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The plenary lectures will begin at 9:10 am on Wednesday, October 21 in the brand new International Conference Hall of the Building for Humanities and Social Sciences at Academia Sinica. The tiered lecture hall is equipped with state-of-the-art technology which can seat over 300 people in the lower ground level. The lectures and poster sessions will take place in the same building. Posters will be on display throughout the symposium. After the afternoon plenary talks, we will shift slightly to the Academic Activity Center, which is directly in front of the Building for Humanities and Social Sciences. Walking time between these two buildings is about 2 minutes. A map of this area is provided for your reference. All ISBIE-2009 participants are cordially invited to attend a welcome reception, which will be held on the evening of October 21 at the Academic Activity Center at Academia Sinica.

Getting to Academia Sinica

By Taxi from Taoyuan International Airport
The most convenient way to get to Academia Sinica is by taxi. It takes about 50 minutes in moderate traffic. Taxis are cash only and the taxi fare to Academia Sinica is about NT$1500, which does not include an additional highway toll fee of NT$40.

By Bus from Taoyuan International Airport
Bus ticket counters are located in the Arrivals areas of both terminals at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (CKS International Airport). To wait for buses, please go to:

Terminal I: on the southwest side of the Arrival Passenger Reception Area.
Terminal II: on the northeast side of the Arrival Passenger Reception Area.

Several bus companies now provide frequent services between the Airport and Taipei. Adult single fares vary from NT$110 to NT$140 per trip and it takes about 1 hour in moderate traffic from the Airport to Taipei downtown.

Taiwan Bus Corp
Taiwan Bus Corp offers direct trips every 15 minutes to Taipei Railway Station and Taipei Sung Shan Airport. You may get off at either stop and then take a taxi to Academia Sinica for approximately NT$300.

Evergreen Bus
Evergreen offers trips every 15 minutes to Zhongxiao-Fuxing MRT Station. You can get off at Zhongxiao-Fuxing MRT Station, take the MRT "Blue Line" and get off at the terminal stop "Nangang". Walk out of the station and take a taxi to Academia Sinica for about NT$100 or, alternatively, you may take the # 270 bus, # 212 bus or Blue 25. If you have light luggage, this is a good way to save money. The bus stops are directly opposite the Nangang station exit on the other side of the road. Get off the bus at Academia Sinica Village bus stop and walk into the main entrance of Academia Sinica. Detailed MRT information is available at the official Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation website.

Toward You Air Bus
Toward You Air Bus offers trips every 20 minutes to Zhongxiao-Fuxing MRT Station, the Hyatt Hotel and the Far Eastern Hotel. Get off at one of the above stops and take a taxi to Academia Sinica for about NT$220.

Free Go Bus
Free Go Bus offers trips every 15 minutes to Taipei Sung Shan Airport. Take a taxi from Sung Shan Airport to Academia Sinica for about NT$300.

By Car
If you plan on driving to Academia Sinica, parking is available in the first basement of the ISBIE-2009 registration site. There are also about 10 more free parking spaces available in the outside parking lot. Parking space is limited, so please use public transportation if at all possible. You may check Academia Sinica E-Map for driving directions to Academia Sinica.


Visa-Exempt Entry
Visitors holding the passports of the following countries may apply for Visa-Exempt Entry: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A.

30 Days Landing Visas
Visitors holding the passports of the following countries may apply for Landing Visas: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands (Holland), Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A.

Visitors from all other countries not listed above will need to obtain a visa from local Taiwan Affairs Office. For more information about the visa application process, you may visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. If you need a letter of registration acknowledgement, please contact us at + 886-2-2789-9479 or isbie@gate.sinica.edu.tw.

Tourist Information

Taipei is a city of wonder with many skyscrapers and nearly four million people in its metropolitan area. The city offers a wide range of attractions. The photo on the left provided by the city government gives a clear view of Taipei 101 and its surrounding area. There are a few spots you don't want to miss on your visit. National Palace Museum houses the world's famous collection of porcelain, jade, calligraphy and art treasures of ancient China. Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center offers more than 40,000 items in art furniture, jewelries, home furnishings, and general gift items. Art exhibitions at Academia Sinica feature Lingnan paintings, historical artifacts, and archaeological collections. The paintings on the right are on display at Lingnan Fine Arts Museum. The Museum of the Institute of History and Philology, within easy walking distance, features thousands of pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts. Biodiversity Research Museum at Academia Sinica houses a large collection of specimens from various groups, including fishes, birds, and invertebrates. The museum's fish collection which documents extensive local fish fauna is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in Taiwan and adjacent areas. The nearby Nangang Tourist Tea Plantation is famous for its Baozhong tea of exceptional taste and aroma. For more information about attractions in Taipei, you can go to the Taipei Travel Net website, the official travel guide from the city government. We provide a list of local sites accessible by bus (in order of increasing distance):

  • Taipei City Hall Famous Gallery
    The gallery, located on the 11th floor of the Taipei City Hall, features various art styles, including oil paintings, watercolor paintings and acrylic paintings. The gallery has encouraged artistic creativity of the local residents.

  • Taipei 101
    Taipei 101 probably is the best place to catch a view of Taipei. It has one of the most popular observatories in the world. A spectacular view of Taipei 101 has attracted visitors from around the world.

  • National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
    The hall was built in 1972 to commemorate the national founding father Dr. Sun Yat-sen. It offers displays of revolutionary events and historical artifacts. It now has become a social, educational and cultural center for the public.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
    The museum started with an ideal setting to engage in international artistic exchange. Its historical building originally housed offices for the Taipei City government. It is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 AM-5 PM, and closed on Monday.

  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
    The hall provides documentary materials about the former President Chiang Kai-shek's life and career and exhibits related to Taiwan's history and development. A formal changing of the guards is also a tourist attraction.

  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum
    Taipei Fine Arts Museum offers modern art, featuring its stunning collection of artworks from local and overseas artists and representative works of important trends. The museum is very nicely laid out, and it takes about 3-4 hours to see.

  • National Museum of History
    Most items in the collection were from China or donated by private collectors. It is a museum of history with special exhibits, including bronze vessels and ancient pottery of different Chinese dynasties.

  • Yangmingshan National Park
    Yangmingshan National Park is known for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, and hiking trails. An azalea restoration area has the spectacular blossoms of various kinds of rhododendron and azaleas can be seen in the spring.

  • Yingge Ceramics Museum
    Yingge Ceramics Museum displays ceramic masterpieces and preserves the history of ceramics in Taiwan. The museum has a gift shop and cafe. Admission: adults NT$100; small children free. Open 9:30 AM-5 PM on weekdays and 9:30 AM-6 PM on weekends.

A couple of things you might want to know are listed below.

The electrical system in Taiwan operates on 110 Volts alternating current (AC).

Time Zone
Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

The southern part of Taiwan lies in a subtropical region. The climate of Taiwan is affected by monsoons. In summer the prevailing winds is a southwesterly monsoon, while in winter it is a northeasterly monsoon. The average October temperature in Taipei is a pleasant mid 20°C. Low temperatures may occur when a cold front approaches. More information about the climate and weather in Taiwan can be found in the Central Weather Bureau website.

Currency and Banks
The New Taiwan Dollar, often denoted by TWD, is the official currency of Taiwan. Foreign currencies and traveler's checks (American Express, Citibank or Thomas Cook) can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are widely accepted. There are full-service ATM machines but not all of them accept international bank cards.


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