Trip Preparation

Since many of our conference presenters come from abroad, we list information on the weather, what to pack, electric voltage, water, and traffic in Taiwan below. We also provide a campus map, an MRT map, a list of useful phone numbers, and visa information. Additional information on travel in Taipei and Taiwan can be found on our Transportation and Lodging page and our Things to Do in Taipei and Taiwan page.

For your convenience, we have linked a printable list of Important Addresses for Forgotten Books. This is a Word document, and you may easily add other addresses you need.

If you do not speak Mandarin and would like a printable list of useful phrases, see our Survival Chinese for Forgotten Books.

Weather / What to Bring and Wear

Taipei is just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Weather in late May in Taiwan is humid and can be quite hot. Even if it is sunny in the morning, there may be an afternoon shower/thunderstorm, so bring an umbrella. The average low temperature in May is 22 C (72 F). The average high is 29 C (84 F). In June the average low is 25 C (77 F) and the average high is 32 C (90 F). You can check the current forecast here (Fahrenheit)  or here (Celsius).  Annual average relative humidity is 81.6%, and most Taiwanese people carry bottled water with them at all times.

Light, breathable fabrics are recommended. It is also advisable to wear layers; some buildings and the MRT are kept quite cool. Many buildings are cooled by individual air-conditioning units. Taipei Tech’s classrooms (where our Saturday conference events will take place) are cooled individually. Thus, while the conference panels should be quite comfortable, the hallways will be warmer.

Electricity in Taiwan

Voltage: 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada). Please pack a voltage convertor if necessary.

Primary Socket Types: North American Non-Grounded, North American Grounded

Water

It is not advisable to drink unboiled tap water. (Brushing your teeth with the tap water is fine.)

Bottled water is readily available in any convenience store (7-11, Family Mart, OK Mart, Hi-Life, etc.) and bottles are easily recyclable. Many public buildings, including those on the Taipei Tech campus, have water dispensers readily available, and you can refill your bottle or thermos.

Traffic

Do take care when crossing streets or walking in lanes. While pedestrians technically have the right of way, not all drivers are courteous, and it is not uncommon for cars to inch into the crosswalk as you cross or to run through recently changed red lights. You will also want to be on the lookout for scooters, which weave in and out of traffic and may drive brief distances on sidewalks in order to park in designated areas there.

Taipei Tech Campus Map

This Taipei Tech Campus Map gives directions from exit 4 of the Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT to our conference locations. Friday’s conference events will be held on the second floor of the GIS Taipei Tech Convention Center. Saturday’s events will be held in the English Department on floors six and seven of the General Studies Building.

MRT

A map of the MRT is available here.

If you plan to use the MRT or public bus for more than two trips, you may want to purchase an Easy Card at an MRT station (200 NT minimum–100 for the card and an unlimited amount for public transportation travel).

Important Phone Numbers

Taipei Tech English Department Office: 02-2771-2171 #3902

Emergency Number (Fire/Ambulance, etc.): 119

Taxi Service (Usually it is possible to hail a cab on any major road. However, if you need one at a specific time or place, or if it is late at night, you may call the number below.) From a local landline, dial 0800-055850. From cell phone, dial 55850. For English service, press 2. You may press 2 again for immediate transfer to the taxi fleet operator.

*Note: The October 1, 2015 surcharge on taxi rides has now been incorporated into taxi meters; there is no longer a need for the surcharge chart that was posted here earlier.

International Phone Calls to Taiwan: Taiwan’s country code for international phone calls is +886. Phone numbers in Taiwan usually begin with a 0. This 0 is omitted when you make an international call to Taiwan.

Visas

Citizens of many countries have visa-exempt status for either thirty or ninety days. This link, posted by another conference, has consolidated useful information about visas for travelers from many countries.

Citizens of the People’s Republic of China who are joining our conference should contact us after abstract acceptance at forgottenbookstaipei@gmail.com. Our school will then start the process of filling out the forms needed to obtain required travel documents.

Participants who were born in Hong Kong or Macau or who have traveled to Taiwan as Hong Kong or Macau residents in the past may apply for entry permits here.

Food

See our brief list of Places to Eat near Taipei Tech, including two vegan restaurants. There are also multiple good restaurants that are not listed here but that you will see if you are walking through the neighborhoods recommended. You may also like the blog, “A Hungry Girl’s Guide to Taipei.”