From MozillaWiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Welcome to Taipei! This page contains information for visitors to the Mozilla office in Taipei, and Taipei/Taiwan in general.

Status of this document

This document is copied from the internal wiki of the same title because it contains no confidential information. The original content occupied this name space is overwritten. You are encouraged check the original content and savage what's not mentioned here.

Since this is a wiki, this document only reflects travel experience of contributing Mozillians and does not imply position of Mozilla. Please don't quote this wiki page in the wrong way.


  • Currency: Taiwan uses the New Taiwan Dollar, NTD/NT$ in English or 元 in Chinese, currency code TWD. As of this writing exchange rates are roughly NT$33 to $1 USD and NT$36 to €1; see current exchange rates. There are ATMs available at the airport and in the ground floor lobby of the Mozilla office. Currency exchange services are also available at the banks, airport and the hotel with the usual caveats. For doing mental currency conversion, it is often useful to triple the price in NT$ and then remove two zeros (e.g., NT$500 -> 1500 -> US$15), which approximates an exchange rate of NT$33.33 to US$1.
  • Electricity: Taiwan uses US-style electricity, including Type A and B plugs (though you might have a little more trouble with ground pins or polarized plugs than in the US, but not much), voltage (110V, slightly lower than the US's 120V), and frequency (60Hz).
  • Weather: Forecast in °C, Forecast in °F, Government Forecast in °C, Radar, Sunrise/Sunset
  • Earthquakes: If you spend a week in Taipei, there's a decent (25%-50%??) chance you'll feel a minor earthquake. If you're not sure if something was an earthquake, check the weather bureau's earthquakes page (which has more local earthquakes than the USGS does).
  • Water: Locals do not drink the tap water without boiling or filtering it. Complimentary bottled water is provided by the hotel daily and is available cheaply all over the place. The office has water coolers and cups.
  • Health: Review the information provided by the CDC (US) and/or the NHS (UK). You should ask your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Food: If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, get them written down in Chinese before you leave home.
  • Calendar: Taiwan uses the western calendar, but years are frequently written in the Min-guo calendar. So 民國105年3月17日 or 2016年3月17日 could both be used to write March 17, 2016.

Airport Access

Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

Located in Taoyuan County, 45km (28 miles) away from the city center, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is linked to the island’s north area.

A direct MRT link from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei opened in March 2017. If you take it, try to get on an express train if available, since it's likely to pass the local train. Also, the EasyCard value adding machine at the airport doesn't have an option for English UI (unlike other EasyCard value adding machines).

When you get to Taipei Main Station, transfer to the red line to head towards Taipei 101 (or Dongmen, depending on where you're staying).

By Taxi
Only registered airport service taxis can pick up passengers at the two terminals. A taxi to the city center from the airport will set you back about NT$1,200. (And from Taipei city to the airport, it costs about NT$1,000). Do not expect taxi drivers to speak English, read the Latin alphabet, or understand your terrible attempts at pronouncing Chinese, so you should generally have the address of your destination in written Chinese. (See below on the Grand Hyatt if that's your destination.)

By Limousine Service
Counters for limo service are in the arrival halls of both terminals. The fixed rate for anywhere in the city is NT$1,300(single high way included). Vans cost slightly less if travelers agree to be grouped together. Service in Terminal 1 is 9am-midnight, and 24 hours in Terminal 2.

By Bus
There is bus service from both terminals to the Grand Hyatt (and to many other places in Taipei). CitiAir bus 1960 runs to the Grand Hyatt in about 1 hour for NT$145 (description in Chinese, route map in Chinese and English). The bus counter staff will understand enough English to sell you a ticket to the Grand Hyatt. Stops are not announced in English, so count the stops or pay attention to what's outside. If you miss the Grand Hyatt the end of the line is the next stop at Taipei City Hall Bus Station, which is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. The bus is less convenient going back to the airport because it waits at each stop for several minutes.

more information:

By Train
Taiwan's High Speed Rail system links the major cities (including Taoyuan) of the west coast of the island with Taipei Main Station, but does not stop at Taoyuan airport. There is an inexpensive (30 NT) shuttle bus from the terminals to the Taoyuan HSR station. Once there you can take the HSR directly to Taipei Main Station. The 175 NT service makes one stop (at Banqiao) and takes approximately 20 minutes. Trains run with approximately 20 minute headways. Once at Taipei Main Station you can transfer to the MRT Red Line towards Taipei 101. Taking the HSR requires two transfers (shuttle bus to HSR, HSR to MRT or local bus/taxi) but can be faster than taking a taxi or bus if traffic on the #1 freeway is bad, especially in the reverse direction (where the 1960 bus makes and dwells at several stops).

Songshan Airport (TSA; Domestic and regional-international)

If you are coming from Tokyo (Haneda, NOT Narita), Seoul (Gimpo), Shanghai (Hongqiao, not Pudong) and some other cities in China, it's possible to book a flight to the regional Songshan airport and land directly in the city to save some ground travel time. Connecting to arrive at Songshan when originating from North America is generally not feasible, requiring airport changes (in Seoul and Shanghai), overnight layovers (at Haneda), and exorbitant prices.

  • taxi to office, 15 minutes
  • metro to office or hotels (see instructions for either); metro station is in airport

More info:


Home Hotel

Home Hotel
No. 90, Songren Rd
Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

Home Hotel is a very nice boutique hotel, is closer to the office, includes breakfast, and the food (both breakfast and room service) is quite good. There is also a cute bubble tea stand just outside the entrance. The Grand Hyatt does not include breakfast, which is 30USD.

Grand Hyatt Taipei

Grand Hyatt Taipei hotel anchors the city’s most vibrant commercial center in the Xinyi district. Adjacent to Taipei 101 Mall and Financial Tower, this five-star business hotel is conveniently linked to the Taipei World Trade Center, the Taipei International Convention Center and the Exhibition Halls. Located in the heart of Taipei’s most dynamic business, shopping and entertainment district, our hotel in Taipei affords both business and leisure travelers the utmost in convenience. The hotel provides a pretty comprehensive buffet breakfast with a variety of Chinese and Western options. Many people believe this hotel is haunted.

More information:

Although many taxi drivers will understand "Grand Hyatt" in spoken English, you shouldn't count on it. The address card for the hotel is available in Chinese (PNG image, source HTML) and you should print it out before you leave. (In case you don't print it but do print this, the important part is: 台北君悅大飯店 台灣台北市松壽路2號.)

Telephone: +886 2 2720 1234

Metro: The nearest metro station is Taipei 101 / World Trade Center on the Xinyi (red) Line. Taipei City Hall Station on the Bannan (blue) Line is also not far.

Laundry: There is an easy-to-use 24 hour laundromat a very short walk from the hotel. Nearly everything has English labels in addition to Chinese. Soap NT$10 (accepts bills or coins, gives change, be careful to pick the soap rather than the other items), washer NT$50/NT$70/NT$100 (function of washer size, takes NT$10 and NT$50 coins only), dryer NT$10/6min (takes NT$10 coins only, I think).

Royal Biz Taipei

While it's a bit further from the office (a few stops by subway), a number of us have had good experiences staying at the Royal Biz Taipei (金來商旅), 71 Sec 1 Jinshan S Rd, Taipei 10056, Taiwan (台北市中正區金山南路一段71號). It is much less expensive than the Grand Hyatt. It is also in a less Westernized (and hence to some more interesting) part of the city, not far from Da'an park.

Telephone: +886 2 23979399

Metro: The Royal Biz is walking distance from the MRT Dongmen (東門) station on the Xinyi (red) Line (#2). Use Exit 2 at the northwest corner of the station (or exit 1 with an escalator, but a drop further from the intersection), then walk North along JinShan S Rd until about 50 meters before Ren'ai Rd (which is the next street of size comparable to JinShan Rd or Xinyi Rd). To get to the office, take the Xinyi Line 4 or 5 stops, to either Taipei 101 / World Trade Center or to Xiangshan. Dongmen Station is also on the Orange (#4) line.

