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Taipei (台北 Táiběi) is the capital and largest city in Taiwan with about 10 million people living in the metropolitan area and about 2.7 million in the city proper. It is located in the most northern part of the island at the Tanshui River and is the economical heart of the country. The city is surrounded by hills and mountains and the area is prone to earthquakes as well. The city is still home to the largest skyscraper in the world, Taipei 101, but this won't be the tallest for much longer as the Burj Dubai is set to be completed soon and is already the highest unfinished skyscraper. Still, this building is a remarkable landmark in the city and represents the enormous economical growth of the city during the last decades. For travellers there is enough to see and do to keep you busy for a few days and good hotels, food and transport all make it very easy to visit as well.
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Taipei 101, officially known as the Taipei International Financial Center is one of the tallest building in the world at 508 metres above the ground level. The high skyscraper is located in the Xinyi District of Taipei and is rich in symbolism. For example, it was designed to resemble bamboo rising from the earth and bamboo happens to be a plant recognized in Asian cultures for its fast growth and flexibility. These are ideal characteristics for a financial building. On top of that, the building is also made up of eight sections and eight happens to be a number associated with prosperity in Chinese culture. The observatory in Taipei 101 consists of three sections. On the 88th floor, visitors get to see upclose the tower's wind damper that sways to offset movements in the building caused by strong gusts. The 89th floor is an indoor viewing area, while the 91st floor is an outdoor viewing area, but only open on certain occasions and weather permitting.
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall recently renamed as the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall is more or less in the middle of Taipei. The grounds in front of the hall are flanked by both the Taiwan National Theatre and The National Opera House. The hall itself has a museum on the first floor and the second floor used to be the home of a large statue of Chiang Kai Shek. There is also a frequent changing of the guard that is well worth watching. If you are in Taipei visiting the hall is a must. The hall has its own subway stop so getting there is easy.
The weather is generally hot and humid, although winters can get cold, with temperatures occasionally around 0 °C. Still, Taipei generally has mild winter weather with temperatures normally around 20 °C during the day from December to February and around 12 °C at night. In summer, temperatures average around 30 °C (but well over 35 °C is possible) and this is also the time when the typhoons can hit the island, leaving an enormous amount of rain in some parts of the country as well. The period from October to April is a better time for a visit, compared to the hot and muggy conditions in summer.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) near the capital Taipei is the busiest in the country and therefore receives most international flights. In fact, it's in the top 15 of busiest airports in the world when it comes down to handling international passengers. Until 2006 it was called Chiang Kai-shek International Airport.
The national airline is China Airlines which has international flights to many destinations in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania. Another major international airline in Taiwan is EVA Air, serving slightly less destinations to the same continents mentioned.
To/from the airport:
Taipei Main Station is a huge facility. Ticket counters are on the first floor and platforms on B2. There is also a food court on the second floor, several underground shopping malls, and directly connects to Taipei Main Station on the Taipei Metro which is served by Tamsui (Red) line and Bannan (Blue) line. In addition to ticket counters, the first floor also has a tourist office, a post office, stores selling aboriginal handicrafts and several booths offering head and neck and full body massage (NT$100 for every ten minutes).
There are also three other train stations in Taipei city. Wanhua Station (萬華車站) is in the south-western part of the city and is within walking distance of MRT Longshan Temple Station and is only served by local trains. Songshan Station (松山車站) is close to Raohe Street Night Market and all trains operated by the Taiwan Railway Administration stop at the station. Nangang Station (南港車站) is on the eastern end of the city and is currently served by local trains and some express trains. It is directly connected to Nangang Station on Taipei Metro's Bannan (Blue) line and the Taiwan High Speed Rail is expected to operate into the station by the beginning of 2015. All train stations in Taipei city accept Easy Cards to enter the station in addition to tickets bought at the vending machines or counters.
