Once you've decided to enroll at the Chinese Language Center, take a look in this section. You'll find additional information to better prepare your study here in Taichung.

And don't forget, you're not just limited to the information on this website. Our office staff is resourceful and happy to answer your questions anytime.




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Maps & Directions


We've accumulated all the documents available throughout the site in this section. Feel free to download them and read them thoroughly. For example, you might want to print out the Getting to Taichung file before you leave your country.

Here's a collection of maps and bus routes to help you get acquainted with Taichung.

Bus Routes

Useful bus route are
Bus 5,25,28,45,54,63,79,160
Bus 160:O.C.U – HSR Taichung station
Bus 35: South Dist – Overseas Chinese Institute
Bus 54:Gangwei-Jiuzhangli

Study Aids


Generally speaking, one can safely say that Taiwan traffic has to be among the worst in the world. It is not just that roads are choked with too many cars, motorcycles, buses and trucks all competing for minuscule advantage....


Since Taiwan is a subtropical country in full development, health conditions are quite different from the ones you were used to. The summers are hot and humid and with the introduction of air-conditioners many people catch summer colds. The winters on the other hand can be chillier than one would expect and since there is no heating provided, you should learn to mix and match several layers of clothing to stay in good health....


There are many gorgeous towns and areas to visit in Taiwan, and you'll have many opportunities to get out of Taichung on the weekends. Traveling is easy, cheap and convenient. Take advantage of the free weekends and holidays because there are so many incredible sights to see....


Send & Receive





If you ask people in your home country to call you, make sure to point out that the country code for Taiwan is 886 and that they have to omit the 0 in the area prefix (04 for Taichung becomes 4); this is what one of the FCUChinese Language Center reception desk telephone number looks like for someone who dials from abroad: (international access code) 886-4-2451 7250 -5871. The same applies for cell phones; for example, 0919-405940 would be dialed 886-919-405940 from an international destination.

Public Pay Phones: The current rate is NT$1 for one minute of a local call. Phones accept NT $1, NT $5, NT $10 coins. Telephone cards start at NT$ 100 and permit 100 call units for island-wide use. Available at train stations, bus terminals, kiosks and all convenience stores.

Use International Direct Dial (IDD) phones, to save surcharges. Using international toll-free numbers (080) when available also saves money.

The International Telecommunications Administration (ITA) has the following reduced rate hours for those who want to save some money when calling overseas:

If you’re planning a long-term stay, it might be smart to opt for buying a cell phone instead of a regular fixed phone in your room or studio. There are quite a few service providers around, so you may want to check with a Chinese friend which company offers a better deal. Such a friend could also check the contract that you need to sign in detail and possibly help you negotiate. New phones nearly always need a deposit of around NT$ 1,200. In and around the Beacon shopping mall you may be able to find second hand da-ge-da's (‘big brother’ being the euphemism for cell phone these days), unless of course you have brought your own mobile phone with you and just want to buy a new SIM card for local use.

Taiwan's Postal Services are extremely reliable and efficient. You won't believe with what a minimum of English data a letter or postcard can arrive at its destination. It is very unlikely that the same would happen to a letter with a Chinese address abroad. Mail is delivered twice a day to private addresses in most areas and express mail is even delivered on Sundays. Be sure however to write your return address in legible English or even better learn how to write it in Chinese as soon as possible. The Postal Services have an excellent website up with interesting facts for foreigners. Check out the EMS (Express Mail Service) tracking and tracing system and the links to a number of foreign countries.

