The QSCP XIX will be held in Tamkang University (TKU) situated in Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
It is easily accessible by bus and via the Red line of Taipei Metro subway system (a.k.a. MRT) from downtown Taipei.
Reserving Guided Tours
Here is a pdf file containing several tour options, ranging from half-day to 4-day tours.
Here is the tour reservation form.
A Printable File with Important Locations in Chinese
Here you can find transportation tags for major QSCP destinations in Chinese characters. Print it out and show it to the public bus or taxi drivers; it can help participants to get on/off the correct lines and stops.
EasyCard for Public Transportation
EasyCard (悠遊卡) is a ”touch-and-go” IC ticketing system for the Taipei Metro, bus services, designated car parks, stores and government agencies. It is more efficient to just touch the EasyCard over the sensor area to make transactions, avoiding hassles with change and coins especially during the rush hours. EasyCard can be purchased in the Metro stations from machines or at the Information booth (NT$500 including NT$100 deposit), as well as in major convenience stores such as 7-11, Family Mart, Hi-Life and OK Mart (NT$200 with NT$100 deposit). The deposit can be deduced upon insufficient balance only once in a single journey before the next top-up. Recharging service is also available at the aforementioned sites.
Passengers automatically receive fare discount in the second segment of public transportation if they transfer between Metro and buses within one hour. Some shops also accept EasyCard as one form of the payment, and even offer discount for certain items if you choose to pay with EasyCard. Refund of EasyCard can be made by returning the card to the Information booth of the Metro stations before you leave Taiwan.
Note: One EasyCard can only be used by one passenger in the transporation system. The ride cannot be shared.
For more information about EasyCard, refer to its website at http://www.easycard.com.tw/english/index.asp .
Mobile 3G Internet Access
Most hotels in Taiwan provide free Wi-Fi access, and internet will also be available at QSCP venues. However, if participants need mobile internet access in order to locate the GPS maps or use other mobile functions, here is the information that might be helpful:
Chunghwa Telecom offers ”IDEAL Card (如意卡)” as a pre-paid service. Initial purchase of the SIM card is NT$300 and valid for 180 days. Local calling rate (voice) is about NT$6 per minute, and there is a 40% discount during midnight 23:00-08:00. You can select one of the following internet plans:
- By volume: The cost is NT$180 per Gigabyte within 60 days.
- By day: Internet access is unlimited within the period of function, but you have to choose among the plans of 1-Day (NT$100), 3-Day (NT$250), 5-Day (NT$300), 7-Day (NT$450) , 10-Day (NT$500), and 30-Day (NT$900) at the time of pre-payment.
Both of passport and one of your domestic photo ID (national ID, social security card, or driving license... etc) are required to purchase the SIM card, and remember to request for activation of the 3G internet service at the time of purchase.
Topping up is relatively easy. You can also top-up your SIM card at convenience stores such as 7-11, Family Mart, Hi-Life and OK mart.
Reference websites: (non-English)
IDEAL Card: http://www.idealcard.com.tw/
Chunghwa Telecom: http://www.cht.com.tw/portal/Location_query
Foreign Exchange and Banking ServiceBank of Taiwan and Megabank run branch offices in both of TPE and TSA airports during the hours of international arrival. Banks in the Tamsui area nearest to QSCP venues are marked with dollar signs ($) in the promenade map below. Click on their icons to check their realtime quotation of foreign exchange. Note that banking hours of downtown offices are 09:00-15:30 from Monday to Friday, and passport is required for foreign exchange.
Map of Tamsui Old Town
It would be an unforgettable experience to have a promenade around the Tamsui Old Town, especially in the late afternoon. The sunset by the river is beautiful, and the small characteristic shops are fun. Tourist attractions and stores are marked in the map below with photos.