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Old January 14th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #1
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TAICHUNG | Projects & Construction

Taichung OKs NT$2.8 bil. to fund arena construction
The China Post
December 29, 2012, 12:05 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taichung has approved a budget of NT$2.8 billion for building a major indoor multipurpose stadium that can house 15,000 spectators, its deputy mayor revealed yesterday.

Construction of the stadium in Beitun District is scheduled to start in 2014 and be completed in three years, said Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi, adding that the capacity of the facility is comparable to the Taipei Arena, dubbed the “Little Big Egg,” in the capital city.

Citizens of the central city have been asking for their own “Little Big Egg” to house sporting events, as well as concerts and other major cultural activities.

The deputy mayor said the city government will start inviting bidders to the project in the first half of 2013, with an aim to build a new landmark for Taichung.

The designated site, a plot of land with an area of over 5 hectares, is currently in a cultural zone, but it will be rezoned to facilitate the sports stadium, Hsiao said, adding that there will also be a shopping mall with restaurants.

Management of the stadium will be outsourced to the private sector, he added.
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Taichung Airport international flight terminal to open
Taipei Times

A new international flight terminal at Taichung Airport is expected to become operational by the end of March, the National Expressway Engineering Bureau said.

The build of the terminal in Cingcyuangang (清泉崗) in Greater Taichung was initiated to accommodate the increase in international flights, particularly cross-strait flights.

The bureau had the task of building the international terminal and improving the taxiway.

Bureau chief engineer Lu Jieh-bin (呂介斌) said the taxiway expansion project was completed in October last year.

The overall structure of the international terminal as well as the jet bridges, escalators and elevators inside the terminal have all been installed, he added.

All facilities are scheduled to be tested next month, Lu said, adding that the completed building would be turned over to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) in March after final inspection.

Lu said the terminal building was inspired by the wings of gray-faced buzzard eagles, which usually visit the nation around National Day.

The terminal’s design would make it one of central Taiwan’s new landmarks.

According to the bureau, the airport is a regional airport that offers cross-strait flight services as well.

Currently, the airport can accommodate aircraft carrying about 200 passengers, such as the Boeing 757 or 767.

The international terminal will have one basement floor and four floors above the ground. It is equipped with five jet bridges and a sewage treatment plant.

The basement floor is to be used as a parking lot and the check-in counters will be on the ground floor. Passengers arriving at the airport are to pass through the second floor.

Passengers will depart from the third floor, which has the customs, immigration, quarantine and security checkpoints, as well as airlines’ VIP rooms and boarding gates.

The fourth floor is to be used as an office for airport employees.

Lu said that the new international flight terminal would be able to accommodate 1.35 million passengers per year.

The current terminal would be used for domestic flight services and can accommodate 1.2 million passengers per year.
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Taichung overpass to be built by 2015
OVER OR UNDER? In contrast to most cities, which favor rebuilding railway routes underground, Greater Taichung opted for an overpass, saying it would cut transit times
Taipei Times

The Railway Reconstruction Bureau yesterday said that construction on the Greater Taichung Railway Overpass is scheduled to be completed by 2015, with five new commuter stations to be added to the route.

The 21.7km overpass will begin 1.9km north of Fongyuan Station (豐原) and end 1.4km south of Dacing Station (大慶). The bureau said that Fongyuan, Tanzih (潭子), Taiyuan (太原), Taichung (台中) and Dacing stations will be elevated from the ground to the overpass. Songjhu and Dacing stations are also connected to the Greater Taichung MRT’s Green Line.

The five new stations to be built will be at Fongnan (豐南), Toujiacou (頭家厝), Songjhu (松竹), Jingwu (精武) and Wucyuan (五權).

The bureau said the overpass will eliminate 17 railway crossings, 18 underpasses and three bridges along the route on the ground, adding that the distance between the stations would be reduced by about 2km. The overpass will also enable the removal of partitions in the city center caused by the railway and the rebuilding of the city’s transportation network, the bureau said.

Greater Taichung is one of the few cities in the nation that is putting a railway route on an overpass — the majority of cities want to make the routes underground.

Hsu Wen-kuei (許文貴), the director of the bureau’s central regional engineering office, said Greater Taichung residents had had a vigorous debate on whether the railway should be placed on an overpass or repurposed as an underground route.

