Free Wifi in the hotel public areas and guestrooms.
Taipei is an active and vibrant city. Located at the very north of Taiwan Island, just a stone’s throw across the Formosa Strait to the Chinese mainland, Taipei is vast. A huge metropolis, it is divided into twelve urban districts. In Taipei, the food is excellent, the people are friendly and there are some top-notch sights no traveller should miss.
Taiwan is dominated by the Central Mountain Range covering 69 per cent of its land area and running its full length north to south on the eastern seaboard. Over 200 peaks exceed 3000m (9850ft), the highest being Yu Shan (Jade Mountain) at 3952m (13,042ft), and most are heavily forested. About 31 per cent of the country is alluvial plain, most of it on the western coastal strip.
36,188 sq km (13,972 sq miles).
623.6 per sq km.
Republic since 1912.
Head of State:
President Ma Ying-Jiou since 2008.
Head of Government:
Premier Wu Dun-Yi since 2009.
The official language is Mandarin. Taiwanese is widely spoken, and English is taught as the first foreign language in schools.
Buddhism; also Taoism, Christianity and Islam.
GMT + 8.
110 volts AC, 60Hz.
Full IDD is available. Country code: 886. Outgoing international code: 002. There is an extensive internal telephone system.
GSM 900 and 1800 networks. Network operators include Far Eastone Telecommunications, KG Telecom (website: www.kgt.com.tw) and Taiwan Cellular Corporation (website: www.twngsm.com.tw).
Facilities are widely available.
Internet cafes provide public access to Internet and e-mail services. ISPs include Asia Pacific Online (website: www.apol.com.tw) and Chunghwa~~Telecom/Hinet (website: www.hinet.net).
Telegrams may be sent from post offices and hotels.
Airmail to Western Europe takes up to 10 days. Postal facilities are available in main cities.
English-language daily papers include The China Post and Taiwan News. English-language journals include Taipei Journal (weekly) and Taipei Review (monthly).
BBC World Service (website: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice ) and Voice of America (website: www.voa.gov ) can be received. Most can be found found online.