The 8th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (iCAST 2017)

Nov. 8-10, 2017, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan


Welcome to iCAST 2017

  It is our greatest pleasure to welcome you to the 8th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (iCAST 2017), held at the Splendor Hotel, Taichung, Taiwan. “Awareness” is the ability to be conscious of, feel, or perceive (Wikipedia). This implies vigilance in observation and alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences (Merriam-Webster). The ultimate goal of awareness computing is to create computing systems that are themselves aware. This conference has been evolved from the International Workshop on Aware Computing (IWAC2009), in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, the International Symposium on Aware Computing (ISAC2010) in Tainan, Taiwan, the International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (iCAST2011) in Dalian, China, iCAST2012 in Seoul, Korea, iCAST2013 in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, iCAST2014 in Paris, France, and iCAST 2015 in Qinhuangdao, China. The conference provides a forum for researchers, engineers, and scientists for discussing awareness computing and exchanging ideas, opinions, and the latest results in this emerging new field.

  All accepted papers will be published by Conference Publishing Service of IEEE and submitted to IEEE Xplore digital library. Also they are submitted for indexing through EI (Compendex) and Scopus. Selected papers will be recommended for post-conference publication in some Science Citation Index Expanded, EI, or Scopus journals, such as International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, International Journal of Embedded Systems, International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking.

  Again, it is our great pleasure to have you with us at the conference, where we hope you can enjoy all events we prepare and have a fruitful discussion here. Hope you have a wonderful and stimulating stay in this city, Taichung.

Contact Information:

Queries related to the paper status and program, please contact:
icast2017pcs@gmail.com
For questions related to registration, local information and services, please contact:
icast2017s@gmail.com

Important Dates:

Deadline for special session proposal: May 1, 2017
Notification of special session acceptance: May 15, 2017
Deadline for paper submission: July 15, 2017
Notification of paper acceptance: August 1, 2017
Submission of final camera-ready papers: September 1, 2017

Submit your article at: Here.

  The 8th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (iCAST 2017) will be hosted by Chaoyang University of Technology (CYUT), Taichung, Taiwan, on November 8-10, 2017. The conference provides a forum for researchers, engineers, and scientists for discussing awareness computing and exchanging ideas, opinions, and the latest results in this emerging new field. For paper submissions and more information, please visit the conference web at (here). Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A: Awareness Science:
    • A1: Awareness mechanism and modeling
    • A2: Machine learning/deep learning
    • A3: Pattern recognition and image understanding
    • A4: Neuro-computing/perception/cognition
    • A5: Fuzzy logic/granular computing/rough set
    • A6: Agent computing/swarm intelligence
    • A7: Ontology/semantics
  • B: Awareness Technology:
    • B1: Context/situation/background/semantics awareness
    • B2: Intention/emotion/preference awareness
    • B3: Location/position/goal awareness
    • B4: Power/energy/capability/resource awareness
    • B5: Weakness/risk/danger awareness
    • B6: Safety/security/privacy/trust awareness
    • B7: Chance/opportunity awareness
    • B8: Knowledge/tacit knowledge engineering
  • C: Awareness Related Applications:
    • C1: Social network
    • C2: Tele-communication/ubiquitous computing
    • C3: Image/video/speech/signal processing
    • C4: Overlay/P2P networking/M2M
    • C5: Big data/web/text mining
    • C6: E-business/e-government/e-learning
    • C7: Health/child/elderly care
    • C8: Smart grid/transportation/public services
    • C9: Device/automatic control/robotics
    • C10: Cloud computing/internet of things
    • C11: Cognitive radio
  • D: The others: Any other topic about information technology is welcome.

