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Old February 16th, 2013, 09:29 AM   #21
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Kaohsiung's new central library is expected to open in November 2014. It will be home to 500,000 volumes.

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CPC confirms Kaohsiung Port development plans
Taipei Times

State-run refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) yesterday confirmed that it plans to invite companies to develop a 5.4 hectare plot of land near Kaohsiung Port into a shopping district by selling the rights to the plot next year.

A pre-auction meeting is expected to be held later this year to ask interested parties to bid for the lease on the land in Kaohsiung Software Technology Park, valid for between 50 and 70 years, CPC and the Ministry of Finance said.

CPC vice president Chen Ming-hui (陳明輝) said the company’s original plan was to develop the land into the largest consumer electronics shopping mall in Taiwan.

However, after a thorough review and discussion with the ministry and the local government, the company changed the plan and is now considering inviting companies to build a new shopping district in Greater Kaohsiung, with major facilities including office buildings, hotels, duty-free boutique stores and department stores, Chen said.

“We expect our land development project to help Greater Kaohsiung government transform the Port of Kaohsiung into a tourism-oriented harbor attracting people to the city and boosting sales of local vendors,” Chen said by telephone yesterday.

CPC will allow companies to make joint bids for the land, which has 55,500m2 by 272,000m2 available for ground-floor development.

The land development project, part of the government’s bid to revitalize state-owned assets, will be conducted in several phases, Chen said.

The cost of project is estimated at more than NT$10 billion (US$337.84 million), he said.

The plot of land is surrounded by the city’s Multifunctional Commerce and Trade Park, Kaohsiung Exhibition and Convention Center, Kaohsiung Software Technology Park and a China Steel Corp (中鋼) office building.

It will benefit from a better transportation network once the city’s light rail transit system is completed, the ministry said.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:18 PM   #23
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Farmers protest Gaoping lakes plan
Taipei Times

Dozens of farmers yesterday protested in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in Taipei against the Gaoping Great Lakes (高屏大湖) project as the case was being reviewed by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) general assembly.

The Water Resources Agency’s cross-border water channeling project which aims to address water shortages by building five artificial lakes in a nearly 700 hectare area on the border of Pingtung County’s Ligang Township (里港) and Greater Kaohsiung’s Meinong District (美濃), has been heavily criticized by local farmers and environmental groups.

An EIA ad hoc meeting in January suggested two options for the general assembly: Allow the development of one lake first, then redo the assessment, or reject all development plans.

The protesters said spending more than NT$10 billion (US$337 million) on the project was a waste of money, as it would destroy good quality land used for growing high-yield green soybeans with a high export value, adding that water conservation could be achieved by simply improving the area’s tap water leakage rate.

“The area forms a natural pond whenever there is a typhoon, but I am concerned about flooding if dikes are erected for artificial lakes,” said a local resident surnamed Liang (梁), who lives near the site of the proposed develoment in Ligang.

Citizen of the Earth Taiwan executive director Lee Ken-cheng (李根政) said the Greater Kaohsiung and Pingtung County governments have proposed alternative solutions including water recycling from household and industrial wastewater, improvement of the Donggang Creek (東港溪) to increase water supply and improving tap water leakage rates, which could contribute to sustainable development.

Officials from the local governments said as the project’s data is incomplete and the necessity and urgency of the project is still undecided, the developer should provide an improved project plan.

The final decision made at the meeting yesterday was to reject the Water Resources Agency’s current proposal and to ask central and local governments to find alternative solutions for land use and water allocation, as well as conducting a comprehensive review of the necessity of the project.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 10:53 AM   #24
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Shopping mall in Sinzuoying Station to open tomorrow
Taipei Times

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday announced that its Sinzuoying Station shopping mall will open tomorrow.

The station is used by the TRA, the Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp and the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit System.

The TRA said that the renovate-operate-transfer contract to build the mall was won by Global Mall, which built a similar one in the Banciao Rail Station (板橋).

