會場資訊 Academia 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 ~30 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 air conditioning, telephone, television, and a private bathroom.
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. We will provide updated information for lodging when it is available.

主辦國資訊 Taipei, Taiwan

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 Taiwan’s 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 22℃ (71℉) to 24℃(75℉). The weather in September is warm with occasional afternoon rain showers and the temperature is around 27℃(80℉). Plenty of Sun shines. Visitors are suggested to bring an umbrella or a hat.


Residents of countries not listed bellow as eligible countries for visa exempt need visas to enter the Republic of China on Taiwan. Please check with your travel agent. You should apply for a visa directly to the nearest ROC Consulate or representative as early as possible. Detailed information can be found at the web site of our Minister of Foreign Affairs. Obtaining visas ahead of time is highly recommended to ensure a smooth flight. In case of any difficulty please contact:
E-Mail address:icga2005@iis.sinica.edu.tw

Visa Exempt Entry

  1. Eligible countries for application:
    Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A.
  2. Requirement
    (a). a passport valid for at least six months.
    (b). a confirmed return air (steamer)ticket or an air (steamer) ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed air (steamer) seat reservation, for his(her) departure, a confirmed air (steamer) seat reservation, for his(her) departure.
    (c). no criminal record.
  3. Duration of stay
    30 days (no extension is permitted)
  4. Disembarkation port
    CKS International Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport, Keelung Harbor, Hualien Harbor,
    Taichung Harbor and Kaohsiung Harbor.

    If you are not holding a China (PROC) passport, please ignore this message.
    There are some extra documents required for people who held the passport of People's Republic of China (PRC). Please tell us as soon as possible if you do hold the PRC's passport. We shall send you some documents to fill out. Please respond immediately because it takes about two months to process everything. Thank you very much for your prompt reply.


The conference provides comfortable on-campus accommodation that is within 5-minutes walk from the conference site. The on-campus guest houses of Academia Sinica provide cheap and convenient, but may not 5-star quality serivces, to visitors. Some pictures of the facilities are shown here in Chinese. Each guest room is generally like a hotel room with beds and bath room. The guest rooms (called Activity Center) is Building 29 in the map of Academia Sinica here. The main conference site is Building 18 (Institute of Information Science). A block of rooms are resevered on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a room, please view the web page at Activity Center of Academia Sinica . Important information when you fill out the room reservation form:

  • Room charges: use Grade C
    o NT 800 daily for a single room
    o NT 1200 daily for a double room
  • Enter the following information on the first 3 lines of the reservation form:
    o Name of contact: Ms. Yi-Jieh Hsieh, IIS secretary
    o Organization: ICGA2005 Taipei (IIS event)
    o Telephone: (02)27883799 x 2217
    Please be sure to also fill out the rest of the form.
    o Only a limited rooms are available. Must make the reseveration at least 2 weeks in advace for this special offer to be valid.
    o You can only pay for the room charge using local currency when you check out.
    o No credit cards/foreign currency is taken.

In case you need to stay in outside hotels. Taipei has many hotels at different price ranges. Transportation is easy between hotels and the conference site except during the rush hours. Some of the hotels near by are listed in this web page.

交通資訊 Transportation

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 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 below 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.

Chinese/English taxi cards to Academia Sinica, Hotels and the local airport.



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.

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.