The Royal Biz is also walking distance from the MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng station on the Bannan (blue) Line (#5). (This is slightly further than from Dongmen station, and not useful for getting to the office, but is useful for getting to other destinations.)

From the airport: From Taoyuan airport take either the 1819 bus to Taipei Main Station or take Taiwan High Speed Rail (via a bus transfer to Taoyuan station) to Taipei Main Station. At Taipei Main Station, transfer to the Xinyi (red) Line in the Xiangshan direction. Alight at Dongmen station. Alternatively take a taxi from the airport. Because this is a smaller, less well known hotel, do not expect the driver to understand the English name of the hotel.

Laundry: There is also a 24-hour laundry walking distance from the hotel (it's on Hangzhou Rd S, which is one major street west along Ren'ai Road, and also on the opposite side of Ren'ai; this means you have to cross Jinshan, Ren'ai, and Hangzhou at traffic lights). The hotel reception desk might hand you a flyer with a map and picture if you ask where to find a laudromat, although they seem to have started pointing people elsewhere (to a place that's closed). Washers cost NT$60/NT$80/NT$150 by size (2/2/1 of each), detergent or other supplies cost NT$10 each, dryers cost NT$10 per 5 minutes. The washers take NT$50 and NT$10 coins, everything else takes NT$10 coins, and there's a change machine that turns NT$100 bills (only) into 10 NT$10 coins. So you need either sufficient coins (many of which must be NT$10, but some can be NT$50) or sufficient NT$100 bills.

Nearby restaurants: While there are just a few restaurants very near the hotel, there's a large cluster of restaurants on the other side of Dongmen (東門) station, in particular, along Yongkang Street (永康街), which leads south from the east end of the station (exit 5). This includes a Din Tai Fung location right on the south side of Xinyi Road just east of Yongkang Street. This Din Tai Fung is not open as late in the evening as the one in Taipei 101, but many of the other restaurants are. See also Shao Shao Ke below, just north of the hotel.

Mozilla Office

Home Hotel, Grand Hyatt and other hotels in the Shifu (City Hall) area are within walking distance of the office. From much of the city the easiest way to get to the office is to take the red (Xinyi, #2) MRT line to Xiangshan (象山) station (use exit #2) or Taipei 101/World Trade Center (台北101/世貿) station (use exit #3). The red line provides direct service to Taipei Main Station and the Taiwan High Speed Rail terminal there.

The office is located in the Xinyi Jing Mao Da Lou.

Walking from the Grand Hyatt to the Taipei office should only take 10 to 15 minutes. Walking directions in Chinese, or in English

View approaching the office from Taipei 101, it's the white JP Morgan building.

  • Mozilla's company name in Chinese:美商謀智台灣分公司
  • Office address: 110 台北市信義區信義路五段106號
  • Office address: 4F-A1, No. 106, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist.,Taipei City 11047, Taiwan
    • 4F means fourth floor
    • don't worry about the A1; you'll see it when you get out of the elevator
    • No. 106 is the building's number
    • Sec. 5 is the section of Xinyi Road. Major roads in Taipei are divided into sections at each crossing of a major street, and each section has its own set of numbers. Some Roads that cross halves of the city are also split into N/S or E/W. So don't look for a number in the wrong section.
  • Office telephone: +886-2-8786-1100

Mozilla Taiwan Community (MozTW)

Like many other countries, there is a veteran Mozilla Community in Taiwan (since 2004), and many community members are located at Taipei.

