Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Typhoon Trami Warning by American Institute in Taiwan

Typhoon Trami - August 20, 2013

This emergency message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau are tracking Typhoon Trami across the Western Pacific.  JTWC forecasts TyphoonTrami will track northwest over the next 48 hours, traversing northern Taiwan, but the possibility of a last minute change in direction exists.  Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the island. Local government in Taipei, New Taipei, and Keelung announced closure on August 21. American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)/Taipei will also be closed on August 21. AIT Kaohsiung will be open, however.
We will continue to monitor Typhoon Trami‘s track and will issue updated messages as needed.   Please monitor the storm’s track by listening to the radio, watching television, or monitoring Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau website ( in English.  International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) provides regular weather bulletins in English on 100.7 FM in the Taipei and Kaohsiung areas and on 100.1 FM in Taichung.  Locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.  Carry your travel documents at all times (e.g. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location.  You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates on your whereabouts.
For more information , please visit AIT website

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Free Wifi for Visitors in Taiwan -- iTaiwan

Update: Because of a lot of visitors waiting in line for applying for the free wifi service at the airport, the government starting on 12/20 will allow visitors to apply for the service on line before arriving in Taiwan. Once visitors arrive, they can go to any tourist service centers in Taiwan to activate this service with their passports. It can be extended from 30 days up to 60-90 days. 

 Taiwan Tourist Bureau starts offering free wifi service for all inbound travelers. When tourists arrive at Taoyuan International Airport, they can go to the tourist service center to apply for iTaiwan service by presenting their passports. If travelers don't apply at the airport, they can visit any tourist service center around the island for iTaiwan. The service cooperated with TPE-Free, New Taipei, iTaichung city, and Tainan-Wifi to let travelers easy access to the service. Travelers can access the free wifi at government buildings and major public transportation areas.  It is good for up to 90 days.
If you see this sign on the walls or doors in any buildings, it means it offers free wifi service.
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Below information is from iTaiwan Website:

Can I use an account registered on iTaiwan to roam among TPE-Free,
 New Taipei or Tainan-Wifi wireless internet service?
The Executive Yuan has cooperated with the Taipei city government,
New Taipei city government and Tainan city government to
establish a two-way user account roaming mechanism between
Tainan Free Public WiFi Access (Tainan-Wifi), Taipei Free Public
WiFi Access (TPE-Free), New Taipei WiFi Access (NewTaipei),
and iTaiwan. The public only needs to complete registration on
iTaiwan network to access all iTaiwan, TPE-Free,
New Taipei, and Tainan-Wifi hotspots for accessing the
internet over WiFi.

Is iTaiwan service available to foreign visitors?
If you are a foreign visitor and would like to use iTaiwan service,
you can present your passport or entry permit
(for Mainland China residents) at a Travel Service
Center located at any major airports, train stations
or mass rapid transit (MRT) stations in Taiwan and
 give the service personnel your e-mail address. After
the service personnel applies for an account number
for you, you can use the account number to access
the Internet at any major indoor public area in Taiwan
free of charge. Information on Travel Service Centers is as follows:
1. Travel Service Center, Tourism Bureau Located at
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Kaohsiung
International Airport and Travel Service Center, Tourism Bureau.
For detailed information, please visit: detailed information
2. County and City Visitor Centers Located at Taipei Songshan
International Airport, major mass rapid transit stations in Taipei,
Taipei Main Station, major airports and train stations
in counties and cities, and High Speed Rail stations.
For detailed information, please visit: detailed information
You can also use a native mobile phone number or a
native prepaid card number to register a account for
the use of iTaiwan service or register
for a TPE-Free account to log onto iTaiwan service.
For TPE-Free registration information, please visit:detailed information

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Attention for Visiting Taroko National Park or Hualien

Highway 8 from Dayulin to Hualien ( Via Hohuan Mt. to Taroko National Park) is closed due to the massive rock falls. It has been accumulated over 100,000 cubic meters and covered up the highway more than 300 meter long since May 6. The landslides are still going and getting more serious.

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Suhua Highway from Suao to Hualien is also closed due to the heavy rain which caused the massive rock falls and landslides.
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If you plan to visit Hualien, you may take the train system, airplanes, or drive through the south to Hualien or Taitung.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Plum Blossom Season in Chungyuan Indeginouse Tribe

     The unusual weather pattern makes this winter more wet, cold and less sunshine in Taiwan; however, the cold weather is good for some plants to grow well like plum trees. In recently years, people are more appreciated what the natural world has given us like wonderful, gorgeous scenery like plum blossom season during mid December to mid January. The most famous place for appreciating the blossom is in Sinyin Township, Nantou County.  Because it was so popular and caused traffic jam in that area, we decided  to visit another less famous and less visitors new place on a precious sunny day with our motorcycle on the beginning of the four day new year holiday. 

This was the first time my husband took me for a ride after he had someone attach 3 boxes to his bike. Our main concerned was if this motorcycle could bear our weight plus the boxes? Another thing was that I should give my husband a compliment for finding places to remodel his bike without my help. He is really a true adventure to explore Taiwan on his own.