The TRA said the Sinzuoying mall has an area of about 2,600 ping (8,589m2) and features clothing shops, bookstores, children’s facilities and a food court.

The contractor paid a one-time royalty of NT$4.2 million (US$140,200 at current exchange rates) for the exclusive righs to the facility, and has to pay a royalty from its yearly revenue.

The TRA said that the contractor had set a revenue target of NT$700 million for this year.

The two malls, along with the one at Taipei Main Station, could generate NT$200 million in revenue for the TRA per year.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:14 AM   #26
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Prime Kaohsiung plot goes for record NT$3 mil./ping
The China Post
April 12, 2013

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A highly sought after property plot has been sold for NT$4.271 billion, representing a new record in Southern Taiwan, the Kaohsiung City Government Land Administration (高雄市地政局) announced yesterday.

The King's Group (京城集團) won over Highwealth Construction (興復發建設) during yesterday's bidding, and acquired the 1394.82-ping (4,611-square-meter) property at NT$4.271 billion, translating into NT$3.062 million per ping. The property was bought at an estimated premium of 36.02 percent, according to industry observers. One ping is approximately 3.306 square meters.

Located on Meishu East 2nd Road (美術東二路), the lot is situated adjacent to the landmark Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, representing one of the most sought after properties in the city's Museum District, according to Yungching (永慶房屋), a real estate agency. In addition, the lot is situated within the vicinity of the city's planned expansions of underground subways and light rails routes, and features the abundant greenery surrounding the museum, representing an ideal site for high-end luxury housing, according to the real estate agency.

Tsai Tien-chan (蔡天贊), chairman of the King's Group, is reported to have accumulated numerous properties throughout Kaohsiung's most sought after areas, according to Yungching. Commonly acknowledged as one of Kaohsiung's most prominent landowners, Tsai in March purchased a separate 5,000-ping lot for NT$5.222 billion, also situated within the Museum District, according to reports. Currently, Tsai's King's Group commands up to 19,000 ping, or 62,814 square meters of Museum District property, representing the largest developer in the region, according to commentary.

Yesterday's record-high property bid represents the southward shift of focus among Taiwan's real estate developers, amid ongoing suppression policies in the housing market, according to analysis conducted by Taiwan Realty (台灣房屋). According to industry analysis, Southern population centers such as Kaohsiung and Taichung are increasingly becoming more attractive to developers, due to the limits imposed on use of credit and financing in the Northern hotbeds such as Greater Taipei, coupled with the growing scarcity of developable land. In addition, with the recent amendment in regulation, which grants developers an additional 30 percent in floor area ratio for projects exceeding the scale of 10 hectares in Kaohsiung, developers are increasingly attracted to the city.

In the first quarter alone, property sales totaled NT$8.6 billion, with commentators describing an apparent buying-frenzy among property developers, with Kaohsiung's Museum District emerging as the primary driver of the regional market, according to analysis.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 03:09 PM   #27
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Greater Taichung groups protest land reclamation policy, sea contamination
Taipei Times

Several civic environmental groups protested the policy of land reclamation using “safe waste material” during a public hearing held at the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) Environmental Inspection Bureau in Greater Taichung yesterday, saying that it would cause heavy metal contamination of sea water.

The groups, including the Taiwan Water Conservation Alliance and Changhua County Environmental Protection Union, said that according to data on the South Star Plan (南星計畫) — a project using industrial waste for land reclamation in Greater Kaohsiung’s Siaogang District (小港) — sediment from the ocean in the area was contaminated with heavy metal substances.

They said the levels of heavy metals, including copper, lead, mercury and zinc, found in samples of marine sediments were more than 200 times higher than at the start of the project, and the levels of mercury, lead and arsenic were found to be above regulated limits.

The groups also expressed their concern that the use of industrial waste, such as furnace slag and coal ash, in a land reclamation project in Greater Taichung may contaminate the area with heavy metals and harm the aquaculture industry.

