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CRAFT SUPPLIES: (Wax)
CRAFT SUPPLIES: (Suede)
MAP: FOREIGN AFFAIRS POLICE STATION (Fengshan)
STREET NAMES IN MANDARIN
CITY ZIP CODES
DRIVERS' LICENSE TESTING
(for those without computers)
ARC/MULTIPLE ENTRY "BRIEFING"
Research in progress
TIPS FOR TAKING ROC DRIVER'S LICENSE TEST
QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE 921 EARTHQUAKE
Where can I find wax
for candle making?
Just off Liuhou 2nd Street (The Night Market
Street). The shop sells clean blocks of wax, various oils & aromatics.
Interesting array of imported supplies.
I'd like to drive to the Foreign
Affairs Police Department in Feng Shan. But, I'm not sure
how to get there. Could you make a map, or give the address in Mandarin?
Remember, parking is at a premium, and offices are closed
during lunch time.
What are Kaohsiung
City postal codes? Sometimes I am asked when completing various out-of-country
forms or applications that require specific details regarding my residence
Each district, town and county has individual
mailing codes. Kaohsiung districts are listed below. You can
pick up a booklet, free of charge, at any local Post Office that lists
codes for all of Taiwan.
|Chih Chin 805
||Hsin Hsing 800
|Chien Chen 806
|Chien Chin 801
||Yen Cheng 803
|Hsiao Kang 812
Getting a Taiwan
Drivers' license in Kaohsiung is not easy. I helped my foreign friend
but he failed the first time. We felt that there must be something
wrong with the computer system. But we later realized that you cannot
skip any question. This means you have no chance to recheck.
My advice: choose your answers carefully the first (and only) time when
it comes to the computer questionnaire. (comment
from a local Taiwanese resident)
There are genuine challenges facing those who
apply for an R.O.C. drivers' license, not only in terms of test taking
but in establishing the validity of an International Drivers' Licenses.
It's a good idea to ask a Taiwanese friend for assistance, but this does
not always guarantee success. Your Home Country Representative Office may
be able to provide some pointers, which in most cases requires a call to
Taipei (click here
for list of telephone numbers) Sometimes, car rental agencies
may be able to offer assistance. THE BOTTOM LINE: Do not give
up in your attempts to secure legal driving privileges if you plan to drive
in Kaohsiung. A valid license is your only guarantee for protection.
This applies to cars and motor scooters.
I don't have a computer
at home, but I need to use the Internet from time to time. It would be
great if I knew where I could go. How about a list of places in Kaohsiung
that offer Internet service.
Most neighborhoods have an Internet Cafe;
prices average between NT$60-NT$100 per hour. However, few English
speakers are on duty and usually programs appear in Chinese Windows.
A cup of coffee or tea is included as a standard service, and a good
number of computers await. Near the train station on Chienkuo Road
, a.k.a. "Computer Street", may be a convenient spot for you to "browse"
for such cafes. Some specific spots:
*Further details are in
(ask for Brian or Lenny)
NT$100 (minimum charge); NT$100 per hour thereafter
|Comfortable Reading Room with
Internet Service. Plus, a full menu if you get hungry (or thirsty)!
The real advantage here is that English speakers are "on board" to help
you set up Hotmail accounts and "work the files". The Green Jungle
hopes to expand this service. At present, there's only one computer...you
might call in advance to see if it's occupied.
#4 Chungshan 1st Road
(near the burned down department
16 NEC computers
Nova & SeedNet
|Mon ~ Fri: 11AM-10PM
|Free to the public...but be prepared to
stand in line! It's "1st Come, 1st Serverd". Chinese Windows are
loaded, but you can easily access the Interet or send e-mail. English
speaking help is rare.
Wenhua & Jenai Road
(just off Wufu Road)
|Open 'til midnight
Cost: NT$1 per minute.
(Name not available)
on Tachang Road,
off Jui Ru Road
(round the corner from
Da Shuen Bridge)
|Open 24 hours
Cost:NT$1 per minute
Kaohsiung. A Community Guide
something that calls for suede cloth. I need a light weight variety.
Where can I find it?
Try fabric stores first, the shopkeeper may
be able to help. Or, you might find something tucked away in one
of the many wholesale or manufacturing outlets operating outside
of the city. A Chinese speaking neighbor or friend would be a good
assist in your search. Here's a quick list to start with:
Bobbles” Tel: 251-6472
11:00 AM ~
for fabric by the bolt
10:30 AM ~
9:30 PM daily
sewing supplies. Other locations in town.
