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Subject: soc.culture.taiwan FAQ (part 3/6) -- Internet
This article was archived around: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 02:36:01 GMT
"SOC.CULTURE.TAIWAN" FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS -- INTERNET
Tung-chiang Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
***** FAQ'S OF SCT *****
* (I. 1) Is there any World Wide Web page for Taiwan?
* (I. 2) Is there any FTP site in Taiwan?
* (I. 3) Is there any archie server in Taiwan?
* (I. 4) Is there any gopher server in Taiwan?
* (I. 5) Where can I get Internet access in Taiwan?
* (I. 6) My friend has such an E-mail address. Where is he?
* (I. 7) How can I read local Usenet newsgroups in Taiwan?
* (I. 8) Is there any list for TANet BBS'?
* (I. 9) How can I sign in the TANet for BBS access?
(I. 1) Is there any World Wide Web page for Taiwan?
Yes, there are some. If you have a World Wide Web browser, you can
start at the home Web page Jon A. Nunez made at
This page briefly explains the political structure of Republic of
China. On the other hand, you can also try
which is jointly maintained by the Computer Center or Ministry of
Education, ROC, Tung Nan Junior College of Technology, Yimin Hu at
"email@example.com" and Joe Hsu at "firstname.lastname@example.org". This
WWW page provides more information about Taiwan, ROC, and some
technical information about miscellaneous networks in Taiwan, like
some BBS'. The selection "General Information" includes a lot of
useful data about Taiwan. Some Chinese environment (like Big-5) will
"peacock.tnjc.edu.tw" is the first WWW site established in Taiwan.
Government Information Office set up a WWW page at
which might be viewed as an official Web page for the ROC government
on Taiwan. This page is available in French, Spanish, German,
Japanese, and Chinese (GB and Big5). The 1996 yearbook provides a
detailed description about Taiwan, and many statistics are also
available. The year book is located at
The WWW site of Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and
Statistics, Executive Yuan provides some official statistics of
Taiwan, like population, marital status, mass media services,
chronology and government of Republic of China, and so on. You can go
for more information.
If you are interested in knowing Taiwan from an American viewpoint,
try the WWW page for Central Inteligence Agency (CIA), U.S.A.:
and then choose "Taiwan" under the entries "CIA Publications", "The
World Factbook 1996" and "Asia", or use
Taiwanese Student Association at University of Texas at Austin,
U.S.A., also worked on a pretty good Web page for Taiwan. You can try
Miscellaneous universities, institutions and even high schools also
have built their own WWW pages. The corresponding URL address can be
formed by replacing the "xxx" in
with the node name reserved for that school, which can be found in the
document FAQ Yellowpage part.
The Web page at
provides a search base for 14000 leading firms and 5000 select
commodities in Taiwan for import and export purposes, where the data
is from the Customs Bureau. This might be useful for business-oriented
people. On the other hand, the URL at
provides a list of some official trade associations in Taiwan. As of
Aug. 2, 1995, the list includes toy and electrical/electronic
manufacturers, and those for textile and computers will be added.
YamWeb Navigator might be considered the "Yahoo" in Taiwan, which
provides a search engine in Chinese (Big5). You can reach it at
and start your navigation there.
Li & Partners set up a legal data bank for laws in Taiwan and Mainland
China, which includes both the Constitutions of Republic of China and
People's Republic of China, and some related items like Republic of
China Constitution Amendments and the Basic Laws for the Hongkong
Special District. You can reach
and start your legal experience.
For more information regarding WWW, subscribe to the newsgroups
"comp.infosystems.www.misc" and "comp.infosystems.www.announce".
(Thanks for Jon A. Nunez, "email@example.com", Chung Shen,
"firstname.lastname@example.org" and Alan Chun-hsing Wu,
"email@example.com" for contributing the information here.)
(I. 2) Is there any FTP site in Taiwan?
You can try to reach "nctuccca.edu.tw" (it is also aliased to
"ftp.edu.tw") [22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199] anonymous ftp archives,
which is the main file server in Taiwan. You might also try
"nctuccca.nctu.edu.tw" [188.8.131.52] for similar services. Currently
this is the largest anonymous ftp archive in Taiwan and possibly in
Asia, for which 40 GB space is assigned.
A partial listing of the contents at this site is as follows.
Chinese collections from the world, which might include Big5,
GB and HZ.
/PC Some MSDOS software for IBM PC compatibles.
