WangKung firework festival (王功漁火節) is going to light up the sky

Eye On Taiwan
Date: June 24, 2016
Translated By: Erixon Chen

ZhangHua(彰化) county government had held a press conference on Thursday morning

Photo: WongKung fishing port. From MingKuWei facebook.

Photo: WongKung fishing port.
From MingKu Wei’s facebook page.

to announce that the WongKung fireworks festival will have a light show instead of a fireworks show as in former years.

The ZhangHua county governemnt magistrate Ming-Ku Wei(魏明谷) said that this year’s WangKung fireworks festival (王功漁火節) will be held on 2nd and 3rd, July. We used to hold a fireworks show on this festival but we have something different this year we added new elments. A light show will substitute for the fireworks show said Ming-Ku. I hope it will attract sightseers to come to WangKung.

WangKung fishing port(王功漁港) has a unique sunset view, when the setting Sun is going down the sunlight shining the coast, the coast became a golden coast. It’s very beautiful. Ming-Ku Wei said. We hope this festival will drive the Wang-Kung area development. People can go to Lu-Gang(鹿港) to see ancient monuments first, then go to Wong-kung fishing port to enjoy the sunset.

The ZhangHua country government said the following: We have arranged activities from morning to night on 2nd and 3rd of July. Activities such as a blessing carnival, a local food feast and a night ocean concert one will be held on each of the two days.

Why Taiwan Offers The Best Road Trip Experience in Asia

The News Lens
Date: 2016/04/13
By: Jenny Peng

The best description I’ve ever heard of Taiwan was from a Canadian friend who FullSizeRenderspent over a year on the island teaching English. After spending time in Japan and Southeast Asia as well, he said that Taiwan was his favourite place to live and work. Because, as he described, the island is the combination of modern, reliable transportation and telecommunication networks of a country like Japan and has the relics and rural beauty of a historically agricultural society like Vietnam and Cambodia.

My friend’s words echoed in my mind as I set out on a cross-island road trip with seven other travelers and Jerry Chen, an English and Mandarin-speaking tour guide, starting from Taipei. Sometimes, it takes someone on the outside to notice what those on the inside have become immune to.

After many trips to the island, those observations from my friend gave me a new appreciation for why this place is the most convenient and diverse destination in Asia for an inexpensive road trip. My only regret is not spending more time in Tainan and at a few other unforgettable stops along the way.

For first time travelers to Taiwan, Taipei offers a slew of ‘must-see’ attractions, including standing on top of the world’s fifth tallest building, Taipei 101, and trying some of the ‘most famous dumplings on Earth’ at Din Tai Fung. With access to a van, I strayed from the typical city tourist spots and ventured 40 minutes east outside of Taipei from Regent Taipei to the small, mountainous town of Pingxi, which used to be a coal mining town.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan “I Believe” video something to be proud of

April13, 2016
By: Editor

I have been to Taiwan many times.  I have grown to love the smells, sights and people of Taiwan.  The Taiwanese have a good reason to be proud.  They have developed the most technologically advanced engineering and manufacturing facilities bar none.  Their democracy has developed into the most democratic in all of Asia.  Their human rights policies are a model that other Asian nations would be smart to follow.  The people of Taiwan are the warmest and friendliest people that you will find anywhere.  And did I mention the food?  The food is to die for.

Sadly I don’t meet the immigration qualifications required under Taiwan’s immigration laws. They are almost as stringent as the USA’s.   If I could, I would immigrate to Taiwan in a heartbeat.  If I could die in Taiwan I would truly believe that my life had been truly full.

Heavy freeway traffic forecast over tomb sweeping holiday

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/03/31
By: Wang Shu-fen and Elaine Hou

Taipei, March 31 (CNA) Heavy traffic is expected on the freeways in Taiwan over the tomb

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

sweeping holiday starting Saturday, with congestion predicted to peak on April 4, according to the National Freeway Bureau.

Freeway traffic will spike on Tomb Sweeping Day, with 2.95 million cars expected to hit the road, the bureau said.

The bureau also warned that a total of 15 sections of the freeways are more likely to see heavier traffic, including the southbound section from Changhua to Puyan on Freeway No. 1, the northbound section from Yunlin to Puyan on Freeway No. 1, the northbound section from Gukeng to Nantou on Freeway No. 3 and the northbound section from Yilan to Pinglin on Freeway No. 5 on that day.

Freeway traffic is expected to flow more smoothly during the rest of the four-day holiday, the bureau said.     [FULL  STORY]

Google Street View allows 360 panorama view of Yushan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/03/17
By: Jeffrey Wu and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, March 17 (CNA) New 360-degree spherical panoramic images of 201603170017t0001Yushan, Taiwan’s highest peak at 3,952 meters, were put online Thursday as part of Google Taiwan’s Street View, the company announced that day.