Key Contact: Irvin (Community Liaision, mozillians profile) or Peter (L10n Owner, mozillians profile)

Mozilla Community Space Taipei

Apart from the MozSpace inside MoCo Taipei, there is another grass-root Mozilla Community Space sponsored by Mozilla. The space is open for any open source/culture events to make a bigger impact on Mozilla's Mission and contribution. All Mozillians are very welcome to visit the space, MozTW's weekly gathering event MozTW Lab happens here every Friday night from 19:30 to 22:00, for other opening times, check schedule or contact

The space is very near to Guang-hwa Market, Taiwan's most popular market for electronic devices and gadgets. You can find computer equipments, laptops, camera/camcorders, electronic components in an inexpensive price.
Address: 3rd Fl., No. 94, Sec. 1, Ba-de Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100, Taiwan / 100 台北市中正區八德路一段 94 號 3F
Traffic: 5-min walk from MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station exit 1 (Blue Line)

Public Transportation

Taipei Metro is quite convenient and easy. Everything in signed in English (and Chinese is consistently romanized in Hanyu Pinyin) and the staff speak at least basic English. The fare is distanced based with a minimum of NT$20. Tokens can be bought at the ticket machine before entry. Fare cards are NT$100 to purchase and provide a 20% discount for each ride. The "EasyCard" can also be used on buses and in convenience stores, much like the Octopus card in Hong Kong.

City Buses can take you closer to the destination than metro, although it is complicated and not friendly. Minimal fare would be NT$15, pay on-board OR off board depend on the sign. One might need to pay when both on-board AND off-board if it's a long trip. NO CHANGE GIVEN, EXACT CHANGE ONLY.

Public transportation can be planned on Google Maps.

For intra-city transportation, there is high speed rail (HSR) and railway (TRA), and highway buses.

Keep in mind that outside of Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung, public transportation is pretty much useless. Most locals ride scooters -- you can rent one if you dare!


Taiwan offers various cuisine due to its rich culture and historical background. Chinese, Japanese, and of course Taiwanese food are pretty genuine here.

The Taipei 101 food court has a variety of fast food options. If you're looking for something a little more involved, Kate provided the following list:

Vegetarian Restaurants

  1. Lian-chi-ge Vegetarian Buffet 蓮池閣 (red sign). Location: B1, No.153, Sec.4, Xinyi Rd. Some pictures of the restaurant and the food:
  2. Easy House Vegetarian cuisine. Location: at Neo 19 3F (Neo 19: No.22, Song Shou Rd.)
  3. Ming De Vegetarian buffet. Location: It's at the food court in Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A8 department store(B1), and at Eslite bookstore B2 as well. Not a fancy restaurant but the food is good!
  4. Vege Creek 蔬河. Location: No.2, Ally 129, Yanji St. It's broth for fresh vegetables, fake meat, and other vegetarian food are light and delicious.

Chinese Restaurants

1. Din-Tai-Fung (Taipei 101 B1). Dumplings. Can't miss.

2. FiFi Restaurant. It's at Eslite bookstore 6F (the bookstore is near Taipei City Hall Metro Station). Sorry there's no English version of website but we've been there before, and the food is pretty good!

3. Redbean Restaurant. In Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A9 department store, 7F. Shanghainese Food.

4. South Beauty. Location: 6F, No.12, Song Shou Rd. (It's in the department store - Att 4 fun)

5. 1010 Xiang (Hunan cuisine). If you like spicy food, it will be a nice choice. Location: at Eslite bookstore 6F (Eslite bookstore: No.11, Song Gao Rd.)

6. KiKi Restaurant. Location: at Eslite bookstore 4F (Eslite bookstore: No.11, Song Gao Rd.)

7. Shao Shao Ke. Location: #15, alley 41, section 2 RenAi Rd., Taipei, Taiwan 台北市仁愛路二段41巷15號. Food from Shaanxi province in China, with more Central Asian influence than most Chinese food. Reservations are probably required.

8. Beijing Do It True (北平都一處). 506 RenAi Rd Sec 4 / 仁愛路四段506號 (just northwest of the Grand Hyatt). Beijing food.

Japanese Restaurants

Japanese food, like most other Japanese things, is extremely popular in Taiwan. There are a variety of great Japanese restaurants to choose from.

1. Sanji Ramen - Att4Fun 5F. Menu is only in Chinese and Japanese, but it has lots of pictures, and the staff speaks English.

2. Butaichi Ramen - Hankyu Mall B2, #A4. This is better known as the food court in Taipei City Hall MRT Station. Menu is in English, lots of pictures, and the staff speaks English.

