling is either pineapple, or more traditionally winter melon (冬瓜) sealed with a buttery crust.
Tea Leaf Pack
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