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Taiwan, a mountainous island with abundant natural resources, is situated within three major climatic zones. Its various topography endows the island with very diverse biological aspects. The protection of Taiwans natural ecosystems is a unique and difficult challenge. Mountainous topography and different forest types are combined with large scale human development in Taiwan to create an ecological island within the actual physical island itself. To protect these ecological islands, the government has set aside nearly 10 percent of the land in a multi-tiered conservation system that includes six National Parks, 18 nature preserves, 20 nature reserves, and one wildlife sanctuary.

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is situated in northern Taiwan. As the largest and most prominent city on the island, Taipei is right in a basin surrounded by mountains and crossed by rivers. The mountains north of Taipei in Yangminshan National Park dominate the landscape, the Tamsui and Hsintien Rivers meander through the southeast, while the Keelung River crosses the city to the northeast.

The climate of the island is subtropical, the average temperature is between 22J (71K) to 24J(75K. The weather in December is mild with occasional rain showers and the temperature is around 20J(68K). Visitors are suggested to bring an umbrella or a raincoat.

Conference SiteAcademia Sinica

Academia Sinica, founded in 1928, is the highest-ranking academic institution. The current President of Academia Sinica is Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee,a Nobel laureate in Chemistry in 1986, who was inaugurated on January 15, 1994. The Academy consists of 25 institutes in various disciplines including mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

The Academia Sinica is located in Nankang, east suburb of the City of Taipei. The Academic Activity Center in the Academy has several lecture rooms, dining rooms, and 90 rooms for guests of the Academy. Each guest room is equipped with airconditioning, telephone, television, and a private bathroom. The room charge is NT$700 per day for a single room and NT$1100 per day for a double and should be paid in local currency (NT Dollars). Facsimile and e-mail services can be arranged by the Local Organizing Committee.

Downtown Taipei (30-40minutes ride by car) has comfortable hotels to fit different budgets. The Organizing Committee would suggest the Academic Activity Center as the most appropriate accommodation for lodging, due to its most convenient location. However, we have also provided information of several hotels for your reference. Reservations for all accommodation are required. The Congress will provide an updated information for lodging when it is available.


The Academia Sinica is not responsible for personal injuries, sickness, theft, or property damage incurred during the Congress. This disclaimer applies to any event held during the assembly and symposium period. Concerned participants should obtain insurance coverage for protection.


Taipei International Airport (Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) Airport) is situated 40 km(24.8 miles) southwest of City of Taipei.

There are two suggestions for transportation from CKS to Academia Sinica :

(a) Take the regular shuttle bus to downtown Taipei or Taipei (Sungshan) Airport (domestic airport) and then transfer to a taxi to get to the Academia Sinica. Bus lines, namely Taiwan Bus, Fe-Go Express, Ever Voyage Bus, etc. are available. Each line has a service interval of 15-30 minutes for most of the day. Nevertheless, there are two lines which run as late as 01:30 A.M. Tickets are sold at the bus service counters, which are located on your left-hand side as you exit from the customs. The bus fare is around NT$110 per person. Taxi fare in the city is NT$70 (most taxicabs still have meters showing $50; you need to pay an extra NT$20 on top of what is shown on the meter) for the 1st km, and Nt$5 for each additional 300m. A 20% surcharge is imposed for taxi fares during the late night-early morning period(2300-0600). The taxi fare is estimated to be about NT$250 in this case. The maps of Academia Sinica provided in page 18 of PSA'2nd circular may help to tell your destination to the taxi driver, and a small card written in Chinese can be shown to the taxi driver to go to the Academic Activity Center, Academia Sinica.

(b)Take a taxi and go straight from CKS Airport to the Academia Sinica. It may cost you approximately NT$1200 but is by far the most convenient way. If you need assistance in arranging a limousine pickup from the airport, please contact the Local Arrangement Committee.

While arriving at Academia Sinica, show your destination to the security guard at the front gate. See Academia Sinica Map enclosed.

Access to Academia Sinica, Taipei

Downtown Taipei


The unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). The current exchange rate is NT$31-32 to US$1. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the CKS Airport upon arrival or at designated banks and hotels. Major credit cards are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at some tourist-oriented businesses and at most international hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged. Keep these receipts.

Questions/comments/suggestions/Problems? Send email to ISAAC00 Administrator.