Category Archives: Kaohsiung News

White tigers from China will be imported to Kaohsiung’s Zoo

In May, two white tigers from Guangzhou in China will be imported to southern Taiwan. Shou Shan Zoo in Kaohsiung City will look after the tigers.

White tigers are known for being endangered species and the import and export of such tigers are restricted and regulated carefully. The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) estimate that today only 3,200 tigers are alive in the wild.

It took Shou Shan Zoo two years before finally gaining approval from Taiwan’s authorities to import the tigers to Taiwan. Shou Shan Zoo has agreed that they will not use the tigers for breeding so, the deal was agreed upon this basis.

The Shou Shan Zoo estimates that to feed both tigers it will cost NT$300,000 (US$10,257) per year.

Taiwan’s EcoARK will be featured on National Geographic Channel

EcoARK is a pavillion that has been built out of an amazing 1.52 million recycled plastic bottles for the Taipei International Flora Exposition. The structure will be shown tonight (27 March 2011) on the National Geographic Channel at 9:00 pm (Taiwan time). It will be featured as a modern wonder of “turning trash to treasure“.

The documentary on the National Geographic Channel is part of the Megastructures series. The program will be shown in 168 countries in 34 languages with an estimated audience of 370 million.

The Far Eastern Group, the sponsors of the structure said that their inspiration for the EcoARK came from seeing the large amount of plastic bottles that are recycled in Taiwan every year. Taiwan shops on average dispense 1.5 billion plastic and paper cups every year.

The Far Eastern Group has said “The EcoARK can fill a space equal to 3 Taipei 101 buildings and if joined end to end, their total length would circle Taiwan more than 1,000 times“. It has taken them 3 years of research and construction.

The building uses natural wind to provide air conditioning. The recycled bottles absorb the sunlight during the day and act as lights during the night. The structure is a way of turning waste into something valuable.

The EcoARK, also known as the Pavilion of Fashion, has attracted 1.5 million visitors to date.

Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport unveils new e-library

Taiwan’s Taoyuan International airport has unveiled a brand new e-library.

The Taiwanese Duty Free shop “EverRich” decided to open the e-library as a waiting lounge.

The lounge is 198 square metres and located in terminal two, close to gate C5. There are more than 400 English and Chinese language e-books and e-magazines and 2,000 regular books and many newspapers, thus giving passengers a huge wide of choice and options.

The new e-library will give passengers an alternative option of something to do  while waiting for their flights.

The e-library looks modern, clean and comfortable. They have also installed GPS navigation systems to help passengers search for destination maps.

A similar e-library has been built at Kaohsiung International airport.

Taiwan’s Red Cross raises US$372 million for Japanese Earthquake Victims

Taiwan’s Red Cross has raised in donations US$372 million for the Japanese earthquake victims. The Red Cross raised US$26.6 million out of the US$372 million from a television fund raising show called “Fight and Smile”.

President Ma Ying-jeou and a few Taiwanese celebrities all took part in donating money to the cause. President Ma Ying-jeou asked the public to show their support for Japan. He pointed out that Japan helped Taiwan at the time of the 921 earthquake more than 11 years ago.

Ma also reiterated that “Taiwan has always been a provider of humanitarian aid and hopes everyone knows that the Taiwanese are very compassionate people“.

The fund raising show was broadcast live through many channels in Taiwan. The show was launched by Taiwan’s Association of Terrestrial Television Networks, Taiwan Television, Formosa Television and World Vision Taiwan (charity company).

HTC – The Pride of Taiwan

Leaders in Smart Phone Technology

HTC Corporation is the leading vendor for the operator-branded devices in the world. HTC’s headquarters are in Taiwan. HTC was founded by Taiwanese entrepreneur Cher Wang (Wang Hsiueh-Hong) in 1997.

She is not only the founder of HTC Corporation but also of VIA Technologies. Cher Wang’s dream is to be number one in this field and she has been very successful so far in working towards that dream.

Richest Woman in Taiwan

Cher Wang is the daughter of one of Taiwan’s richest men – petrochemicals billionaire Wang Yung-Ching. Her father founded the huge Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group.

Cher Wang has now very recently become Taiwan’s richest person according to Forbes Magazine’s billionaire list. She replaces Terry Gou who is the chairman of Foxconn Technology Group.

Forbes ranked Wang and her husband (president & CEO of VIA Tech.) as Taiwan’s richest couple. They have a combined wealth of US$6.3 billion. Worldwide, they rank 143rd.

