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Meaning " Northern Taiwan", Taipei is the largest city in Taiwan. It is situated in the Taipei Basin, surrounded by mountain. Founded in the early part of the 18th century, Taipei became an important centre for overseas trade in the 19th century. Today, this modern metropolis is home to the world's second tallest building, myriad ornate temples and the world's largest collection of Chinese art.
Taiwan is located in a subtropical climate zone, surrounded by oceans. Taipei enjoys warm yet humid weather all year round. Winters are slightly cooler; summers tend to be hotter with heavier rainfall.
Taiwan has one of the largest foreign exchange reserves and one of the highest standards of living. One of Taipei’s pillar industry sectors is high technology and its components. Textile and apparel factories comprise an important part of Taipei’s economy. Electric machinery and equipment, electronic products and components, printed materials and precision equipment are other important industries. Commerce, transportation and banking, have also become increasingly important.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is about 40 kilometers, or 50 minutes by car, from downtown Taipei. It is a hub for China Airlines and EVA Air. Other international airlines include: Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways International and Cathay Pacific. Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA) serves domestic and chartered flights, mostly to mainland China and will also include regional countries such as Korea and Japan.
Visa Requirements: Foreign nationals for 38 countries are eligible for visa-exempt entry into Taiwan. However, passports should be valid for at least six months after entry. Citizens of other countries must apply for a visa prior to entering Taiwan. For more information, please refer to the rules and regulations of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of the Republic of China (Taiwan) online or contact your local Taiwan Embassy.
Metro: The Taipei MRT metro system is the easiest and fastest way to get around the city, with signs and announcements in both Mandarin and English.
Taxi: Easy to spot, the yellow taxis are ubiquitous in Taipei. Metered, you can catch one either at a taxi stand or hail one on the street. A red light in the windscreen indicates the taxi is available.
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