“With the levels of heavy metal substances increasing dramatically, how are we supposed to feel safe buying fish for cooking?” said Chang Shu-fen (張淑芬), a representative of a women’s health group in Chuanghua.

The groups urged the administration to clean the area and stop land reclamation efforts.

Department of Waste Management head Wu Tien-chi (吳天基) said the public hearing was held to communicate the policy with the public, not to discuss specific cases, and that the administration would gather feedback from the public for further discussion.

In addition, public hearings would be held in northern, central and southern Taiwan, to gather more feedback and make the policy more comprehensive, he said.
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Old June 4th, 2013, 12:49 PM   #28
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Kaohsiung residents rally against development plans
Taipei Times

‘OVERCOME WITH SADNESS’:A group said that while development projects are touted as creating jobs, they often create polluted and dangerous working conditions

Dozens of residents from Greater Kaohsiung’s Dalinpu (大林蒲) area staged a rally in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday, protesting the South Star Plan (南星計畫) development project, before the start of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) general assembly meeting in the afternoon.

The South Star Plan’s first phase development project, a 46.64 hectare area of reclaimed land in Greater Kaohsiung’s Siaogang District (小港) that has been targeted for development into a yachting industry park, was among the 14 cases to be discussed during the meeting.

“You will be overcome with sadness if you come and visit the area we live in,” a borough chief surnamed Huang (黃) told committee members and the project developer. “For so many years, the land has been filled with various types of foul industrial waste, including medical waste.”

“If the project is approved, we will become like the filling in a sandwich biscuit, squeezed in a small area between several industrial areas, including state-run refiner CPC, Taiwan, state-owned integrated steelmaker China Steel, and state-owned Taiwan Power,” he said, adding that many local residents have already become sick from air pollution.

A local resident in her 60s, Chen Yu-hsi (陳玉西), said she was furious that the area that she has lived in for more than 60 years used to have a beautiful coastline and quality farmland, but is now occupied by high-polluting industries.

Moreover, the last stretch of coastline may become developed by the yachting industry, leaving them with “no more place to breathe fresh air,” Chen said.

A member of a local culture protection group said that although major development projects are always touted as creating job opportunities in rural areas, they have instead created industries where working conditions are often “highly polluted, very dangerous, with long working hours and low salaries,” so young people are still eager to leave the area to seek employment elsewhere.

Other concerns include sediment from the ocean near the landfill area that may be contaminated with heavy metal substances and the pollution that may be caused by the yachting industry.

The project failed to pass the review yesterday afternoon, with the assembly citing an incomplete evaluation of the risks involved.

Several other cases that were discussed during the meeting yesterday also faced protests and opposing opinions from local residents and civic groups.

Residents from Yunlin and Penghu expressed concern that Taiwan Power’s plans to build a submarine cable between Yunlin County and Penghu County might lead to overpumping of groundwater, which might destabilize the foundation of houses nearby. They were also concerned about the negative effects of long-term exposure to high levels of electromagnetic radiation.

Meanwhile, residents from Miaoli County’s Yuanli Township (苑裡) protested against wind turbines being erected too close to their homes, saying it could pose a health risk.

They said that the wind energy company included in the project did not communicate with local residents before beginning its construction work.

Civic environmentalist groups expressed concern about the environmental monitoring project at Changhua County’s Changpin Industrial Park (彰濱工業區), questioning why a few important items were not included, such as the soil, groundwater and the rare species of Chinese white dolphin off the coastline near the park.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 06:11 PM   #29
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Taipei Times
Kaohsiung government launches heritage search

The Greater Kaohsiung Government’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs is inviting local governments and historical organizations to report any properties of potential cultural significance in the city to prevent them from being demolished.

The bureau launched the search for potential heritage sites after a 100-year-old house built from coral stones in Hamasing (哈瑪星) in Gushan District (鼓山) was torn down last month.

