CJCU is located in the greater Tainan metropolitan area, 18 minutes from the Tainan train station via rail (CJCU station, Shalun line). By car, it is several minutes south of Exit 11 (Datan/Wudong) on Freeway 86, an east-west link between Taiwan’s two major north-south expressways (Expressways 1 and 3). Datan is a friendly community with agricultural roots—the name means “big pond” in Chinese, but there are no fish ponds left in Datan and its rice paddies are also disappear- ing. Occasionally, an ox-drawn cart can still be seen lumbering down the town’s main street.
Most of the town’s economy now centers around businesses catering to the university community—restaurants, food and beverage stands, copy shops, and motorcycle repair shops. CJCU’s Department of Social Work operates a community center in a plaza a block west of the University’s main gate, and international students who are interested in contributing to the local community are welcome to volunteer.