About Paper Submission

● Paper Types
  1. All papers should be submitted electronically in PDF version of your paper through the Paper Submission System. Paper Submission System.
  2. The iCAST 2017 accepts two types of submissions for review. These types of papers need to be submitted in IEEE two-column format and should be written in English. And they will be included in the conference proceeding.
  3. Manuscript should be unpublished work, must include enough detail about the goal, the problem to solve, proposed methods and main results.
● Regular paper:
  1. The maximum length of the final camera-ready paper is 6 pages. Papers exceeding 6 pages may be submitted upon payment of overlength page charges. A maximum of 2 extra pages above 6 pages are permitted. For papers of more than 6 pages, the page charge is US$100(NT$3,000) per additional page.
  2. In order to provide more incentives for paper submissions, authors can have an option to select whether they want their papers to be included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
● One-page Presentation-only Paper:
  1. This category is provided for authors who want to present a timely review of research, a case study and so on. One of the authors of an accepted “One-page Presentation-only Paper” is responsible for oral presentation in the conference session. The accepted papers will be ONLY included in the conference proceeding, and they are not included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
● ICAST 2017 Proceeding Templates:
  1. Regular paper:
    • The MS Word Template (in A4 size and the IEEE two-column format) can be downloaded here
    • The LaTeX Template can be downloaded here (zipped)
  2. One-page Presentation-only Paper:
    • The MS Word Template (in A4 size and the IEEE two-column format) can be downloaded here

About Publication

  All accepted papers will be published by Conference Publishing Service (CPS) of IEEE and submitted to IEEE Xplore digital library. Also they are submitted for indexing through EI (Compendex) and Scopus. Selected papers will be recommended for post conference publication in some Science Citation Index Expanded, EI, or Scopus journals, such as International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, International Journal of Embedded Systems, International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking. Please notice that CPS enforces a “no show” policy and only papers that are presented by an author at the symposium site will be sent for inclusion in the digital libraries.

Deadline for special session proposal: May 1, 2017
Notification of special session acceptance: May 15, 2017
Deadline for paper submission: July 15, 2017
Notification of paper acceptance: August 1, 2017
Submission of final camera-ready papers: September 1, 2017
Honorary Chairs
  1. Tao-Ming Cheng (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  2. Atsuto Suzuki (Iwate Prefectural University, Japan)
  3. Ryuichi Oka (University of Aizu, Japan)
Advisory Chairs
  1. Yo-Ping Huang (National Taipei U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  2. Ching-Chih Tsai (National Chung Hsing U., Taiwan)
  3. Takeshi Furuhashi (Nagoya University, Japan)
  4. Qun Jin (Waseda University, Japan)
  5. Jacek M. Zurada (University of Louisville, USA)
  6. Jeng-Shyang Pan (Fujian U. of Technology, China)
Steering Chairs
  1. Goutam Chakraborty (Iwate Pref. University, Japan)
  2. Qiangfu Zhao (University of Aizu, Japan)
  3. Rung-Ching Chen (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  4. Robert Kozma (University of Memphis, USA)
  5. Tadahiko Murata (Kansai University, Japan)
  6. Kurosh Madani (University of Paris-EST, France)
General Chairs
  1. Li-Hua Li (Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan)
  2. Yung-Fa Huang (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
General Co-Chairs
  1. Tzung-Pei Hong (National U. of Kaohsiung)
  2. Incheon Paik (University of Aizu, Japan)
Program Chairs
  1. Ruo-Wei Hung (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  2. Cheng-Hsiung Hsieh (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  3. Hsien-Chou Liao (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  4. Xin Zhu (University of Aizu, Japan)
Special Session Chairs
  1. Shun-Zhi Zhu (Xiamen University of Technology, China)
  2. Shing-Hong Liu (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  3. Chia-Feng Juang (National Chung Hsing U., Taiwan)
  4. Wen-Huang Cheng (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  5. Hsing-Wen Wang (National Changhua U. of Education, Taiwan)
Special Session Co-Chair
  1. Jia Hao (University of Aizu, Japan; Beijing Institute of Technology, China)
Organizing Chairs
  1. Masao Yokota (Fukuoka I. of Technology, Japan)
  2. Hsien-Wen Tseng (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  3. Jiun-Jian Liaw (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  4. Fu-Shiung Hsieh (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
Publicity Chairs
  1. Hualou Liang (Drexel University, USA)
  2. John Sum (National Chung Hsing U., Taiwan)
  3. Hung-Yu Chien (National Chi Nan U., Taiwan)
  4. Mong-Fong Horng (National Kaohsiung U. of Applied Sciences, Taiwan)
  5. Ramesh Kumar Agrawal (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
Publication Chair
  1. Shih-Hung Wu (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
Local Arrangement Chairs
  1. Chin-Feng Lee (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  2. Shih-Cheng Horng (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  3. Ying-Chieh Liu (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  4. Wen-Chung Tsai (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
  5. Chun-Cheng Peng (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
Finance Chair
  1. Li-Chung Liao (Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan)
Conference Administration
  1. College of Informatics, Chaoyang U. of Technology, Taiwan
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  Prof. Oka was born in October 1945. He graduated from a master course in mathematical engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 1970 and worked for Electro technical Laboratory of Ministry and Industry and Trade from April 1970 as a researcher. He received Dr. degree of engineering (1984) from The University of Tokyo. He stayed at National Research Council of Canada as a visiting scientist (July 1984 – June 1985). He worked for a ten-year national project of Japan called Real World Computing (March 1993 - March 2002) as a director of division and a chief of laboratory. His research areas include character recognition, speech recognition and retrieval, image retrieval, image processing, image understanding, computer vision (3D scene reconstruction from a video), data mining, data visualization, and mobile robot, drone network connected by cables, etc. He proposed a family of so-called Continuous Dynamic Programming for segmentation-free optimal matching between two sequence patterns, two two-dimensional patterns, two three dimensional patterns and two time-space patterns. These matching methods are widely used for researchers and making industrial products.

