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Transportation from CKS airport to Hsin-Chu
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The taxi fare from CKS airport to Hsinchu (or Taipei) is approximately NT 1,500. The taxi rate in Hsinchu is NT 90 for the first 1.65 kilometers and NT 5 for each additional 350 meters.
A 20% surcharge is added between 11 PM and 6 AM as is a "waiting surcharge" for each 3 minutes the taxi is stopped or has traveled less than 5 kilometers per hou
Taxis queues are located just outside of the Arrival Halls in both terminals.
For Terminal 1: +886-3-398-2832
For Terminal 2: +886-3-398-3599
Hsinchu Chinatrust Hotel is approximately 56 km from CKS International Airport and located near Science Park in which NCHC is located. All rooms are equipped with free ADSL access. Transportation from the hotel to NCHC is provided and schedules will be available upon check-in.
Hsinchu Chinatrust Hotel
106, Chung Yang Rd., Hsinchu City
Tel: +886-3-526-3181 Fax: +886-3-526-9244
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Location and Topography
Taiwan, situated in the Pacific Ocean is about midway between Korea and Japan to the north, and Hong Kong and Philippines to the south. Taiwan is a natural gateway for travelers to and within Asia.
In Chinese, "Taiwan" means "terraced bay". Shaped a little like a leaf, the fundamental topographic feature of Taiwan is the central range of high mountains running from the northeast corner to the southern tip of the island. Steep mountain terrain above 1,000 meters elevation constitutes about 32 percent of the island's land area; hills and terraces between 100 and 1,000 meters above sea level make up 31 percent.
The best season to travel in Taiwan is from Mid-September to November. For the weekly forecast in Taiwan cities, please check: Central Weather Bureau.
Taiwan's climate is described as subtropical in north and tropical in south, with average annual temperatures of 22°C (72°F) in the north and 24°C (75°F) in the south. Summers, which last from May through September, are usually hot and humid with average daytime highs from 27° to 35°C
(81° to 95°F) Winters, from December through February, are short and mild, with average lows from
12° to 16°C (54° to 61°F.); snow falls only on the higher mountains.
The official language is Mandarin Chinese. Taiwanese is commonly spoken by the majority of the population. Other dialects like Hakka and aboriginal languages are also spoken. Many people can speak some English (the most widely studied foreign language), but taxi drivers generally speak only Chinese.
Bank hours are from 9 am to 3.30 pm, Monday through Friday. Post office hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Most offices are open from 8.30 am to 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm from Monday to Friday.
Opening hours for commercial and retail establishments vary from 8 am to 11 am, e.g. bookstores usually open at 10 am, department stores at 11 am, and supermarkets at 8 or 9 am. They usually remain open until well into the evening and on weekends.
Taiwan is a cash-based society
Taiwan currency – New Taiwan Dollar, the coins come in denominations of NT 1, 5, 10, and 50. Bills come in units of NT 100, 500, 1,000 and 2,000. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at CKS Airport, government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.
Taiwan is a more cash-based society. Major credit cards are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at some tourist-oriented businesses and by room guests at most international tourist hotels. American Express travelers checks can be cashed at the American Express office, 214 Tunhua N. Rd., Taipei, tel:+886-2-27151581.
A 10% service charge and a 5% value added tax (VAT) are automatically added to room rates and meals. Tipping is optional.
Hsinchu City 新竹市
Hsinchu, a city built with bamboo, it was known as Chu-Shin. During the Ching Dynasty, it was renamed Hsinchu. It is also the Feng Cheng (windy city) of Taiwan. By the end of 20th century, Feng Cheng has been land-marked for two national universities and Science-based Industrial Park, acclaimed for high-tech R&D and industries.
Welcome to Hsinchu!
Here are some links for you taking a look of her:
City Guide (English)
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The town of Hsinchu, now famous for its Science-based Industrial Park, was first developed in 1723. It was first called Hsinchu in 1875, and was upgraded to a provincial city in 1982. The Hsinchu administrative district include Siangshan and covers an area of about 104 square kilometers. It has gained considerable prosperity and an international reputation since the creation of the Hsinchu Science-based industrial Park Hsinchu City is located in the northwestern part of Hsinchu County, its highest point rising only 120 meters above sea level . The Hsinchu plain slopes upward to the east, and merges into Shrpajianshan and Nioupushan mountains. Most of the eastern part of the county is co-vered with foothills and small mountains.
