About the club:
Our club was formed in 1983 and has been active since then. Our membership is around 80-100 and on the increase. We usually host 2 inward and 2 outward exchanges each year. Many of our members are mid-aged people. Most of them are both working and retired.
About the region:
TaipeiCity is located in the valley of the TanshuiRiver in northern Taiwan. It is the nation’s capital, as well as its busy center of commerce, government and culture. TaipeiCity itself has a population of almost 3 million. While TaipeiCity proper covers only 272 square kilometers of land, statistics in 2003 shows that every square kilometer of land is occupied by approximately 9,720 persons. This means that TaipeiCity has the second highest population density among the largest cities in Taiwan, just behind that of KaohsiungCity (which has 9,827 persons per square kilometer). Like other international cities in the world, TaipeiCity has incredible traffic jams. Up to October 2003, there were 692,756 automobiles and 991,472 motorcycles in the city. During the past two decades, the Taipei City Government has been working hard to solve the traffic problem. Its achievement is a gigantic Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network , which is connected to the city’s bus services. A newly designed, no contact, IC smart card (Easycard system) enables travelers to reach every corner of TaipeiCity without even having to take the tickets out of their pockets. As for the weather, winter in TaipeiCity can be drizzly and chilly. In summer, especially from June through to September, it can be hot, humid and with plenty of typhoons. October, on the other hand, is considered the best month. Nonetheless, international tourists often find Taipei to be an economic, cultural and trend-setting city. As one traveller observes: “If you have not seen Taipei, then you have not seen Taiwan at all.” Some of TaipeiCity’s famous scenic spots, as well as the relative locations of other interesting places in Taiwan worth your staying longer to take a look.
About the exchanges:
From Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei city, it takes about 50 minutes driving time. Hosts greet their Ambassadors on arrival. The exchange program usually includes a welcome & farewell party, bus tours to cultural and historic sites, and scenic spots. The recommended number of days to stay in Taipei is no more than 6 days.