  Prof. C. L. Philip Chen received his M.S. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., in 1985, and his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A., in 1988, both degrees in Electrical Engineering. He was with Wright State University, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, from 1989 to 2002, as an assistant, an associate, and a full professor before he joined the University of Texas, San Antonio, where he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the College of Engineering. Since 2010, he has been Chair Professor and Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology, the University of Macau, Macau, China.

  Dr. Chen’s current research interest includes systems and cybernetics, design of computational intelligent systems, networking, and video data indexing, retrieval, and communications. Dr. Chen was a recipient of an NSF Research Initiation Award in 1990, Beijing government Science and Engineering Research Award (3rd place in 2012 in the area of Regularization: theoretical, methodology, and applications), Macau government Natural Science Award, (3rd place award in 2014 in the area of Technologies for Feature Analysis and Multimedia Security). His past research projects in the U.S., including computer networking, intelligent systems, neural networks, fuzzy-neural systems, robotics, and CAD/CAM, data mining on aircraft flight and maintenance data, aircraft engine life prediction, life extending control, diagnosis and prognosis, and health monitoring, were supported by the NSF, Air Force Office Scientific Research and the U.S. Air Force, Office of Naval Research, NASA, and State of Ohio. He has published more than 160 SCI Journal papers; half of them are in IEEE Transactions.

  Dr. Chen has eleven papers listed in “Highly Cited Papers”, (i.e., within top 1% of papers published in ISI database), 2 of which are in top 0.1%, by the ISI Web of Knowledge, Essential Science Indicators from Jan 2006 to Jan 2016 (10-year window frame). The research areas focus from “adaptive intelligent control for nonlinear systems with unknown functions and consensus control of multi-agent systems” to “big data and deep learning.” In addition, he is a recipient of six Best Conference Paper Awards in IEEE international conferences.

  Dr. Chen was a visiting research scientist at the Materials Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was a senior research fellow sponsored by the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A) and was a research faculty fellow at NASA Glenn Research Center for several years. He was a Chair Professor Beijing Jiaotong University (since 2014), the HiaTien Chair Professor of Dalian University of Technology, China since 2011, a visiting Chair Professor of Beijing Jiaotong University, Dalian Maritime University, National Sun Yat-Sen University, and an Honorary Professor and Citizen of Obuda University, Hungary since 2011. His current research areas include systems and cybernetics, design computational intelligent systems, data mining, and image/video data recognition/indexing/retrieval.

