Has anyone read the accounts of the Flying Tigers and Civil Air Transport?

Question by We Never Left!!: Has anyone read the accounts of the Flying Tigers and Civil Air Transport?
Some here may wonder about the “avatar” I use. Have you ever read an account of its history?

If you have time to check out some of the links, then please offer your comments.

I suggest you do some research on the Flying Tigers, General Chennault, his wife Chen Xiangmei (now residing in Washington, D.C.), and the Civil Air Transport origins of a little thing called “Air America”. Even though it was an ugly time in the 20th century, noble motives were being carried out by honorable people.

[Note: The statue in the photo is now located at the ROCAF base in Hualien where I work.]




Kind regards to all,
WNL (aka Col. “FOG”, ROCAF)

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Answer by Michelle

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Who has some scary or amusing earthquake stories in Taiwan?

Question by matt_of_asia: Who has some scary or amusing earthquake stories in Taiwan?
Just was sitting with my wife in a restaurant and the ground started to vibrate a bit. Everyone around me perked up their ears. For about 3 seconds it seemed ok… normal… Then it got louder and started a nice roaring sound. The guy behind my wife stood up and grabbed his bag. I leaped up, grabbed my jacket and my bag and scuttled out the door. I am now proud to be the first over-reactor out of the door!
It turns out it was a 7.0 near Hualien it probably wasnt too big here in Taichung but I havn’t been through 9-21 so it seemed a larger than normal one to me.

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Answer by TaiwanTeacher
In our 8th floor apartment, it was quite a rocker over here in Hualien! Worst one I have ever experienced. Several items knocked off shelves and such, but no severe damage. We all happened to be in the bedroom at the time, so there really wasn’t any place to go. An hour later now, and my daughter is still afraid to go back into the bedroom; she’s crying “Wo hei pa!”

I took a quick check around the building and see no signs of damage, so I think we’re ok for now, but local aftershocks are still happening (last one was a 4.2 12km away).

Far Glory Hotel has lost some windows, and some have lost power and their rooftop water tanks, if that might be an indicator of the intensity.

It sure makes a person feel helpless to do anything when something like that hits ya.

No shame in “over-reacting”. A couple years back, I happened to be in a police station here in Hualien when a 6.0 hit. Even those guys were running for the door. Ha!

PS: Any reports of a tsunami warning are bogus; no sirens sounded here, and the PA system remained silent.

EDIT: We have had 20 measurable aftershocks in the past 24 hours. i wonder when this will end?

Oh yeah, funny earthquake story…
I was in 2nd grade living in Renton, damned near on top of the epicenter, when the BIG quake hit Seattle in 1965.

(see: http://www.johnmartin.com/earthquakes/eqpapers/00000015.htm )

It was morning, and my elder sister and I were getting ready to head out the door to school. The whole house began to rumble as I stepped outside. I turned towards my out-of-sight big sister who was still in the house, and I yelled, “Hey! Why are YOU so angry?” I truly thought it was she who was making the house shake by jumping up and down on the floor in a rage! HAHAHAHA

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Can you buy a ticket for the Taroko express at Taipei main station?

Question by ziggy: Can you buy a ticket for the Taroko express at Taipei main station?
Hi guys this is my last piece of the puzzle, of things to sort out for my trip to Taiwan.Just wondered if you had to pre book tickets because of its popularity, or can you buy them from a machine? Do Taroko tour buses operate straight from Hualien train station to the gorge, and is it possible to do the whole trip from Taipei in one day? THANKS EVERYONE IN THE TAIWAN SECTION OF YAHOO ANSWERS FOR YOUR TIME THIS IS THE LAST BORING QUESTION I PROMISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANT WAIT TO SEE TAIWAN!!!

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Answer by We never left!
Hi Ziggy. Yes. You can buy the tickets at Taipei Main Station. You just need to specify that you want to ride on the Taroko train. However, to be perfectly honest, the older (slower) trains have more comfortable seating, and you only lose about 1/2 hour of travel time taking one to Taroko Park/Hualien. If you send me a message regarding your scheduled arrival in Hualien, I’d be happy to assist you in any way I can.

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Has anyone read the accounts of the Flying Tigers and Civil Air Transport?

Question by We Never Left!!: Has anyone read the accounts of the Flying Tigers and Civil Air Transport?
Some here may wonder about the “avatar” I use. Have you ever read an account of its history?

