REGISTERING FOR CLASSES

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Degree Students 

Registration for classes is done on-line. You have to enter your Student ID number and password in a website specially designed for this purpose

  • The default password for new students is the first 6 digits of your ID number, including letters. You must capitalize all letters.
  • The default password for international students and overseas students is “nccu” with birthday, such as “nccu0503″.

We have made these step by step regarding all the phases for registration to guide you through the whole process:

Course Selection Phase 1

Course Selection Phase 2

Course Selection Phase 3

Course Selection Phase 4

Course Selection Phase 5

 

Exchange Students

Registration for classes is done on-line. You have to enter your Student ID number and password in a website specially designed for this purpose

  • The default password for new students is the first 6 digits of your ID number, including letters. You must capitalize all letters.
  • The default password for international students and overseas students is “nccu” with birthday, such as “nccu0503″.

We have made these step by step regarding all the phases for registration to guide you through the whole process in the link below:

Exchange Student Course Selection

 

If you didn’t chose the classes on-line, something went wrong or you miss the deadline – ask in your office department How to fix it.  Probably you will go to “registration section” in Administration Building and register classes by yourself (not on-line)

 

Taiwan Lantern Festival

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How’s your final exam? Already have a plan for upcoming semester? If you have time, let’s go to Hsinchu for Taiwan Lantern Festival. Here are the information:

Taiwan Lantern Festival

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Period:-Feb- ~ -Mar

The Lantern Festival is held annually on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It marks the grand finale of the LunarNew Year season and is celebrated with fanfare by families across the country. Firecrackers, fireworks, hand lanterns and torches all traditionally liven up the festivities as people welcome the New Year in a spirit of peace,prosperity and joy.

In earlier times, the main temples of Taipei—Guangdu Temple in Beitou, Ciyou Temple in Songshan and Qingshan Temple and Longshan Temple in Wanhua—all hosted decorative lantern displays during the Lantern Festival. To spare people the trouble of shuttling between the various temples, in 1989, the Minister of Transportation and Communications Clement C.P. Chang instructed Tourism Bureau Director General Mao Chi-kuo to consolidate the separate temple lantern displays into a single annual event.

Before this time, the Lantern Festival had been quickly fading from the consciousness in Taiwan’s busy and commercial society. To reverse this trend, and bring back the festive air of the occasion, the Tourism Bureau planned the first large-scale festival on the 15th day of the first Lunar month, aiming to create a unique world-class event on par with the Munich Oktoberfest in Germany, Hokkaido Snow Festival, and Brazil’s Carnival, to attract international visitors. Since that time, the Lantern Festival held annually by the Tourism Bureau has become a highlight event in Taiwan during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The Tourism Bureau held the first Lantern Festival in 1990. This year, the event enters its 24th year. Each year, the festival features a Main Theme Lantern based on the Chinese zodiac animal for the new years. This is complemented by secondary lanterns and areas highlighting different decorative lantern themes, such as the Blessing Lantern Area and Joyous Lantern Area. The event opens with performances by well-known local and international performance groups. Get ready to be dazzled at the 2013 Lantern Festival in Zhubei City, Hsinchu County.

 

Rafting the Xiuguluan River in Eastern Taiwan

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You will get Wet – Rafting the Xiuguluan River in Eastern Taiwan

The Xiuguluan River offers a chance for thrill-seekers and nature buffs to get the adrenaline pumping and take in sights that will linger in their memory for a lifetime.

Text: Joe Henley

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If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Taiwan has a multitude of activities that will provide an excellent workout and allow you to meet and mingle with fellow-minded travelers while experiencing the stunning natural beauty of the country. Rock climbing, hiking, paragliding, river tracing, mountain biking – the list goes on. If you’ve never tried whitewater rafting before, the Xiuguluan River in southern Hualien County on Taiwan’s east coast might well be the perfect spot for your initiation to the sport.

Most whitewater-rafting outfitters offer a pickup service from the railway station in the town of Ruisui, the launch-point for rafting trips (the train ride from Taipei to Ruisui takes about 4 hours), taking you to one of the local homestays (B&B) or hotels. There are around eight such outfitters running Xiuguluan outings, with the largest being the Hsiang Sun Rafting Company. Boasting a fleet of 400 boats and a staff of over 40 lifeguards certified to the highest national standards in Taiwan, Hsiang Sun has been in business on the Xiuguluan since 1983. That was just after owner Lin Youg-le came to the area while on leave from his national military service and fell so head-over-heels in love with the scenery that he decided to stay and introduce others to the quiet majesty of the East Rift Valley and Coastal Mountain Range that the river cuts a path through. Today, his company takes as many as 2,000 tourists per day down the river towards the Pacific along a 21.5-kilometer stretch of the approximately 100-kilometer-long stream. The tours last about four hours, including a stop for lunch halfway along at the Qimei Rest Area, and end near the bright-red Changhong (Rainbow) Bridge close to the coast. There are 20 sets of rapids along the route providing intermittent shots of action. Here’s an idea of what you can expect on your river journey.