The THSR stations and platforms are wheelchair-friendly and all trains include a wheelchair-accessible car (wider doors, ample space, accessible bathroom). Note that the official English guide for online reservations distinguishes between "senior or disabled tickets" and "handicap-friendly seats"; while it's possible to buy a ticket for the former online ("correct passenger ID" required), a ticket for the latter has to be reserved by calling the ticketing office on the phone.
Renting a car is not only unnecessary, but not recommended in Taipei unless you are planning to head out of the city. Traffic tends to be frantic, and parking spaces are expensive and difficult to find. Most of the main tourist destinations are reachable by public transport, and you should use that as your main mode of travel.
Intercity buses arrive and depart from the Taipei Bus Terminal, which is located on Chengde Road, behind Taipei Main Station. Almost every city on the island is served, but trains are usually faster and more comfortable on the longer journeys.
Generally speaking, the buses operated by private companies are more comfortable and sport such amenities as wide reclining seats and individual game and video monitors. The government run buses are blue and white and are called guóguāng hào (國光號). All intercity buses are known as kèyùn (客運) and can be distinguished from the local city buses called gōngchē (公車) by the fact that they do not have a route number, but only the name of the destination.
Taxis are the most flexible way to get around, and are extremely numerous. They are expensive in comparison to mass transit, but are cheap when compared to taxis in the rest of the world. Taxis are metered, which meter starts at NT$70(an additional NT$20 is added over the meter for the taxi rates at night ). Most taxi drivers cannot speak English, and it will be necessary for non-Chinese speakers to have their destination written down in Chinese. Tipping is neither necessary nor expected.
Since 2012, all passengers are required to buckle their seatbelt. Women and/or children traveling at night are advised to use one of the reputable taxi companies. The toll free taxi hotline is 0800-055850 (maintained by Department of Transportation).
Taiwanese taxi drivers tend to be more honest than in many other countries. They are notorious for their strong opinions on politics. A large majority of them support Taiwan independence as they spend all day listening to talk radio. They will probably be unable to share any of this with you if you do not speak Chinese. Avoid any potential political discussion.
It is not advisable for lone women at night to hail a random taxi from the street - it is best to have the number of one of the bigger taxi companies and to call for a cab. Taking a taxi at night in Taipei is more dangerous than walking.
Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit System (also known as MRT or Metro Taipei) provides public transport by metro/rail in the Taipei metropolitan area, mostly between 5:00am and midnight. One-way tickets are in the NT$20 and NT$65 range. Stations and trains are clearly identified in English, so even for those who cannot read Chinese, the MRT system is very accessible. All stops are announced in four languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka and English. All stations have information booth/ticket offices close to the ticket vending machines. There is no eating or drinking while in the stations or on the trains. There are priority seats. If you need a seat, there are stickers offered at the information booth that allow passengers to identify those in need.
In addition to single journey tickets, the Taipei MRT also sells value-added cards/smartcards called EasyCard or youyouka (as in 'yo-yo-ka', also 悠遊卡). These cards hold amounts up to NT$5,000, and one only needs to "touch" (sensor) them past the barrier monitor to gain entry and exit from paid areas. Value-added cards can be purchased at station ticket offices or at vending machines, and can be recharged at the stations or convenience stores. To purchase a new EasyCard you will need to pay NT$500 (including a deposit of NT$100 and NT$400 usable credit).
Additionally, buses provide efficient transport in Taipei as well. Because all buses display information (destination and the names of stops) in English, the system is very accessible to non-Chinese speaking visitors. Payment can be made by cash (NT$15) or EasyCard (see "metro" listing) for each section that the bus passes through. For local buses (all local buses have a number, so do long distance buses) the maximum will be two sections with a total cost of NT$45. The confusion, however, arises by not knowing where the section boundaries are located and the fact that there is often a buffer zone to prevent people who get on one stop before the boundary from overpayment.