Hsu said the bureau held an exhibition to show citizens how the railway overpass would change the skyline of the city once it is completed.

Hsu added that the bureau had preserved several historical sites along the overpass, including Taichung Station, the granary of the Tanzih Township Farmers’ Association and Dacing Street.

It also helped relocate the 39 families living in stilted buildings on Minsheng Road that had to be torn down to make way for the overpass and produced a documentary to record the history of the community.

In related news, the Taiwan Railway Administration yesterday started selling tickets for trips along the east coast during the Lunar New Year holiday. More than 400,000 tickets were sold within an hour after sales began at 12 in the morning.

As of 4pm yesterday, 585,763 tickets had been sold, the administration said.

Despite the rail agency’s promise to increase the number of train services, many netizens complained that tickets sold out too quickly.

Despite tickets for the east coast routes only being made available yesterday, many passengers complained that people with southbound tickets on the west coast were able to get east coast line tickets as well because some of the trains operate all the way from the east coast to the west coast, such as those on the route from Hualien to Taichung via Taipei.

In response to the complaints, the administration said it would re-examine its ticket sales system.
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First international five-star hotel opens in Taichung
CNA
March 6, 2013



TAICHUNG -- An international five-star hotel, the first of its kind, opened yesterday in Taichung City.

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu said in a speech during the opening ceremony that the hotel's opening is a result of the concerted efforts of Taichung citizens. The hotel named “Millennium Vee Hotel Taichung, “will be jointly operated by Taichung-based Markwell Group and the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels of Singapore.

It has now been officially opened in the prestigious seventh rezoned district of Taichung City. At the inauguration ceremony, Hu said the development is part of a slew of recent good news about the central Taiwan city.

Firstly, the movie “Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee — a Taiwanese-born academy award winning film director — won four Oscars at the recently concluded 85th Academy Awards. This has made Taichung City famous in the international movie arena because the film's production was sponsored by the city and a majority of the scenes in the movie were filmed in city.

Subsequently, the World Baseball Classic also opened in the city, which was cheered by people across the country. Lastly, the hotel was inaugurated.

The investment in the hotel by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels of Singapore, which is affiliated with the Hong Leong Group Singapore, was made after Hu visited the business conglomerate in June 2005 and the group's head paid a visit in return the next year, according to Anna Wang, director of the Industrial Development & Investment Promotion Committee of Taichung City.

The timetable for the hotel's inauguration was postponed due to the financial crisis. Now is the best time for its inauguration because it's peak time for tourism as the city's hotel occupancy rate touches 80 percent during the weekends, Wang noted.

After the first international five-star hotel begins operating in the city, it will help attract more foreign investment to the city, Wang added.
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Taichung set to develop movie-making hub
Taipei Times with CNA

The Greater Taichung Government will step up efforts to develop the city’s Wufeng District (霧峰) into a hub for making movies, Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) said.

The district, which Hu said has great filming locations, has been chosen as one of two sites for a movie park the city government proposed to build following the success of director Ang Lee’s (李安) film Life of Pi, which was partly shot in Taichung.

Proper arrangements for the park will not only boost the development of the district, but the whole city, Hu said on Monday.

According to the city’s proposal, one part of the park will be located in Wufeng and will be equipped with a professional film studio and advanced production center, according to the city government’s Information Bureau head Shih Jing-wen (石靜文).

The district was originally home to Taiwan Studio City, a movie-themed amusement park that was damaged by the 921 Earthquake in 1999 and later torn down.

The other section of the park is to be located at the now-defunct Taichung Shui-nan Airport, where a water pool was built by the Life of Pi crew for the movie’s ocean scenes.

The city is planning to turn the site into a facility for premieres, screenings and film festivals, Shih said.

Visitors will also be able to experience the visual effects used in the movie.

The overall plan is to build a complete movie industry chain that allows for movie shooting and production, as well as public recreation, Shih said.

The city government has consistently sponsored and assisted in the production of movies, among them Din Tao: Leader of the Parade (陣頭), about a folk performing art form, the award-winning Touch of the Light (逆光飛翔), and most recently, Life of Pi, Shih said, describing it as an expression of the city’s “soft power.”