A collection of some freely distributed computing languages and
(Reference: "00README.FTP" by HUANG, Chih-hsien obtained from the said
FTP site previously)
(I. 3) Is there any archie server in Taiwan?
Yes. The machines "archie.twnic.net" (aliased "nctuccca.edu.tw"),
"184.108.40.206" and/or "220.127.116.11" and "archie.ncu.edu.tw" (aliased
"spc11.ncu.edu.tw"), "18.104.22.168" are currently running for archie
services. However, please keep in mind that you had better connect to
a site which is closest to yours (in the network sense, not
necessarily in the real distance). Go to some more remote sites like
the ones mentioned here only if you cannot find what you are looking
for in the current archie server. You can telnet there with login ID
"archie" and no password is needed.
Now there is also a archie web page installed. You can start your file
Both the Chinese (Big5) and English versions are available.
(I. 4) Is there any gopher server in Taiwan?
Yes. You can visit the following gopher servers in Taiwan. A Big-5
environment is recommended for making full use of them. In a few cases
no English entries are available and a Big-5 environment becomes a
must. For the organization/institution related to these sites, please
refer to the document FAQ Yellowpage part. Usually you can cascade
"gopher" with "xxx.[edu,gov,org].tw" and use
"gopher://gopher.xxx.[edu,gov,org].tw" as an URL.
* gopher.edu.tw (Ministry of Education, information about TAnet)
* vax41.ncue.edu.tw (but this server does not provide detailed
information for NCUE)
* gopher.nhltc.edu.tw (This site provides the addresses for all the
elementary schools in Taiwan at
* gopher.nyc.gov.tw(Government job information site)
* gopher.twnic.net(Taiwan Network Information Center)
* ul.hinet.net(Menu entries completely in Chinese Big-5)
* gopher.uuserv.net.tw(yUan's commUnity)
(Thanks for Alan Chun-hsing Wu, "firstname.lastname@example.org", Dept. of
Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan
University for contributing the information here.)
(I. 5) Where can I get Internet access in Taiwan?
In addition to the the educational sites in Taiwan, there are also
some Internet connection service providers in Taiwan. Listed below is
a partial list of them in the alphabetical order:
GlobalNet Communication Services, Inc.
dial-up terminal emulation & SLIP/PPP
Geo area served:
Taipei, Taichung, Nantou, Hualien, Changhua
(Flat Rate, 4MB harddisk space, free online software)
NT$4,000/year, NT$2,600 for 6 months (NT$2,400 for renewal) and
NT$1,500 per quarter,
or NT$2,000 for 100 hours of online access.
+ phone (8864)375-8258, (8862)778-8007
+ Fax (8864)375-8259, (8862)777-2337
+ E-mail email@example.com
+ WWW http://www.globalnet.com.tw/
DCI (Data Communication Institute, a govt agency)
dial-up terminal emulation & PPP/SLIP 14.4/64/128Kbps leased
line subnet available
Geo area served:
local call access available for many localities.
NT$200 for dialup; NT$2,000 for 14.4KBPS leased line; NT$4,000
for 64/128KBPS leased line
+ dial-up terminal emulation: NT$170; NT$0.4/min for
+ leased line: NT$2,250 for 14.4KBPS; NT$11,100 for 64KBPS;
NT$19,500 for 128KBPS. additionally, int'l communications
charge: NT$26/MB before 2000MB; NT$22/MB afterwards
+ phone 886-2-344-2790, 886-2-212-1040
+ E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
+ WWW http://www.hinet.net/
Formosa Information Technology Co., Ltd.
Commercial Databank Access and E-Mail
Networking Database System Transfer and customer support
local call access available for many localities.
NT$ 2,950 for six months for flat rate.
+ Phone 886-2-709-3307
+ Fax 886-2-709-3380
+ E-mail email@example.com
+ WWW http://www.ivnet.com.tw/
III (Institute for Information Industry, which is partially
dial-up (PPP, terminal mode and SLIP) leased-line (PPP, router,
Geo area served:
access numbers local to most local communities in Taiwan.
Application Fee and Monthly Charge:
PC Dial-up (PPP, Terminal Emulation): NT$200 for setup, NT$6000
for annual fee.
Host (PPP, SLIP): NT$2000 for setup, NT$6000 for annual fee.
After 30 hours, the charge is NT$60 per hour or NT$1500 per
month for the flat rate option.