  Currently, Dr. Chen is Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, and the Senior Past President of IEEE SMC Society (2016-2017). He was President of IEEE SMC Society (2012-2013), Vice President on Conferences and Meetings, Vice President on Technical Activities in Systems Science and Engineering, a member of Board of Governors, the Treasurer; and serves as a Distinguished Lecturer, an Associate Editor of IEEE Systems Journal (2008-2010), IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and IEEE Open Access, a steering committee member on IEEE Trans. on Big Data and CAA/IEEE Acta Automatica Sinica, an executive board member of Chinese Association of Automation, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of international section of Acta Automatica Sinica (2015-). Dr. Chen is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies and has been the faculty advisor for Tau Beta Pi Engineering honor society. In addition, Dr. Chen was an ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Education) Program Evaluator for Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering programs. With this educational experience, he architects the success of the University of Macau Engineering and Computer Science accreditations from Washington Accord and Seoul Accord through Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE), where he is also a Fellow member.

  Dr. Chen has been very active in serving professional societies for more than twenty years. He is the founding Chair of IEEE SMCS Central Texas Section, founding Co-Chair of IEEE SMCS Macau Chapter, and a founding co-chair of four SMCS Technical Committees (SoS, Enterprise Information Systems, Information Assurance, and Computational Cybernetics). With this recognition, he received Outstanding Contribution Award three times from IEEE SMCS in 2008, 2010, and 2013. He has served as a member of organizing committee, general/program chairs, for many IEEE conferences under different capacities, including IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Int’l Conf. on Intelligent Robotics and Systems (IROS), IEEE Int’l Conf. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), and IEEE Int’l Conf. on System of Systems. Most notably, he served as General Chair of 2009 and Program Chair of 2014 of IEEE Int'l Conf. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics; General Chair (Co-Chair) of 2011 (2012) IEEE Int’l Conference on Systems Science and Engineering; and General Co-Chair of 2014 International Conference on Medical Biometrics (ICMB).

  Dr. Hui Yu is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Technologies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He previously held an appointment with University of Glasgow. He have won the Best PhD Thesis Prize for his PhD study, EPSRC DHPA Awards and Vice Chancellor Travel Prize etc. Dr. Yu have participated in research projects supported by EPSRC, EU FP7, ESRC, UoP internal fund resources among others.

  His research interests include vision, computer graphics and application of machine learning to these areas. Particularly, he researches in image/video processing and recognition, facial expression, human action and affective analysis (multidimensional) and geometric processing of human/facial performances. More information on his recent projects can be found at his website.

  He is a reader in Visual Computing Associate Editor. He also serve as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Inter. Conference on Robotics and Automation, and a Neurocomputing member. He also served as a head of Visual Information Processing Group.

Web link: http://www.port.ac.uk/school-of-creative-technologies/staff/hui-yu.html

  Mark Liao received his Ph.D degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1990. In July 1991, he joined the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and currently, is a Distinguished Research Fellow. He has worked in the fields of multimedia signal processing, image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, video forensics, and multimedia protection for more than 25 years. During 2009-2011, he was the Division Chair of the computer science and information engineering division II, National Science Council of Taiwan. He is jointly appointed as a Chair Professor of the Computer Science and Information Engineering Department of National Chiao-Tung University and a Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of National Cheng Kung University. During 2009-2012, he was jointly appointed as the Multimedia Information Chair Professor of National Chung Hsing University. Since August 2010, he has been appointed as an Adjunct Chair Professor of Chung Yuan Christian University. From August 2014 to July 2016, he was appointed as an Honorary Chair Professor of National Sun Yat-sen University. He received the Young Investigators’ Award from Academia Sinica in 1998; the Distinguished Research Award from the National Science Council of Taiwan in 2003, 2010 and 2013; the National Invention Award of Taiwan in 2004; the Academia Sinica Investigator Award in 2010; and the TECO Award from the TECO Foundation in 2016. His professional activities include: Co-Chair, 2004 International Conference on Multimedia and Exposition (ICME); Technical Co-chair, 2007 ICME; General Co-Chair, President, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society of Taiwan (2006-08); Editorial Board Member, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2010-13); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2009-13), IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (2009-12) and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (1998-2001). He has been a Fellow of the IEEE since 2013 for contributions to image and video forensics and security.