Situated on a polder constructed by the Japanese in 1908, Hamasing used to be the transfer station for railway and ocean cargo and had a flourishing fishing industry during the Japanese colonial period.

Its name originated from Hamasen, the Japanese name for the two coastal railways that serviced the area at the time.

Dozens of local historians and cultural activists, including Frenchman Jerome Lanche, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in Taiwan, gathered in front of the house as an excavator hired by the property owner prepared to demolish the property.

Despite its long history, the building was not listed as a culturally significant property and the local government was not entitled to intervene in the demolition.

It was eventually torn down after a three-hour standoff between activists and the property’s owner, who insisted that the building was leveled because “it was damaging the city’s image.”

“In the past, the then-Kaohsiung city and county government followed their own systems for the identification and designation of historic sites. However, the situation is different now and we have been given a chance to re-evaluate all potential heritage sites in the Greater Kaohsiung area,” Bureau of Cultural Affairs Director-General Shih Che (史哲) said.

The bureau said it had notified local governments and various historic organizations of the scheme and welcomed them to submit a list of potential historic sites by next month.

Greater Kaohsiung Living Environment and Culture Association Director-General Hsu Yang-ming (許陽明) said the association joined forces with Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kuan Bi-ling’s (管碧玲) office in July last year to conduct a comprehensive search for possible cultural heritages in the Hamasing.

“We have recently published our findings and will soon pass the historical backgrounds of the sites we discovered onto the bureau,” Hsu said, urging the bureau to make a concerted effort to safeguard the rare, well-preserved town.
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Kaohsiung begins construction of 22-kilometer circular light rail line
CNA
June 5, 2013, 12:10 am TWN

KAOHSIUNG -- The southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung began construction yesterday of a planned circular light rail line, part of its mass rapid transit system.

At a ground-breaking ceremony for the project, Mayor Chen Chu said she expects the line to become an important landmark after the first stage of the project enters the trial run phase in late 2014.

According to the city government, the line will stretch for 22.1 km and will have 36 stations. The project, planned to be built in two stages, is scheduled to be entirely completed and operating on a commercial basis by 2019.

The total cost is estimated at NT$16.5 billion (US$2.69 billion), with the central government promising financial support of NT$6.4 billion and the city government raising the rest of the funds by itself.

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), a public Spanish company specializing in the manufacture of railway vehicles and equipment, has been contracted to build the line — Taiwan's first —in conjunction with Evergreen Construction Corp., a local firm.
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Uni-President likely to pour NT$8.4 billion into Kaohsiung Dream Mall
By Kathryn Chiu,The China Post
July 17, 2013, 12:05 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- With a view to tapping the enormous potential of the island's second largest city, Uni-President Enterprise is expected to spend NT$8.4 billion to expand tourist hotel investment in the phase II plan of Kaohsiung's Dream Mall (夢時代購物中心).

The city's Urban Development Bureau (都發局) on Monday revealed that it has approved Uni-President's bid to modify its phase II development plan for Dream Mall, located in Kaohsiung Multi-functional Commerce & Trade Park, pushing the investment amount up to NT$8.4 billion.

Phase II entails investment in a high-end residential complex, an office building and a hotel development, as well as gradually bringing the goal of a fully functioning business town to fruition. The original phase II investment amount was well over NT$10 billion and the project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Citing the remodification plan, the bureau said that Dream Mall phase II will include a shopping district, an office complex, a four-star tourist hotel and upscale residential areas, with total floor area of 63,193 ping — about 208,900 square meters. The bureau also said that the phase II plan will add 5,000 jobs by 2017.

An official from the bureau added that Uni-President Enterprise is expected to prioritize the tourist hotel, and begin construction of that structure first.

