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Night view of Taipei from Xiangshan Peak / 從象山俯瞰台北夜景                                           Source: Wikipedia.com

AOGS2011 | 8th Annual Meeting and Geosciences World Community Exhibition
8 to 12 August, 2011
Taipei International Convention Centre, Taiwan

The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) is glad to announce that the 8th Annual Meeting will be help in Taipei from 8 to 12 August, 2011. Additionally, tours and field trips are being planned to be held on 7 August and 13 August, 2011. Taiwan is one of four Asian Tigers noted for their high growth and rapid industrialization. In the 21st century, they have graduated into advanced and high income economies.
AOGS2011 will be held at the Taipei International Convention Centre (TICC).
Hsin-Yi Rd., Sec.5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan ROC
Tel: +886(2)2725-5200 ext.3517/3518, Fax: +886(2)2723-2589
Website: http://www.ticc.com.tw/index_en.aspx

Taipei, the provisional capital of Taiwan, is the country’s largest city and serves as its financial, cultural and governmental centre. Founded in the 18th century, Taipei is located in the northern Taiwan and gained renown as a trade capital in the 19th century. Today, Taipei is home to approximately 2.6 million inhabitants that occupy its twelve districts and is a major player in the hardware, metals, textiles and shipbuilding industries.

A bustling, cosmopolitan city, Taipei is home to the Taipei 101 (also known as the Taipei Financial Centre), which opened in 2004, and is currently the second tallest building in the world. Tourists and locals alike flock to the Shilin Night Market, which opens from late afternoon to past midnight and is famous for food such as fried chicken steak, oyster omelette and bubble tea. Visitors with a passion for art may also be interested in exploring the National Palace Museum, which houses a massive collection of 650, 000 ancient Chinese artworks and artefacts.

Getting around Taipei is easy enough for visitors as the city has a world-class public transport system, which includes their Mass Rapid Transit trains, cabs and buses. Information such as the stops and routes for trains and buses is available in both English and Chinese. The Taipei MRT also offers the EasyCard, which makes paying for train, bus and even parking extremely convenient.

Visitors should be prepared for Taipei’s humid subtropical climate. The average summer temperature in August is 29.4 °C (84.9 °F).