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Business toolkit: 3 things to know when travelling to Taipei

The conversation topic, the app and the cocktail bar for your next trip to Taipei

Conversation starter: Wind Power Plan

Break the ice with Taiwanese associates by bringing up the government’s pledge to phase out nuclear reactors by 2025. The plan entails reducing coal consumption as well, while increasing renewable energy, especially wind power generated by offshore wind farms. It would be a green dream, but critics are questioning the feasibility of these ambitious goals.

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The app: FindTaxi

When rushing from meeting to meeting in Taipei, this taxi-ordering app could save you the anxiety of getting a cab. FindTaxi lets users filter the kind of taxi they need, whether it’s a female driver or service to the airport. Users even get to look at reviews of drivers before picking one.

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After hours: East End

For a sophisticated yet laid-back place to talk shop, head to this small craft cocktail bar tucked into the very hip Proverbs Hotel. It’s comfy and cool, offering views of Da’an district – a commercial area with shopping and offices. But the drinks are the real highlights; East End set a new standard for Taipei’s artisanal-cocktail scene when it opened in 2015.

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Fact file

Central business district: Xinyi

Airport to CBD: 45 mins (car)

Currency: HK$1 = TW$3.8

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon fly to Taipei from Hong Kong 128 times a week

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