14.4K Direct line NT$2,000 for setup, NT$35,700/year
19.2K Direct line NT$4,000 for setup, NT$56,100/year
64K Direct line NT$9,000 for setup, NT$183,000/year
128K Direct line NT$2,000 for setup, NT$561,000/year
T1 Direct line NT$190,000 for setup, NT$3,360,000/year
+ phone 886-2-733-6454 (Taipei), 886-4-254-7805 (Taichung),
+ E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
+ Gopher server "iiidns.iii.org.tw". Big-5 coded information
+ WWW http://www.seed.net.tw/
Note: SeedNet only provides Internet services to group users
including governmental departments, privately- and state-run
corporate bodies. It will be open for individuals when the
charge plan is finished.
TranSend Internet Co.
Full service Internet Station (FTP,Telnet,Usenet...). Available
for ROC citizens only.
Internet classes (8 hours in English or Mandarin) and customer
Geo area served:
local calls in Taipei and Taoyuan
+ Individual and student shell accounts flat fee NT$ 7,000/yr.
NT$ 4,000 for 6 months.
+ PPP (+ shell) accounts flat fee NT$ 10,000/yr. NT$6,000 for 6
+ Phone 886-2-706-9089
+ Net phone 886-2-708-6783
+ Fax 886-2-706-3384
+ E-mail: email@example.com
+ WWW http://www.transend.com.tw/
Overseas Connections differs from the above Internet Service Providers
in the way that it offers WWW service but not dialup accounts:
Name: Overseas Connections
Internet marketing, WWW concepts & design. We do not provide
Internationally focused WWW presence for Taiwan companies and
Geo area served:
Varies depending on type of service required
+ Phone 886-2-756-2900
+ Fax 886-2-764-3878
+ E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
+ WWW http://www.overseas.com.tw/, http://www.roc.com/
Compuserve also offers some limited service with Internet, like
sending and receiving E-mails. For further information, please contact
TTN-Serve (Taiwan Telecommunications Network Svcs. Co., Ltd.
Far East ABC Intelligent Science Park
1st Floor, No. 13, Lane 50, Nan-Kang Road, Section 3,
Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C
Tel: (toll-free in Taiwan) 080-251-009
Hours: 09:00 - 18:00, Monday - Friday,
09:00 - 12:00, Saturdays.
You can also send an E-mail to "email@example.com" for other
questions you might have.
(Thanks for Heng-Yi Lin, "firstname.lastname@example.org" for contributions
(I. 6) My friend has such an E-mail address. Where is he?
This part has been separated from the FAQ Internet part and put into a
new document. You can go to
for further information.
(I. 7) How can I read local Usenet newsgroups in Taiwan?
You can try to connect your newsreader program like "tin" to the
following newsservers to read local Usenet newsgroups in Taiwan.
However, please do not forget that the Internet connection across the
Pacific is quite slow at times. The descriptions and the postings for
Taiwanese newsgroups are Chinese Big-5 coded.
aidebbs.edu.tw -- (This BBS news server seems to provide the fastest
connection. However, it does not carry SCT)
ccnews.nctu.edu.tw -- National Chiao-tung University. This site
carries only cna.xxxx groups.
netnews.ntu.edu.tw (aliased as "bunny.ntu.edu.tw") -- National Taiwan
University. This site carries only ntu.xxxx groups.
voyager.iii.org.tw (aliased as "news.iii.org.tw") -- Institute for
You might want to try some of the following newsgroups. Not all news
servers carry all the groups mentioned here.
There are 41 newsgroups, including 6 groups for alumni of some
There are 58 newsgroups in this hierarchy. For some cities,
there might be "dancing", "drama", "folk", "lecture", "misc",
"music" and "paint" as subgroups.
You might find some lyrics of your favorite songs here,
including the English songs.
There are 32 newsgroups for miscellaneous hobbies and
There are 17 newsgroups for science-related topics, including
"astrology" and "destiny-prediction".
There are 6 newsgroups for the six professional baseball teams
There are 8 newsgroups, including "love", "boy-girl",
"ladytalk" and "mentalk".
Outside Taiwan, the following news servers are known to carry
"tw.bbs.xxxx" hierarchy and open to the public (not necessarily for
posting, but at least for reading):
If you want to search for certain Usenet postings (in the recent three
months) in tw.bbs.xxx hierarchy, you can try the URL
where some options make the searching machine easy to use.
(I. 8) Is there any list for TANet BBS'?
Listed below is a partial list for BBS' in TANet. Entries marked by an
"*" correspond to those not verifiable at UCLA, U.S.A. during the
routine testings. For most of them, you can login with the ID "bbs"
and no password is required. At times you might also need to try to
login as "guest" or "new", depending on the site policy.