If you have time to check out some of the links, then please offer your comments.

I suggest you do some research on the Flying Tigers, General Chennault, his wife Chen Xiangmei (now residing in Washington, D.C.), and the Civil Air Transport origins of a little thing called “Air America”. Even though, it was an ugly time in the 20th century, noble motives were being carried out by honorable people.

[Note: The statue in the photo is now located at the ROCAF base in Hualien where I work.]




Kind regards to all,
WNL (aka Col. “FOG”, ROCAF)
@Matt – No USA forces landed in Taiwan until after the war ended. But, we were the only ones bombing the Japanese military facilities here during the war. Immediately at the end of the war, we ferried the ROC personnel here to accept the Japanese surrender. Later on, we even had to point guns at the ROC personnel just to get them to disembark in Taiwan, as they were afraid of the Japs which were still on the island. But, we were ferrying them back to Japan. This is the true meaning of “Peacekeeping”. That was in 1945, and the CCP had yet to overtake the ROC with its military coup. The PRC deserves NO respect for its minimal effort in routing the Japanese from China; indeed, they kept attacking the ROC who were trying to defend China. The ROC won WW2 on the mainland with the help of US forces, and the CCP stole it from a weakened ROC. I’ll bet THAT FACT isn’t in the history books in China today. They wouldn’t even HAVE a country now, if we hadn’t come to help.
The movie “Air America” is a light-hearted look at the strange idiosyncrasies involved in trying to bridge the gap between Asians whose only priority is protecting their own rice bowl and Americans who have lived a life of priviledges. I recommend it.
I have some beautiful USAAF reconnaissance photos of bombed out facilities and buildings on fire in Hualien taken in January 1945. Not a vehicle can be seen on the roads here, except a Japanese convoy headed north on the main road out of the city.

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Answer by matt_of_asia
Interesting history. Wow. I vauguely remember watching Robert Downy Jr.’s film “Air America”, that might be worth a download to check out again, if I can find a torrent.

I remember seeing the iconic shark-faced P-40 in books I read on avionics when I was a kid, I think I had a couple ‘hot wheels’ planes like that my friends were jealous of, back in the early 80’s. I think I lost em somewhere in a dirty old sandbox, though. That was one of my favorite planes. Interesting history.

Was the same group providing any air support during the Midway or Okinawa campaigns? I probably should go look that crap up at some point myself..

I had no idea the P-40 plane group operated out of Taiwan, however. I knew long range air support bombers were out in Taichung during the Vietnam war, I figured there might have been some bases here from the 40’s, I am not sure if Taiwan was taken by the US before assaulting Okinawa during WW2 pacific campaign or not, I am not much of a historian I admit. Was Taiwan ever officially occupied/secured by American forces in the last months of the Pacific campaign?

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Ex-pats in Taiwan, what would you do?

Question by We Never Left!!: Ex-pats in Taiwan, what would you do?
Trouble is brewing in my peaceful area of Hualien Taiwan. There is an ex-pat who has been here for about a year. In that time, he has started fights with four different foreigners (perhaps more). He is a violent drunk. First, he took on one of our ex-pat community “bouncers”, and got the beat up for doing so. Next, he took on another ex-pat and sent him to the hospital. Next, he threw a full bottle of booze and hit the car of an ex-pat who wouldn’t fight him. This past week, he attacked a long-term ex-pat resident from behind. Those actions stayed within the foreigner community, and no police reports were filed.

Now, I’ve just been told, he was known to have beaten his ex-girlfriend here; she’s a Taiwanese.

Here’s the kicker: As his ARC is soon to run out, he is scheduled to get married to a “young and innocent” Taiwanese girl on Sunday.

If it was in your power to do so, would you make any effort to protect her from suffering the same fate as the others? Or, would you just let the guy get his “spousal ARC” and run amok?
Thus far, 3:0 here say that I should do something. I came from a “Duty, Honor, Country” background. I’ll do my duty to protect her from this “dishonorable” foreigner. Thanks for the support. I spoke to the Foreigner Affairs Police rep today, but I am doubting that she will do anything (we all know how lazy the police are at times). Let’s hope for the best. This guy needs some jail time in Taiwan. FYI: It was MY car he threw the bottle at. I’m nearly ready to try pulling in the HeiDao on this one.
Met the gal. Met the guys brother who flew here from Canada for the wedding. Had a chat with some of the other foreigners. All say the couple are in “true love” and it seems to keep him calmed down when she’s around. As for the other Taiwanese girlfriend he hit, I’ve heard it was because she tried to run him over with her car (not sure why). The guy he put in the hospital is also a beligerant drunk and deserved what he got.
Looks like we’ll let this go for now, and just keep an eye on him a bit longer. For the sake of all concerned, I pray he has found a love that will help him grow up a bit and mend his ways.