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Chaoyang University of Technology
  • University of Aizu
  • Iwate Prefectural University
  • Xiamen University of Technology
  • Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade
  • Academia-Industry Consortium for Central Taiwan Science Park
  • Feng Chia University
  • IEEE SMC Society
  • IEEE Taipei Section
  • IEEE SMC Taipei Chapter
  • Taiwanese Association for Consumer Electronics

Pursue Excellence, Success follows

  CYUT is situated in the Wu-Fong District in Central Taiwan, full of incredibly natural beauty with ubiquitous elegance and grace. Irrigated by historical and cultural soil, CYUT provides students with an environment combined with higher education cradle and well-equipped campus. Compared to famous universities with more than one hundred years, CYUT is a relatively new 22-year-old university with outstanding ambitions to develop academic and technological talents, achievements, and resources. We are now emerging as a major academic powerhouse in Taiwan. Our university title, Chaoyang, meaning facing the rising sun, creates a self-image of aggressive studies, large-scale development, perfect rules and value systems. Because of incessant digging, CYUT has been trying to create various kinds of miracles in the face of international cultural impacts in the global village.

  Globalization is an inevitable phenomenon for us to re-consider the possibilities of individualism, free wills of labor ideology, and choices of personal life-style. In the era of Internet, the development of higher education in different countries deserve our scrupulous consideration of oceans of problems, such as how to promote and upgrade universities, how to create mutual communication among multi-cultural movements on the campus, how to incorporate professional cross-cultural outputs, and how to keep abreast of international tendency. After 22 years of endeavors, CYUT has grown up and has navigated toward a closer connection and link with internationalization.

  Due to sharp decline of birth rate, Taiwan is now facing serious social and educational crises. In the 12 years to come, the number of college students dwindles. Thus, we have to take advantage of all possible facilities and resources to make both ends meet and then to create the biggest possible profits for the lasting survival of our university. By means of internationalization, we can cooperate with and guide other institutions of higher education in other countries to cultivate, to educate, to develop, and to employ students with talents. In the near future, we have to accelerate our pace to offer more educational opportunities to students from south-eastern Asia. Like the past five years, we have tried our best to recruit, to guide and to train students from Mainland China. Both strategies are of great importance. Besides, we still have to expand our Thousand-Student-Overseas-Learning-Plan as a way to make our students understand foreign cultures both economically and financially. The more our students can have a better understanding of overseas economy and life-style, the more progress our students will make to let our society a better one. Namely, the life force in Taiwan is closely intertwined with the supply and demand of international commodity.

  About course arrangement, CYUT has performed teaching quality guarantee system for many years and has become the paradigm among universities in both Taiwan and Mainland China. About students’ life guidance, every class instructor is supposed to help students solve various kinds of problems they encounter. Both elite and handicapped students can also receive extra care from their instructors. The mutual interaction among instructors and students can intensify harmony on the campus. Our internship system helps students build a seamless connection between campus life and career employment. Our motto is that the moment students graduate, they can be employed; the moment they are employed, they are well-equipped. Some students even participate in academic-industrial projects with their teachers to learn, to research, and to develop, and to achieve many results and outcomes.

  In order to make administrative affairs efficient, we strengthen our teaching as well as R&D and stay up-to-date with many universities in highly industrialized countries because of our terrific campus culture and teamwork skills. Now CYUT is ranked among top world 1,000 by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and we intend to make our dreams come true: by 2021, CYUT will be ranked Top-500 University in Asia by Times Higher Education World University Rankings; by 2026 Top-300 University in Asia; by 2030 Top-1,000 University in the World; by 2050 Top-100 New University in the world.

  In TIMES Higher Education Asia Universities Summit 2016, Thomas F. Rosenbaum, President of California Institute of Technology, viewed “Vision, Focus, Perspective” as the motto of Caltech. In other words, it means seeing far away, paying attention to depth, and digging into everything. This cornerstone of administrative affairs is also appropriate to CYUT. In order to stabilize the rapid development of CYUT and to anchor our campus value, it is very important to perpetuate our sustainable administration, to play the dual role of inherited tradition and innovation, to amplify administrative development, and to expand the influence of teaching and scientific research. We have to shoulder this heavy duty and responsibility. Members of administrative team, faculty, students, and those enthusiastic educators for the development of CYUT—together, let’s work hard and create our future so as to pursue excellence and then success follows.

Conference Location


Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Taichung, Taiwan (link+map+)

The hotel room rate with online booking at the following online travel agency sites will be very reasonable for the duration of the conference: (hotel+link)

More travel information can be obtained with the Taichung City Govement.