Hsin Chu Science Park (HSP)
Located in the northwest part of Taiwan, Hsin Chu is also named the Windy City for three sides of the city are surrounded by mountains with only the west side facing the sea. Nowadays, Hsin Chu is mostly renowned for the famous Hsin Chu Science Park (HSP). In the proximity of the park are prestigious research and academic institutions, such as Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Tsing Hua University, and National Chiao Tung University, which provide quality human resources for the science park while offering on-the-job learning opportunities for employees in the park with its outstanding teaching faculty and facilities.
HSP - Taiwan's first science park - was established on December 15, 1980. Committed to creating a development base for Taiwan's top high-technology industries, the park has been home to a total of 370 high-tech companies by 2003, mostly focusing on semi-conductors, computers, telecommunication, and opto-electronics. As the locomotive engine of the island's high-tech industries, HSP has helped promote the domestic economy over twenty years and was the pushing force behind Taiwan's world-famous economic miracle. HSP prides itself on its excellent development, establishment, and overall management in the park. Not only has it become a successful model science park globally through many years of efforts, but a number of manufacturers in the park have also won acclaims within the country and abroad alike for their enterprise image and reputation. National and international personages and media have been attracted to visit the park, which is now a model example to academics in economics and urban and rural development alike.
HSP is more than a high-tech town; its landscape and environment are as beautiful as a European community's. The area adjacent to the man-made lake is particularly an ideal destination for walking dogs at sunset or enjoying the fun of barbecues with a crowd of friends and relatives on holidays. Reminder: Do not forget to obtain permission from the Science Park Administration first before you hold your barbecue party.
The Science Park Life Hub sits on No. 1, Kung Yeh Tung 2nd Rd., HSP, Hsin Chu City, right in front of the Science Park Administration. Located right at the core of the park, it is only a three-minute drive to the nearest freeway interchange. This six-floor building on 3,420 square meter of land offers dining, art, reception, exhibition, conference and business functions, and is the only combination building that incorporates expertise and leisure as one.
The HSP is approximately 15 minutes away from the Hsin Chu City center and 50 minutes from C.K.S. International Airport by car. Its road traffic mainly relies on freeways, and it is a 70 kilometer distance to Taipei. It takes 90 minutes to Keelung Harbor to the north and Taichung Harbor to the south by road, while the North-South Railway offers another transport alternative. The complete transport infrastructure greatly facilitates the transportation of goods and personnel.
Hualien is the meeting point of the Central Cross-Island Highway, Suau-Hualien Highway, and highways leading south to Taitung. Apart from the natural beauty of the city, Hualien also offers tourists many other attractions: the waterfront Seaside Park; Nanbin Park with its numerous marine sculptures, the "Hawaii of the East" Resort built in Polynesian style, reef walking and rock collection at Chishingtan, and the Buddhist Jingsz Temple. At 108 meters in height, Mt. Meilun is the landmark of Hualien; it is also the site of Jungjeng Park, and this provides fine views of the city. Facilities in the park include a children's playground, footpaths, and an old railway locomotive. The park also contains an exhibition hall with displays of seismographs that were used to detect earthquakes beginning in 1933 but have now been replaced by more modern equipment.
Taroko National Park
Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung County. It is the second largest national park in Taiwan. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Li Wu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Li Wu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Tsing Shui to Nan Hu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area.
The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Pai Yang Waterfall, Yin Tai Waterfall, Chang Chun Waterfall, and Lu Shui Waterfall. Yen Tze Kou and Chiu Chu Tung are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Tourists can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Chang Chun Temple is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway. (more)
Cingshuei Cliff, located on the section of the Suao-Hualien Highway that stretches between Heping and Chongde stations, is one of the most spectacular sights on Taiwan's Pacific coast. The cliff is more than 1,000 meters high and drops almost vertically into the sea. The highway snakes along its curving face more than 20 kilometers, with the sheer cliff rising on one side and a sheer drop to the ocean on the other. (more)
Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiucyudong)
The tortuous course cut by the river has produced a gorge of many curves, and the path of the highway that has been carved out of the cliff face here seems to be an endless aeries of turns. Hence the name. The gorge is so narrow that only a very narrow width is open to the heavens, in what the Chinese call " a thread of sky." The marble cliff face opposite the highway varies in color from deep gray to pure white in a multitude of changing designs. A walk through the Tunnel of Nine Turns takes about 30 minutes and gives access to enchanting scenes of the gorge, the river, stone strata, the tunnel itself, and the surrounding vegetation. This is one of the most scenic parts of the gorge, and the best place to observe the gorge's ecology. (more)