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Answer by Ajeet M
I would send the NIA a list of his misdeeds Anon and at least have that on the books so if he does mess up even once where the cops are called in, that would be pulled up and he should get what he deserves.
This is not because he beats up foreigners but I hate Women beaters.

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Q&A: Does anyone have stories of Taiwanese attacking foreigners?

Question by We Never Left!!: Does anyone have stories of Taiwanese attacking foreigners?
It has come to mind that there have been several attacks on foreigners in my little city of Hualien Taiwan. One was hit over the head from behind with a beer bottle, one had his ear torn off by a golf club, one was beaten with a baseball bat, and at least four others have been attacked and pummeled by gangs. Most all the victims are peaceful ESL teachers here. These attacks are in addition to the robberies of some foreigners’ homes. What’s up with this?

Is this behavior common throughout Taiwan?
Oh.. I forgot to mention the one who was shot at several times, knocking the window out of his truck and putting a bullet hole through the drivers door.
@Dan – NOT fictional. Furthermore, I think you were here in Hualien at the time of baseball bat, golf club, and beer bottle attacks. Three other assaults and the pistol shooting happened after you left. Apparently, you didn’t associate with very many foreigners while here. Oh, and the news media never got involved in these things in Hualien, even the ones that made it to court.
@George – In general, foreigners do not have access to the prostitutes in Hualien. Due to the activity being illegal, they are reserved for VIPs. Surely, you know this from personal experience.

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Answer by Pagan Dan
Thank you for your question. I was beginning to think that creative writing was a dying art, but you have such a vivid imagination. I was a ‘peaceful ESL teacher” in Hualien for two years.

Foreigners are very safe in Taiwan, because:
1: Taiwanese people are among the kindest and most hospitable people I have ever met.
2: Violent crime is not tolerated, and criminals go to jail. We ought to try that in Canada once in a while.
3. There is no right to bear arms as in the USA, and God help anyone who gets caught with a gun.
4. There are severe penalties for drug offences.
5. “Disrupting public order” is a criminal charge.
6. I regularly read the online English language papers, and I have not heard a whisper about violent attacks on foreigners. Your fiction, if it were true, would be headlines all over Taiwan and around the world.

Nice try. Thanks for my morning laugh.

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Train Ticket To Hualian Collection Expiry Question?

Question by Gabriel N: Train Ticket To Hualian Collection Expiry Question?
Hi everyone, I be visiting Taipei on 3rd of February, and plan to visit Hualien on 6th of February.

I tried to book train ticket online at http://www.railway.gov.tw/index/index.aspx

After I just book the ticket for 6th February, it says ticket due date is the next day… but I read the FAQ and it mention the ticket will expire in 5 days after date of booking if I don’t go collect it…. so which is true?

Thanks everyone

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Answer by We never left!
They mean that the earliest you can acquire and use the ticket is the next day. The reservation for a ticket will expire in 5 days if you do not go collect the ticket.

Toss me an email, and we can meet up when you get to Hualien, if you wish.

edit: Welcome to Taiwan! Care to make a contact in Hualien?

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What is your opinion of police officers where you live?

Question by We Never Left!!: What is your opinion of police officers where you live?
I live in Hualien Taiwan. The police here seem to neglect their duty in enforcing traffic violations. Thus, there are many traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths. I came from the USA, where “traffic citations” were generally feared (most likely due to the resulting increase in insurance rates). Am I nuts to think there is a relationship between effective law enforcement and safe driving? Or, is it only a matter of financial consequences? Do police in your area look the other way, simply because they don’t want to do the paperwork required?

FYI: I have long held great respect for law enforcement officers. They have one of the most difficult jobs to perform effectively, and suffer a variety of foul consequences in attempting to do so.

What’s your opinion?

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Answer by Redac
Pretty boring city. Police have nothing better to do here than get anal about traffic violations.

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Q&A: Help with taiwan itinerary.?

