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Climate

Climate in Taiwan 
Surrounded by subtropical oceans and laid in the relatively narrow, bowl-shaped valley, Taipei City enjoys warm weather all year round. The temperature fluctuates during spring and winter, but is relatively stable in summer and autumn. The average annual temperature is 23.6 °C ( 74.5 °F ), with a summer average of 29.4 °C ( 84.9 °F ) and a winter average of 11.0 °C ( 51.8 °F ).

Spring (March through May)
The spring season in Taiwan is beautiful, with flowers blooming in the mountains. The azalea and cherry blossoms on Yangming Mountain in Taipei are both well known.


Summer (June through August)
Because of the subtropical climate, typhoons occur occasionally during summer in Taiwan . Travelers should pay close attention to weather reports and avoid visiting hazardous mountain areas or beaches during such times. For the rest of the time, you could just relax and enjoy the agreeable warmth of the sun.

Autumn (September through October)
Taipei's autumns are sunny and cool. During this period, fallen leaves brighten the roads. This is also a good time to enjoy Taiwan's many scenic areas.


Winter (November through February)
Winter is the season of celebration for Taiwanese. Some of the most important holidays and feasts are in December and January, such as the Chinese New Year, the New Year countdown and the Lantern Festival. Hot spring are popular in Taiwan , and most famous springs are to be found on the Yangming Mountain and the town of Beitou.
  
Map of Taipei:
  

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Map of Taiwan:
The island of Taiwan is located on south-east edge of the Asian continent and the west coast of the Pacific Ocean. The total area of this island is around 36,000 sq. km. The population in April 2008 is 22.9 million.


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Transportation Info


Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport(TPE) is located in Taoyuan County approximately 40 kilometers, or about 50 minutes by car or bus from downtown Taipei. For further information, please visit the website of the Airport: 
https://www.taoyuan-airport.com/main_en/index.aspx

   
International Flying Times
 
  Hong Kong Seoul Tokyo Bangkok Singapore Kuala Lampur Beijing Jakarta
  1h 2h 3h 3h 4h 4h 4~5h 5h
  45m 30m   10m   30m    

  Jakarta Sydney Vancouver London, Paris Frankfurt Los Angeles New York  
  6h 9h 12h 13 ~ 14h 12h 13 ~ 14h 17h  
          40m   30m  

Domestic Transportation
Telephone
   
How to Dial Local Numbers 
Taipei’s area code is (02); You only need to dial this area code if you are calling a Taipei number from outside the city. However, if you are calling a number outside of Taipei from inside the city, you must first dial the area code of the other city or county, followed by the local phone number. With the area code included, there are usually 10 digits in Taipei’s phone numbers (e.g. (02)2528-9580).

The area codes of other counties or cities in Taiwan are listed below- Taipei City and County, Jeelong City are (02). Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Ilan, and Hualien Counties and Cities are (03). Miaoli County has (037). Taichung County and City, as well as Changhua County are (04). Nantou County is (049), while Yunlin County and Jiayi County and City are (05). Tainan County and City, as well as Penghu County are (06). Kaoshung County and City, Dong-Sha and Nan-Sha Islands have (07). Pingtung County has (08). Jinmen County is (082). Wuchiu and Jinmen Islands are (0826). Finally, Taitung County is (089). (A table of these area codes is included on the Chinese Telecom website: https://www.cht.com.tw/en/home/cht)
 
Calling Taiwan from Abroad 
First dial the starting number for the country you’re calling from, followed by Taiwan’s country code (886), the area code excluding the leading zero, and finally the local number.
  
International Calls from Taiwan 
When making international calls from a normal or cellular phone from Taiwan (International Direct Dialing, or IDD), the rate is counted in units of 6 seconds. If your call is being transferred by an operator, the rate is counted in units of 1 minute after the first 3 minutes. There are discounts for direct international calls between 11 PM and 8 AM for weekdays, anytime after 12 PM on Saturdays, as well as all of Sunday until 8 AM on Monday. On national holidays and long weekends, international calls can also be made at the discounted rate for the entire duration of the holiday.
   
