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

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

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:09

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. :)
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): viewtopic.php?t=82911

:thanks:
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:11

Maps:


:arrow: Taidong

http://taiwaning.zening.info/map/Taitung_County/ (Google; map with links to the individual townships, including the islands)

http://www.worldmapfinder.com/Map_Earth ... an/Taidong (Google; map and satellite image)


:arrow: Hualian

http://taiwaning.zening.info/map/Hualie ... /index.htm (Google; map with links to the individual townships)

http://www.worldmapfinder.com/Map_Earth ... an/Hualian (Google; map and satellite image)


:arrow: Yilan

http://taiwaning.zening.info/map/Yilan_County/index.htm (Google; map with links to the individual townships)

http://www.worldmapfinder.com/Map_Earth ... iwan/Yilan (Google; map and satellite image)
 
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:11

Living in Taidong

Threads

Fair Deal in Taidong?
viewtopic.php?t=79233

Affordable housing in Taidong?
viewtopic.php?t=70028

Bombing the God of War
viewtopic.php?t=76905

Websites

Online Classifieds
http://yilan-hualien-taitung.kijiji.com.tw/

Highway 11 Magazine's New Website
http://www.highway11.net/index.php/en

Map and list with phone numbers of hospitals
http://www.google.co.jp/search?hl=ja&q= ... C%E7%B4%A2

List of Hotspring Websites:
viewtopic.php?t=82911&start=26
 
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:12

Living in Hualian (1)

Threads

Taroko Gorge Info
viewtopic.php?t=82911&start=6

Websites

Hualian City Bus Info (in Chinese)
http://www.hl.gov.tw/bus/bus.asp

Online Classifieds
http://yilan-hualien-taitung.kijiji.com.tw/

Highway 11 Magazine's New Website
http://www.highway11.net/index.php/en

Map and list with phone numbers of hospitals
http://www.google.co.jp/search?hl=ja&q= ... C%E7%B4%A2

List of Hotspring Websites:
viewtopic.php?t=82911&start=28
 
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:12

Living in Yilan

Threads

2009-01-18:
schmoopie wrote:[...]
There are some fitness in Yilan.
1. 3H Fitness.
(03)954-9780
Open from 7:00-23:00 Mon-Sat
2. Global Gym
No.227-2, Gongjheng Rd., Luodong Township, Yilan County 265
(I don't know the phone number).

2008-12-09:
alidarbac wrote:I lived in Luodong for about a year and a half and there's far more that I miss in Yilan county (good hotsprings in Jiaoxi, mindblowing sunrises around Toucheng, frolicking in Xinliao waterfall, crazy beautiful coast south of Su'ao, MUCH cheaper food) than stuff I enjoy in Taipei (namely Cafe Odeon and the Dunhua Eslite store.) Also, if you have Chinese ability, you won't slowly lose your mind from people ignoring your Chinese and always answering you in English. The people in Yilan are far friendlier than the people in Taipei. The big disadvantage for me to living in Yilan was the miserable winters where you never see the sun, but Taipei is only marginally better in this regard.

Living in Yilan - the pros and cons
This thread contains a lot of unrelated stuff, but the upshot is that, like in the other sparsely populated areas, work is not easy to come by (if you are looking for a teaching job in a cram school) but that otherwise it's a good place to live. The following three posts contain some specific information:
viewtopic.php?t=76961&start=3
viewtopic.php?t=76961&start=53
viewtopic.php?t=76961&start=77

Where can I buy the most reasonably priced major appliances?
viewtopic.php?t=70210

Greasy pole climbing contest & other northern events- where?
viewtopic.php?t=69685

Websites

Online Classifieds
http://yilan-hualien-taitung.kijiji.com.tw/

Highway 11 Magazine's New Website
http://www.highway11.net/index.php/en

Yilan County website: List of hospitals in Yilan
http://www.e-land.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=4 ... e=722&mp=5

Map and list with phone numbers of hospitals
http://www.google.co.jp/search?hl=ja&q= ... C%E7%B4%A2

List of Hotspring Websites:
viewtopic.php?f=55&t=82911&start=29
 
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:12

Banking (1)

(General information for foreigners that also applies to non-residents)

Banking in Taiwan
viewtopic.php?t=79014

Opening A Bank Account With Only A Passport [i.e., without an ARC/APRC]
viewtopic.php?t=82838

Banking in Taiwan
viewtopic.php?t=79014

Banking and Money Questions
viewtopic.php?t=81204

Trying to find a good bank... frustrating.
viewtopic.php?t=91692

Opening A Bank Account With Only A Passport
viewtopic.php?t=82838
 
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:14

Visas

:arrow: Government website
http://investintaiwan.nat.gov.tw/en/env ... _stay.html

:arrow: National Immigration Agency
(for visa matters, also issues the "Record of ID No. in the Republic of China", if needed)

Taidong County Service Center
No.59, Changsha Rd., Taidong City
08-936-1631, 08-934-7103

Hualian County Service Center
5th Fl., 371 中山路 (Zhong1 Shan1 Lu4 / Zhongshan Rd.), Hualian City
(at the intersection of 中山路 and 林森路 (Lin2 Sen1 Lu4 / Linsen Rd.), above the Taiwan Cooperative Bank)
03-833-8077, 03-833-8029

Yilan County Service Center
1FL., No.45, Cangcian Rd., Luodong Township
03-957-5448, 03-957-4949
 
