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Conference Venue

The 7th WANS will be held at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), which is located at the financial and the most cosmopolitan district of Taipei, Xinyi District. This district is a home to some of the most popular landmarks including Taipei 101, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, 44 South Village and plenty of dining, sightseeing, arts, shopping and entertainment options.
TICC is readily accessible via Taipei 101/World Trade Center Metro Station, exit 1.

Taipei International Convention Centre (TICC) | website
No.1, Sec 5, Xinyi Road, Taipei 11049, Taiwan

Travel Information

Taipei, Taiwan: the Crown Jewel of Formosa

The capital of Taiwan, Taipei is the political, financial, and cultural lifeline of the island. It is a modern metropolis with world-class shopping, dozens of great museums, a wide variety of excellent restaurants, and history, all connected seamlessly by one of the best public transportation systems in the world.

Accessibility

There are two international airports in Taipei.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is the most convenient airport for traveling to Taipei, with airlines from all around the world flying in on regular schedules. Located approximately 50 kilometers from TICC, we recommend hopping into a taxi or airport shuttle (No.1960 to Grand Hyatt Hotel) for the most direct and seamless way to get to downtown Taipei.

Or by taking Taoyuan Airport Metro to Taipei Main Station, then transfer to Tamsui-Xinyi Line and take to Taipei 101 / World Trade Center.

Taipei Songshan Airport primarily provides services to locations in Taiwan, as well as other locations including Seoul, Tokyo, mainland China, and other Asian countries. It is significantly closer to TICC (30 mins drive to TICC).

Taxi fare from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei City will cost approximately NTD1,200, and from Songshan Airport about NTD500.

Climate

Northern Taiwan has a subtropical climate. Daytime temperatures in Taipei in October are around 28°C (82°F), falling to around 23°C (73°F) in the evening. Participants are advised to bring light clothing and basic rain wear.

Language

The official language in Taiwan is Mandarin. English is widely spoken and the Taiwanese are friendly, you can easily ask for or clarify directions as needed; and most signs for destinations and on public transportation are also in English. However, some taxi drivers might have limited ability to speak English. We recommend you carry Mandarin translations for places you’re going to and hotel address card to show to the driver.

Electricity

Electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles is used. Participants from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor, most public places, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations, and bus stops. Please pay attention to non-smoking signs.

Time Difference

Taipei is 8 hours ahead of GMT.

Tax, Service Fees And Tips

Sales tax is usually included in the price and does not have to be added. A 10% service charge is added to bills in hotels and restaurants. Tipping is not customary in Taiwan. On payment, receipts are issued as proof of purchase.

5% sales tax (VAT) is included in the listed prices. For information in VAT refund, please visit Tax refund Q&A.

Currenct/ Banking/ Credit Cards

The official currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD), which is available in the following denominations:

(coins) $1, $5, $10, $50;
(notes) $100, $200, $500, $1,000

Shops in Taiwan do not accept traveler’s checks, so visitors holding traveler’s cheques should have them converted into Taiwanese dollars at a bank.

For up-to-date exchange rates, please visit the Currency Converter at Currency Conversion Here.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged.

Opening hours are typically 09:30 to 15:30, Monday to Friday. ATMs are located throughout Taipei.

The current exchange rate is approximately USD1 to NTD30

Foreign currencies can be redeemed upon arrival at the airport, in a bank, or at large department store authorized by the government to convert currencies.

Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, UnionPay etc.) are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants.

Getting Around in Taipei City

In Taiwan, taxis are in yellow and can be found at taxi ranks in the city and at major locations such as hotels and airports. Taxis can also be hailed in the street in Taipei City.

Uber is also available.

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Uber

The Taipei metro is often the fastest and most convenient mode of public transportation in Taipei. Train arrives on average every 3 to 5 minutes, and the average time between stations in metropolitan Taipei is around 2 mins.

Smoking, eating, drinking and chewing gum are not allowed inside the metro.

One-way tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines at the station before passing through the gate. Daily and multi-day passes and EasyCard travel cards (pronounced “yo-yo card”) can be purchased at the information desk or EasyCard customer service center.

