World’s Highest Bridge Opens in China

Today saw the official opening of the Beipan River Bridge Duge in China’s remote Western Province of Guizhou. It marks a world record with a height of 564 meters from the bridge-deck to the Beipan River below. The river marks the border between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces and is part of the G56 Hangzhou–Ruili Expressway between Qujing and Liupanshui. The eastern tower has a height of 269 meters, which also makes it the 10th tallest bridge in the world. Construction

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Tesla Supercharger Stations in Taiwan Early 2017

A map on Tesla Motor’s website shows five supercharger stations located in Taiwan, and the company has revealed that the first one will come on-line at Taipei Expo Park in the first quarter of 2017. Tesla updated its global supercharger station network map earlier this month. The new map reflects a significant expansion of the network in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Tesla Taiwan opened its Taiwan flagship store in September 2016. Superchargers are a network of 480-volt

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Gas Cylinder Flies into Schoolyard: Smashes Wall

A nitrogen gas cylinder being handled in a recycling yard suddenly launched into the air and flew into a nearby school where it smashed a hole in a concrete wall this morning. The cylinder flew more than 100 meters and reached a height of about 12 meters according to witnesses. Fortunately the students were in another part of the campus for the daily flag-raising ceremony. The principle said they heard a large “bang,” during the ceremony, and on investigation found

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Canadian Tourists Have a Beer at Taroko Gorge

A trio of Canadian tourists shocked the public, Christmas Eve, 2016, by climbing to the top of a bridge over Taroko Gorge in Hualian County. The visitors drank beer while taking in the view. TVBS gathered footage from various members of the public who witnessed the incident. One of the bridge-walkers was interviewed at the scene. When asked if he was a professional climber, he responded: “No. I’m a skateboarder.” Another member of the group was filmed making a rapid,

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Chinese Tourists Go Berserk in Snowbound Japanese Airport

Video footage emerged on social media showing Chinese travelers charging through immigration and jumping security barriers at Chitose Airport, Hokkaido. The tourists clashed with immigration and airport security officials after becoming frustrated at delays caused by heavy snow that caused 280 flights to be canceled since Thursday. At least 6000 passengers were affected by the flight delays caused by the heaviest December snowfall in 50 years. While some airlines managed to find hotel accommodation for stranded passengers, local hotels quickly

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Local Tour Guides Panic about Foreign Tour Guides

A bill put to the legislature that proposes “Westerners” be allowed to act as tour guides in Taiwan has caused a panic among local tour guides, according to a report in United Daily News. Liberty Times Network reported that legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) put forward the proposal to amend the law to allow expatriates in Taiwan to act as tour guides. Under the proposal, Taiwan residents of foreign nationality, including foreign spouses, expatriates, and students, would be allowed to “assist

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Not the Beautiful Blue Danube

Taoyuan City Council Green Party councilor Xavier Wang (王浩宇) released a picture on his Facebook page today, showing an unnaturally blue-colored stream flowing through Taoyuan City. Mr Wang reported that at 6.15pm this evening, the source was traced to a company upstream, who will face a penalty that carries a maximum fine of NTD$6 million.

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High School Invokes Nazi Imagery for Fun: A Blight on the Education System

An article on China Times said it was another example of the failure of Taiwan’s education system when it comes to teaching history. Students at a private high school in Hsinchu County decided to celebrate Christmas by dressing up as Nazi SS officers while waving Nazi flags and holding up Swastika banners. The Presidential Palace ordered the school to issue an apology. The school issued the apology, and said that the students were only representing “a historical character set” (perhaps

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Driverless Electric Buses to Debut in Kaohsiung, 2017

Driverless electric buses will ply a route around Kaohsiung’s Hamaxing District in October next year, when Kaohsiung City hosts EcoMobility World Festival 2017. The district will be closed to private vehicles for the month of October, as Kaohsiung City, and exhibitors from around the world showcase environmental and people-friendly forms of urban transportation. The French-made NAVYA ARMA is a driverless electric vehicle that can accommodate up to 15 passengers and travel up to 45 kilometers per hour, while avoiding obstacles

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Taipei 30.6 °C: Hottest Winter Solstice in 68 years

[Picture: United Daily News.] The mercury reached 30.6°C at 1:13pm in Taipei City today, marking the hottest temperature during winter solstice in 68 years, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Banciao District saw 30.9°C at 1:00pm. Last year also saw unusually hot temperatures for the winter solstice at a maximum of 30.5°C. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Taipei during the winter solstice was 31.5°C in 1934, while 1948 saw a high of 30.7°C.

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24 ton Rock Falls off Truck

Drivers stopped at an intersection in Hualien this morning were lucky to escape being crushed when a 24 ton block of rock fell off a truck. The block damaged the road, and caused traffic to be blocked, but fortunately nobody was injured. The driver of the truck has been charged with a range of offenses, including drunk driving. He reportedly was suffering a hangover, and recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.15. Other offenses include failing to secure his load, and

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