Other suggestions

There are a variety of good hole-in-the-wall type places in the neighborhood south of the office (away from Xinyi Road and Taipei 101). For best results, befriend one of the locals and ask them to take you there. Be respectful of their time, of course. Don't expect English menus or English speaking staff.

  • Noodle restaurant
  • Beef noodle restaurant
  • Taiwan chicken

I found to be a great resource for discovering some places. MozTW liaison Irvin posted up some recommendations on his blog: .

For the adventurous, Night market offers small food stands for you to try out. One of the (in)famous ones being the stinky tofu (ask anyone from the B2G team).

It's better to take a taxi from the office or the hotel. The pronunciation of the name should be: Rao-He-Ye-Shi.

FAQ: Where to get food after 10pm

Unfortunately except diners near the night market, fast food, and bars, most dinner places close before 10pm (Taiwanese family start their dinners around 6-7pm, much earlier than people in the U.S. and Europe). Your choices would be go to either places described above, or grab microwave food at convenient stores such as 7-Eleven. Microwave food comes with much variety, worth to check out. Here is a hilarious intro on 7-Eleven in Taiwan.

For people stay at the City Hall area, the nearest night market to go would be Tungwha St., located here. The same location feature farmers market ("traditional market") during a.m. hours.

The Grand Hyatt has room service for prices that aren't unreasonable for Western countries (but are rather expensive for Taiwan).


A couple hours

Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan) is a ~100m hill that has a spectacular view of Taipei 101, the Xinyi district, and much of Taipei. It's a quick hike (20-25 minutes from the office, including time to walk to the foot of the trail) but the trails continue much further into the hills if you want to go farther.

The Longshan Temple is an interesting place to visit, especially if you've never been somepace like it before. There are several other temples scattered throughout the city, and if you wander around enough you will likely see small shrines all over the place. If you are in town on the right days you may notice people burning ghost money outside on the streets.

Rent a bike and go for a ride on Taipei's riverside parks. Taipei has an extensive network of riverside parks, trails, and bike paths. Take the MRT to Gongguan station (on the green line) and follow the signs to the water park. Keep going past the water park towards the river and you will find a bike rental shop. You can rent a bike hourly (post-paid) for a very low price. They will want your passport as collateral. From the rental facility to the confluence of Taipei's two rivers and back is a 3-4 hour ride at a reasonable pace. There are several points along the river where you can pass through the flood walls that separate the city from the river. These are useful for exploring, or stopping at a 7-11 to pick up another bottle of water. You can also rent bikes from the Taipei city bikeshare system, Youbike, but this requires an MRT card and a Taiwanese cell phone number to set up. Youbikes are also not as comfortable for long distances.

Wikivoyage has lots more advice about what to see, including a suggested itinerary for a packed one-day tourist visit which highlights some of the top attractions. You can pick a few things off of here that sound interesting.

Here are some places where you may find something special for souvenirs:

Opened in 2006, the 8,000-square meter Xinyi District bookstore is Taiwan's largest bookstore and carries a wide selection of books. The bookstore is divided into subjects for easy browsing. Readers are welcome to read books in designated areas.

It take only 10 minutes walk from Grand Hyatt to the bookstore.

  • Huashan 1914 Creative Park

There are some exhibitions and restaurants, and I remember there's a shop with special things for souvenirs, which are designed by the artists.

How to get there: Take the Nangang/Blue Line to Zhong Xiao Xing Sheng Station (忠孝新生). Take Exit one and continue to walk straight for about a block until you see an underpass and a giant red diamond. The Huashan Creative Park is just across the street.

Day trips

The National Palace Museum has one of the leading collections of Chinese art in the world. You could easily spend an entire day here. The museum is accessible by bus from Shilin MRT station on the red line and Dazhi MRT station on the brown line. Alternatively, a taxi from the Taipei 101 area costs only a couple hundred NT.