Entries marked with "(Password required)" do not take login attempts
with id "new", "bbs" nor "guest". They might no longer be open for
outside BBS purposes.
For the name of the schools, governments or organizations associated
with the listed BBS address, please refer to the document FAQ
=== Universities, Colleges and Institutes ===
22.214.171.124 bbs.ccu.edu.tw Computer Center
126.96.36.199 bbs.cs.ccu.edu.tw Dept. of Computer Science
188.8.131.52 bbs.chpi.edu.tw CHPI PowerBBS
* 184.108.40.206 pbbs.chpi.edu.tw
220.127.116.11 sun.dyit.edu.tw DYIT BBS
* 18.104.22.168 bbs.fcu.edu.tw
22.214.171.124 gopher.fcu.edu.tw Fengchia Gray Sky BBS
126.96.36.199 wsn7.iecs.fcu.edu.tw (Password required)
* 188.8.131.52 nm1.mt.kmc.edu.tw (Password required)
184.108.40.206 bbs.mcu.edu.tw Dreaming Village BBS, MCU
* 220.127.116.11 bbs.nccu.edu.tw (Computer Center)
18.104.22.168 bbs.nchu.edu.tw NCHU Tien Shu BBS
22.214.171.124 bbs.ncku.edu.tw BBS of Computer Center, NCKU
126.96.36.199 bbs.ch.ncku.edu.tw Chemist BBS
188.8.131.52 vlsil.iie.ncku.edu.tw BBS of Inst. of
* 184.108.40.206 music.ee.nctu.edu.tw Music
220.127.116.11 bbs.csie.nctu.edu.tw BBS of CSIE, NCTU
18.104.22.168 twserv.csie.nctu.edu.tw Taiwan Culture BBS, NCTU
22.214.171.124 bbs.cis.nctu.edu.tw BBS of CIS, NCTU
126.96.36.199 bbs.ee.nctu.edu.tw BBS of EE, NCTU
188.8.131.52 www.nctu.edu.tw (Password required)
184.108.40.206 dirac.phy.ncu.edu.tw (Password required)
* 220.127.116.11 ee03.ee.ncu.edu.tw (Password required)
18.104.22.168 bbs.ee.ncu.edu.tw Pine Romance BBS, NCU
* 22.214.171.124 ee06.ee.ncu.edu.tw
126.96.36.199 bbs.mgt.ncu.edu.tw Totoro BBS, NCU
188.8.131.52 jardin.pine.ncu.edu.tw Secret Garden BBS, NCU
184.108.40.206 bbs.nsysu.edu.tw Formosa BBS, NSYSU
220.127.116.11 bbs2.nsysu.edu.tw South Wind BBS, NSYSU
18.104.22.168 bbs3.nsysu.edu.tw Shitze Bay BBS, NSYSU
* 22.214.171.124 bbs.ntcn.edu.tw
* 126.96.36.199 bbs.ee.nthu.edu.tw Dept. of Eletrical Engr.
188.8.131.52 feminism.life.nthu.edu.tw The Room of One's Own
184.108.40.206 bach.math.nthu.edu.tw Electronic Mathematics
220.127.116.11 platinum.chem.nthu.edu.tw Star of Platinum BBS, NTHU
* 18.104.22.168 g834315.HUNG.AB.nthu.edu.tw
22.214.171.124 bbs.nhltc.edu.tw Hualien County Education
(alias hledu.nhltc.edu.tw) Bureau
* 126.96.36.199 sparc5.npttc.edu.tw
* 188.8.131.52 mozart.ntc.edu.tw
184.108.40.206 mars.ntcic.edu.tw (login: NTICVTX)
* 220.127.116.11 etc3.et.ntit.edu.tw
18.104.22.168 bbs.ee.ntit.edu.tw BBS of EE, NTIT
22.214.171.124 bbs.ntnu.edu.tw Goblin City BBS, NTNU
126.96.36.199 bbs.ice.ntnu.edu.tw (Password required)
188.8.131.52 suncc2.scc.ntnu.edu.tw Reasoning Playground BBS,
184.108.40.206 bbs.ntu.edu.tw Coconut Forest Romance
220.127.116.11 bbs.ee.ntu.edu.tw BBS of EE, NTU
18.104.22.168 bbs.math.ntu.edu.tw Drunken Moon BBS, NTU
22.214.171.124 linux1.thu.edu.tw Tunghai BBS
126.96.36.199 bbs.ee.tku.edu.tw Eggstir EE BBS, TKU
188.8.131.52 heaven.stat.tku.edu.tw Bright Top of Statistics,
184.108.40.206 bbs.tku.edu.tw Eggroll Square BBS, TKU
* 220.127.116.11i sunipc.ttc.edu.tw
18.104.22.168 bbs.cse.ttit.edu.tw Secret Lover BBS, TTIT
22.214.171.124 bbs.wcjc.edu.tw Green Valley Hon-shi
(alias cc.wcjc.edu.tw) Village BBS, WCJC