Even though motorized traffic is very heavy in Taipei, bicycles are still legitimate vehicles to get around. There are long cycle paths beside most rivers in the city. Bicycles can also be carried on the Taipei metro but only at Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays and via certain stations - bicycles aren't permitted in larger interchange stations such as Taipei Main Station and Zhongxiao Fuxing, and bicycles are only permitted in the first and last carriages. Properly packaged folded bicycles are exempt from the restrictions upon ordinary bicycles. There are not many segregated bike lanes but on some busy streets cycling on the pavement (US English: sidewalk) is permitted where signed or marked, as in Japan.
Taipei has a great bike sharing system - YouBike. It is very cheap if you register through their site - first half hour is NT$5, which is enough for most every ride you need. You use EasyCard (the same as for the subway and buses) to rent them. It's all very easy and the bikes are modern and convenient. Check each bicycle for defects before you use them; bike seats are turned backwards to signal some form of maintenance is required.
Taipei probably has one of the highest densities of restaurants in the world. Almost every street and alley offers some kind of eatery. Of course, Chinese food (from all provinces) is well-represented. In addition, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Italian cuisines are also popular. Basically, East Taipei, especially around Dunhua and Anhe Roads, and also the expat enclave of Tianmu are where to clash chopsticks with the rich and famous, whereas West Taipei offers more smaller, homey restaurants.
Several night markets (夜市) are located in each district. Some are open during daytime, and all are open until around midnight. Night markets consist of restaurants and stores at the permanent locations and little booths along the center. Every night market has a huge variety of food, so a visit to any one is a good bet for good food.
A lot of Taiwanese street food hasn't actually originated from Taipei, but any popular xiaochi (small snack) eventually makes their way up to the capital. Some of the best known night market snacks are: oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線; ô-á mī-sòa), oyster omelet (蚵仔煎; ô-á-chian), fried chicken fillet (雞排; jīpái), stinky tofu (臭豆腐; chòudòufǔ) and aiyu jelly (愛玉冰; ài-yù-bīng) among a long list of others. Because of the vast selection, the recommendation is to go with a few people and share the food. Otherwise, honestly the best way to eat is to join the longest queue in the market, or just buy whatever catches your eye! Vendor food is generally safe to eat, but use common sense though if you have a sensitive stomach.
The most famous one in Taipei is the Shilin Night Market (士林夜市). It is easily accessible via the MRT at either the Jiantan (劍潭) or Shilin (士林) stations. Locals in Taipei view Shilin as touristy, with food catering to the tastes of mainland visitors. Another excellent option is Ning Xia Night Market (寧夏夜市) in Datong located near the Taipei Circle (建成圓環) and accessible via the MRT at Zhongshan (中山) station. Raohe Street Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市) is also a viable option. It is a mere stone's throw away from the TRA-administered Songshan (松山) railway station.
While it might be possible to spend all your dinners at night markets, Taipei also has plenty of sit-down restaurants with more substantial dishes. For upmarket Taiwanese cuisine, which revolves around the mild yet flavorful trio of basil, garlic and chili, in addition to white rice or sweet potato congee (no wheat-based products for example), try Ching-yeh Aoba in Zhongshan or Shinyeh Table in Daan. But for more down-to-earth experiences, don't forget to go to one of the many "hot fry" (熱炒) restaurants in Taipei where the locals go to eat Taiwanese food and drink beer and kaoliang. Be prepared for a noisy atmosphere, tiny seats, lots of empty beer bottles and excellent food at a low price.
The influx of KMT migrants perhaps makes Taipei one of the easiest places to sample a quality spread of Chinese provincial cuisines. Xiaolongbao (小籠包) or soup dumplings is a Shanghainese dish made famous by Din Tai Fung, whose first storefront at Xinyi Road remains heavily patronised by fans of the world-wide franchise. They have many branches all over the city too, though their branch at Taipei 101 is also extra crowded. Around the corner from Xinyi Road is Yongkang Street, which boasts quite a mix of old and new restaurants like Kaochi or Jin Ji Yuan. Both serve xiaolongbao, along with other dishes such as fried chicken, good alternatives for when the queue to Din Tai Fung is an hour long.