However, there are still hundreds of hectares of land that remain undeveloped in Kaohsiung Multi-functional Commerce & Trade Park owned by state-run business entities including CPC, Taipower and Taisugar. The Urban Development Bureau said that the local government will push for land development by drawing up more favorable policies.
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Huge customer inflow seen at Kai Xuan Night Market grand opening
The China Post
July 30, 2013



TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kai Xuan Night Market (凱旋夜市) in Kaohsiung City had a grand opening yesterday, and more customers arrived than expected, with some businesses running out of stock in a few hours as well as a few power outages.

The operation of Kai Xuan Night Market and Jin Zuan Night Market (金鑽夜市) were approved by the city government at the same time, and together occupy 5 hectares in area. The markets have attracted almost a thousand stalls. With promotion and shopping vouchers, they became a popular site for food tasting.

Several temporary power outages also occurred last night. Fortunately, they did not cause much inconvenience to businesses and consumers. With the unexpectedly high inflow of consumers, some of the businesses ran out of products in less than three hours.

In order to attract more customers, swimsuit shows and live music performances were held at Kai Xuan Night Market. The night market attracted so many customers that it caused traffic jams. To relieve the traffic, free shuttle buses moving between the night market and Kai Xuan MRT station were provided at 5-minute intervals. This saved many consumers from the trouble of finding parking spaces.

Stinky tofu, roast food, fried chicken and cold drinks are some of the most popular food choices in the market, sources said.

The government will look to regulate traffic and prevent noise pollution, said Lin Ying-pin (林英斌), deputy director of Greater Kaohsiung's Economic Development Bureau.
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Kaohsiung expo center set to open in April next year
Taipei Times

The Kaohsiung Exhibition and Convention Center, set to open next year, is expected to create up to 30,000 jobs a year after 10 years in operation, the center’s operator said yesterday.

After seven years of planning and two years under construction, the center is scheduled to open in April for the annual Taiwan International Fastener Show, Kaohsiung Exhibition Center Corp president Michael Tu (涂建國) told a press conference.

Other shows scheduled for next year are the Taiwan International Boat Show in May and the Kaohsiung Food Show in October, Tu added.

Established to provide a venue for expo organizers in the south, the center will be able to host more than 30 exhibitions a year and create about 1,000 jobs for each event, Tu said.

“The center is also helpful to the nation’s meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions [MICE] industry,” he said.

“We expect to enhance Greater Kaohsiung’s competitiveness [with the opening of the center] and reinvigorate Kaohsiung Harbor,” he added.

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center Corp will be managing the center’s daily operation for 12-and-a-half-years starting next year, according to a contract the company signed with the Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday.

Tu said the company plans to invest NT$250 million (US$8.34 million) to upgrade the center in the coming years and aims to generate up to NT$3.4 billion in return on investment by the end of 2026.

The center also hopes to differentiate itself from the Taipei World Trade Center by offering better management with lower carbon emissions, he said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) chairman Wang Chih-kang (王志剛) said he expected the Kaohsiung center to help develop Greater Kaohsiung into an internationally renowned city featuring its local MICE industry.

“I’ve been worried about Taiwan’s MICE industry, having seen how China and Hong Kong have added more expo centers to exhibit China-made products,” Wang said.

He said the center is also crucial to balance economic development in the north and south and should be beneficial to Greater Kaohsiung’s yacht-building industry and tourism.

The economics ministry initiated the center project in 2006, which costs up to NT$3 billion. The center has a total floor area of 67,000m2, which can accommodate 1,424 exhibition booths and different meeting room sizes suitable for up to 4,000 people, the company said.
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Freeway No. 7 to get second EIA review
31 August 2013
Taipei Times

The Freeway No. 7 project is to go into a second-phase review process, despite a previous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) meeting suggesting otherwise, the EIA General Assembly concluded yesterday.

An EIA specialist meeting late last month suggested the project, proposed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, to build a 23km stretch of freeway from the Renwu interchange to Kaohsiung Harbor, was inappropriate.