Before you head out to run the rapids, you have to be outfitted with the proper safety equipment, namely a life jacket and a helmet. During the hot summer months, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants are also advisable, or lots of sunscreen. A pair of crocs or hard-soled shoes should also be worn, as the river bottom is rocky and sandals or flip flops could be lost should you fall in. Outfitters usually have shoes for rent should you not wish to soak you own, and you will get wet – it’s a virtual guarantee, even if you don’t wind up going for a swim. You’ll also need a paddle – there are no free rides on this trip (though guides in motorized boats will frequently give you a nudge out of harm’s way should your boat get stuck, or if everyone needs a bit of a break from paddling).

After this, there is a short briefing on what to do should someone fall into the drink (pull them out by the shoulder harnesses of their life jacket), and on proper paddling technique. Finally, there is a short video presentation (should you go with Hsiang Sun) introducing visitors to the river and the surrounding region. Then it’s time to head for the boats waiting on the riverbank. Each fits 8-10 people, so if you come with a large group you don’t have to worry about being separated. After another quick briefing on river safety, everyone launches out onto the refreshingly cool water. At this point, working out a nice paddling rhythm becomes key; you’ll see boats filled with first-timers swaying to the right and left as rafters try to work out a nice, even pace.

The first set of rapids. Time for trial by fire, or water in this case. If you have visions of being tossed about like a wine cork in angry sea swells, however, don’t worry. The Xiuguluan is perfectly safe for beginners. The rapids are just swift enough to provide a thrill, yet not so fast as to put anyone in jeopardy, so long as everyone follows the safety instructions. Though people do fall into the water from time to time, they merely float along on their backs until someone from their boat, or another boat, can pull them back in. And the lifeguards in their motorized craft are always there, with an all-encompassing knowledge of the river’s every twist and turn. They know their stuff, and how to keep everyone safe at all times, often anticipating when a boat might get stuck on a riverside embankment before anyone in the boat realizes what may be about to happen. With speed and precision they guide their craft over to any troubled vessel and push it to safety. At times, they even attach a rope to the boat and pull for a while, providing a break from all that hard work.

These breaks provide an ideal chance to take in the surrounding scenery, and there is much to see. Numerous unusual rock formations, named for their similarity to animals such as pigs, swans, or monkeys, stand watch over the flowing water. It’s possible to see actual monkeys lounging in the trees, too. White limestone, known as King’s Rock for its use in making seats for the Japanese emperor during the Japanese colonial period, stands out in stark contrast to the darker marbled stone along the banks of this mighty stream. Towering cliffs give way to flattened grazing land for water buffalo, while birds of prey glide on the mountain breezes overhead. And if that isn’t enough to hold your attention, there are other distractions as well.

Whitewater rafting on the Xiuguluan could easily be billed as “whitewater rafting plus massive water fight.” All boats come equipped with bailing canisters, which are quickly implemented as instruments of all-out water warfare, along with paddles, cupped hands, and anything else rafters can use to give one another a thorough soaking. It’s all in good fun, and when the heat is beating down on you, a bit of a splash is quite welcome. Just remember to leave the expensive smartphone and any non-waterproof electronics, along with cash and any other valuables that might suffer from water damage, back at the guesthouse/hotel.

Rafting on the Xiuguluan is a safe, year-round activity for just about everyone, with the sole exceptions being pregnant women and those with a serious heart condition. Beyond that, young and old can take a trip down the river feeling secure, as there are special boats available for children and the elderly that are virtually impossible to tip over. Expeditions generally leave every half hour, though the most common start times are 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 11 a.m., with the latest departures at about 2:30 in the afternoon. It’s advised that tourists call at least a day or two in advance to reserve a spot; prices vary from NT$700 to NT$1,200 per person, depending on the type of boat you would like to book (these are Hsiang Sun Rafting Company’s prices; those for other operators may vary). With Hsiang Sun, English and Spanish tours are also available. The best time to go is between April and October.

So, if you’d like to inject a bit of adrenaline into your Taiwan trip, head for Ruisui on the east coast, and take your own unforgettable journey down the picturesque Xiuguluan.