Building Strong Relationships

The key to success of any emerging company lies in its relations with other companies of the world. HTC Taiwan has done this beautifully and they have forged alliances with all of the top leading companies in this field.

They have forged alliances with 5 companies in Europe, 4 such as T-Mobile, in USA such as Microsoft and numerous Asian companies as well.

Marketing & Latest Product Line

HTC used to work with the world’s best OEM marketing company and marketing their products successfully across the world. The company has produced hundreds of products and every product is a master piece in the latest possible technology.

The latest product series is the HTC Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, Touch Cruise and Touch Dual. All of their products use a touch screen interface.

An Addiction?

There is a saying about HTC smart phones that once you use it once, you cannot stop using one, becoming an addiction. Smart phones use flawless and the most advanced technology so; it is easy to see why HTC phones are becoming increasingly popular.

There are mainly 4 categories that HTC Corporation has introduced in the market:

• Touch phones

• PDA

Smart phones

• The Mobile Computer

Best Performing Technology Company in Asia

Business Week ranked HTC as number 3 in its listing in 2006 and number 2 in 2007 and they retain the award of “Best Performing Technological Company in Asia“.

HTC is reputed highly because there are many milestones in technological development which this company has introduced to the world and here are a few of those:

• In 1999 HTC introduced first color palm sized PC

• In 2000 HTC introduces first Microsoft pocket PC

• In 2002 HTC introduced first Microsoft smartphone

• In 2005 HTC introduced Microsoft 3G phone with huge 2.8″ TFT screen

• In 2007 HTC introduced first intuitive touch screen with technology for fingertips

Taiwan Quality

HTC provides quality and providing you with the fastest and latest hardware possible. There are many manufacturers which make similar products but HTC is best in what it does.

Although Wang does not take part in the day to day running of the company, she is still active through negotiation and meeting clients. Thus still remaining a large influence in HTC’s style and direction.

Dragonair will increase flights to Kaohsiung & Mainland China

Dragonair is planning to increase the number of flights going to Kaohsiung and to many places in Mainland China, taking effect from this March 27th (2011).

The flight services to Kaohsiung will increase from 32 flights per week to 42 flights per week. There will also be an extra flight to Xiamen making a total of four flights per day. Three more flights will go to Ningbo making a total of 10 flights per week.

Since last year, demand for flights going to and from Taiwan and Mainland China has been increasing. Dragonair are responding to the demand and increasing flight services. The extra flights will be able to offer customers a greater choice thus more convenience.

Some of the flights (starting from the summer) will also see the following changes:

  • Increases in services from Hong Kong to Nanjing, Chengdu and Chongqing in Mainland China.
  • Number of flights to Nanjing and Chengdu will rise to twice a day.

There are many hotels in Kaohsiung that offer special rates.

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Megaport Music Festival

The Megaport Music Festival takes place once a year and many different rock artists perform.

The British band 65daysofstatic played at The Wall,  Pier-2 Art District in Kaohsiung on the weekend (March 5th – 6th) and will now play in Taipei tomorrow (March 8th). Next stop will be Singapore on the 13th March at the Esplanade Concert Hall (Mosaic Festival) in Singapore.

65daysofstatic are from Sheffield in England. Their first album “The Fall of Math” came out in 2004 which was a mixture of progressive rock and electronica.

Megaport Music Festival will be in Taipei

Band: 65daysofstatic

Date: Tuesday 8th March 2011

Where: The Wall, B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City, Taiwan

Tickets: NT$1,400 at the door, NT$1,200 in advance. Tickets can be bought at 7-11 ibon

Useful Information

Megaport Music Festival Blogspot (only in Chinese)

Official Website: 65daysofstatic

Email: ticket@thewall.com.tw (for English info), info@thewall.com.tw

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2011 Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival is bigger and better

The 2011 Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival kicks off for the second time.

Organised by the Kaohsiung City Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Starting on February 26th and lasting over a period of five months. There will be a wide range of acts such as Aboriginal singers and an Austrian puppet show.

The first performance will be “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” featuring the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra against a backdrop of Warner Brothers cartoon characters.

This year’s Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival is expected to be bigger and better as artists from all over the world will take part such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, Japan and the United States.

A headline act taking part is Tadashi Suzuki’s musical version of La Dame aux Camelias. This act will feature Taiwanese singers and actors. This act also took part in the Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA) in Taipei on February 10th. They are expected to draw a large crowd.

