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  • 2. Table of ContentsTeam Introduction ........................................................................................................................................... 5Introduction of Taiwan ................................................................................................................................... 6 Country name ................................................................................................................................................ 6 Flag ................................................................................................................................................................ 6 Capital ........................................................................................................................................................... 6 Area ................................................................................................................................................................. 6 Population ....................................................................................................................................................... 6 Language ......................................................................................................................................................... 6 Religion............................................................................................................................................................ 6 Time zone ........................................................................................................................................................ 6 Weather and climate ........................................................................................................................................ 7 Currency .......................................................................................................................................................... 7 Cost of the life in Taiwan .................................................................................................................................. 9 Electricity ......................................................................................................................................................... 9 Flight to Taiwan................................................................................................................................................ 9 Transportation ................................................................................................................................................. 9Additional information ................................................................................................................................. 14 Public Holidays ............................................................................................................................................... 14 Business hours ............................................................................................................................................... 15 Food recommended ....................................................................................................................................... 15 Tips ................................................................................................................................................................ 17 Water ............................................................................................................................................................ 17 Toilet ............................................................................................................................................................. 17 2
  • 3. Telecommunications ...................................................................................................................................... 17Information of arrival .......................................................................................................................... 19 Airport ........................................................................................................................................................... 20 Information if the flight ........................................................................................................................... 20 Arrival at the greeting lobby .................................................................................................................... 20 Process of leaving the airport .................................................................................................................. 21 Getting on the bus .................................................................................................................................. 22 CTLC (Chiao-Tung Local Committee) ................................................................................................................ 23 How to go to CTLC?..................................................................................................................................... 23 Trainee house ................................................................................................................................................ 24Attractions ................................................................................................................................................. 25 Taipei ............................................................................................................................................................. 27 Taichung ........................................................................................................................................................ 28 Kaohsiung ................................................................................................................................................................... 29 Others .............................................................................................................................................. 30Emergency contact ........................................................................................................................................... 31 3
