Located in northwestern Taiwan, Hsinchu City is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the sea on one side, creating a funnel-shaped terrain. Consequently, whether the monsoon wind comes from the northeast or southwest, it picks up speed as soon as it enters the city--whence the nickname "Windy City." And, as the Taiwanese saying goes: "Windy Hsinchu and Rainy Keelung."
Taiwan Standard Time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).
The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese.
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 November is 22 degrees Celsius.
Taiwan uses an electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles. Many buildings also have 220-volt sockets. Visitors with appliances of different voltages are urged to bring adapters with them.
The Republic of China's unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), 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 and hotels.
Banking hours are generally from 9am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, and some banks are open from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.