Question by >_<: Help with taiwan itinerary.?
can anyone please provide me with an itinerary for a 4D/3N tour of taiwan –> which includes tours of taipei, taroko national park, hualien, taichung, and the sun moon lake.

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Answer by psc_mar
First, I assume you are an international visitor and will enter Taiwan at Taoyuan Airport. I have to warn you that this journey will be exhausting and the quality may not be good due to too many places and too little time! Second, I assume you will take public transportation instead of driving. In fact, I don’t think it is a good idea for visitors (especially first time visitor) to drive in Taiwan for the journey you proposed. Third, you have to realize that the major highway and railroad system in Taiwan is built along the coast-line of the island. Though there is a road that goes through the mountainous area (beautiful scenery!) to connect Taichung and Hualien, I personally do not recommend use it for your tight schedule (I know lots of people may not agree with me on this one). Reasons: less available transportation means, rare but possible delay due to road condition, perhaps car sick…. Fourth, to use land transportation may be your best choice. Domestic air transportation is available to connect certain points, but you may want to consider how much efficiency it may give you. Last but not the least, Taroko and Sun-Moon-Lake, in my opinion, shall be considered as excursions of the destinations Hualien and Taichung respectively. That is to say, you may have to change hotels every night in three cities (Taichung, Taipei and Hualien… I know, what a hassle!).

Now, it is my plan for you. Day 1: Since your trip involves both the west and east coast of Taiwan, you should go directly to Taichung the first day you arrive in Taiwan. If you can arrive in Taichung by noon, you may be able to join a tour provided by local tour operators to visit Sun-Moon-Lake (always touristy but the easiest). You can purchase the tour at the hotel you stay. If not by noon, take the next morning tour. Either way, you will have time to see what Taichung City can offer. Note: Often, short excursion tours are offered two times a day (morning and afternoon). You may want to check on the internet or with the hotel you are booking.

Day 2: After what you want to do in Taichung, go directly to Hualien because it will be better to spend the last night in Taipei. So, it will be less stressful for you to catch your flight out. The travel time from Taichung to Hualian by train is approximately 5+ hours, and you may have to change train at Taipei train station to go to Hualien. It seems that you can save at least 2 hours to fly from Taipei to Hualien in comparison to train. But again, train services are much more frequent than air and you would have to count the time to go to Taipei domestic airport. Does it really save you time? I will leave this question to you. Check in a hotel in Hualien City (yes, the city, not in Taroko) and relax. Oh, don’t forget to try the famous wanton soup (Yi-Xiang Bien-shi) that the former president Chiang Jr. liked the most. Purchase the tour to Taroko that domestic operators provide to the hotel guests and go to Taroko the second morning. It is not likely you will be able to make it in Hualien by noon. But, if you actually make it, you will have more fun in Taipei.

Day 3: Go to Taipei and see how much time you have before you depart, then, plan your own tour accordingly. I won’t recommend the package city tours for sure. It is very easy to get around in Taipei. Just relax and have fun.

Whatever you decide to do during this trip, enjoy and have a safe journey!

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help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it’z Taiwan issue!!!!!?

Question by sydney: help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it’z Taiwan issue!!!!!?
Do a travel brochure in taiwan
1.Describe a scenic location in china (Hualien,Taiwan)

2.Describe the history of the place(Hualien,Taiwan)

3.Describe the rest of the tour package briefly(Where does it go?How many days will people spend on the tour?How much does it cost?What’s included?)

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Answer by kmt
According to The Record of Hualien County (????), the place was originally called Chilai (??), but this name was abandoned by the Japanese in early 20th century because it sounds like “despise” in Japanese and used Hualien instead. Hualien is an approximate homonym of Huilang (??), which means “recurring waves (of the Pacific Ocean)”.

The Spaniards tried to mine gold in Hualien in 1622. Permanent settlements began in 1851, when 2,200 Han Chinese farmers led by Huang A-fong (???) of Taipei arrived at Fengchuan. In 1875, more farmers, led by Lin Cang-an (???) of Yilan, settled at Fengchuan. But by the time of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), when Hualien City, along with the rest of Taiwan, was ceded to Japan, there were still not many settlers in Hualien. In about 1912, the city expanded to Guohua and Guoan Villages, a region later known as Old New Port (???). Around 1923, the city continued to expand to Aolang Port (???), today known as New Port (??), including Guowei and Guoji Villages.

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