  • 4. Dear trainees: I’m reception manager, Iris. First of all, we welcome all of your coming to CTLC (Chiao Tung LocalCommittee), AIESEC in Taiwan. We’re very happy that you choose to come to Taiwan. We will do our bestto help you fulfill a wonderful internship here.  In order to let you know more about Taiwan and CTLC,we make this booklet for you. This document includes the information of Taiwan, transportation, food,attractions and so on. Please take a look. Hope this booklet helps you prepare your journey to Taiwan andalso be useful during your internship. We AIESECers are very willing to help you and do our best to provideyou high valued experience in Taiwan. We’re looking forward to your coming. :D 4
  • 5. Team Introduction Bridging the Gap (BTG) Our vision is to make the education resources in rural places be more equalizer as children in the cities. Trainees here will teach English and share their cultures in the primary schools (aged from 7~12).Our vision is to bring issues to the High school students.Through the sharing of our culture-diverse trainees,we can give the students different aspect of thinking. Eco-tour Discover and solve the issues of ecology in Hsinchu and other parts in Taiwan. We also promote tours in Hsinchu.Image through different eye(ITDE)Help communities to develop their own featureand beautify the communities by painting the walls. 5
  • 6. Introduction of TaiwanCountry nameTaiwan (Republic Of China)(台灣)FlagCapitalTaipei(台北)Area36,000 square kilometersPopulation23 millionLanguageMandarin / Taiwanese /Hakka / IndigenousLanguagesReligionBuddhism / Taoism / Christianity / IslamTime ZoneTaiwan: GMT+ 8 6
  • 7. Weather and the climateThe climate on the island isgenerally marine and varies widely byseason in the Northern part and themountain areas. The South, however,belongs to the tropical belt and is warm andhumid all year. From May to June its rainyseason, with almost daily showers. FromJuly to October typhoons are most likely tostrike, on average about four direct hits peryear. In the northern part of Taiwan,cloudiness is persistent and extensiveduring the year; in the south, however, therainy days are always in the summertime, and 90% of the annual precipitation falls during thisperiod. The annual rainfall is usually more than 2,500 mm (98.4 in), close to 5,000 mm (196.9 in) insome Eastern regions.CurrencyThe Republic of Chinas unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$),which has fivedenominations in paper money and five in coins. Paper money comes in NT$2000, NT$1000,NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100 denominations. Coins come in NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5 andNT$1 denominations. NT$2000 NT$1000 7
  • 8. NT$500 NT$200 NT$100Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency isexchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are acceptedand travelers checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses,and (by room guests) most international tourist hotels.Nowadays, exchange rate of currency is like the following.US 1 NT$28.9€1 NT$41.64AUS$1 NT$30.18CAD$1 NT$29.42¥1 NT$0.376£1 NT$47.2More information of the rate can be seen on http://www.xe.com/?c=TWD, which may be refreshedevery 1 minute. 8
  • 9. Cost of the life in TaiwanThe following is the average price of the thing in Taiwan. Hope this helps you know how muchbudget you should plan.Item CostFood(each meal) NT$50~100Beverage and snack NT$10~40Transportation Bus:NT$15~20/MRT:NT$20~60/Bike:NT$100(rent per day)Hostel NT$350~400Weekend trip NT$400~2000Mobile phone airtime NT$300Souvenir Postcard:NT$10~20/NT$100Trainee conference NT$900ElectricityTaiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia orSouth-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer. Many buildings have sockets with 220 voltsespecially for the use of air conditioners.Flight to TaiwanPeople from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, America, and Canada may get a direct flight inthese countries. Some people from southeast Asia, Australia, and Europe should transfer twice orthree times. Taiwan has its own air companies like TransAsia Airways, Eva air, China airlines andso on. Please check on the website of Taoyuan airport.http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/index.jsp 9
  • 10. Transportation[MRT]The original name of MRT is Mass Rapid Transit. It consistsof variable lines, including the Wenshan-Neihu Line, theDanshui Line, the Zhonghe Line, the Xindian Line, theBanqiao Line, the Nangang Line, the Tucheng Line, theLuzhou Line, and the Xiaonanmen Line. Together, these formthe preliminary network for Taipei’s Metro system and incooperation with other means of public transportation, haveprovided the people of Taipei with a comprehensive andconvenient public transportation network.About the price of the tickets, passengers can go to the website of Taipei MRT system for moreinformation. The fare in average is from NT$25 to NT$35 according to the station where thepassengers go. The peak of the MRT is from 7am to 9am and from 5pm to 8pm. During this period,there will the MRT for each two minutes.Ticket Title of the ticket Information Fare IC Single-Journey ‧Good for one passenger, one journey. According to the Ticket ‧Can be bought from ticket vending station and the machines in the station. distance. ‧Valid only on the day of issue. ‧Usage: Place the ticket over the sensor area (marked with the IC Single-Journey Ticket logo) at the gate. When it beeps or an arrow shows, the flaps will open to let passengers pass through. Token will be retrieved when you exit at your destination. One-day pass ‧This One-Day Pass is valid NT$ 200 for unlimited Taipei Metro rides from first use until the end of service on a single day (Not including Maokong Gondola). It is valid for one passenger each time. 10
  • 11. ‧This One-Day Pass cannot be value-added. ‧The price of a One-Day Pass includes a refundable deposit of NT$50. The deposit can be claimed by returning the card within 3 days from first use. Damage to the card forfeits the deposit. ‧Usage: Place the card over the sensor of the EasyCard logo at the gate. When it beeps or an arrow shows, the flaps will open to let passengers pass through.Easy card 1. Adult EasyCard NT$500 ‧Eligibility: Ordinary passengers. ‧Availability: For sale at all stations or convenience stores with EasyCard logo. ‧Metro discount: 20% discount on each trip. ‧Transfer discount: Passengers who are using an Adult EasyCard to transfer from metro to bus or vice versa within one hour will receive a NT$ 8 discount. 2. Student EasyCard ‧Eligibility: Students, police and military personnel. ‧Availability: For sale at all stations or convenience stores with EasyCard logo on presentation of valid student, police or military ID. ‧Metro discount: 20% discount on each trip. ‧Transfer discount: Passengers who are using a Student EasyCard to transfer from metro to bus or vice versa within one hour will receive a NT$ 6 discount. ( We may suggest you to buy the student 11