126.96.36.199 bbs.wfc.edu.tw Wufeng Dream Garden BBS
188.8.131.52 bbs2.wfc.edu.tw Wufeng Apollo BBS
184.108.40.206 bbs3.wfc.edu.tw Wufeng Yuan Garden BBS
* 220.127.116.11 bbs.ym.edu.tw
=== High Schools ===
18.104.22.168 bbs.kghs.kh.edu.tw KGHS BBS
22.214.171.124 bbs.tcgs.tc.edu.tw TCGS BBS
126.96.36.199 TNSSH BBS
* 188.8.131.52 bbs.ck.tp.edu.tw
184.108.40.206 bbs.fg.tp.edu.tw Huhohaute BBS
* 220.127.116.11 bbs.tyhs.edu.tw (Password required)
=== Governments, Organizations, and Others ===
18.104.22.168 bbs.coa.gov.tw BBS of Council of Agriculture
22.214.171.124 sun.epa.gov.tw BBS of EPA
126.96.36.199 aidebbs.edu.tw BBS of AIDE
188.8.131.52 khbbs.nsysu.edu.tw BBS of Kaohsiung City
* 184.108.40.206 bbs.kscg.gov.tw
220.127.116.11 BBS of Taichung Country
18.104.22.168 bbs.tcg.gov.tw BBS of Taipei City
(alias serv2.tcg.gov.tw) Government
22.214.171.124 bbs.tfb.gov.tw Taiwan Fishery Information
126.96.36.199 tnbbs.tnmgeb.edu.tw (Password required)
188.8.131.52 bbs.kmt.org.tw BBS of KMT
* 184.108.40.206 bbs.twwde.com.tw TWDDE BBS (World Data
220.127.116.11 dwbbs.unalis.com.tw Unalis BBS
(Thanks for HUANG, Yu-shen, "email@example.com", at Dept.
of Business Management of National Yunlin Institute of Technology for
contributing the information here)
(I. 9) How can I sign in the TANet for BBS access?
Listed below are some phone numbers useful for signing in TANet in
Taiwan for direct BBS connection. You might need an account for some
of them. After signing in you may be able to get connected to most
BBS' in the Internet. Please keep in mind that in Taiwan you have to
dial "0" in front of the number for long-distance access.
You can send an E-mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org", which is for the
magazine "HOPE_NET CD-ROM Monthly", for any questions you might still
have. However, please try to be polite in asking since this is a
service provided voluntarily by "HOPE NET".
(2)651-3920 ( 8 lines) Central Academic Sinica
(2)737-7466 (12 lines) Computer Center of Ministry of Education
(2)368-9280 (10 lines) National Taiwan University
367-6981 (24 lines)
(2)938-7183 National Cheng-chi University
(2)322-4233 National Taiwan Normal University
(3)427-2178 (10 lines) National Central Univerisity
(35)73-0600~99 (100 lines) National Chiao-tung University
(automatic dialing selection at 73-0600)
(4)285-4757~63 National Chung-hsing University
(4)224-1659 National Taichung Institute of Commerce
(4)728-5172 ( 8 lines) National Chang-hua Normal University
(5)272-0627 ( 9 lines) National Chung-cheng Univiersity
(6)274-6177~8 National Cheng-kung University
(7)533-2040 National Sun Yat-sun University
531-0103 (32 lines)
(Reference: "How to get into the Internet World for the Modem people"
by CHEN, Chien-chuen, page 93 on the magazine "HOPE NET" in Taiwan,
1995 January issue)
(Permission to repost the finished document or make copies of it in
electronic, mechanical, photocopied, or other form as appropriate will
be granted provided it is not modified in any way whatsoever, and it
is not used for profit purposes without prior explicit consent from
the author. Copyright 1995, 1996, 1997 by Tung-chiang Yang.)
Tung-chiang Yang email@example.com