Beef noodle soup is a national icon; Taipei even holds a yearly judging event every September to appraise competitors. There are two main types: hongshao (紅燒牛肉麵), a strongly flavored dish derived from Sichuan spicy bean paste and soya sauce braised beef, and qingdun (清燉牛肉麵), a clear light broth, although there are even tomato varieties popping up around the city. On Yongkang St alone, there're already two beef noodle shops, Yongkang Beef Noodle and Lao Zhang, which have their own regulars. Those more game to get to hard-to-find places can reward themselves at Lin Tung Fong in Zhongshan or the one at Taoyuan Street near Ximending.
The nightlife in Taipei runs from boisterous night markets to equally exuberant clubs and bars, and indeed the city comes alive with glittering lights after the last rays of the sun leave the grey buildings.
Xinyi is where the biggest and most flashy clubs are, especially the ATT4FUN Building which has an excellent view of Taipei 101, while smaller shophouses around the Taida and Shida university areas host live music gigs (although lessened after noise complaints). The "Combat Zone" in Zhongshan used to be the go-to district for US soldiers in the Vietnam War and remains fairly gritty with quite the collection of dive bars. The area around Red House Theater near Ximending has a large number of outdoor bars which are generally known to be gay-friendly. Visit the Taiwan Beer Bar, also known as Taipei Brewery, in Zhongzheng if you fancy trying cheap and fresh brews of the local favorite Taiwan Beer.
While traditionally a nation of tea drinkers, in recent years the Taiwanese have really embraced the cafe culture, and all the usual chains can be found here in abundance. For cafes with more character, roam the back streets near National Taiwan University between Xinsheng South Road and Roosevelt Road in Gongguan. More cafes are located in the area around Renai Road, Section 4 and Dunhua South Road. There are also some interesting and characterful places between Yongkang Park and Chaozhou Street, and in the alleys around Shida Road. However, for a particularly impressive range of styles, visit Bitan in Xindian, where all the cafes offer restful views over the river and mountains beyond (though can be noisy during weekends).
Taiwan's speciality tea is High Mountain Oolong (高山烏龍, a fragrant, light tea) and Tieguanyin (鐵觀音, a dark, rich brew). The mountainous Maokong area of Muzha in the Wenshan district of the city has dozens upon dozens of teahouses, many of which also offer panoramic views of the city. Its especially spectacular on a clear evening. A Maokong Gondola (cable car) system services the Taipei Zoo MRT station to Maokong. The S10 bus comes up from the Wanfang Community MRT station.
Taipei offers an important number of various accommodations ranging from basic dorms to 5-star luxury hotels. See the districts articles to read detailed listings.
Tourists sleeping one night in Taipei might want to stay in Zhongzheng, near the Main Train Station, where many budget accommodations can be found. Hotels around the Ximending area would be convenient for those wanting to eat, shop and party all in one area. Business travelers would probably prefer to stay in Xinyi, the financial district, where many luxury hotels are located. The Grand Hotel in Zhongshan, built back when Chiang Kai-shek decided there wasn't a suitable hotel in which to welcome foreign dignitaries, may appeal to those interested in classical Chinese architecture and history. 10% service fee and 5% VAT are usually not included in the top end hotel rates.
If you're staying a bit more long-term in Taipei, do as some daily commuters do and get cheaper rooms outside city boundaries, in places such as Xindian and Yonghe, which are still somewhat accessible through the Taipei MRT network.