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:14

Other Legal Paperwork

:arrow: Notary Public
(you can get documents notarized at the district courts or, if not, at least information about notaries there)

Taidong (Taidong):

台東市地方法院
Tai2dong1 Shi4 Di4fang1 Fa3yuan4
Taidong Local District Court
128, Po Ai Road, Taidong City
08-9310-130
E-Mail: ttdaide@judicial.gov.tw

Hualian (Hualian):

花蓮地方法院所屬民間公證人何叔孋事務所
Hua1lian2 Di4fang1 Fa3yuan4​ Suo3​shu3​ Min2​jian1 Gong1​zheng4​ren2​ He2 Shu1​-Li4 Shi4​wu4​suo3​
The business office of Su-Li Her (He2 Shu1​-Li4), private notary affiliated with the Hualian District Court
Keywords from her homepage:
民間公證人 / 英文 / 可辦理所有中外文公認證案件、公證
Private notary public / speaks English / can handle all Chinese and foreign language public certification matters and notarization
Location: 399, 林森路 (Lin2 Sen1 Lu4 / Linsen Rd.) (opposite City Hall)
03-8311899

花蓮市地方法院
Hua1lian2 Di4fang1 Fa3yuan4​
Hualian Local District Court (near the county Government offices - see below)
15, 府前路 (Fu3 Qian2 Lu4 / Fu Chien Rd.), Hualian City
03-822-5144
E-Mail: hldaide@judicial.gov.tw
(at the district courts one can get documents notarized or, if not, at least information about notaries)

Yilan (Yilan)

宜蘭市地方法院
Yi2lan2 Shi4 Di4fang1 Fa3yuan4
Yilan Local District Court
51, Wei Shui Road, Yilan City
03-932-4190
E-Mail: ildaide@judicial.gov.tw

:arrow: Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) in Hualian (Hualian) - the only office at the east coast
Address: 6th Fl., 371 中山路 (Zhong1 Shan1 Lu4 / Zhongshan Rd.), Hualian City
03-833-1041, 03-833-0970
Help Line: 03-393-2628, 03-398-2629
Email: bocahun@ms21.hinet.net

:arrow: City Offices

Hualian (Hualian)
林森路 (Lin2 Sen1 Lu4 / Linsen Rd.), between the intersection with 中山路 (Zhong1 Shan1 Lu4 / Zhongshan Rd.) and the bridge

:arrow: County Government Offices

Hualian (Hualian)
Various buildings between 府前路 (Fu3 Qian2 Lu4 / Fu Chien Rd.) and 府後路 (Fu3 Hou4 Lu4 / Fuhou Rd.);
directly east of 美崙山 (Mei3 Lun2 Shan1 / Meilun Mountain) and north of the military installation
 
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:15

Banking (2)

(Note: many banks are now offering VISA debit cards to residents - see viewtopic.php?f=88&t=95280 )

:arrow: Taishin Bank (台新銀行)

Hualian Branch
No.183, 中正路 (Zhong1 zheng4 Lu4 / Zhongzheng Rd.), Hualian City
(03) 834-5930

Luodong Branch
No.153, Gongjheng Rd., Luodong Township, Yilan County
(03) 953-3366

:arrow: Mega Bank (兆豐國際商業銀行)

Hualian Branch (formerly ICBC Hualian Branch)
No. 26, 公園路 (Gong1 Yuan2 Lu4 / Kung-yuan Rd.), Hualian City
Tel:03-8350191

Yilan Branch
1F., No.338, Minzu Rd., Yilan City
(03) 931-0666

Luodong Branch (formerly CTB Luodong Branch)
No.195, Sec.2, Chung-ching Rd., Luodong, Yilan County
(03) 961-1262

:arrow: Post Office

Post Office banking website
http://www.post.gov.tw/post/internet/u_ ... itemap.jsp

:arrow: Other banks
(Yilan County website: branches of various banks in Yilan)
http://www.e-land.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=4 ... e=720&mp=5
 
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Re: Taidong, Hualian, Yilan (Living)

Postby yuli » 19 Dec 2009, 12:15

Post Offices

Threads:

Getting a mailbox at the post office (post office box)
viewtopic.php?t=84123

Websites:

Post Office website: detailed information (map and searchable listing of post offices)
http://www.post.gov.tw/post/internet/u_ ... al_h_1.jsp

:arrow: Taidong

Taidong Branch 901 (Main Post Office)
No. 126, Datong Rd., Taidong City

:arrow: Hualian

Hualian Branch 901 (Guo-An Post Office / New Main Post Office)
No. 408, 中山路 (Zhong1 Shan1 Lu4 / Zhongshan Rd.), Hualian City

Hualian Branch 19 (Zhongshan Rd. Post Office / Old Main Post Office)
No. 188, 中山路 (Zhong1 Shan1 Lu4 / Zhongshan Rd.), Hualian City
(at the corner of 中山路 and 中正路 (Zhong1 Zheng4 Lu4 / Zhongzheng Rd. / Hwy. 9)

:arrow: Yilan

Yilan Branch 25
No. 69, Singdong Rd., Luodong 265-41

Yilan Branch 901 (Main Post Office)
No. 130, Sec. 3, Zhongshan Rd., Yilan 260-44

Yilan County website: post offices in Yilan
http://www.e-land.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=4 ... e=757&mp=5
 
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