Resources: Living on the East Coast (Taidong, Hualian, or Yilan)

Telephone Service for Residents (1)

:arrow_right: Home service:

Chungwa Telecom
cht.com.tw/CHTFinalE/Web/Per … hp?CatID=1

:arrow_right: Cell phone service:

Chungwa Telecom
emome.net/channel?chid=256

TaiwanMobile
english.taiwanmobile.com/servlet … gHomePageT

VIBO
vibo.com.tw/CWS/English.html


Internet for Residents (1)

:arrow_right: Home service

Chungwa Telecom HiNet
cht.com.tw/CHTFinalE/Web/Per … hp?CatID=1

:arrow_right: cell phone service

Chungwa Telecom
better than their website: visit any of the many outlets they have where you get the newest phones and modems and the latest information about plans

Taiwan Mobile
better than their website: visit any of the many outlets they have where you get the newest phones and modems and the latest information about plans

:arrow_right: Netcafe
(some people may not want to contract for internet service at home but keep using a netcafe)

Internet Cafes (網咖)
viewtopic.php?f=55&t=82911&start=15


Living in Hualian (2)

  • Organic Food

3 years ago the county government’s agricultural department produced a guide to organic food in Hualian County (in Chinese, Japanese, and English). A picture of the English version: islandnet.com/japan/img/taiw … guide.html
You can get a copy from the Agriculture Development Department, Agriculture Science and Technology Section - talk to section chief Chiu Yi-Cheng (邱奕承 / Qiu1 Yi4 Cheng2).
The office is in one of the government buildings located to the east of Meilun Hill Park in Hualian City, at 17 Fuchian Rd. (府前路/ fu3 qian2 lu4).
(If you need someone to interpret for you, go to the Tourism Department, Marketing Section, and ask for Ms. Chen Pao-Yu (陳寶玉 / chen2 bao3 yu4), who speaks English.)

  • Organic Tea

There is a shop in Hualian City selling organic tea:
421 Jhongshan Rd. (Jung Shan Rd. / 中山路 / Zhong1 Shan1 Lu4)
(about 15 houses up from the immigration office at the Linsen Rd. (林森路 / Lin2 Sen1 Lu4) intersection)

(I found a homepage with some information, but unfortunately it is in Japanese (since it is for a shop in Osaka, Japan, that sells organically grown tea from Taiwan - but you’ll get the idea: uloncha.com/hongcha/heganghongcha.htm)

Banking for Residents (3)

Visa Debit Card: how to get it; where to use it
viewtopic.php?t=95280

How to link taiwan visa debit card to paypal or clickbank

Can foreigners get a credit card in Taiwan?

Credit Cards for foreigners in Taiwan

Which is the best credit card in your opinion?

Telephone and Internet Service for Residents (2)

:arrow_right: Cell phone services

Cell phone service for foreigners w/o ARC?

Technical cellphone questions - a bit tricky

3G prepaid SIM

Assorted Services

Are you looking for a financial consultant at bank in Taiwan

Online ticket purchasing at EVA Airlines

(Note: i am planning to be back in Hualien on February 20, and i’ll work on expanding this section in the months following)

2011-10-06: I’ve updated the information about notary public services in Hualien (there is a notary public who speaks good English)
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=84583&start=7

Thanks for all this info, Yuli. I’m making it a sticky.

Add this thread to the mix: Living in Taidong/Taidong

Sure, living on the east coast. But how does one MAKE a living on the east coast? That’s what I’m interested in finding out! I’d love to move there but I’ve never come across any job postings on my few forays onto online job listings…

The Hualien Bus link isn’t working on page 1, so I thought I’d update it. MODS: Please move this post if you think it would be better served elsewhere.

Hualien Bus Company (in Chinese, but Chrome can translate): http://www.yati.url.tw/hua6.html

Specific Route Timetables:
(All buses originate from the bus station located adjacent to the Hualien FRONT Train Station)

[ul][li]Taroko Gorge (English/Chinese): http://www.yati.url.tw/1011217/hualtb.htm[/li]
[li][b]Jici/Jiqi/Jihci Beach /b: http://www.yati.url.tw/20110701t/sww.htm[/li]
[li]Hualien Airport (English/Chinese): http://www.yati.url.tw/1011217/hualti.htm[/li]
[li]Qixingtan (Chinese): http://www.yati.url.tw/20110701t/hua6m.html[/li][/ul]

Note: To get “Downtown”, take the Taroko Gorge or Hualien Airport buses. If you get off at the Taiwan Business Bank station (台灣企銀站 Táiwān qǐ yín zhàn)—corner of Zhong Shan & Zhong Zheng roads—you can walk to…
[ul][li]Starbucks, McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, etc.[/li]
[li]“Famous” 24-hour baozi/night market-style shopping (Zhong Shan & Gong Zheng roads)[/li]
[li]“Artsy” walking street Zhong Zheng Rd. Lane 551 (中正路551巷)[/li]
[li]Immigration Office (Zhong Shan & Lin Sen roads)[/li][/ul]

Thanks…!