Using a Google Cardboard headset, Internet users can now get a 3D virtual reality (VR) view of Yushan and surrounding mountains, the search engine giant said.

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a mobile phone.

Google said provides full support for the use of Google Cardboard VR in Street View, which allows people to virtually explore scenic spots such as Yushan that they might never otherwise get to visit.     [FULL  STORY]

Taichung group visits Hong Kong to promote central Taiwan tourism

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/03/09
By: Hao Xue-qing and Lauren Hung

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) A tourism delegation from Taichung City is visiting Hong

Photo courtesy of Taichung City Government

Photo courtesy of Taichung City Government

Kong to promote tourism for the central part of Taiwan.

The 50-member delegation, led by Chen Cheng-shan, chief of the Taichung Tourism Bureau, will launch a series promotion activities, including attending a live program on Phoenix Television, to recommend the specialties of central Taiwan, including bicycle tours, hot spring, farm products, leisure agriculture and pastries to Hong Kong people.

Phoenix TV show has been popular in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Chen said that there has been sign of decreasing number of mainland tourists to Taiwan recently, but he is still optimistic about the development tourism industry in central Taiwan, especially after the opening of the National Taichung Theater, and the Southern Branch of National Palace Museum in Chiayi County.

Chen expected that the number of visits to central Taiwan by Hong Kong and Macau people will increase 10 percent this year.     [SOURCE]

Taoyuan airport implements measures to ease holiday congestion

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/03
By: Bien Chin-feng and Romulo Huang

Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) A special plan to ease air travel congestion

Airport e-Gates. (CNA file photo)

Airport e-Gates. (CNA file photo)

at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport during the Lunar New Year holiday kicked off smoothly Wednesday, with some 110,000 passengers passing though the airport, authorities said.

The measures were designed specifically to cope with an expected increase in passengers before, during and immediately after the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday, which starts Feb. 6, authorities said.

Air travel is expected to peak between Feb. 3-6 and Feb. 10-17, with passenger volume estimated at 140,000 per day.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan launches e-Visa program for foreign tourists

Taiwan Today
Date: January 14, 2016

An electronic visa system streamlining travel document processing and

The ROC government’s new e-Visa website serves as a single window for handling travel applications of foreign visitors. (Courtesy of MOFA)

The ROC government’s new e-Visa website serves as a single window for handling travel applications of foreign visitors. (Courtesy of MOFA)

enhancing security for inbound Taiwan tourists was launched Jan. 12 by the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The one-stop service on a dedicated MOFA website allows for the completion of the e-Visa form, submission of the application and payment of related fees.

A total of 27 countries are included in the first phase of the program. They are Brunei, Macedonia and Turkey, which already enjoy landing-visa privileges in Taiwan; Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, which offer ROC citizens visa-waiver treatment; as well as 21 of the ROC’s diplomatic allies, except the Holy See.

Lo Tien-hung, deputy director-general of the MOFA Bureau of Consular Affairs, said the initiative is available to travelers from the designated countries for the purposes of business, tourism or short visits with family members.     [FULL  STORY]

Lunar New Year rail tickets to Alishan to go on sale Jan. 22

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/01/09
By: Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) Train tickets for the Alishan Forest Railway during the

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

Lunar New Year holiday will go on sale Jan. 22, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said Saturday.

Those planning to take train to the alpine scenic area, one of Taiwan’s top tourist destinations, during the holiday period Feb. 6-14 may start booking tickets at 6 a.m. Jan. 22 on the website, according to the TRA.

To meet high demand during the Lunar New Year holiday, the TRA said, it will operate two extra round-trip services per day between Chiayi and Fenchihu stations.

The Alishan mountain resort and natural preserve in central Taiwan is known for attractions such as a mountain wilderness area, cherry blossoms, waterfalls, high altitude tea plantations, and many hiking trails.

Taiwan among 12 emerging travel destinations on Business Insider

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/12/11
By: Chen Ting-wei and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) Described as Asia’s best-kept secret, Taiwan was listed

Sun Moon Lake. (CNa file photo)

Sun Moon Lake. (CNa file photo)

on the Business Insider website as one of 12 emerging travel destinations that people must visit in 2016.

“2016 is all about emerging destinations,” said Anisha Shah, a broadcast journalist and photojournalist, in her article contributed to the American business, celebrity and technology news website published on Dec. 6.

Shah anticipated that the themes of “wilderness, wildlife and culture” will illuminate the travel itineraries next year. “Escapism and authenticity are key and nowhere offers them quite like fledgling and far-flung nations,” she said.

“Kyrgyzstan’s vast rolling mountains, Iceland’s wild natural phenomena, Madagascar’s prehistoric lemurs and Taiwan’s cultural treasure troves are some of the highlights marking the year ahead.”     [FULL  STORY]