Gettting Around Taiwan

Taiwan Receipt Lottery (統一發票中獎號碼)

Ever wonder what the numerical code at the top of receipts in Taiwan is used for? These numbers are for a lottery run by the government, and you have a free entry!

Known in Chinese as 統一發票 (Tǒngyī Fāpiào), the bi-monthly receipt invoice lottery was created to encourage legal tax reporting by giving consumers an incentive to purchase at stores that legally report sales taxes. Every two months, sets of numbers are randomly drawn that correspond to the eight numbers printed along the top of a legal receipt.

Useful Telephone Numbers in Taiwan

Taiwan's phone number country code is +886, with + representing international dialling code, which in Taiwan is 00. The + symbol can be found by holding tap down on 0 and should be used for a better connection.

For example, calls to Singapore are either +65 or 0065, Hong Kong +852 or 00852, USA +1 or 001, Philippines +63 or 0063, etc.

Taipei MRT Rapid Transit Subway (台北捷運)

What is the Taipei MRT?

As the largest metro subway system in Taiwan, the Taipei MRT serves about 2 million riders daily. It is fast, convenient, and, most importantly, CLEAN! The subway system is very easy to navigate, and is both bilingual in Chinese and English (including the Chinese languages of Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, and Hakka). Transfers between lines are relatively close to each other, and the stations serve most areas of Taipei.