Toilet Modernization Program Rolled Out Nationwide

State-owned energy company CPC Corporation has renovated restrooms at 95 of its gas stations so far, as part of a program that will see restrooms at more than 600 gas stations improved. CPC Corporation Chairman Chen Jinde (陳金德) invited media to the company’s Dazhi gas station in New Taipei City to witness the progress of his vision to make using a gas station restroom a comfortable and refreshing experience. The new restrooms are larger, brighter, well ventilated, and feature bidet

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Family Trapped in Central Mountains: Rescue Helicopter Grounded

A family of five may have to wait 5 to 6 days before a rescue team can reach them in a remote mountain location, after a helicopter was unable to take off due to bad weather. The Lin family were hiking across Taiwan’s central mountains from Hualien when Mr Lin, 58, began to suffer gastrointestinal bleeding, leading to bloody diarrhea and physical weakness. Mr Lin is accompanied by his wife and three children, aged 17, 15, and 13. Nantou County

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Remote Mountain Cabin Defaced with “Foreign Graffiti”

A remote mountain cabin used by hikers and researchers in Yushan (Mt. Jade) National Park has been found defaced by graffiti in English and French. Images began circulating on social media yesterday. Dafen Mountain Cabin, 40 kilometers from the Walami trail-head in Hualien and at an altitude of 1320 meters, requires a 3 day hike to reach. It is considered Taiwan’s most important Formosan black bear research area. On the outside of the cabin is spray-painted “La Balle” (the ball),

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Double-Decker Buses Begin Service in Taipei

A fleet of open-top double-decker buses offering tours of Taipei City were officially launched today January 18, 2017. The bright red buses reminiscent of London’s famous buses, will operate on 2 routes that take in Taipei’s major attractions. Audio guides are available in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Tickets start from NT$300 for a four-hour tour, and from now until Chinese New Year’s eve, people traveling in pairs can take advantage of a 2 for 1 special. The

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Nobel Laureate Calls for Taiwan Carbon Tax

Former President of Academia Sinica, and Nobel Laureate for his services to Chemistry, Yuan Tseh Lee, today urged the government of Taiwan to impose a carbon tax to deal with the country’s worsening air pollution. Speaking at the opening of an exhibition at the National Museum of Natural Science, Professor Lee said pollution should be converted into a price in order to achieve an ideal state of clean energy. Professor Lee drew attention to the costs of pollution in terms

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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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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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TransAsia Airways Grounded

Rumors that began this morning saying that TransAsia Airways would suspend flights have been confirmed by Taiwan’s Civil Aviation Authority this afternoon. The embattled Taiwan-based airline failed to regain consumer confidence after two crashes in succession rattled the nerves of passengers and aircrew. TransAsia Airways denied the rumors this morning, and refused to comment further on the issue. Ticket ordering systems at the airport, and on the company’s website went offline at around 1:00pm. The website currently says the ordering

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Gas Station Rooftops Become Solar Farms

Cover Photo: Big Sun Group. Taiwan’s state-owned petroleum company CPC, has turned 7 gas stations into solar-power generators, and plans to roll out solar panels on 100 more in 2017. The company has identified 365 stations so far as suitable to host solar arrays, and is searching for more locations among 612 gas stations and 12 oil depots. As well as generating solar electricity, the company’s stations are also implementing energy-saving measures. Lighting in all CPC gas stations and depots

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First Made in Taiwan Light Rail Train Rolls Out

Cover picture: United Daily News. The first train for the Tamsui Light Rail project rolled off the production line today at a factory in Hsinchu. It is the first light rail train to be manufactured in Taiwan. The LRTs are being manufactured by Taiwan Rolling Stock Company in cooperation with German company Voith Engineering Services. An unveiling ceremony was attended by New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫). A Taipei Metro spokesperson said the light blue color represents the clear

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Air Canada Resurrects Vancouver to Taipei Direct Flights

Air Canada is taking reservations for direct flights between Vancouver and Taipei, after a 14 year hiatus. Discounted fares start at $9,999NTD ($423CAD) return for limited periods between June and September. Air Canada first introduced direct flights between the cities in 2009, but ceased the service in 2003. Since then, passengers traveling between the two cities have had to transit in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, or Beijing. Air Canada will employ the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to serve the

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