For further information, go to click here.

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Taipei buses cover the whole city and are a good way to explore Taipei in depth.

Fares: Fares can be paid in coins or with the electronic EasyCard travel card. One trip or segment costs NTD15.

If paying by EasyCard, swipe (tap) the card both upon getting-on and getting-off the bus and the bus fare will be deducted accordingly.

For information on bus routes, please click here.

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The YouBike network is integrated with the metro. YouBike stations are located outside every metro station and near most major sites in Taipei.

For more travel information to Taipei City, please visit the official Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City.

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For more travel information to Taipei City, please visit the official Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City

Local Attraction

DESTINATION TAIPEI

Taipei, Taiwan: the Crown Jewel of Formosa

The capital of Taiwan, Taipei is the political, financial, and cultural lifeline of the island. It is a modern metropolis with world-class shopping, dozens of great museums, a wide variety of excellent restaurants, and history, all connected seamlessly by one of the best public transportation systems in the world.

Metropolis

Night owls will be thrilled with Taipei’s jazzy nightlife. Known as the “Manhattan of Taipei,” the Xinyi Shopping District brings together upscale malls, cinemas and all manner of international cuisines. A slew of nightclubs are located in the posh Xinyi District. A sleuth of major pubs and wine bars and cosmopolitan restaurants are scattered throughout the district.

Aside from these accolades to the Taipei 101, an awe-inspiring skyscraper, the vaunted National Palace Museum, where some of the world’s most beloved historic relics are housed, and the celebrated Taipei Metro, arguably the world’s best rapid transit system.

Food

Taipei has many well-kept secrets awaiting your discovery. Its food culture, for one, does not disappoint. If you haven’t heard of Taipei’s street food, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. Oyster omelet, braised pork rice, mango ice, beef noodles… the list goes on and on. You can grab these sumptuous delicacies at the wildly popular night markets like Shilin and Shida.

Nature

Before you jump the gun and say that the city might be too quick-paced and hard for your taste, do take note: the metropolis is not all concrete and buildings – it is home to natural beauties like Yangmingshan National Park, famous for its cherry blossoms and hot spring pools. And if you’re a tea connoisseur, do check out Maokong, a popular tea-tasting destination that offers scenic views of the entire city.

Also, nestled in the mountains is a number of beautifully constructed, eco-friendly hiking trails for the fitness-minded. Taipei has also made great strides in protecting and rehabilitating its wildlife: stop by the Guandu Nature Park and you will be amazed by its rich biodiversity. If day-tripping gives you sore feet, swing by world-class hot springs in Taipei’s northern suburbs, and indulge in a therapeutic bath: Beitou appeals to the geriatric in all of us. Best of all, these destinations are easily reachable within an hour by car or the Taipei Metro.

There you have it: one of the most laid-back capital cities in the world with the most incredible street food selections, a phenomenal diversity of shopping haunts, the colorful club scene and increasingly environmentally-aware scenic spots, all accessible via the city’s award-winning, far-reaching Metro systems and bus services, fared affordably.

Taipei has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past years in all areas possible and is poised to wow the world – and the attendees of IEEE Globecom 2020. A brand-new, exciting and trendier Taipei is ready to rhapsodize everyone.

For more to find out about Taipei, please click here.

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DISCOVER TAIWAN

Renowned internationally for its towering mountains, Taiwan is one of the famous “mountainous islands.” It is spotted with numerous mountain peaks rising 3,000 meters above sea level and blessed with a diverse range of exquisite beauties, each corner of the island having its own unique scenery filled with local stories and touching moods. Taiwan is also an amazing foodie destination. Diverse, affordable, abundant and mind-blowing are just some ways it has been described.

Taiwan is a cradle for technologies and making great strides in human-biotechnologies and genetic engineering, which these two areas become a vital sector for scientific research, technology innovation, and industrial development in Taiwan. The creative DNA seems ingrained in the people of Taiwan, and this godsend “largess” is wonderfully attested by the ever-expanding cultural and creative industry.

For more to find out about Taiwan, please click here.