|Babyhome||No.170, Shida Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)||Hotel||-|
|Chocolate Box Backpackers||(2F), No.11-1, Pucheng St.||Hostel||-|
|Dreamer||No3,Huayin Street Lane 71,4Flr.||Hostel||-|
|EZstay Taipei Main station||15F~1, No 50, 1 Sector Zhong Xiao West Road (just in front of Taipei Main Station)||HOSTEL||81|
|Fun Taipei Backpackers||No.120, Sec.4, Chengde Rd. No.130, Jihe Rd. Shilin District||HOSTEL||82|
|Harazuru Hotel||122 Shuang Feng Road Taoyuan||Hotel||-|
|Guest House TaiwanMex||2-F No.18-1 Lane 18 Nanjing W.||Guesthouse||76|
|Hotel Eclat||No.370,Sec.1 Dunhua S. RD||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Eight Zone||No.8,Sec.1, Jinshan S. RD||Hotel||-|
|JV's Hostel||2F., No.57, Aly. 50 Ln. 39, Tonghua St.||Hostel||89|
|Kiri's House||5F, No.1, Lane 126, Sec. 1, Da-an Rd. Da-an District||HOSTEL||84|
|MudanHouse||196 Changji St.||Hostel||89|
|Royal Garden Hotel||No.218, Sec. 1, Wunhua Rd. Banciao||Hotel||-|
|Sea Point B&B Guest House||No. 86 San Jan Road Juifang Town||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|SLv business Hotel||No.25, Alley 52, Lane 637, Jhongjheng Rd. Jhonghe||Hotel||-|
|Taipei BackPackers||2F, #113, Kunming Street||Hostel||90|
|Taipei Backpackers Hostel||2F., No.14, Lane 11, Taiyuan Rd.||Hostel||84|
|Taipei East Commercial District Hostel||4F., 123, Sec. 1, Fuxing S. Rd||Hostel||-|
|Taipei Green House||1F., No.11, Alley 12 Lane 84,Sec. 3, Roosevelt R||Hostel||-|
|Taipei Green House on Shida||1F., No.11, Alley 12, Lane 84,Sec. 3, Roosevelt R,||Hostel||-|
|Taipei Home Stay||6F-18, No.369, Jilin Rd. Zhongshan District||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Homestay||5F.,NO.32, Lane 195, Wolong St. Da-an Dist.||Hostel||-|
|Taipei Hostel||6Fl, No. 11, Lane 5 Lin Shen North Rd||HOSTEL||86|
|Taipei House International Youth Hostel||11F-1, No.293, SongJiang Rd.||Hostel||-|
|Taipei Main Station Hostel||2F, No.12, Lane 11, Taiyuan Rd.,||Hostel||88|
|Taipei Metropolitan House||4F, 31, Wanqing St.||Hostel||-|
|Taipei NTU House||3F, No.18, Lane 316, Sec. 3 Roosevelt Rd||Hostel||-|
|Holo Family House||22F~2, No. 50, Zhong Xiao W. Rd., Taipei||HOSTEL||72|
|Taipei Ximen Zebra Apartment||13 Lane 29 Xi-Chang Street Taipei City||Hostel||-|
|Taiwan Hostel Happy Family||No. 2,2 Floor, Lane 56 Zhong Shan North Road, Sec 1||Hostel||80|
|the Cats Pajamas||1F., No.10-1, Lane 62 Taishun Street, Da-an District||HOSTEL||-|
|World Scholar House||Sung Chiang Road, Lane 38, No.2, 8th Floor Taipei||Hostel||-|
|Y Hotel Taipei(YMCA)||19 Xu Chang St.||Hotel||-|
|EZ Stay Ximen||No79 Xi-Ning south street, Taipei 8F-14||Hostel||-|
|Taipei Night Market Hostel||10F., No.198, Sec. 4 Chengde Rd., Shilin Dist.||Hostel||-|
|Taipei Homestay 1||3F-5, No.11, Lane 5, Linsen N. Rd., Jhongjheng District, 100 Taipei City||Hostel||-|
|Eight Elephants & Dreaming Dragon Hostel||1F, No.6, Alley 4, Lane 48, JinJiang St. ShiDa,Taipei||HOSTEL||90|
|Amigo Hostel||No. 14. Lane 157. Sec. 2. Yungho Rd||Hostel||-|
|Sevilla Boutique Hostel||No.175 Sec. 2 - Shenyang Rd Beitun District||Hostel||-|
|King Regency Hotel||3/f, No. 21,Zhonghua Rd Section 1||Hotel||-|
|Toucheng Backpackers Hostel||F7. No.79, Mingfong Rd||Hostel||-|
|Camels' Island, Shida||2F., No.137, Sec. 2 Nanchang Road||Hostel||-|
|STAR Hostel (Taipei)||2F., No. 132, Sec. 1 Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan D||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Easy Stay Inn||10F-1, No.293, Song Jiang Road, Taipei||Hostel||-|
