Taipei, Taiwan market

Where to stay:

The Okura Prestige Taipei is centrally located and gets some great reviews on Trip Advisor for cleanliness and service. Winner of Travellers Choice 2015 award; it is located only 2 minutes away from the underground and Shinkong Mitsukoshi, a large multi-level department store is just across the street.
Taipei regular Rene Mayer, Assistant Global Director of Sales at Regent Hotels & Resorts recommends of course: “The Regent Taipei for its long-standing history of being the most prominent luxury hotel in the city. The large rooms, convenient location in the city, wide array of restaurants and friendly staff makes it second to none”. But also suggests “Just Sleep Hotels are great for those on a budget as they are located near MRT stations and have all the comforts and conveniences you need without the fuss.”

Getting around:

Getting around Taipei is cheap and convenient due to the underground and taxi system. It is not advisable to drive in Taipei unless you are very familiar with the place and there are lots of scooters to avoid! Taxis are cheap and meter starts at around SGD$2.90. The MRT or underground is very convenient and will take you around to many of the tourist attractions.
Auto ticketing machines can be found in all underground stations, providing ticketing services. Single-journey ticket prices range from less than SGD$1 to approximately SGD$3 depending on travel distance. A one-day pass can be purchased from a service booth for SGD$6.60 and this allows unlimited travels on all MRT lines within one day.

Places to see:

Taipei is not often recognized as an exciting city get away but there are some really great tourist attractions. If you are into museums, check out the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and the National Palace Museum which give fascinating insights into China and Taiwan’s political history. If you would like to spend some time in nature, head along to the Taipei zoo, where you can ride a cable car (Maokong Gondola) along the treetops and sip tea at the teahouses set among the hills. Taiwan is famous for its night markets and there are many large and special markets in Taipei. One such is Lingiang Street Night Market, which is popular with both tourists and locals. Expect to find some great local eateries and everything from household goods to snakes blood beverages!

Business Etiquette:

Businesses in Taiwan are often family run and small to medium in size. Power tends to rest with the head of the family so all decisions should be made based on their direction. Building relationships is seen as extremely important so go slowly initially showing respect, courtesy and patience. Age is deemed as a sign of seniority and maturity so it’s best to send a more seasoned colleague when doing business in Taiwan. Be sure to bring business cards, if possible printed in Taiwanese at the back. Present business cards with both hands and do take time to study a business card presented to you as this is seen as a sign of respect.

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