Principal Calls Cops on Student Protestors

[cover picture: Liberty Times Network] School administrators at a high school in Taipei City called police after students unfurled banners and cut off the microphone while the principal was making a speech at a 70th anniversary event on Sunday, April 9. Police declined to press charges, and the Ministry of Education said that calling police to the campus was inappropriate. The ministry said that school administrators should communicate with the student offenders and use the incident as an opportunity to

Read more

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

Read more

Thunderbirds Are Go! Goes to Air in Taiwan

The rebooted series of the Thunderbirds – Thunderbirds Are Go!, will begin airing on PTS Taiwan starting Wednesday September 14. The show will air Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00pm. Taipei City will feature in Episode 2, when the city is threatened after a solar-collector dish is knocked askew by an earthquake. The solar collector is positioned so that at sunrise it will reflect a concentrated beam of light on the city, burning it to the ground. The original Thunderbirds

Read more

Snow in Taipei

At the time of writing, Taipei is under the influence of cold front originating in the arctic regions and flowing down through Siberia, to produce some of the coldest temperatures experienced in at least a decade. New Taipei City’s Wulai District saw snowfall Saturday night. The same district was subjected to severe damage from a tropical typhoon last summer. Wulai-snow by wildeastmagazine

Read more

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

Read more

77 Year Old Fruit Vendor Nabs Thief

Taipei: A 77 year old woman nabbed a 35 year old woman who stole small change from her fruit stand. The thief picked up a bunch of bananas and used it to cover her other hand as she pilfered coins from the fruit vendor’s change tray. The elderly fruit seller observed the incident and grabbed the thief by the arm, holding her until others came to help restrain the offender. The incident was caught on security cam.

Read more

Muddle-Headed Motorist Forgets to Use Handbrake: Driverless Car Ploughs into Traffic

Taipei (Hsintien District): A driver-less car rolled down a steep slope across a busy street, smashing into three scooter riders and a car. The driver parked the car and got out without applying the handbrake. A few seconds later he heard the sound of the crash, and turned his head to see his car amid a scene of chaos and destruction. Nobody was seriously injured in the accident.     Sources: CTi, TTV

Read more

Free Massage for Protesters

A professional masseur has set up a free massage center at the Ministry of Education protest site. Student protesters are now in the third day of occupation after pushing down the razor-wire security fence and occupying the square on Thursday night. The visually impaired man is one of the many volunteers supporting the more than 100 protesters who are making a stand against a politically motivated alteration of Taiwan’s high school history curriculum.     Sources: CTi, SET

Read more

Student Protesters Break Through Police Barriers

Student protesters broke though police barriers last night and occupied the square at the Ministry of Education. Students rocked the barrier back and forth as the chanted for the Minister of Education to step down.  The steel and razor-wire barrier was pushed down at an angle and the protesters then laid cardboard and other materials over the razor-wire so they could clamber over it. The protests against the Ministry of Education’s politicized, China-centric changes to the curriculum, intensified after a

Read more

Gangsters Arrested in Wanhua District

Wanhua district in New Taipei City is a famous gangster haven in Taiwan, and even featured in the movie Bangka. This morning several thugs, including their gang leader were arrested after being caught on camera causing havoc, and violently intimidating a business proprietor over failure to pay protection money. The gang is estimated to have earned up to NT$10 million in the scheme over the last couple of years.

Read more

Torrential Rain Causes Flooding and Traffic Chaos in Taipei

Several areas in New Taipei City and the northern region of Taiwan experienced minor flooding and traffic chaos when a storm front dumped torrential rain during a relatively short period in the afternoon. Sanchong District was the worst-affected with 101 mm of rain, while Taoyuan’s Fuxing District was close behind with 99 mm recorded. Other areas affected were Banciao, Xinzhuang and Taipei City.

Read more