Environmental groups criticized the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) for allegedly altering the meetings conclusions by adding the option of having it go for a second phase EIA review an accusation the agency denied.

At the EIA General Assembly, the convener of the previous meeting of environmental specialists said that they were concerned about the negative impact from air and noise pollution on nearby residents, damage to the landscape and to the habitat of birds of prey, while also raising questions about whether the project would improve traffic congestion on National Freeway No. 1.

However, National Freeway Bureau Director-General Tseng Dar-jen said that the freeway project is important for access to Kaohsiung Harbor as National Freeway No. 1 has reached its capacity and will need the new stretch to disperse traffic flow. The project would not necessarily cause significant negative impact to the environment, he added.

Kaohsiung Civil Servant Citizen Watch member Lee Chung-chi said that there is no way to estimate the amount of traffic relief the new freeway project would produce, because the operating model of the planned free economic pilot zone is still unclear and that spending an average of more than NT$2.6 billion per kilometer of freeway is too expensive.

Frank Yang, a researcher with Citizen of the Earth, Taiwan, said the freeway would cause air and noise pollution, as it plans to cut through Fengshan one of the very few green spaces in Greater Kaohsiung.

Following a vote, the EIA General Assembly concluded the case would go forward for a second-phase review process.
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Old February 10th, 2014, 02:22 PM   #36
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FEATURE: Kaohsiung’s former British consular residence refit draws mixed response
Taipei Times

After a three-year restoration effort, the Former British Consulate at Takao (打狗) in Greater Kaohsiung has taken on a new look, with officials giving their endorsement to a faithful reproduction of the building’s original design and appearance.

However, the most interesting aspect — the historic site’s refurbished redbrick facade — has inspired both admiration and criticism.

Project director Lin Shih-chao (林世超) said the restoration was carried out using a unique method, painstakingly repairing by hand the facade’s 4,500 red bricks, one brick at a time.

“When the place was reopened, people thought we put in a new exterior. Actually, the workers labored by hand to rotate each of the 4,500 bricks. The exterior, weathered side of the brick was turned inside out, and now the inside, which is unweathered, faces the outside,” said Lin, who is also assistant professor at Kao Yuan University’s Department of Architecture. “We recorded each phase of the restoration, and every element was based on history and original design.”

Standing on a hill with strategic views overlooking Greater Kaohsiung’s harbor coastline, the Former British Consular Residence at Takao was built by the British in 1879.

“Takao” was the original name for the Kaohsiung area, meaning “bamboo forest.” The word came from the Makatao tribe, the lowland Pingpu Aborigines of southern Taiwan.

A hiking trail going up the hill to the building was also revamped to its original form, with new paving composed of coral rock and limestone.

The site was reopened in November last year after renovation was completed, becoming a must-see place in Greater Kaohsiung for visitors, tourist groups and anyone interested in historical and cultural sites.

Lin said the project took eight years, including research and documentation.

However, some people have questioned the restoration, saying the building facade and the hiking trail are not the same as they remembered from the past.

“All the restoration work has a real basis. Through the whole process, we made verifications with old photographs and the original building plan and documents from the UK’s National Archives,” Greater Kaohsiung’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs Deputy Director Kuo Tien-kuei (郭添貴) said.

The project team also solved a long-time puzzle regarding the location of the original British consulate. As it turned out, the redbrick building on the hill was the consular residence, while another complex at the base of the hill was the original British consulate.

The problem was compounded during the Japanese era, when government officials built over the consulate at the base of the hill and turned it into a marine research station.

The project team had to carefully remove the Japanese research station’s exterior of concrete and wooden frames to reveal its original redbrick facade and found it to be of the same material, size and manufacturing design as the building on the slope.

They also uncovered a ventilation system, a chimney, an office design, a water well in the backyard and other relics to verify that the research station’s original building was the actual consulate office used by the British.

Lin’s wife, Chang Yu-tung (張宇彤), an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at Chung Yuan Christian University in Taoyuan County, worked in tandem with her husband on the project.

