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What’s on this week in Taiwan?

What events are happening this week?

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  • Kaohsiung Commercial Times Machinery Show (C.T.M.S) at the Kaohsiung Arena, Kaohsiung, Taiwan – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Monday April 11th 2011 is the last day of the show

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Taipei, Taiwan

  • AutoTronics Taipei (Taipei International Automobile Electronics Show)  at the Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC), Nangang Exhibition Hall No. 1

April 12th – 15th 2011

  • Taipei AMPA (International Auto Machine Parts & Accessories Show) at the Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall 1F & 4F

April 12th – 15th 2011

  • Motorcycle Taiwan – Taipei (Taiwan International Motorcycle Show) at the Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC), Nangang Exhibition Hall No.1

April 14th – 17th 2011

  • EV TAIWAN – Taipei (Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show) at the Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC), Nangang Exhibition Hall No. 1

April 14th – 17th 2011

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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


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.

What’s on this week in Taiwan?

What’s on this week?

The Taiwan International Orchid Show 2011 (TIOS) takes place in Tainan at the Taiwan Orchid Plantation (T.O.P.). The show will display rare kinds of beautiful flowers and plants. The event is expecting over 300,000 visitors.

Taipei is the seventh city to host this event where avid gardeners, horticulturists and tourists will be attending the show. An adult ticket costs NT$300.

A large music festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The Ten Drum Percussion Group & Tso’s Dance Association is playing on March 11th – 12th.

While in  Kaohsiung, visit the night markets, Liouhe Night Market is especially popular with tourists, walk around Sizihwan Beach and check out Kaohsiung’s nightlife.

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Other Events this March 2011:

An impressive event to display how bike products will set the future. Over 30,000 visitors and over 3,000 exhibitors will attend.

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.

Useful Information:

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: (for English info),

There are many affordable and comfortable hotels in Taipei

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Explore Taiwan’s National Parks

Taiwan’s National Parks are a great way to experience Taiwan

There are eight National Parks in Taiwan. The National Parks in Taiwan aim to keep the natural environment and biodiversity through conservation. They preserve the natural scenery, the flora and fauna and many historic sites.

Conservation of the parks also involve looking after wild species, preserving landscapes and cultural areas.

Mountain Hiking / Climbing

Taiwan is a mountainous island with over 70% of the land being occupied by mountains. Mountain climbing is popular with the Taiwanese and many tourists.


Coral Sea Concert – Kenting

The Coral Sea Concert happens once a year in May in Kenting National Park. This concert has become very popular with the Taiwanese in the last few years. Kaohsiung is only a one and a half hour drive from Kenting. Kaohsiung’s Spring Art Festival 2011 is now taking place until April.

Taroko Gorge Music Festival – Taroko National Park

Crowds from all over Taiwan enjoy the Taroko Gorge Festival. The festival happens once a year in October or November. Taroko National Park is located in the east of Taiwan. It lies across 3 areas in Taiwan: Hualien County, Taichung County, and Nantou County.

Yushan Flower Festival -Yushan

The Yushan Flower Festival is held May to August every year. This event attracts thousands of visitors from all over Taiwan. The Festival aims to present Taiwan’s unique plants and flowers.

Yushan National Park Headquarters Address:  No. 515, Sec. 1, Jongshan Rd., Shueili Township, Nantou County 55344 Taiwan .R.O.C

Mount Yangming Butterfly Event – Yangmingshan

The Mount Yangming Butterfly Festival is held every May to June. Here tourists can see Taiwan’s diverse and beautiful butterflies. There are activities and guidance about the importance of butterfly ecology and their habitat. Taipei City is very close to Yanmingshan.

Further info about Taiwan’s National Parks

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