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A few links to info for exploring Taipei in a day (NB - not personally tested/validated):
This tour conveniently starts at Grand Hyatt: http://1dayitinerary.com/1-day-taipei/
Taipei 101 visit info: http://www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/DB/p_01.asp
Where to buy electronics replacement parts?
|Name||Location||Source of Information||Confirmed?|
Good consumer electronics and goodies store, including adapters: 3C. South of TICC on Xinyi Rd.
|ATM/Bank||Location||Source of Information||Confirmed?|
|Bank of America||Taipei-101 Building/Center||No|
For ATMs at the airports see: http://www.ifly.com/taipei-chiang-kai-shek-international-airport/ATM-banks-currency (unconfirmed)
Changing US$ into TWD: near TICC on Xinyi Rd
Away from TICC
Citibank: They don't want to change money and suggested I go down to Hua Nan Bank nearby.
Hua Nan Bank: sent me to second floor and charged me 3%. They did not require a second ID, other than my passport. (Everybody requires to see and photocopy your passport.)
HSBC: Couldn't have been nicer. Process took a little time, but they got someone who spoke english and they even accepted my California Drivers License as a second ID. Rate seemed ok and there was no additional fee.
SIM card near TICC
Mon - Fri: 0800 - 1900; Sat: 1000 - 1700 / It is next to the Taipei City Police Station.
Large office, with plenty of staff. Couldn't have been nicer. They found someone who spoke English and even accepted a California drivers license as second ID. (Passport is first.) Asked for pre-paid 3g (for data.) Initial fee was TWD300. Seems to work fine.
There is a supermarket in the food court at Taipei 101 (level B1).
Near the Hyatt hotel:
Local chains that are supposed to have good espresso are Cafe85 and Cafe Barista. There are also a couple hundred Starbucks locations in Taipei.
IS Coffee (in front of the convention center): my double espresso was extremely bitter, no amount of sugar in the world could have saved it. My feeling is that it got overextracted. Somebody else might confirm.
In-room, do it yourself: Towards the sound end of TICC on Xinyi Rd is a Starbucks. There are others in the area, of course. They sell packaged beans and will grind it. Price is US$ 7.33 for 0.4 lbs (200g). The result is, of course, better than the single-cup drip coffee packages that are sold in the minimarts. I didn't check whether they sold single cup filters and cones.
Large JPEG map of specialty coffee in Taipei.
|Name||Arriving flight||Date/Time of Arrival||Have transport to share|
|Fred Baker||CX 402||9 Nov 20:30||Yes, to Hyatt|
|Peer Azmat Shah||TG634 THAI Air||12 Nov 11:55||No|
|Rajabu Kitindi||CI 920 China Air||11 Nov 21:45||No|
|Eliot Lear||CX 402 Cathay Pacific||12 Nov 20:30||No|
Also see the list at Arrival Coordination