  • 12. EasyCard for the convenience. You can get 20% discount on each trip and cost NT$12 for each trip by bus. Please pay attention, people use adult EasyCard should pay NT$15 on each way by bus. It’t very easy to buy a student EasyCard if you have any kind of the student card, international student card, or you can ask the AIESECers for help.)※How to obtain an EasyCard?(1) Adult and Student card cost NT$500. They consist of a NT$400 disposable amount and a NT$100 deposit. Concessionaire cards cost NT$300, and consist of a NT$200 disposable amount and a NT$100 deposit. No refund is available in case of loss. From 1,May,2010, convenience stores carrying the 「 」or「 」 logo (7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Hi-Life and OK Mart) will sell a NT$200 Adult, Student and Concessionaire EasyCard. This card consists of a NT$100 disposable amount and a NT$100 deposit.(2) When the original disposable value is used up, value can be added to the card for continued use. The card can be returned for a refund of the deposit and balance of the disposable value.(3) If there is insufficient disposable value on the card to pay the Taipei Metro or bus fare, the fare will be deducted from the deposit. Value must be added to the card before it can be used again. Maximum deduction from the deposit is NT$60.※Where can we use EasyCard? EasyCard can be used not only at the bus or MRT stations, but also in 7-11, train station, convenient store, and so on. Don’t be worried that it might be only used in Taipei. EasyCard company got lots of corporation with more cities, including Taichung. The map of MRT stations: http://www.trtc.com.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1015926&CtNode=24569&mp=122031 12
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  • 14. [Bus]In Taipei and HsinChu, the bus costs NT$15 for the adults each run. Students in Taipei withEasyCard should pay NT$12 only. Passengers transfer from MRT to bus can get extra discount.No need to buy the tickets first. Pay the coins to the box near the driver when you are leaving. InHsinchu, the drivers usually ask you to pay first. You can also pay by easy card.You can also take bus to go to other counties. It costs NT.105 or NT.110 dollars to go from Hsinchuto Taipei. It depends on which bus you take. (Bus in Taipei and the Easy Card reader) [Taxi] Not recommended to take if you can choose the bus or MRT. The beginning price will be NT$70 in Taipei while it’s NT$100 in HsinChu. The fare will increase for NT$5 for Each 250m. There is no taxi stop in the city. Taxi may stop when you wave your hands as the sign.[Train]You can take train go from county to county. Especially when you’re handing for a far county such asHualien, You can take a train to go there. The price is more expensive then taking a bus.This is homepage of Taiwan Railway Administration: http://www.railway.gov.tw/tw/ 14
  • 15. Additional informationPublic Holidays Local Date English Name Remarks Name Founding of Republic of China onJanuary 1 Founding Day 元旦 January 1, 1912Beginning of The actual dates are dependent on Chinese New Year 農曆新年February the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The 15th day of the first month ofFebruary Lantern Festival 元宵節 lunar calendar 228 Peace Memorial 228 和平February 28 228 Incident on February 28, 1947 Day 紀念日 Commemorates revolutionary TenthMarch 29 Youth Day 青年節 Uprising in 1911April 4, 5 or 6 Tomb Sweeping Day 清明節 15 days after the spring equinoxMay (second Mothers Day 母親節Sunday) The 5th day of the 5th month of theJune Dragon boat Festival 端午節 lunar calendar Opium Suppression Commemorates burning of opium inJune 3 禁煙節 Movement Day theFirst Opium War of 1839August 8 Fathers Day 父親節 the 15th day of the 8th month of theSeptember Mid Autumn Festival 中秋節 lunar calendar 孔子誕辰September 28 Teachers Day Confucius Birthday 紀念日 National Celebration 國慶日 Wuchang Uprising on October 10,October 10 Day(Double Tenth (雙十節) 1911 Day) 15
  • 16. Japan relinquishes control of and Taiwan Retrocession 台灣光復October 25 returns Taiwan to the Republic of Day 節 China October 25, 1945 Sun Yat-sens 國父誕辰 Also Doctors Day and CulturalNovember 12 Birthday 紀念日 Renaissance DayWinter solstice Dōngzhì Festival 冬至 Coincides with Christmas, and 行憲紀念December 25 Constitution Day anniversary of the 1947 ROC 日 ConstitutionBusiness hours[Bank]Monday to Friday 9:00~15:30., Closed on Saturday and Sunday.[Post Office]Monday to Friday 8:30~17:00., Saturday 8:30~12:00.Please check on http://www.post.gov.tw/post/internet/u_english/index.jsp?ID=21the opening hours are not the same according to the places.[Store]Usually open from 10am to 7pm every day. Convenient stores are opened for 24 hours.[Restaurant]Usually open from 11am to 8:30pm. Some restaurants closed in the afternoon.Night market usually opens from 7pm to 2am. 16
  • 17. Food recommend蚵仔煎 Oyster omeletIt forms with some potato flour, oysters, vegetables, and an egg.NT.45. 鳳梨酥 pineapple cake NT. 30. 臭豆腐 Stinky TofuIt contains tofu which has been marinated in brine and fermentedvegetables. NT. 35 珍珠奶茶 bubble milk tea/ pearl milk tea NT.40 大腸包小腸 double layer roll A grilled Taiwanese sweet pork sausage wrapped in a grilled salty stickyrice sausage. It usually wrapped with garlic and basil. NT.45 17
  • 18. 潤餅 burrito/ Lumpia It contains many vegetable. Just like spring roll. NT.35 棺材板 Coffin breadThis is fried toast with some ingredients such as vegetable,chicken. NT. 45TipsNormal vendors like the ones in night market would not charge of the tips. Only the high-classrestaurants charge 10% of the payment for the tips.No need to pay the tips for the taxi drivers.WaterUnboiled water is not suitable for drinking. You can buy the bottle of the water in the convenientstore. Each bottle should pay around NT$18 to NT$29 according to the volume.ToiletsPublic toilets can be used for free. 18
  • 19. TelecommunicationsPublic phones in Taiwan are divided primarily into two types, coin and card.Coin phones accept coins in denominations of NT$1, NT$5, and NT10. For local calls, NT$1 buysone minute of phone time. Phone cards are divided into magnetic strip stored value cards and ICstored value cards, and can be used all over Taiwan. Magnetic strip cards sell for NT$100 each,and IC cards are available in NT$200 and NT$300 versions. The cards are sold in railway stations,bus stations, scenic spots, and convenience stores.When making local calls it is not necessary to dial thearea code; when making long-distance calls, however,th
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