The husband-and-wife team, known for their fastidious attention to detail, was responsible for restoring the site to its original appearance.

“I am blessed to undertake this project. We helped to uncover a very important period of Taiwan’s history, when Kaohsiung began its early days as a port city. Through eight years of research and renovation, this project is certain to become a textbook case for teaching the revitalization of historic buildings,” Lin said.

Chang said their wish was to rebuild the whole complex as it was constructed by the British in 1879: “We hope that in the future, the two buildings with the trail connecting them can be turned into a ‘cultural garden complex,’ to become a unique tourism center in Taiwan. We can show how to turn old historic sites into new attractions with added value.”

Currently, the plaza area is rented out to businesses and houses an English garden cafe serving afternoon tea and coffee.

Wax figures on display help depict life in the late 19th century and include vendors selling goods along the harbor piers, a rickshaw driver carrying passengers and James Maxwell (1836-1921) — a Presbyterian missionary from Scotland — dispensing medical treatment to local residents during his lifetime of service in southern Taiwan.
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Construction starts on Kaohsiung music center
5 March 2014
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A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Greater Kaohsiung on Monday to officially begin the construction of a center that hopes to promote Taiwan's pop music culture.

The 11.5 hectare Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center will include a 5,000-seat concert hall and six smaller venues for live music performances accommodating 200 to 1,000 spectators each. Located in Kaohsiung Harbor, the NT$5.45 billion (US$179.84 million) center will also have an outdoor plaza with a capacity of up to 12,000 people, the Ministry of Culture said.

The construction of the Kaohsiung center is part of a plan to upgrade the nations pop music performance venues and facilities and boost its pop music industry.

The Taipei Pop Music Center, which began construction in June last year, is also part of the plan. There are currently few large indoor venues in Taiwan suitable for holding pop concerts, such as Taipei Arena, National Taiwan University Sports Center and Nangang Exhibition Hall, and they were not specifically designed to hold rock concerts.

The government believes that building large venues to support Taiwans burgeoning pop music sector will further boost concert sales. The output value of Taiwans pop music industry reached NT$12.3 billion (US$405.83 million) in 2012, up 75.47 percent from 2009, Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai said.

Digital music revenues also rose 88.94 percent from 2009 to 2012, while concert revenues grew 133.66 percent between those years, showing the need to establish the centers, she said.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said that once completed, the center will be connected to other major infrastructure projects, such as an exhibition center, wharf and waterfront sky train, and will shape Greater Kaohsiungs future for decades to come.

The Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center and the Taipei Pop Music Center are expected to be completed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
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Sat, May 24, 2014
Tainan rejects rail ballot
Taipei Times with CNA

Greater Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Tuesday quashed the suggestion of a referendum on an underground railway project in the southern city, saying it would be better to negotiate with the households likely to be affected.

He was responding to DPP Tainan City Councilor Wang Ding-yu (王定宇), who said at a city council meeting that a referendum on the project should be held alongside the seven-in-one government elections in November.

Wang also said all information related to the project should be transparent, so that city residents could fully understand and assess the relocation proposals by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the demands of an association of affected citizens.

However, Lai said he would prefer visiting the affected households to negotiate and offer new housing for those families.

The project, one of 10 new large government construction projects, has majority support among Tainan residents, he said.

The ministry initially planned to build track aboveground, but later decided to construct a 7.55km segment underground, east of the original location.

Houses east of the current track would be demolished for the underground segment. When the work is done, the surface would be leveled for a park and commercial district, according to the plan.

However, since September last year, Tainan residents who are to be relocated have staged several large protests against the government’s land-seizure and relocation plans.
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Repairs done by December: Kaohsiung
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A woman wearing a raincoat and carrying an umbrella yesterday wades across a flooded section of Ersheng Road in an area of Greater Kaohsiung that was hit by gas pipeline explosions on July 31 and Aug. 1.
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The Greater Kaohsiung Government yesterday announced its timetable for reconstruction after its deadly gas pipeline explosions, saying it plans to finish repairing the 6km of damaged roads by mid-November and finish rebuilding the damaged areas completely by the middle of December.