Other performances include a string quartet, Taiwanese opera, Chinese music, modern dance and jazz.

Last year, 40,000 people attended the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival. This year, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs are expecting many more.

Find out more details on what to see at the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival

Kaohsiung Lantern Festival

“Year of the Rabbit”

Saturday 12th – Monday 28th February

Kaohsiung Lantern Festival is now taking place along the riverbank of the Love River. The Love River runs through Yancheng District (Yanchengpu).

Everyday for the next two weeks, amazing fireworks displays will take place at 7 pm and 9 pm. You can see the fireworks from either side of the river, near Glory Pier on Hai Bian Road or on Hesi Road.

The atmosphere is lively and buzzy. Many locals and tourists are enjoying the surroundings. Rabbit lanterns and balloons are being distributed for free. There are also mobile toilets available at various points along the Love River.

Taiwan Lantern Festival, Kaohsiung's Love River
Kaohsiung Lantern Festival

The Yancheng district is lovely to walk around. Bars, cafes and restaurants are plentiful and easy to enjoy. Nearby cultural attractions include the Pier-2 Art District and the Kaohsiung Museum of History.

Kaohsiung Lantern Festival, Taiwan - View from the Love River
View over the Love River, Lantern Festival

Kaohsiung’s Lantern Festival is especially special this year as it celebrates the merge of Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County and the 100th year of the Republic of China.

As this year is the “Year of the Rabbit, rabbit inflatables and statues are placed all along the river. Each one is unique and interesting. The festival is extended all the way to Cisian Bridge.

Lantern Festival, Kaohsiung Rabbit Statues
"Year of the Rabbit" Rabbit Statue
Taiwan Lantern Festival
Taiwan Lantern Festival, by the Love River

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Chinese New Year holiday services

What’s Open in Kaohsiung During Chinese New Year?

Department Stores

  • Hanshin Department Store (Chenggong 1st Rd) / Hanshin Shopping Plaza (Bo-ai 2nd Rd)
  • Talees Department Store

Supermarkets

  • Carrefour (356 Hedong Rd – Love River, 117 DaShuen 3rd Rd, Lingya Dist. – 1111 Jhonghua 5th Rd – 109 Shihchuan 1st Rd, Sanmin Dist. 849 Dashuen 2nd Rd, Sanmin Dist.)
  • Dollars (463 MinZu 1st Rd, Zuoying)

Convenience Stores

  • 7-11
  • Family Mart

Chinese New Year Holiday Services, Taiwan

Chinese New Year Taxi Fare Rates

Taipei City / New Taipei City / Keelung City

  • From January 31st until February 7th, there will be an additional NT$20 fee on all cab fares between 6 am until 11 pm.
  • An extra NT$40 on fares between 11 pm until 6 am.

Taichung City

  • From January 31st until February 7th, there will be an additional NT$20 fee on all cab fares between 6 am until 10 pm.
  • An extra NT$40 will be charged between 10 pm and 6 am.

Tainan City / Kaohsiung City

  • From February 1st until 7th, all cab fares will be an extra NT$40 all day.

Chinese New Year Banking Services

During Chinese New Year, all financial institutions will stop services from February 1st until 7th. This includes telephone services, text messaging & consulting services.

Chinese New Year Hospitals

The Department of Health has ensured that emergency wards nationwide are available during February 2nd until 7th.

Chinese New Year Intercity Highway Bus Schedules

  • Taipei to Tainan – There will be a bus every 10-15 minutes.
  • Taipei to Kaohsiung – There will be a bus every 15-20 minutes.

Chinese New Year Shuttle Services

  • There will be a Sun Moon Lake Shuttle every 30 minutes.
  • Operating times are between 7:30 am until 6 pm (February 2nd until 9th).
  • Alishan Forest Recreation Park Shuttle will operate from 8 am until 5 pm on February 3rd.
  • From 3:30 am until 5 pm from February 4th until February 7th (every 20 minutes).
  • Free shuttle rides will be offered on No. 18 from the Forestry Bureau to Alishan Park on the 86-95k mark.

Chinese New Year Freeway Toll Rates

During Chinese New Year, between February  2nd until 7th national highways in the Taiwan area will be toll free from 12 am until 7 am.

Also, from February 2nd until 6th, only vehicles with three passengers or more will be allowed on the freeway.

Chinese New Year Gas Prices

During Chinese New Year, fuel prices will be cut from NT$0.1 to NT$0.2 per litre.

All gas stations will be operating as normal during the holiday.

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