About Taiwan


  Formosa, derived from the Portuguese “Ilha Formosa” (Beautiful Island), has been a representative appellation of Taiwan to the world for centuries. Shaped roughly like a tobacco leaf, Taiwan’s located between two major climatic zones. Situated in the Pacific Ocean about 160 kilometers (100miles) from the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland and located about midway between Korea and Japan to the north and Hong Kong and the Philippines to the south, Taiwan is a natural gateway to and within Asia. Taiwan’s total land area is about 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles). It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends. It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China - an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. To the north is Japan; to the south is the Philippines. Many airlines fly to Taiwan, making it the perfect travel destination.

  Taiwan lies on the western edge of the Pacific “rim of fire,” and continuous tectonic movements have created majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, coastlines, and other natural landscapes. Taiwan’s tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons. There are rare or endangered species of wildlife on the island. Among these are the land-locked salmon, Taiwan serow, Formosan rock monkey, Formosan black bear, blue magpie, Mikado Pheasant, and Hsuehshan grass lizard.

  Taiwan has a population of 23 million. The larger part of the country’s inhabitants are the descendants of immigrants from the various provinces of mainland China, but in particular from the southeastern coastal provinces: Fujian and Guangdong. Because the different ethnic groups have fairly well integrated, differences that originally existed between people from different provinces have gradually disappeared. Nearly 500,000 indigenous people, the original inhabitants of Taiwan, still live here; they are into 16 different tribes, namely Amis, Atayal, Paiwan, Bunun, Puyuma, Rukai, Tsou, Saisiyat, Yami, Thao, Kavalan, Truku, Sakizaya, Sediq, Kanakanavu, and Hla'alua.

  In addition, the natural bounty of beauty of Taiwan is unequaled, including sun splashed beaches and tranquil lakes, gushing waterfalls and soothing hot-springs, and an exotic array of tropical flora and fauna. Likewise, the traditional Chinese arts and crafts still flourish in Taiwan today. Calligraphy and painting, martial and medical arts, philosophy and religion, and the sublime culinary arts of classical Chinese cuisine continue to thrive and develop here, giving Taiwan a traditional Chinese ambiance that is impossible to find anywhere else in the world today.

About Taichung


  Taichung city occupies a large portion of the Taichung basin. To the north, also in the Taichung basin lies Fengyuan city, the Houli mountain terrace and even further north Miaoli country. The Dadu mountain terrace marks the western boundary of the city, beyond which lies the western coastal alluvial plain and Taichung port. Marking the southern boundary of the city is the Dadu river, across which is Changhua county and the Bagua mountain terrace. To the east, and of most interest to tourists, is the Central mountain range - a stunning range famous for fantastic scenery that runs from the far north of the island to the very south.

  By moving not far from the city, there are many other very attractive resorts. For examples, Sun Moon Lake, located at the geographic center of Taiwan, has the sparkling blue waters. Alishan, a famous scenic spot in central Taiwan that presents beautiful scenery, fresh air, and outstanding panoramic view, lays a more than 3,000-year-old cypress tree in the town nearby. And Kenting National Park, containing many unusual and exotic tropical plant species, offers broad pastures, rocky hills, warm sandy beaches and coral shorelines.

Taichung’s Traffic Lines


  Taichung has a range of options for transport in and out of the city, both public and private, that put most similarly-sized cities world-wide to shame. For links to other cities, there is a wide variety of highway bus companies, offering everything from budget seats to giant plush lazyboy-style chairs with private video screens, video games and massage functions. For rail travel, there is the efficient traditional Taiwan Rail network, plus the more recently-constructed Taiwan High Speed Rail network that offers connections to Taipei and Kaohsiung in about an hour, plus links to Taoyuan (where there’s a shuttle bus to the international airport), Hsinchu, Chiayi and Tainan.

  Taichung’s Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) International Airport also offers regular international flights to Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai and other Asian/mainland Chinese destinations. Inside the city, Taichung is known for relatively good traffic conditions. A new TTJ city bus system has recently been put in place that is efficient and easy to use. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive. Over the next several years, Taichung is also constructing a Mass Rapid Transit system.