Private and government offices are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Many close for lunch from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Banking hours are from 9.00am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Most shops are open from 11.00am to 10.00pm and generally open every day, including most public holidays, with the exception of Chinese New Year.
1 January – New Year’s Day
30 January - 3 February – Chinese New Year
14 February – Lantern Festival
28 February – Peace Memorial Day
4 April – Children’s Day
18 April – Good Friday (Australian office only)
5 April – Tomb Sweeping Day
1 May – Labour Day
2 June – Dragon Boat Festival
8 September – Mid Autumn Festival
2 October – Double Ninth Day
10 October – National Day
26 December – Christmas Day (in lieu; Australian office only)
27 December – Boxing Day (in lieu; Australian office only)
In Taiwan, it common to experience torrential downpours from May through to September so it is advisable to travel with an umbrella. Summer is very humid and hot with temperatures in the high 30s. Bring light summer suits and plenty of shirts (preferably cotton). Winter in the North of the country can be cool, with temperatures dropping to around 10°C.
Earthquakes may occur and if you are caught in one, the safest place to stand is within a doorway. If you are outside, stand well away from power lines and building frontage where signs and objects can fall. If in doubt, stay still as fallen power lines can electrify other fallen material.
Typhoons may also strike, usually in the rainy season (July to September).
For weather details in Taiwan, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.
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The currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT).
Major credit cards are accepted in Taipei. Southern Taiwan (i.e. Kaohsiung) is still a cash economy, so it is necessary to carry the equivalent of A$500 to A$1000 in your wallet - this is generally a safe practice.
You can access cash through most of ATMs in Taiwan.
Time zones and time differences
Taiwan is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and during summer is three hours behind.
To find out the current time in Taipei, view the World Clock.
Taiwan's country code is +886.
For calls to Taiwan from Australia dial: 0011 + 886 + area code + telephone number.
For calls from Taiwan to Australia dial: 002 + 61 + area code + telephone number.
For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.
Electricity and water
Taiwan’s power supply is 110 volts, 60Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The two-pin flat plugs are the most common.
Links and resources
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