The Fourth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference
13-16 Feb, 2006, Taiwan


About Taiwan
AASBi symposium
Important dates
Keynote speakers
Accepted papers
Accepted posters
Visa application
Chairs & committee
Call for papers
Call for poster
Call for tutorial
Previous meetings

About Taiwan


  • CKS airport (Taipei airport)
  • Taipei bus and transportation information system
    • Metro Taipei (Municipal Rapid Transit system): If you would like to experience the beauty of Taipei by yourself, the most economical and logical way for you is to use the Metro rapid transit system (MRT). The Taipei MRT system is well indicated with English signs. The ˇ§Taipei MRT Tourist Information and Mapˇ¨ which is available at each station serves as a useful guide for you to explore many interesting places in Taipei. Tickets van be purchased from ticker machines in MRT stations. The fare is based the trip distance and start at NT$20. Those planning frequent trips can buy a one-day ticket for unlimited travel within a day at MRT stations for NT$200.
    • Bus: The bus system is reliable and efficient in Taipei. There are more than 300 bus lines and the major transfer hub is around Taipei Main Station. The bus system is extremely comprehensive, but can be difficult for non-Chinese readers. Destination signs on all buses are in Chinese, are the bus schedules. Most bus drivers do not speak English. The fare for travel is NT$15 per section. Most bus services operate until 23:00.

    • Taxis: Taxis are available 24 hours a day in Taipei. They all have yellow color and charge by the distance of travelerˇ¦s trips. It is recommended that you have the name of your hotel written in Chinese on a piece of paper before your hotel, as few taxi drivers speck English. In the CKS International airport, you could go to the information desk of Tourist Information Desk right in the lobby to ask for assistance or any further information. In Taipei city, the rate for taxi is NT$70 for the first 1.5 kilometers and NT$5 will be added to every additional 300 meters. A 20% surcharge is added from 23:00 to 6:00 next morning. There is no need to tip the driver. Women passengers are advised to call a taxi company for pick-up at right for safety reasons.


Tourism and culture events


  • Foreign exchange (Taiwan use "New Taiwan Dollars, TWD)
  • Weather bureau
  • Others
    • Bank: Banks are open 9 A. M. to 3:30 P. M. on the weekdays.
    • Government offices: Government offices are open 9 A. M. to noon and 1:30 P. M. to 5:30 P. M. from Monday through Friday.
    • Shops: Shops, shopping malls, restaurants, etc. are mostly open from 10:00~11:00 to 21:00~22:00.
    • Language: The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, though other languages are also spoken. Many people can speak some English (the most widely studied foreign language), but taxi drivers general speak only Chinese and Mandarin.
    • Tax: Value Added Tax (VAX) is levied on most goods at a standard rate of 5% and is included in the price. In major tourist hotels, a 10% service charge is sometimes levied on rooms, meals or other services, and will be added to the bill.
    • Tipping: Tipping is optional. However, tips are usually given for restaurant services and to hotel porters.
    • Voltage: The electric power is 110 volts, 60 cycles, AC.
    • Mobile phone network: GSM 900MHz/1800MHz
    • Public telephone service: Public telephones are either coin-operated or card-operated. All local and domestic long-distance calls are timed. The basic charge for a local is NT$1. Telephone cards can purchased in most convenience stores. International Direct Dial (IDD) calls can be made by dialing the international access code 002 + country code + are code (without the preceding ˇ§0ˇ¨) + local number. Just dial the 8-digital numbers for calls inside Taipei (area code ˇ§02ˇ¨); dial the area code (ˇ§03ˇ¨ for Hsinchu) plus the number if you dial to places outside Taipei. International reverse-charge and credit-card calls can be made through dedicated telephones located at international airports and major hotels. For English-speaking directory assistance in Taipei, please call 106. Copy and telefax facilities are available in most convenience stores, major post offices and tourist hotels.
    • Safety: Although we are proud of the low rate of crime in Taiwan, it is our responsibility to remind you that burglary, pick-pickers, and robbery are not unknown. It is wise to take some precautionary measures during you stay in Taiwan, especially when you are in a crowded are or when you are alone in a remote area. Be prepared by keeping photocopies of your passport, other identification, and credit cards. You should exercise caution when crossing streets because some drivers might not respect your right of way.

Useful phone numbers

  • Emergency (No coins are required when using public telephones for these two numbers)
    • 110 for Police
    • 119 for Ambulance
  • CKS Intˇ¦l Airport Tourist Service Center             886-3-383-3666
  • Metro Taipei Service (8:30-17:30)                      886-2-2536-3003
    Tourism Bureauˇ¦s Tourist Information                   886-2-2717-3737
  • Directory Assistance in English                            886-2-2311-6796
  • Foreign Affairs Division, Taipei Office                886-2-2381-8341
  • Government Information Office                           886-2-2322-8888
  • International Operator Assistance                       100