cgiv2012 – VENUE

 

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9th International Conference on
Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization (CGIV 2012)

Hsinchu, Taiwan, July 25-27, 2012

 

VENUE:

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National Chiao Tung University ● Hsinchu ● Taiwan

http://www.nctu.edu.tw/english/index.php

 

Local Information

 

Welcome to Hsinchu, Taiwan

 

Conference Venue

 

How to Get to the  Conference Venue & Hotel Accommodation Information

 

Hsinchu Map

 

Weather Information (Please click here for the daily weather forecast.)

Social Networking Event – <will be available Shortly>

 

Visa Information

 

Welcome to Hsinchu, Taiwan

 

Hsinchu (Chinese: 新竹)  is the 5th largest city in Taiwan, which is located between Taipei (the capital and also the largest) and Taichung (the 3rd largest), as shown in the following map (see Figure (a)). Hsinchu becomes notable to the world after Hsinchu Science Park (a.k.a., Taiwan Silicon Valley, see Figure (b)) was established in 1980. The park has been very successful, and its 400 high-tech companies accounted for 10% of Taiwan's GDP in 2007. It is home to the world's top two semiconductor foundries, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC).

 

The Hsinchu Science Park video can be viewed from: [video]

 

The previous name of Hsinchu is "Bamboo Moat", originated from an aboriginal resident tribe of the bamboo moat society in the past. After the first year of Emperor Yong Zheng (1723), the name became "Fresh Water Hall". After Taipei built its government office in the first year of Emperor Guang Xu (1875), the "Fresh Water Hall" was modified to "Hsinchu County". "Hsinchu" means "New Bamboo" in Chinese, which may refer to the new county built in the bamboo moat, or the compound of a word taken from "Bamboo Moat" and a wish that is made for the advance every new day.

 

Hsinchu is the closest point in Taiwan to the southeast coast of mainland China. The major part of its population are Hakkas. Its frequent strong breezes have led it to be named the "windy city," and its favorable climate has facilitated its development of the famous Hsinchu vermicelli (see Figure (c)) and persimmon cake (see Figure (d)).

 

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Some Related Links:

l   Online map (Hsinchu, Taiwan): Online map URL

l   The Cultural Affairs Bureau, Hsinchu City: http://www.hcccb.gov.tw/english/02service/ser_a01.asp

l   Hsinchu  City Government site:  http://en.hccg.gov.tw/

l   National Chiao Tung University history: http://www.nctu.edu.tw/english/history.htm


Attractions near Hsinchu :  

Hsinchu City has a history of almost 400 years, it is one of the oldest city in Taiwan.

There is trail of cultural places that symbolises its colourful history:

<  http://wikitravel.org/en/Hsinchu >

 

Some main attractions near Hsinchu are introduced as follows:

 

Beipu Cold Spring

There are cold springs in Beipu Township, Hsinchu County, which produce weakly alkaline carbonic acid water at temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. The clear waters of the Daping River in Waiping Village of Beipu Township flow through green hilly country that offers a rich variety of beautiful scenery, with water plunging over dams adding a special attraction to the area.

 

 

Beipu Old Street

Visiting Taiwan – Experiencing Hakka Culture in Beipu

http://phildawson.org/2010/10/17/experiencing-hakka-culture-in-beipu/

 

Beipu is located in the foothills of Eastern Hsinchu County and is the major Hakka town in the north of the island (Meinong, in Kaohsiung county being the southern town) and has a population of around 97% Hakka. The Hakka people first moved out to Beipu about 150 years ago as they were pushed away from the coastline as the villages became over-populated.

 

Hakka cuisine:

In addition to the many tea houses that line the streets of Beipu there are also countless Hakka restaurants, too.  They do vary in quality from inedible to incredible so be careful when choosing somewhere

 

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17-kilometer-long coast

“17-kilometer-long-coast bikeway” connects a lot of local beauty spots of Hsinchu in series on the way, and lets visitors engaged in a variety of different recreational activities. For example, in the "Nanliao fishing port" visitors can enjoy delicious seafood; "Sports Park" consists of recreation area and picnic area that are planned to enjoy leisure with families; "Nursery" allows to admire the beauty of flowers; "Sea Area" allows to watch the sea and listen to the sea; "Mangrove Forest" has a sand carving field and a rock-climbing area; "Coastal Zone" allows to watch crabs and flying a kite.

 

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Nanliao Fishery Harbor

Hsinchu fishery harbor was built in 1981, located in the seashore of the northwest suburb of Hsinchu city. It was originally fishery harbor where fisherman made a living. With depletion of fishing source, it has been transformed into leisure-oriented harbor.