|The Meeting Place||1F, No.20, Alley1, Lane 768, Section 4, Bade Road Nangang District||Hostel||85|
|Your House Taipei||4/F., No, 4, Alley 22, Lane 251, Nan-King E. Rd., Sec. 5,||HOSTEL||-|
|Walkers' Hostel||2F., No.34, Sec. 4, Xinyi Rd.||Hostel||89|
|Flip Flop Hostel Dapinglin||4F., No.16, Ln. 228, Sec. 3, Zhongxing Rd., Xindi||Hostel||-|
|Taipei City Hostel||No.41, Sec. 2, Hankou St., Wanhua Dist.||HOSTEL||-|
|Ximen New Moon Hostel||1F., No.79, Xining S. Rd., Wanhua Dist.||Hostel||72|
|Tree House Hostel||No.11, Lane 11, Sector 1, Heping East Rd.,||Guesthouse||-|
|Taipei Ximen MRT Teacher Hostel||2F-1, No.11, Sec. 2, Changsha St., Wanhua Dist.||HOSTEL||62|
|Taipei Ximen Leopard Garden||1F No.87-1 Sec.2 Changsha Street Near Ximending||HOSTEL||-|
|Dandy Hotel-Daan||No.33, Sec.3, Sinyi Rd.||Hotel||-|
|Alex's Oceanview Stay||15 Bitou St., Danshui||Guesthouse||78|
|Yaya Hostel||No. 34, Lane 43, East Hansheng Rd. Banqiao District||HOSTEL||-|
|Dandy Hotel - Tianmu Branch||No.2, Lane 728, Sec. 6, Zhongshan N. Rd., Shilin Dist.||Hotel||-|
|Sunny House Taipei||5F., No.12, Ln. 16, Wenhua Rd., Yonghe City||HOSTEL||-|
|Homey Hostel||1F., No.7, Ln. 180, Tonghua St. Daan Dist||HOSTEL||-|
|Hill Side Hostel Taipei||Siu-Shan-Lu||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Corner - ShiDa||No.19, Jinjiang St. Zhongzheng Dist.||HOSTEL||-|
|Culture 22||No.22, Wenhua Rd., Yonghe Dist. New Taipei City||HOSTEL||-|
|Flip Flop Hostel - Taipei Main Station||2F., No.25, Nanyang St. Zhongzheng Dist.||HOSTEL||88|
|I love APPLE House||2F, NO.78-1 Qi-Dong Street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|TaipeiTaipei||NanYang St. ZhongZhang District||HOSTEL||85|
|Across the Ocean||No.3, Ln. 181, Sec. 2, Xinyi Rd., Da’an Dist., T||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Kunming Hostel||7F.-17, No.1, Ln. 160, Kunming St., Wanhua Dist.,||Hostel||-|
|Taipei Good Hotel 121||No.121, Sec. 1, Yanping N. Rd. Datong Dist.||HOTEL||-|
|City Center Taipei Ultimate convenience||173 Wen Chang Street 2nd Floor Da-An District 106||Guesthouse||-|
|Dandy Hotel - Tianjin||No. 70, Tianjin St., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City||HOTEL||-|
|JYT's Home Hostel Taipei||6F, 133, Zhong Xiao East Road Section 5||HOSTEL||-|
|Mango53 Inn||萬華區和平西路三段55號2樓 Wanhua District||HOSTEL||86|
|Amouwalker||No.52-3, Sec. 1, Xinsheng S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.||HOSTEL||-|
|Xi-Men Corner||4F., No.10, Ln. 27, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist.,||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ulysses Hotel||No.28, Huayin St., Zhongshan Dist.||HOTEL||-|
|Sans Frontieres Hostel||8 Floor , No.246, Sec. 2, Wenhua Rd., Banqiao Dist||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Stay-N-Share||6F, No.12, MinZhu Rd, Tamsui District New Taipei||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Taipei Main Station Corner||No.320, Changan W. Rd. Zhongshan Dist.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Parachute Hostel||No.148, Shida Rd. Zhongzheng Dist.||HOSTEL||-|
|Travel Talk Taipei Backpackers Hostel||2F, No.96, Sec.2, Minquan E. Rd. Zhongshan District.||HOSTEL||89|
|TAIPEI MAIN STATION STUDIO APT.||18F., No.50, Sec. 1, Zhongxiao W. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.,||Apartment||-|
