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Taiwan

 

Taichung City

22,858,872

Population

1,045,210

Off the southeastern coast of China; also located between Japan and the Philippines ; surrounded by the East China Sea , Taiwan Strait , South China Sea , and Philippine Sea .

 

Location

Located in west-central Taiwan ; around 150km to the south of Taipei .

Mandarin(Official), Taiwanese, Haka and aboriginal dialects,

Languages

Mandarin and Taiwanese (mostly spoken)

Subtropical/tropical in the south; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June to August)

Climate

Subtropical; shorter rainy season; milder climate than other major cities in Taiwan .

Average daytime highs from 27˘X to 36˘XC (81˘X to 97˘XF )

Temperatures in July

Average at 28˘XC around; up to 35˘X/36˘X C (95˘X/ 97˘XF )

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Most Taiwanese people are hardworking, friendly, polite and peace-loving. In particular, you will feel people's hospitality here. This is what Confucius said, ˇ§It is such a great joy that a friend comes from afar.ˇ¨ Besides, under the influence of Confucianism, most people always behave very modestly as they receive praise and compliments. This may be different from western cultures. However, the Chinese/Taiwanese society is changing, and you may observe a different situation.

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There are four festivals valued most by Taiwanese and Chinese. They are Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival). Each one includes its origin and numerous folk customs. People have some unique activities to celebrate these festivals. However, one of the important reasons to celebrate them is to demonstrate the meaning of family reunion at these special moments. Thus, in our tradition, the value of family has been a core one.

In addition, on some certain occasions, different colors are used to symbolize their specific significance in our cultures. For instance, red stands for good luck, prosperity, and happiness. Gold is associated with the imperial family. White is the color of death and traditionally used for funerals. Thus, one should avoid using white wrapping paper when giving presents.

Speaking of taboos or superstition, people here do not like the digit 4 because the sound of ˇ§ 4ˇ¨ in Chinese is similar to ˇ§deathˇ¨. But, when it comes to the digit 8, it is a completely different situation. If someone has the number ˇ§ 8ˇ¨ , ˇ§ 88ˇ¨ , ˇ§ 168ˇ¨ , or ˇ§ 888ˇ¨ in his or her license plate, address number, ID card or any certificate, it means he or she may become rich or get fortune all the way. Next time, when you are talking about numbers with Chinese or Taiwanese, you can ˇ§show offˇ¨ how good you are at understanding these numbers.

Interested in more stories about numbers or customs? There are too many to tell in this section. However, before you finish reading this section, you may need to know one tip on buying presents for Chinese or Taiwanese. Never buy clocks, umbrellas or pears as gift. Why? Come and ask your teachers of the summer camp.

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Food and Night Life

Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan . Compared to Taipei and Kaohsiung , Taichung perhaps is not that prosperous, but has had a rapid growth of various pastime venues in recent years such as museums, parks, department stores, all kinds of exotic restaurants, pubs, and so forth. There is one more thing you must not miss. It is the night life of Taichung city that you will see a vigorously sleepless city sparkling at night.

Therefore, if you are hungry after 10:00pm , you can go to one of the night markets in Taichung city and enjoy genuine Chinese/Taiwanese foods, which never get you disappointed. However, you can have alternative options to buy food in 24-hour convenience stores, 24-hour supermarkets, some Chinese/Taiwanese diners. Moreover, you can also find a 24-hour MacDonald's in Taichung city from now on. It is such a land of convenience for food.

For another convenience, you can easily to get all kinds of iced beverages to cool yourself off in the hot summer because you will discover beverage/tea shops everywhere in Taichung . But, remember to try the most famous tea here ˇV Tapioca milk tea ( Pearl milk tea) ˇV that might change your thought about tea.

Getting around in Taichung

Besides taxis, driving and taking a bus, riding a motorcycle/scooter is another common and convenient way for people here to move around in Taichung . You may be surprised to see ˇ§the motorcycle waveˇ¨ flowing in the city at first glance. However, this is our traffic culture, which has its way to work out. Perhaps, you are curious to experience something different and have someone give you a ride. Believe it or not, motorcycle /scooter has become one of the major vehicles for the most foreign people in Taiwan .

Certainly, taking a bus is another choice for you to get around in Taichung , which only costs you around NT$ 20 each ride. At first, it perhaps a bit complicated for you to get familiar with the whole bus system since there are at least three bus companies running the routes. Once you know where you would like to go, it will not be that difficult to find out how to take a bus. In addition, people would love to help you out as well.

On the other hand, if you want to save more time, you can take a cab. The initial fare is NT$85 for 1.5 kilometers, and then NT$5 for every 0.25 kilometers. Please note that every three minutes idle or speed lower than 5 kph will be charged for NT$5. The night surcharge is from 11:00pm to 6:00am .

Security  

Normally, it is quite safe to walk around in the city before 9:00pm since most shops close at 9:00 pm or 10:00pm . However, just like in other major cities in the world, one still needs to keep alert to the surroundings for unexpected situations from time to time. If an emergency arises, please keep calm, ask for help, and call 110 for police; 119 for fire and ambulance. Remember to bring the Important Phones Card provided by NTCU with you in case. Mostly you only need to keep a relaxed mood and enjoy your exploration of our culture and city.

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