Work is already underway on the damaged roads and underground culverts, said Greater Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Wu Hong-mo (吳宏謀), whose resignation on Friday last week has been approved by Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) and is to take effect after reconstruction and relief work is finished.

The explosions, which killed 30 people and injured 310, are believed to have been caused by a leak of propene from an underground pipe owned by LCY Chemical Corp that runs under the city’s streets.

The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday indicted seven employees of the LCY Chemical Corp and China General Terminal and Distribution Corp on charges of negligence and endangering public safety.

Meanwhile, torrential rain yesterday forced the city government to shut down schools and offices as floods overwhelmed its sewage system, which was severely damaged by the explosions.

Residents rushed to pile up sandbags in the two districts where drainage systems were affected by the blasts, but many were marooned by the rising waters.

The city government said that it has deployed dozens of water pumps in the two districts to help drain the water.

“The flooding over the past few days was caused by the serious damage to the sewage systems caused by the gas explosions,” Chen said.

Statistics from the Central Weather Bureau showed the southwest airstream brought substantial rainfall to southwest Taiwan.

Between Saturday and yesterday, the highest accumulated rainfall was recorded in Fongshan District (鳳山) in Greater Kaohsiung, where it reached 461mm. It was followed by 457mm in Tzeguan (梓官) and 446mm in Dashe (大社), both of which are in the city.

Of the 10 places that saw the highest accumulated rainfall, eight were in Greater Kaohsiung and the other two were in Pintung County.

The bureau’s weather forecast said the southwest airstream would slightly weaken on Thursday.

However, from today until tomorrow, the bureau said the weather would become quite unstable as the airstream would continue to bring humidity from the south across the nation, with chances of showers and thundershowers high in central and southern Taiwan.

Some regions could see “extremely heavy” rainfall, it said, meaning that accumulated rainfall could reach 130mm within 24 hours.

Former bureau weather forecast center director Daniel Wu (吳德榮) said the rainfall caused by the southwest airstream was not particularly high compared with records in the past, adding that flooding in Greater Kaohsiung was caused by a drainage pipeline that was damaged by the recent explosions.

Additional reporting by AFP
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Anger in Kaohsiung over explosions indictments
20 December 2014
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Greater Kaohsiung residents and victims organizations yesterday vented their frustrations after Thursdays indictments over the gas explosions on July 31 and Aug. 1 that killed 30 people.

LCY Chemical Corp, China General Terminal and Distribution Corp and low-ranking government officials bore the brunt of judicial prosecution on Thursday and critics said the judiciary seemed only intent on punishing the small fry and is afraid of going after the big fish.

In particular, residents and victims groups pointed to the roles and responsibilities played by CPC Corp, Taiwan, along with Vice President Wu Den-yih, a former Kaohsiung mayor, and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, as they were not indicted.

Many residents said they were angry because the judiciary had let CPC off the hook, despite glaring negligence by the state-run company, which they said was one of the main factors leading up to the explosions.

They said that CPC Corp was in charge of laying the underground pipelines in then-Kaohsiung City, along with the responsibility of maintaining and regularly inspecting the pipelines.

Thursdays indictment by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office said the main cause of the explosions was due to leaks in a section of an LCY Chemical-owned underground pipeline which carried propene, an industrial fuel.

Officials at LCY Chemical had said CPC Corp was responsible for maintenance and safety inspections of the pipelines, according to their contract.

The investigation found that CPC Corp had only carried out safety inspections twice in 23 years.

There was nobody supervising the pipelines. This amounts to government policy killing people. Prosecutors only went after the small guys and dare not to touch the big officials, Citizen of the Earth Taiwan director Lee Keng-cheng said.
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