(Although it feels like yesterday that i posted stuff like that, it’s going on 5 years. And for the last 2 years i’ve been living elsewhere, with my most recent visit there having been in December of last year, so i’m really out of touch now. :blush: )

looks like that darn bus url has changed again…
none of those links work.

[quote=“Nuit”]looks like that darn bus url has changed again…
none of those links work.[/quote]
Forget the bus - it was a nice idea at the time.

The government’s tourist information page lists only cars, the railway, and bicycles as modes of transport for Hualien.
They probably know something we don’t: tour-hualien.hl.gov.tw/Portal/Co … ea=3&id=67

I have been using bicycles and the occasional taxi for inner-city transportation and the railway for long-distance travel.
Long-distance buses are available, too - i’ve seen them, know some of their routes, and know where the terminal is.
But i have no recollection of public buses or bus stops. :idunno:

( EDIT: Looks like i got confused here and thought you were talking about public transport within Hualien City - if you go to the bus ticket office, near the railway station, you should be able to get all the info you need about the long-distance buses, including those going to Ilan and Taipei. )

Not very helpful (the Hualien office, not yuli). There are buses, I’ve seen them!
Particularly interested in the bus that supposedly now runs from Hualien up Taroko all the way to Lishan, think it’s once a day.
I’ll get the wife on the case.

Of course - those are the long distance buses, many of which have their terminal near the railway station (to the northeast of the station)

[quote]Particularly interested in the bus that supposedly now runs from Hualien up Taroko all the way to Lishan, think it’s once a day.
I’ll get the wife on the case.[/quote]
Try this one: hualienbus.com.tw/bus/hualien_bus.php
Here you get the bus lines, the major stops and the fares… :wink:

[quote=“yuli”]Try this one: hualienbus.com.tw/bus/hualien_bus.php
Here you get the bus lines, the major stops and the fares… :wink:[/quote]

Well thanks, that does seem to vaguely work. But it has the ridiculous requirement that I need to know the bus route, before I select my from & to stations. So I have to work through all the Central Cross bus numbers before I find the one that goes to Lishan. And the ‘from’ station resets each time.

At least it works in Firefox - I should be grateful.

I don’t know anything about this subject. Does this URL help?

hualienbus.com.tw/bus/ticket_info.php

Great Idea. I’d like to share my experiences with waterfalls and wild hot springs on the east coast (GPS + maps)

All Taiwan:
followxiaofei.com/region/

Google Maps: Waterfalls / Hot Springs / Camping
google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewe … D-lNVlUzxU

Yilan
followxiaofei.com/region/yilan-county

Hualian
followxiaofei.com/region/hualien-county

Taitung
followxiaofei.com/region/taitung-county

Feel free to add any of these links to existing posts.

[quote=“yuli”]
Living in Taidong, Hualian, or Yilan

~ ~ References and Resources for people who have just moved to, or are thinking of moving to, the eastern counties ~ ~

The population of Taidong (Taidong), Hualian (Hualian), and Yilan (Yilan, Gilan) taken together is only about 5% of the population of Taiwan, and there aren’t many foreigners living and working here. This thread is meant to serve as an easy access point for relevant information about the eastern counties, and I am not only including local references here (i.e., links to various related threads on Forumosa), but also information from government websites and first-hand experience. :slight_smile:
Do you known any thing that should be included here? Please don’t hesitate to post it… :2cents: :secret: !
(If you’d rather like me to add your information to an existing post, just send me a PM.)

Note 1: Individual entries in this thread get revised and expanded from time to time, so if you’ve visited here before you may find it useful to check all the entries again. :wink: [Last edited 2011-10-08]

Note 2: In the Travel forum there is a related thread, containing information for tourists (much of which is definitely also useful for residents): Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Travel)

:thanks:[/quote]

Also your kid can learn to surf on the beautiful rugged Pacific Ocean coastline near Dulan