English and Chinese
Changhong Bridge 長虹橋
Coastal Mountain Range 海岸山脈
East Rift Valley 花東縱谷
Qimei Rest Area 奇美休息站
Ruisui 瑞穗
Xiuguluan River 秀姑巒溪

Xiuguluan River Rafting Center (秀姑巒溪泛舟中心)
Add: 215, Sec. 3, Zhongshan Rd., Ruisui Township, Hualien County (花蓮縣瑞穗鄉中山路三段215號)
Tel: (03)887-5400
Contact info about rafting outfitters at: http://goo.gl/aJEnm

Hsiang Sun Rafting Company (向上泛舟公司)
Add: 97, Dagangkou, Gangkou Village, Fengbin Township, Hualien County (花蓮縣豐濱鄉港口村大港口97號)
Tel: (03)878-1166
Website: http://www.hsiangsun.com.tw (Chinese only)

More info about Eastern Taiwan at:
East Rift Valley National Scenic Area: http://www.erv-nsa.gov.tw
East Coast National Scenic Area: http://www.eastcoast-nsa.gov.tw

Provided by Travel in Taiwan Bimonthly July/August Issue, 2013

Taken from: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/

Banking, Money and Taxes in Taiwan

 

TWD BANKNOTES

Although there is some controversy about whether Taiwan is a province of China or an independent country, for all day-to-day purposes visitors to Taiwan can assume that the island is a separate country. It has its own currency and banks in addition to its own visa requirements. The Taiwanese economy is among the 20 largest in the world, and is underpinned by a strong, reliable, and efficient banking system.

Money in Taiwan

The currency used in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar, usually abbreviated (in English) to NT$, NTD, NT dollar or TWD. The New Taiwan Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents and is issued by both the Bank of Taiwan and the Central Bank of the Republic of China. In common usage the Taiwan dollar is often simply referred to as the yuán, although this is not to be confused with the Chinese yuán of the mainland.

  • Notes: 100, 200, 500, 1000 NT dollars
  • Coins: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 NT dollars

#Note that it can be difficult to exchange foreign currency to NT dollars outside of Taiwan, so foreigners entering or leaving Taiwan should plan to convert their cash at a Taiwanese airport.

Banks in Taiwan

 

OVERVIEW

Taiwan has plenty of sound banking institutions to choose from. Local banks that are popular with expats include International Commercial Bank of China, ChinaTrust Bank, Bank of Taiwan and Taichung Bank. Alternatively, expats can look to opening an account at a local branch of a foreign bank, such as HSBC, Citibank or Standard Chartered.

While it’s recommended expats go the foreign bank route, it’s not always possible – as some employers (especially in the ESL world) will insist that they pay your salary via direct deposit into a Taiwanese bank account.

ONLINE BANKING

Internet banking is popularizing in Taiwan. Anyhow, some Taiwanese banks don’t have English versions of their web sites! (DBS, HSB, First Bank, Bank SinoPac, Citibank, and Chinatrust provide online English-interfaced services.)

BANK RUNNING

*Bank opening times: 9AM to 3.30PM, Monday to Friday
*ATMs Service: Widely available everywhere, especially in convenient stores(7/24), all offering English interface.

– Compatibility: Foreign credit or debit cards (with Plus or Cirrus symbols) can be used to withdraw cash, but they will incur charges. Many ATMs will accept cards on the Cirrus or Plus system, and some on the Accel, Star or Interlink systems as well, but some will only accept Taiwanese cards.

– Service Fee: Using your Taiwanese ATM card at a machine operated by a different bank, will incur NT$ 5 and NT$15 fee if you withdraw cash or transfer money, respectively.

– Available Function: Withdraw / transfer money / pay your bills.

*Credit cards: are accepted by hotels and large retail outlets, but less so in smaller establishments. It is common practice in Taiwan to use cash whenever possible.

 

Opening a Bank Account in Taiwan

 

To open a bank account, must appear in person at the bank of their choice, in possession of the following:

  • Passport, and copies of information and visa pages
  • Alien Registration Card (ARC)
  • An initial deposit of at least NT$ 1000
  • It is not necessary, but recommended, that you get a Taiwanese colleague to write out your full name, address and contact information in Mandarin for you – for ease of capturing at the bank.

This should ensure that a ‘demand deposit’ account is opened for you. Usually, your ATM card will arrive in the post about a week or later – remember to request a card with a Plus or Cirrus symbol on it, so you can access your Taiwanese funds from outside the country, if needed. Some banks will ask you to wait while they process your application and will give you a card on the spot.

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