More Things to Do
Join in Student Associations
To cultivate students’ ability in coordination, students are encouraged to participate in student associations and other activities in university. Currently, there are more than fifty student associations, providing individuals with a wide range of choices. Many of the said associations have been performing well and won awards for excellence from the Ministry of Education.
Meeting with Tzu Cheng/Yi Te Dads and Moms
These volunteer “dads and moms” come from all walks of life, including professors, doctors, lawyers, civil servants and businessmen. More often than not, Tzu Chi moms and dads have become the students’ confidants, listening to things they find difficult to tell their own parents. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to get to know students better and offer encouragement and guidance, as needed.
Population: 23.37 million
Area: 36,194 square kilometers
Peoples: Han Chinese (97%), Aborigines (2%), Other (1%)
Languages: Mandarin / Taiwanese / Hakka / Aboriginal
Foreign Languages: English, Japanese
Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
Time Zone: National Standard Time (UTC+8)
Electricity: 110V, 60HZ
- Geographic Location
Taiwan is located in between the southeastern coast of the Asian continent and the East Asian islands distributed along the western Pacific Rim. To the north lie Japan and the Ryukyu Islands; to the south are the Philippine Islands; to the west is Mainland China. Taiwan is a long, narrow island stretching from north to south. The island is about 395 km long vertically and about 144 km in width, with a total land area of around 36,000 square kilometers (about 14,400 square miles).
Taiwan is endowed with steep mountain ranges; therefore, great altitude differences occur throughout the island. The mountains mostly run from north to south. The highest point is Yushan Peak of the Yushan Mountain Range, which reaches an elevation of 3,952 meters above sea level making it the highest peak in Northeast Asia. Since mountain areas cover the majority of the island, Taiwan’s ecological resources are abundant. The plains of Taiwan are relatively narrow and found only in the western region and the longitudinal valley along the east coast. These also happen to be the most densely populated areas in Taiwan.
- Taiwan belongs to tropical and subtropical climate zones that range from rainy to dry weather and hot to cool temperatures, depending on altitude and latitude.
- The average temperature for the northern half of the island is about 21.7°C; the average temperature for the southern half is around 24.1°C. The island is coldest from January through March with temperatures dropping to around 10°C. From June to August, hot weather prevails, with temperatures rising up to 38°C. More moderate temperatures follow in the months between, with an average temperature of 25°C.
- Taiwan’s average annual rainfall is 2,515 mm.
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Hualien ( 花 蓮 , Huālián) is eastern Taiwan’s second largest city and one of the more pleasant small localities in Taiwan. Many travellers like to base themselves here, even when Taroko Gorge is their interest, as the range of food and accommodations is greater. Budget travellers will find everything they need near the train station. Head east to the Meilunshan Park (Měilúnshān Gōngyuán) and harbor area for wide streets, landscaped parks, bike lanes and ocean views, in addition to boutique hotels and pricier restaurants.
Hualien means ‛eddies’ in Hokkien (Taiwanese) and the story goes that Qing Dynasty immigrants gave the region this name after noticing swirling waters off the coast. Though much of the city’s wealth comes from tourism, local deposits of limestone have also made Hualien the cement capital of Taiwan.
Road signage in Hualien is a mixed bag. Don’t be surprised if “Jung Shan” is written as “Zhongshan,” “Jung Jeng” as “Zhongzheng,” and “Jung Hua” as “Zhonghua.”