|Taipei Tourguide Hostel||3F-2, No. 111, Kunming St., Wanhua Dist||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Cheeky House (TPE City Hall)||#21, Alley 9, Songlong Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Odeon Guest House||No.11, Lane 86 , Sec. 3 , ShinSheng S. Rd||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ximen Backpackers Home||1F., No.79, Xining S. Rd. Wanhua Dist.||HOSTEL||-|
|GoSleep Hotel (Hankou)||No 54, Hankou Street, Wanhua District Ximending||HOTEL||-|
|GoSleep Hotel (Xining)||9F.-1, No.36, Xining S. Rd., Ximending||HOTEL||-|
|SoFun Inn||No. 40, Alley 119, Lane 30, Yongji Road Xinyi District||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Taipei Cheeky House (SYS Memorial Hall )||No. 248, Civil Bolevard Sec 4. Taipei 100, Taiwan||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Banana Hostel||7F.-1, No.23, Sec. 2, Xinyi Rd. Zhongzheng Dist.||HOSTEL||-|
|Mr Lobster's Secret Den||2F No.95-2, Guangzhou St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei C||HOSTEL||-|
|Vivian Home||4F.-1, No. 765, Minzu E. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Blueciel||1F No.8 , Alley 2 , Lane 387 , Neihu Road. Sec.1 Neihu District.||HOSTEL||-|
|WR TaipeiHouse||1F, No.35, 40 Lane An Tung Street||HOSTEL||-|
|A Simple Place Taipei||No.215, Xining South Road Wanhua District||HOTEL||-|
|NiHao@Taipei||11F-5, No.41, Sec.1, ZhongXiao W Road Jhong Jheng District||HOSTEL||85|
|AM 6||2F., No.6, Dabei Road Shilin District||HOTEL||-|
|Fun Taipei Hostel||No.66, Wenlin Rd. Shilin District||HOSTEL||-|
|Luxury Studio Apt @ Taipei Main Station||Room 24,18F., No.50, Sec. 1, Zhongxiao W. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.,||Hostel||-|
|Ezstay Taipei 2 @ Nanyang||4F., No.15-6, Nanyang Street Zhongzheng District||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel M||2F., No.14-4, Ln. 64, Nanjing W. Rd., Datong Dist.||HOSTEL||-|
|JV's Taipei international Home||1F, No.10, Lane 40, Lin Jiang Street Da-An District||HOSTEL||-|
|TaipeiFun International Guest House||3F, No.96, Xinghua Road Nangang District||HOSTEL||-|
|Country Cheeky House (Taipei City Hall)||No.6, 52th Alley, 553 Street, Zhongxiao East Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Alice Hostel Taipei||No. 67, Chendu Street Wanhua District||HOSTEL||-|
|May Rooms Taipei||2F., No.229, Sec. 1, Nangang Rd. Nangang Dist.||HOSTEL||85|
|Lucky Apartment Hotel||4F-9 #141 Keelung Road Sector 1 Xinyi District||HOTEL||-|
|City Bear Hostel||No.10, Aly. 41, Ln. 180, Yongji Rd Xinyi Dist, Taipei||HOSTEL||-|
|Vintage Travel & Hostel||2F., No.222, Guisui Street Taipei||HOSTEL||-|
|On My Way Taipei Hostel||No 82, Guangming Road Beitou District||HOSTEL||86|
|Taipei MRT Hostel||No 138 Jihe Road Shilin District||HOSTEL||-|
|Bachelor Apartment||1F., No.17, Aly. 20, Ln. 12, Sec. 3, Bade Rd. Songshan Dist.||APARTMENT||-|
|1983 Hostel||1F., No.17, Ln. 54, Taishun St., Da’an Dist. Taipei||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Happy Family Hostel-ZhongShan Station||2F #3,Lane 135,ZhongShan North Road Sec.1||HOSTEL||-|
|First-Stop Backpacker Hostel||No.7, Ln.4, Tai’an Rd||Hostel||-|
|Ev8dhome Hostel||5F, 611 Wu Xing Road||HOSTEL||-|
|iTaipei Service Apartment||1F., No.209, Sec. 1, Civic Blvd.(Taipei Bus Statio||APARTMENT||-|