 

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Chenghuang Temple

Hsinchu City God Temple (Chenghuang Temple; 城隍廟) is regarded as the highest-ranking of all City God temples in Taiwan, due to the superior spiritual power of its City God in protecting the town. In front of the temple is a market with a lot of small stalls selling delicious Taiwanese snacks, including rice noodles, meat balls, thick cuttlefish broth, and Zhuqian Biscuit (Zhuqian is the original name of Hsinchu).

 

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Hsinchu is famous for a number of specialty foods, especially Hsinchu rice noodles (Hsinchu vermicelli; 新竹米粉), which are produced in Nanshr Village, Hsinchu City. Another famous product of Hsinchu is face powder (香粉), a traditional cosmetic powder which was used by women throughout Taiwan before the arrival of foreign-style cosmetic products. The powder is also used in offerings to Qiniangma, the guardian spirit of children. Only one store, run by the Tsai Family in Julian Street, still produces this powder. Although there are many stalls from which Hsinchu meatballs (新竹肉圓) can be purchased, many are concentrated around the Chenghuang Temple. The famous Peanut Butter (福源花生醬) is sold mainly along Dongda Road, and if you want to try Zhuqian Biscuits (竹塹餅), you should go to the Hsin Fu Jean Cake Shop (新復珍) at No.26 Beimen Street.

 

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An introduction to the temple can be found as follows:

http://www.hcccb.gov.tw/english/05tourism/tou_a01.asp

 

Glass museum

The museum was renovated from the autonomy house built in 1936 as a guesthouse and banquet hall to the Japanese royal family and high ranking officers. The landscape and interior design had an atmosphere of leisure residency and matched the subtle character of glass art. After Taiwan’s restoration, the building was occupied by the Takeover Committee, American army consultant allegation, and military police station, consequently. Since the function of the building was changing according to the needs of the residents, the interior compartment had changed dramatically. The two stories concrete building annex to the north eastern corner of the main building had evolved from the horizontal court building of European style to the vertical development official building. Nevertheless, this museum still maintains European style with contemporary Oriental architecture by the brick wall erected on the south western side and the classic image of the lobby.

 

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18 Peaks Mountain

18 Peaks mountain park is known as the second Yang Ming Shan in northern Taiwan. The park can be entered from a noisy road of the Hsinchu city. Under the planning of the municipal government, the park contains green tree-covered walkways, which are stone brick roads and well-ordered on the ground. Refined street lamps hang down and shine on the side. It looks like an entrance to the gateway paradise. In addition to the beautiful natural landscapes, the right side of the entrance has a row of air-raid shelters, which are the trenches of preparedness gallery during the Japanese ruling age.

 

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Green Grass Lake

This lake has been opened for quite some time now and is part of a reservoir which stores water from the Yaker River. Although small in size, the lake is the oldest scenic spot in Hsinchu and fringed by centuries old temples amid lush greenery.

 

Qingcao Lake used to be a mini-sized lake hundreds of years ago, which was also used as a dam. After the end of the Japanese colonial period in Taiwan, the first magistrate of Hsinchu County ordered to reconstruct the dam, resulting in a 30 square kilometer area for storing water. It was the first large-scaled construction in Hsinchu since the establishment of the local government.

 

Although it has been one of the eight greatest scenic places in Taiwan, Qingcao Lake lost its irrigating function due to the sedimentation of soil. The sedimentation also affected the views. Fortunately, in the past few years the Hsinchu City Government has been continuously renovating the lake and restoring its original views.

 

The Hsinchu City Governament is now actively constructing public facilities in coordination of the natural features of Qingcao Lake, including gardens, bridges, bird-observing track, lake-encircling track, and resting places. These features provide relaxing places to the visitors so they may truly appreciate the views.

 

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Conference Venue

 

CGIV2012 Venue:

National Chiao Tung University

Hall M-115, Management Building 1

National Chiao Tung University

1001 University Road, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan

http://www.eic.nctu.edu.tw/

 

 

Hall (M-115):

 

The campus map can be obtained as follows:

http://www.icom.nctu.edu.tw/images/Map_Kuang_Fu_Campus_NCTU.jpg

where Management Building 1 (the conference venue) is labled by # 1 on the map

 

There is an online version as follows:

http://guidetour.nctu.edu.tw/en/ind_01.html

 

A route map is given as follows:

 

 

Note to CGIV 2012 Delegates:

 

 

1.   How to get from Airport to the campus/ city

In general, the visitor to Hsinchu should buy a flight ticket to Taipei (TPE), but it should be noticed that the plane would arrive at "Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (IATA: TPE, ICAO: RCTP)", which is located at "Taoyuan", not Taipei.  Note that the location of "Taoyuan" is between "Taipei" and "Hsinchu", i.e., from the north to the south, "Taipei"-"Taoyuan"-"Hsinchu". Hence, the simplest way from the airport to Hsinchu is to take a taxi, and the cost is about NT$ 1600 (US$ 53).