Jiufen is a popular tourist town in the hills north of Taipei overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The main tourist attraction is the old street, a vibrant commercial strip set on tiny streets with shops selling all sorts of random food and drink. There are also a number of teahouses you can sit down and relax in. Mount Jilong, across the main road, is a 2000ft peak with a nice trail that leads to stunning views of Jiufen and the rest of Taiwan's northern coast. On an especially clear day you might even be able to make out Taipei 101 in the distance. There's a car service available for about NT$3300 (US$110) that will drive up to 3 people to Jiufen and other locations in between Jiufen and Taipei. The driver will pick you up at your hotel at 9AM and bring you back around 7PM. This is very convenient and affordable if not traveling alone. E-mail or call (0913967292) Jerry's Taxi Service for more info.

The Maokong Gondola, at the southern end of the brown MRT line, will take you from Taipei Zoo into the hills south of the city. Maokong is best known for its tea shops. There are a number of hiking trails in the area, and the hills provide good views of much of the city. The Chi-Nan (or Zhinan) temple is also accessible from the Gondola. It is a large Taoist temple complex built into the side of a mountain.


Be warned that anywhere outside of Taipei it will be substantially harder to get by with English, except at places that specifically cater to tourists.

Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan. It is located in southwestern Taiwan, and is at the end of the Taiwan High Speed Rail line. On the fastest trains it can be reached from Taipei Main Station in 96 minutes for about 50 USD. Kaohsiung is the only other city in Taiwan with an MRT system, which is great for getting around easily without taking your life into your own hands in Taiwan's traffic. Kaohsiung is a major port city with some of the largest ship building facilities in the world. Attractions in town include:

  • Cijin island: A natural breakwater island in Kaohsiung harbor. It has a lighthouse, an old fort, and a famous temple dedicated to the goddess of sailors. There are also a number of markets with food stalls and more, much like a night market (except during the day). The island is accessible by a quick ferry ride, and you can bring a bike on the ferry.
  • The Dome of Light: at Formosa Boulevard MRT station, where Kaohsiung's two MRT lines intersect, a large public art display is built into the ceiling of the station's main hall.
  • Lotus Lake: In Zuoying, not far from the High Speed Rail Station, Lotus Lake has several temples. These include the Dragon-Tiger and Spring-Autumn pavilions, and Taiwan's largest Confucius temple. Some of the temples are actually built in the lake and accessible via a boardwalk.
  • Love River: The main river in Kaohsiung has a number of riverside parks and paths (smaller than Taipei's) along with cafes and other places to stop at watch.
  • Night markets: Two night markets worth visiting in Kaohisung are Liuhe Night Market and the Ruifeng Night Market. For Liuhe, take the MRT to Formosa Blvd Station, exit 1. The night market is on the street immediately to your left. Try the local delicacy: papaya milk. Ruifeng is accessible via the Kaohsiung Arena Station on the Red line. Exit and walk west along Yucheng road. In contrast to Liuhe, which is set on a wide open street, Ruifeng has endless rows of stalls crowded together in a rather claustrophobic setting.

Taiwan is a small island, but much of the population is concentrated along the relatively flat Western coast. The mountainous Eastern coast is largely undeveloped, and much of it is preserved as various parks. The most notable of these is Taroko National Park, home to Taroko gorge. Take a Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) train from Taipei Main Station to Hualien via Yilan (this is a 2-3 hour trip). Once at Hualien, you can either take the Tourist shuttle bus (exit the train station and turn left to find the ticket area) or hire a taxi driver for the day. The bus runs only once an hour, and is *extremely* crowded in the late afternoon when everyone leaves at the same time. Were I to do this again I would hire the driver. The ones that speak English will offer their services as you leave the train station. There are a variety of things to do and see in Tarako Gorge, including a number of hiking trails, temples, shrines, etc, but availability can change frequently (especially when trails are washed out by typhoons) so checking at the visitors center for an up to date list is a good idea. Tarako Gorge is a popular tourist spot but western tourists are relatively rare (most are Chinese or Japanese, usually in large tour groups). Another option is Taroko Lodge, a homestay; see

For drinks & nightlife:

Special Food

Additional information