|Inn Cube||10F., No.13, Gongyuan Rd||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Taipei City Mall Y27 Residence||2F., No.7, Tacheng Street Datong District||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Mother Xu's Home||16F, Building 29, Lane 373, Fude Road||APARTMENT||-|
|Have Fun Suite & Budget Hostel||No.76, Kunming Street Wanhua District||APARTMENT||-|
|We Hostel||317 Sec. 3, Chongqing Northen Road Datong District||HOSTEL||-|
|Homey Hostel Downtown||7F., No.180, Chang’an W. Rd. Datong Dist.||HOSTEL||87|
|Taipei Monthly Room Rental Hostel||2F, No.12, Lane 11 Taiyuan Rd.||HOSTEL||-|
|Taipei Triple Tiger Backpacker||4F,No.39, Line25 KangDing Road||HOSTEL||-|
|The Loft Hostel Taipei||7F, No.107, Sec.4, Zhongxiao East Road||HOSTEL||-|
|CU Hotel Taipei Branch||No. 198 MinSheng West Road||HOSTEL||80|
Teaching English (or to a lesser extent, other foreign languages) is perhaps the easiest way to work in Taiwan. Work permits will be hard to come by and will take time. Consult your local Taiwan consulate/embassy/representative as far in advance as possible.
It should be noted that anyone staying in Taiwan for an extended period of time can FIND English teaching work, albeit technically illegally. If you are staying as a student or for some other long term purpose, it should be noted that many people are teaching English (or some other language) for pay without a permit in Taipei and elsewhere in Taiwan.
Internet cafes are plentiful, although you may have to wander around before finding one. Rather, Internet cafes in Taiwan should be called gaming cafes. These are often found on the first or second floor of a building, and equipped with very comfortable chairs and large screens. Each hour of Internet access/game play is cheap, coming in at around $20. For free internet access in big cities, try out the local libraries. In addition, a wireless internet accessing net covering all of Taipei City is available and Kaohsiung City is currently under construction. There is also a common wifi network available at every McDonald's.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international calling code for Taiwan is 886. The emergency numbers include 110 (police) 119 (medical, fire) and the standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. Numbers starting with 0800 are commercial toll-free numbers. Mobile phone coverage is generally excellent in Taiwan, with the exception of some remote mountainous areas. Among the major providers are Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone and Vibo. Taiwan has both GSM 900/1800 and 3G (UMTS/W-CDMA 2100) networks and roaming might be possible for users of such mobile phones, subject to agreements between operators. If you bring your own cellphone, buy a local SIM-card for the lowest prices and be sure your phone is unlocked.
Chungwa Post is the national postal service of Taiwan. It offers fast and reliable postal services, both domestic and internationally. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 5:00pm during weekdays, though some keep longer hours or are open on Saturday (morning). Prices for sending postcards or letters (up to 20 grams) start at NT$5 within the country, while postcards by airmail to other countries start at around NT$10-12 per item, and letters are slightly more expensive. There is a wide range in prices regarding international parcel sending, and other companies like DHL, TNT, FedEx and UPS offer similar services.
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