The nearest post office is located on He-nan Road, about a 10 minute walk through the East Gate. This post office opens Monday through Friday 8:00 to 17:00. You can buy stamps at the window counters No. 8, 9 or 10. The employee will weigh your letter and tell you the amount you have to pay. Put an Airmail sticker on the envelope if you didn't use regular airmail stationery, otherwise your letter might end up in the surface mail. Any printed material – and greeting cards fall under this category – can be mailed at a cheaper rate, as long as they do not contain separate letters or photos. Postal employees are entitled to open your envelope to verify no letters are included. Therefore, don't seal your envelope, but tuck in the envelope flap and write Printed Matter on it if you’re sending a card in an envelope. Chinese people never lick the back of their stamps and local envelopes don’t have a glue strip, most likely because of the high humidity, though some claim there are hygienic reasons for this practice. Instead you can always find a jar of glue on a desk somewhere in every post office.

Postal boxes are conveniently placed throughout Taiwan. Red boxes are for airmail (left-hand slot) and express delivery (right-hand), Green boxes are for local mail; the right-hand slot is for mail within the city, the left-hand slot for outside the city.

If you need to send a package, you have three options. The least expensive but slowest method is via surface mail, which takes about two months to e.g. US or Europe. A quicker and still economical alternative is using a combination air/surface routing, which takes about three weeks to the same destinations. The fastest option is the airmail method, wherein your package will arrive within 7 to 10 days, depending on the destination. Packages should not exceed 20 kg. You will have to fill out a number of forms, for customs clearance mainly, and all of them are in Chinese and French only. So, take a Chinese friend with you the first time or brush up your French. The GPO on Min-quan Road sells very sturdy cartons in different sizes. The biggest costs NT$ 70.

The Post Office offers a host of other services, but not every branch necessarily has all the listed services:

If you want to send a fax to your home country, contact the Chinese Language Center office reception desk. 7-Eleven convenience stores and the Post Office also offer a fax service.

Inform the reception desk if you are going to receive a fax from abroad and ask the sender to clearly mark on top of the fax who it is meant for, preferably writing ATTN (your English + Chinese name), (your native country).


Our Office


Embassies & Consulates

Representative Offices in Taiwan


Cultural & Social Venues


We have provided in this section a comprehensive list of contacts, address, and phone numbers that you may need during your stay here. Of course, the most important one is our office.
Taichung's area code is 04. If you are in Taichung, you don't need to add the area code when dialing.

Feng Chia University – Chinese Language Center


For an extensive list of consulates, embassies and representative offices abroad, visit the Contacts section.
If we need to update a location, please contact us. Not finding your country? It's probably listed as a representative office.

For diplomatic reasons, most countries have representative offices in Taiwan. W have also provided a contact name and number for you to reach, but your requests are not just limited to them. All offices are located in Taipei (area code 02) unless specified otherwise. If there are any changes, please notifty us by email or phone.

Australia and Asia


North America

Central and South America


Contacts for Local Services

Taxi Services

E-Card Sales in Taichung



The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language(TOCFL)is established by the Ministry of Education to become a certified and standard assessment of Mandarin proficiency. The new version of the TOCFL has three proficiency bands: Band A, Band B, and Band C. Each of the bands has two levels. Therefore, there are a total of six levels: Levels 1 to 6. The items on the test of each level are 50 multiple choice items, to be answered in 60 minutes. Test takers can choose the test levels best suited to them based on their Chinese language proficiency and learning background.

In April 2008, Feng Chia University hosted its first TOP examination with over 300 students signed up in the Central region. For more information about the test, visit the TOCFL website.

When you have finished your study here at the Language Center, a certificate by the TOCFL may come in handy to certify your Mandarin proficiency when applying for a job or university.

Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) (Chinese: 漢語水平考試)

Translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test or the Chinese Standard Exam, is China's only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers such as foreign students and overseas Chinese.
It is not uncommon to refer to a standard or level of proficiency by the HSKlevel number, or score. For example, a job description might ask for foreign applicants with \"HSK5 or better.'
The test is administered by Hanban, an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. (Resource by Wikipedia)


The Steering Committee for Test of Proficiency – Huayu have compared the test of TOCFL with the HSK offered in China. The test takers can read the following figure for detail. As shown on the figure, Level 1 in TOCFL is comparable to Level 4 in HSK.