Buckles & Bows”
# 15 Choutin
Road. Hsin Hsing
12 Noon ~ 9:30
Road. Hsin Hsing
# 159 Nan Hai
St. Hsin Hsing
The owner may
to help locate
I ride the bus
to work and it's pretty easy. But, do you have a list of street names
in Mandarin for other trips. I understand that the 1998 Community
Guide listed streets in Mandarin, but I don't have that copy and the new
book doesn't include the list.
I agree! A dedicated list of Kaohsiung's streets
in Mandarin is useful! Click
HERE for that link.
time I have to update my ARC or renew my multiple entry “thingy”, I get
a little nervous because I really don't understand it all. What I
would really like to see written down somewhere is a step-by-step of what
we foreigners have to do.
answers are not "cookbook" simple since details change case by case. However,
there are some basics to help you on your "quest":
managed by the Foreign Affairs Office on the 5th Floor of the ICBC Bank
Building #253 Chungcheng 4th Road. Chien Chin District
Multiple Entry Approval
and Alien Registration Certification (ARC) are managed
by the Foreign Affairs Offices connected with local Police Stations Kaohsiung
City: #260 Chungcheng 4th Road. Chien Chin District. Kaohsiung County:
#388 Kuanyuan Road. Feng Shan City See MAP
Materials Required: Documentation concerning
status that is generated by
your ROC Sponsor (this varies depending upon the type of Visa you hold,
Work, Student, Family, etc.); Photographs (the
number varies according to Visa);
Home Country Passport.
Application & Renewal Processing Costs
according to status.
The "Shelf Life" of your ARC, Entry Approval
and Visa also differ according to status.
Making a Change of Status
is another issue altogether. All foreign nationals enter
Taiwan based on status issued from their home country. This can be
entry depending upon circumstances.
Your ROC Sponsor is a key figure in
the overall process and can help to smooth the "rough edges". And,
officials connected with the Foreign Affairs offices are helpful for the
most part. Do not be surprised if you are shuffled from one
spot to the next and back again. These are complicated affairs for
everyone. Should you encounter serious difficulties, legal
advice may be required.
Chen & Chern Attorney for help with this question
about this firm or if you need help,
details at: New
I'm from Australia
and will be visiting Kaohsiung for a "Look See". It's my first
trip, so I expect things will be pretty confusing, especially currency.
Can you provide some photos so I can have a bit of a look before I come?
Then I can exchange with confidence when I'm in the country.
Here goes...a NT$50 bill and coin are also
circulated, but hard to come by in photos. Recently, the government
issued bills which are watermarked to curb counterfeiting. It's not
unusual to see a shop keeper or vendor carefully inspecting money during
a transaction. Rates fluctuate, so check with your local bank for
current exchange rates.
Web Site: "Coin
Exhibition" by Han Yiping Zhejiang University
Web Site: "World
If I were living anywhere
else my question wouldn't be so earth shattering...but, I need help!
I must find someone who can repair shoes. I wear a large size, and
can't find new shoes to buy and the supply I have are losing their edge
with all the walking I have to do on rough roads. Thanks...."Shoeless,
but not in Seattle!"
You are a "poor sole", indeed....I, too face the same problem.
Luckily, I've found a wonderful shop specializing is shoe repair downtown
at #225 Tzechiang 3rd Road (Tel: 271-3739). It's near the Grand Hai
thought it would be easy, but.....
I'm attempting to get my Taiwan Driver's License
and wanted to share some of my experiences so that it might help others.
The "written" part is done totally by computer. And, you can skip
an answer and go back to "fill in the blanks" after completing questions
that are easiest. (NOTE: this differs from earlier
comment on the subject shared by a local reader-WebMaster). My real
challenge has to do with the driving portion of the test. I am more
familiar with an automatic transmission, so I felt very uncomfortable with
a manual drive. I later learned that the Feng Shan Testing Center
on Wuying Road does have 2 "automatics". I was told they did not
exist. It's best to reserve that type of car. You might have
to insist on that point! Also, when attempting the backing up exercises,
I was not allowed to look over my shoulder....I had to do everything using
only my rear view and side mirrors. This was difficult for me.
Finally..and this was critical...my Test Master kept instructing me to
line up in the "center" which I interpreted to mean "centering the car"
when in fact the driver themself is to line up "center" to all street grid
markings. It sounds complicated...but it is a tip that would have
saved me from many retakes. I have taken the test repeatedly....I
will not give up....and as my friends say, I've got 52 chances...one per
each week of the year!