Taoyuan City Prepares for Coldplay Concerts

Taoyuan City government warned commuters and residents that several streets around the outdoor venue for Coldplay concerts will be closed to traffic between 2:00pm and midnight on April 11 and 12. [See Related Article: Coldplay to Play in Taiwan.] A total of 80,000 tickets have been sold for the two concerts to be held in the front square of Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station. Commuters traveling to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport for flights on the 11th and 12th have been

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Factory Goes up in Smoke in the Middle of Residential Neighborhood

A massive fire in a tire factory in Taoyuan County’s Zhongli (Chungli) District resulted in a pall of smoke that could be seen from the neighboring Hsinchu County and New Taipei City. Fortunately no injuries or fatalities were recorded, but a legislator called for the factory to be relocated to an industrial zone. Taiwan lags behind many countries when it comes to zoning laws. Many neighborhoods offer a mix of industrial, commercial, and residential establishments. Manufacturing facilities are even often

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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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300 Teachers and Students Poisoned by School Lunch

Photo: Taoyuan City Health Bureau. About 300 students and staff suffered abdominal pain and diarrhea after eating a school lunch delivered to 3 elementary schools in Taoyuan County, Thursday, November 17. School administrators were not aware of the problem until the following day, when they noticed an extraordinary number of students and staff took the day off sick. The three schools affected were Dongmen, Ximen, and Qingxi Elementary schools. On Friday morning, the three schools canceled lunch delivery from the

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Killer Surrenders to Police

A man wanted for a murder in Taoyuan turned himself in to police in Ilan County yesterday. The victim, who operated a money lending business, lived in Taoyuan’s Guishan district. After having lunch with his family July 24, he went out alone, but failed to return for the evening meal. The family reported him missing and police accessed his phone records to trace his route.  Accessing surveillance cameras, they saw the victim, Mr. Zhou, walking with a Mr. Yang and entering

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Lithium Battery causes Fire: 2 Dead

A building was destroyed after a lithium ion battery being repaired in the first floor electric bicycle business went up in flames. Because there were many flammable substances in the store, an intense fire quickly engulfed the business. Four men managed to make it to the roof from where they were rescued by firefighters, but two men died in the building.  

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