If you are looking for a unique backpacker experience for your visit to Taiwan, here's a website to visit: https://www.gapyear.com/articles/travel-ideas/backpackers-guide-to-taiwan You can get a picture about the accommodation, eating, shopping and other fun things to do in Taiwan. If you want to discover more about Taipei, wether the restaurants, coffee houses & bars, guest houses and hotels, or even the fashion trend, the HereNow Taipei website https://www.herenow.city/en/taipei/ will definitely give you some new ideas!
Also, here are some suggestions for you if you are looking for a hostel to stay: https://www.tripadvisor.com.tw/Hotels-g293913-c3-zff26-Taipei-Hotels.html
Save your date for the conference, and get your own wonderful experience in Taiwan!
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