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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Man Drives off Wharf: Rescued Twice

A man deliberately drove his car into a harbor in Ilan County this afternoon, September 5, but escaped the sinking vehicle through a broken window. At around 3PM, the crew of whale-watching vessel docked at the wharf saw a flash of white, followed by a big splash as a Toyota Yaris flew off the edge of the wharf and into the water in front of the Wushih Harbor Visitors Center. Crew members jumped into the water and rescued the man.

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Zombie Horde Brings Traffic to a Standstill in Beitou: Police Issue 69 Fines

Police were dispatched after a horde of people playing Pokemon-Go invaded an area around the public library in Beitou District, New Taipei City. A crowd of people, eyes-glued-to-phone, shuffled around in a throng, sliding fingers on screens until traffic was blocked. Police were called to clear the road and direct traffic.

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Man Surrenders to Police After Firing M15 Assault Rifle

Workers and residents in an industrial area in Tainan were on edge yesterday after hearing a series of shots coming from an abandoned factory yard across from the Anping Fish Market. Police investigators found 20 high caliber rounds had been fired into the door of a shipping container. The investigators considered it a serious case, and by this morning had identified a suspect after accessing CCTV footage and identifying a vehicle and license plate. At around 10:00am, the suspect walked

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Pokemon Go Traffic Violations: More than 1200 Fines Issued Over 3 days

After launching in Taiwan Saturday, by midnight Monday 1210 fines had been issued to people using their phones while operating a vehicle. Car drivers made up just 76 of the violations, while 1110 fines were issued to motorcyclists, and 24 to riders of bicycles and electric bicycles. The minimum fine for drivers of cars is NT$3000, for motorcyclists NT$1000, and for cyclists NT$300.

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First Pokemon Go Arrest: Players Defy Ghost Month Tradition

On the first day Pokemon Go was released in Taiwan, people wandered the streets late at night hunting for virtual monsters, despite the fact that it is ghost month. The gates of the underworld are said to have opened on the first day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calender, which fell on August 4 this year. People usually avoid going out late at night, avoid swimming or going near the ocean, rivers, or streams, and engage in

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Asylum Seeker Escapes China in Tiny Toy Inflatable Boat

A man from Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province was caught by patrolmen on Little Jinmen Island in the early hours April 28, after rowing a toy inflatable boat from Xiamen in the middle of the night. The patrolmen spotted the man in the tiny boat about 50 meters from the shore at around 5.15 a.m. When he landed, they arrested the man and took him in for questioning. Mr. Qian, a 43 year old man from Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, claimed

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Lover’s Quarrel Leads to Freeway Havoc: 1 Dead, 8 Injured

A man arguing with his girlfriend pulled the handbrake while they were traveling at over 90 km/h on the freeway south of Tainan City yesterday. A taxi carrying 6 passengers managed to stop before hitting the first car, but was slammed by a truck traveling behind it. One of the passengers died and 8 people were injured in the accident, including 5 seriously. The 43 year old woman was driving the car and returning to Kaohsiung with her 29  year

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Chinese Taipei vs. Taiwan

This is Chinese Taipei:   Not far outside the rarefied atmosphere of Taipei City stands the community of Wulai, and villages deeper in the mountains who are struggling to survive, with no electricity, clean drinking water, land or mobile communications. The damage caused by Typhoon Soudelor is only now beginning to be assessed, all over Taiwan. While the media has focused its attention in the metropolitan centers, the real victims of Typhoons in Taiwan are usually the people in the

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Man Survives 8 Story Fall

A man miraculously survived after jumping off a freeway bridge the equivalent of an 8 story building. The man landed on muddy ground and was conscious when rescuers arrived. When reporters and police asked him why he jumped off the bridge, the man kept mumbling “I saw the buddha….. I harmed the buddha”. The man suffered bone fractures, scratches and bruising.     Sources: SETN

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Betel Nut Bandit Spits on Women

Tainan City. From January to April this year a man targeted women walking alone and spat betel nut juice on them. The 34 year old man used a scooter to approach his victims, then make a quick escape. There were a total of 8 victims. The man has been charged with multiple offences, including public insult. Sources: CTi, Apple Daily.

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