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Abandoned tunnels in Kaohsiung, Taiwan turned into eco-habitat

Japanese camphor transport tunnels in Kaohsiung are becoming a hot spot for adventure-tourism TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Once used to transport camphor, the Liuoguei Tunnels were abandoned decades ago and have become an incredible environment for biodiversity since. Three tunnels, totaling 792 meters in length (1,200 feet), in the Liuoguei District of Kaohisung were abandoned in 1992 and gifted instead to local wildlife. Pacific swallow (Image from Wikimedia commons) The tunnels easily transformed into habitats for the pacific swallow and the Taiwan leaf-nosed bat, according to CNA. Each species is attracted to the tunnel’s dark and humid conditions and the abundance of insects. Taiwan leaf-nosed bat (Image from Bat Info) The Liuoguei Tunnels are at the intersection of the Pingtung Plain and the Central Mountain Range around 800 meters above sea level. During the period of Japanese rule camphor was extremely valuable, used in insect repellent as well as artillery shells, according to CNA. The Japanese commissioned [...]


US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference to be held in Taiwan for first time

More than a dozen military manufacturers will participate in the US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference to be held in Taiwan in May. TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- For the first time the 16-year history of the U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference, the military manufacturer convention will be held in Taiwan this year in May, according to sources who spoke to Liberty Times, marking a major milestone in U.S.-Taiwan relations and could include many senior U.S. officials if the Taiwan Travel Act is signed. The U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference, which has been running since 2002, will be held in Taiwan for the first time, in the southern industrial city of Kaohsiung in May of this year. According to sources involved in the preparations for the conference, at least a dozen well-known representatives of multi-national weapons makers will participate. As the Taiwan Travel Act will likely be signed into law by that time, chances that senior-level U.S. officials will participate are high. All [...]


More than 21,000 runners to participate in 2018 Kaohsiung Marathon in southern Taiwan

The 2018 Kaohsiung MIZUNO International Marathon will take place on February 25 amid concerns that the city’s serious air pollution problem might have negative effects on the participants. TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—The 2018 Kaohsiung MIZUNO International Marathon will take place on February 25 amid concerns that the city’s serious air pollution problem might have negative effects on the participants. The race will start at the Kaohsiung National Stadium. According to event organizer Kaohsiung City Government, a total of more than 21,000 runners will participate in the running event. The organizer said 10 Kaohsiung schools have painted 1,000 lanterns, which will be hung at the start arch. The running event is divided into three groups: marathon (42.195 km), ultra half marathon (25km), and fun run (5km). The first-place finishers of the marathon in the overall men's and women's categories will each receive NT$300,000. Video Source: Taiwan News  


Introducing National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)

【◎English translation: Hou Ya-ting ◎Photos by MUJI Do ◎Photos courtesy of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)】 The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), which is scheduled to begin operations this October, has become the talk of the town. It combines an opera house, a concert hall, a playhouse and a recital hall, making it the first national theater in southern Taiwan. As a Kaohsiung native, I share the excitement that surrounds the grand opening of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying). The excitement triggers memories of my first visit to Weiwuying 20 years ago, when I was a high school student. Back then, I lived in the northern part of the city. Weiwuying is located in southern Kaohsiung. After getting travel information via a dial-up internet access facility, I hopped on bus #248 and headed to Weiwuying to buy a guitar. The journey was as [...]


Zodiac Dog-Children’s Painting Exhibition of 51 Schools in Southern Taiwan

Exhibition Dates: February 1, 2018 to April 15, 2018 Exhibition Venue: Lobby, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Supported by: Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education Organized by: Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Education Bureau Kaohsiung City Government, XUE XUE Foundation Co-Organized by: Kaohsiung Compulsory Education Advisory Group – Arts and Humanities, Fushan Elementary School Kaohsiung Special Thanks: Tsong Pu Art studio, Rainbow Paint Appointed Deformaldehyde Coating Sponsor: HOPAX For 2018, the Chinese zodiac year of the dog, artist Tsong Pu is invited to create the prototype of Zodiac Dog, which is depicted in a proud and upright pose composed with shapes of connected geometric blocks. We encourage outstanding art seed elementary school teachers to guide their students in searching for five iconic colors that are representative of their schools’ regions and cultures. The objective is for the children to form an emotional bond and to identify with their hometowns. The [...]


Still Waters Run Deep

The first major exhibition space reconfiguration of the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, since its opening in 1994, will be reopened with an international contemporary art exhibition Still Waters Run Deep. Using light to define the space and the image of river as a metaphor, the transformation explores new possibilities between a museum and its city. ●Exhibition Information ●Date:2018.02.10-06.10 ●Venue:Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Extended Venues:Former Tangrong Brick Kiln、Kaohsiung Museum of History、Kaohsiung Film Archive、Kaohsiung Main Public Library、Cijin Kitchen 《Exhibition Introduction》 The exhibition theme, “Still Waters Run Deep,” derived from an English idiom, aims to use “river” as a metaphor to connect the city’s cultural context and topographical texture from both the temporal and spatial dimensions. Temporally speaking, this connection is imagined to be vertical, making use of the city’s history and extending its memory and depth to string together the city’s past, present and future. Spatially speaking, the connection is envisioned [...]


Tesla Motors opens new electric charge station in Kaohsiung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tesla motors has already established a new electric charging station for public use in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The company has plans to expand the number of charging stations throughout the island in the near future. Liberty Times reported on Feb. 6 that the charging station has 14 charging docks for Tesla electric car models, including 6 supercharger docks. The supercharger docks can reportedly provide a charge in only 20 minutes that will last a vehicle 300 to 500 kilometers. The general charging stations take about an hour, and can provide enough electricity for a 70 to 80 kilometer drive. The Economic Development Department of Kaohsiung has been promoting green energy initiatives like electric vehicles, and hopes that Kaohsiung will become a model “Green City” in Southern Taiwan. Likewise, Tesla has its own plans to first establish a sales and services foothold in the Taiwanese market in Kaohsiung, [...]


First electric ferry in Asia enters service in Taiwan’s port city of Kaohsiung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—The first brand-new electric ferry in Asia entered service in Taiwan’s southwestern port city of Kaohsiung on Monday, and authorities estimated that the zero emission ferry will reduce carbon emissions by 170,000 kilograms a year. The ferry, which is painted light green with black bear prints, will sail between Cijin (旗津) and Gushan (鼓山). The electric ferry generates no diesel exhaust odor, and its motors make no noise. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) and Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) jointly presided over Monday’s ceremony to commission the electric ferry. Chen said the electric ferry is estimated to save about 65,000 liters of diesel and reduce 170,000 kilograms of carbon emissions a year. Lee said the EPA gave a subsidy of NT$100 million to Kaohsiung to build the electric ferries and the fast charging stations on the shore, adding that another electric ferry is scheduled to join the service at the end [...]