To place a direct international call, please dial the numbers below in the following order:
(1)     Taiwan’s International Code 002, or 009.
(2)     Country Code (e.g. the US is 1, while China is 86)
(3)     Area code excluding the leading zero
(4)     Local phone number
  
Pay Phones in Taiwan
Taiwan’s pay phones accept both coins and calling cards. Calling Card pay phones are further separated into two types- those with optical readers, and IC card readers. The calling cards can be purchased in 100 NTD, 200 NTD, or 300 NTD dollar amounts at your local convenience store or a train station. When calling numbers inside Taiwan, the rate is 1 NTD per minute. Calling cell phones is around 6 NTD per minute, also depending on the location. 

*We recommend that visitors consult the Cellular Service Center at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
  
Languages

Embracing Diversity in the Chinese Language 
In Chinese writing, Taiwan uses traditional Chinese characters, while Mainland China uses simplified Chinese characters. Confusing as this may already seem, with the growth of cultural equality in the recent decade, the government, as well as most locals, have now begun to embrace the widespread use of a multitude of spoken Chinese dialects, including Mandarin, Fukien, Hakka, and even Taiwanese aboriginal dialects. Thus, whether to recount and better understand Taiwan’s historical background, or to forge new paths in social progress, this cultural open-mindedness and resourcefulness has doubtlessly proven fruitful not only in encouraging the artful use of a diverse number of languages (needless to say, popular media and culture have already provided us with some highly diverse and creative uses of language), but also in improving the awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity.
 
Foreign Influence on Languages in Taiwan 
As a result of Taiwan’s strategic position in Southeast Asia, Taiwan is constantly being influenced by a multitude of external geopolitical and socioeconomic forces. An island once colonized by the Japanese and now a hub of world finance and economics, Taiwan unsurprisingly uses English and Japanese most frequently. In fact, foreign influence has been so great that elements of these non-Chinese languages have been assimilated by local dialects and writing into their daily usage.
 


Postal Service

A Highly Efficient Postal Service 
Taiwan’s highly efficient postal service provides flat rate mailing, a number of express courier services, registered mailing, parcel post, printing services, mailbox rentals, and other services used commonly in postal offices around the world. Offices are open Monday through Fridays, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, while a select number are also open over the weekends and holidays.
 
Mailing is very straightforward, as you can first purchase stamps from hotels, post offices, and even convenience stores. You can then drop your mail off at the mailboxes situated near hotels and on sidewalks. If you are using airmail, please drop off your package in the red mailboxes. For all other packages where you will be using ground delivery, please use the green mailboxes. Also note that our mailboxes are divided into mail delivered to addresses within the same city as its delivery address, and mail delivered to addresses outside the city or the county.
 
Domestic mail is usually delivered within 24 to 48 hours, while mail to the United States is delivered within a week. Mail to Mainland China may take a while longer, with a delivery of up to approximately a month. If you require delivery to your door, you may contact an express delivery service. To find a listing for such services, please contact or visit your local convenience chain stores, such as 7-Eleven, OK, and Family Mart Convenience Stores, for further information.


Public Holidays

National Holidays:
Jan. 1      Founding Day of the ROC
Last day of lunar December  Lunar New Year’s Eve
Lunar Jan. 1   Lunar New Year
Feb. 28 Peace Memorial Day
Apr. 4 Children's Day
Apr. 5 National Tomb-Sweeping Day
May 1  Labor Day
Lunar May 5   Dragon Boat Festival
Lunar Aug. 15 Mid-Autumn Festival
Oct. 10 National Day

Other Important Holidays:
Lunar Jul. 7 Lunar Valentine's Day
Sep. 28  Confucius’ Birthday 
Lunar Dec. 21 or 22 Winter Solstice
Dec. 25 Constitution Day/ Christmas

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