Climate

Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons in Taiwan, when the temperature is cool and comfortable. The monsoon (“plum rain”) season begins in May and signals consecutive rainy days. In winter, the northern and eastern parts are normally cold (below 15°C) with abundant rain. On the other hand, the central region and the southwest are usually cool or even sunny. Occasionally there may be snow in the central mountains in altitudes above 2,500 meters. Summer in Taiwan is hot and humid, with temperature hovering above 30°C and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Typhoons hit quite frequently in Taiwan, causing frequent floods in low-lying areas and mud slides on the mountains.

Electricity

Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, which means appliances from regions such as Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer. Taiwan uses a flat blade plug:

If your appliance’s plug is shaped differently, you may need to buy a plug adaptor.

Time zone

Taiwan is eight hours ahead of GMT, and shares the same time zone with Beijing, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Update: 2015 / 04 / 30