Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is honored to host the 10th Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-Regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference.
In addition to the participation of trainers and trainees, we hope that Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) alumni will also join us for the occasion.
During the conference, we will share the work we have done, especially at this time, when FETPs have played pivotal roles in the COVID-19 pandemic response.
We look forward to a fruitful conference.
Taiwan is located between the southeastern coast of the Asian continent and the East Asian islands distributed among the Western Pacific Rim. Renowned internationally for its towering mountains, it is spotted with numerous mountain peaks that rise 3,000 meters above sea level. Located on the island is Northeast Asia's highest peak, Yushan (Jade Mountain), which is nearly 4,000 meters in height.
Taiwan has a population of about 23 million which consists of various ethnic groups. The diversity in Taiwan’s culture and heritage is formed along with the integration of different ethnic groups, and thereby achieves harmony and prosperity among various religions, architecture, languages, lifestyles, and cuisines. In addition to development of dynamic capitalist economy towards nanotechnology, biotechnology, optoelectronics, and tourism service industry, Taiwan is also known for promoting gender equality and human rights, being the first and the only country in Asia to have legalized same-sex marriage as of March 2021.
The cultural kaleidoscope of Taiwan pulses wherever you go. Incense-veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neon street life of a decidedly more modern era. Taiwan has dozens of world-class restaurants where one can sample the best regional cuisines; and for the gourmand, there are plenty of night markets serving up scrumptious evening snacks in an environment of excitement and fun.
Taipei, officially Taipei City, is located in northern Taiwan, and includes the northeastern part of the Taipei Basin and surrounding hills. It is the political, economic, educational, and cultural center of Taiwan and a major hub in East Asia, served by two international airports.
Thanks to advances in economic development and robust public transportation systems, important international conferences and exhibitions are frequently held here in Taipei, drawing overseas travelers to visit, do business, stay, and study. Its ethnic fusion has styled Taipei to become a melting pot of cultural diversity.
Taipei is home to various world-famous architectural and cultural landmarks, including Taipei 101, Dalongdong Baoan Temple, National Palace Museum, and night markets dispersed throughout the city. Natural features such as Maokong, Yangmingshan, and hot springs are also well known to international visitors.
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Time Zone, Official Language, and Climate
The local time in Taiwan is GMT +8 hours.
The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, though English is widely spoken in Taipei.
Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. Weather conditions fluctuate during spring and winter, while in summer and autumn the weather is relatively stable. The average temperature in June is 28 degrees Celsius. For more information, please visit the official website at https://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/.
Electricity, Currency, Service Charge, and Internet Connectivity
Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts. Many buildings also have sockets with 220 volts. Visitors with appliances of different plugs are urged to bring adapters. Type A and type B sockets are used in Taiwan.
The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar, which has five denominations 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 and NT$1 denominations. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks, hotels and department stores.
Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, JCB, and Visa are widely accepted, and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks. Most local stores do not accept traveler's checks; please be sure to exchange for NTD beforehand.
It is customary to charge 10% service fee in hotels and some restaurants. Tipping is not mandatory; nonetheless, you can always show your appreciation with a small reward for good service.
If you wish to use a cell phone and Wi-Fi service during your stay in Taiwan, several telecom operators provide 3G/4G prepaid SIM cards with different rate plans, and some include unlimited data access and special call rates. For free wireless internet access services, please go to the official website of iTaiwan service and click on “surfing” to login.
Tourist Attractions & Getting Around
All delegates attending the conference in Taiwan are recommended to go enjoy the scenes and cultural tastes of Taiwan. You may access tourism information from the official tourism websites (eng.taiwan.net.tw, www.taiwantrip.com.tw, and www.taiwantourbus.com.tw/C/us/home), or use the 24-hour toll-free travel information hotline: 0800-011-765.
While in Taipei, you can make good use of the mass rapid transport system (MRT) and buses. For details on MRT transportation, please visit the official website at https://english.metro.taipei/Default.aspx.
The Taiwan Railway system and Taiwan High Speed Rail are easy to navigate for people who want to venture out of Taipei. All passengers must wear a mask at all times on public transportation and their respective stations.