 

Another alternative (to take a bus to Taiwan High Speed Rail Taoyuan Station (NT$ 30), then take the Taiwan High Speed Rail to Taiwan High Speed Rail Hsinchu Station (NT$260), and then take a free bus to city town or NCTU) costs NT$290 (US$ 10) – much cheaper.

 

See the pdf file for details.

 

2.   Hotel Accommodation Information

 

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*        The Ambassador Hotel   ★★★★★

Address: No. 188, Sec. 2, Chung Hwa Rd., Hsinchu, Taiwan

Phone: +886-3- 515-1111

Website: http://www.ambassadorhotel.com.tw/index.htm?LC=EN

 

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*        Royal Hotel, Hsinchu   ★★★★★

Address: No. 227, Kuan-Fu Rd., Sec. 1, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Phone: +886-3- 563-1122

Website: http://en.royal-hsinchu.com.tw/

 

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*        Howard Plaza Hotel Hsinchu ★★★★★

Address: No. 178, Chung Cheng Rd., Hsinchu, Taiwan

Phone: +886-3-528-2323

Website: http://hsinchu.howard-hotels.com/?Lsn=2

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*        Lakeshore Hotel ★★★★☆

Address: No. 773, Ming-Hu Rd., Hsinchu City, Taiwan

Phone: +886-3-5203181

Website: http://www.lakeshore.com.tw/en/index.htm

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*        Sol Hotel Downtown ★★★★☆

Address: No. 10, Wen-hua St., Hsinchu, Taiwan

Phone: +886-3-5347266

Website: http://www.solhotel.com.tw/solhotel_en.php?Psn=5520

*        Taiwan Berkeley Hotel, Science Park ★★★☆☆

Address: No. 272, Sec. 2, Guangfu Rd. Hsinchu, Taiwan

Phone: +886-3-5728668

Website: http://www.bbhotel.url.tw

 

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*        King Yatt Hotel  ★★★☆☆

Address: No. 16, Lane 355, Zhong Yang Rd., Hsinchu, Taiwan

Phone: +886-3-5456363

Website: http://www.kingyatt.com.tw/kinges/index.html

 

 

More Hotel Information

http://www.agoda.com/asia/taiwan/hsinchu.html

 

 

3.   Location (Hsinchu City Map)

Hsinchu City Map Link

 

4.   Weather Information

http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:00000.1.46756

 

5.   Social Networking Events

 

 

How to get the Visa to Taiwan

Citizens of some countries cannot enter Taiwan without valid visa. Please, review the situation in your country. For short visit like conference, one should apply in the nearest Taiwan Embassy/Consulate for business visa with single entry option. Procedure is usually reduced to filling visa application and presenting the official invitation letter. After that it takes usually a week to issue a visa.

Another possible way is to apply a sightseeing visa to Taiwan. You may ask your travel agency to apply a sightseeing visa to Taiwan for you. In this case, you do not need the official invitation letter.

 

We need the following information about you for sending you the official invitation letter:

 

(1)    Full Name (exactly as in your passport):
(2)    Sex:
(3)    Date of Birth:
(4)    Nationality:
(5)    Passport Number:
(6)    Your affiliation:
(7)    Present Occupation and Title:
(8)    Arrival Date and Departure Date:
(9)    Name of Country Where You Will Apply for the Visa:
(10)  A statement specifying who will be responsible for all expenses related to the trip.
(11)  Full Postal Address:
(12)  E-mail Address:
(13)  Telephone number:
(14)  Fax number:
(15)  Names and Relationships of Persons Travelling with You
(16)  Paper/Delegate ID and Paper Title

(Note: all above information must be provided for each traveller, regardless of age)

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 Please send by May 15th, 2012 the information to:

Conference Co-ordinator

P.O. BOX 29, HATFIELD, AL9 7ZL, United Kingdom.

Tel: (Int. +44) 1707 - 652 224

Fax: (Int. +44) 1707 - 652 247