Life of Pi won four Oscars this year, for best director, best cinematography, best visual effects and best original score.

More than 70 percent of the movie was shot in Taiwan.
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Taichung mulls brewing up museum for bubble tea
CNA
June 1, 2013, 12:10 am TWN

TAIPEI--A museum dedicated to bubble tea could open in central Taiwan's Taichung by the end of this year to promote tea culture and local tourism, the project's planner said recently.

The Chun Shui Tang Cultural Tea House, a locally renowned bubble tea maker, said it hopes the museum will better introduce to tourists the quintessential Taiwan-originating tea, complete with its black tapioca balls at the bottom of the cup.

“We could take the opportunity to promote Taiwanese bubble tea to foreign tourists,” said teahouse project manager Angela Liu.

Over 10 percent of the tea house's customers are foreign visitors, most of whom come from Japan, Hong Kong and other Asian countries, Liu said.

Liu said the museum is likely to provide information on the tea, along with courses that will allow visitors to hand-shake their own beverages.
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FEATURE: Taichung bats return after cave renovations
TOURIST TRAP? Bars were placed across an entrance to the cave and a stream was rerouted into the aqueduct as part of a decades-long effort to re-establish the colony
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Conservation groups and local residents in a hill area of Greater Taichung expressed delight that colonies of bats have returned after three decades of work on a cave that was once a famous attraction.

Civic organizations and municipal officials said that they are proud of the ecological preservation and conservation work that resulted in the reappearance of the bats at “Toubiankeng [頭汴坑] Bat Cave.”

The cave is in the Toubiankeng Leisure Agricultural Area in the Taiping District (太平), which is in the foothills of the Central Mountain Range.

Repopulation of the Toubiankeng Bat Cave has left scientists elated, because the colonies consist of the Formosan leaf-nosed bat, Hipposideros terasensis, one of Taiwan’s endemic subspecies.

Much of the credit for the re-established colony goes to the Water Source Culture Foundation and its affiliated conservation groups in the city after decades of work.

On recent inspections, local volunteers found an estimated 100 to 200 bats inhabiting the cave.

The cave was dug in as part of an irrigation conduit to carry water from the area’s Dongbian River (東汴溪) to fields belonging to the local Lin (林) family.

Due to a severe flood in 1959, the river changed its course and the conduit dried up.

It was a blessing in disguise for wild creatures, as the conduit’s damp cave provided a suitable colony for the bats.

In the 1960s, the cave became a renowned tourist attraction.

“Those were the glory years for the site — the 1960s and 1970s. However, it ended when a big flood struck the area in the summer of 1983,” WSCF chairman Yeh Chin-yu (葉晉玉) said. “It inundated the cave and caused much destruction. After that, the bats went away and we have not seen them for the past 30 years.”

Yeh said after the 921 Earthquake, he led a working team in collaboration with the Toubiankeng community to initiate conservation programs in the area.

“We began by installing iron bar barriers across the cave’s entrance. The local tourism bureau laid pipes to draw a stream into the cave. After more than 10 years, we began to reap the rewards of our efforts,” he said.

“About two months ago, we observed several bats flying out of the cave to forage for food in the evening hours. Then last weekend, our team entered the cave with some local residents and were able to verify that there are about 100 to 200 Formosan leaf-nosed bats inside,” he added.

People going to the original cave entrance will not see any bats, as they are flying in and out of the grottoes through other entrances, he said.

“It was not easy for the bats to return, so we hope people will cherish them and not go into the cave and disturb the colonies,” he said, adding that people should become observers and protectors of wildlife, rather than behaving like tourists.

According to Yeh, talks are underway with local officials to set up a community patrol team to maintain the protective measures that have been established, while he asked people to leave the bats alone and allow them to flourish in their natural habitat.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ho Hsin-chun (何欣純) and DPP Taichung Councilor Huang Hsiu-chu (黃秀珠), were also involved in the conservation effort, having lobbied for funding to build a tourist bridge and other construction projects in the area.

“The bats returning is an auspicious omen for the people. I urge the public to watch the bats from outside the cave and not to enter it,” Huang said.

“Also, the Greater Taichung Government must implement security and protective measures. I will ensure that the bridge will be completed soon and together with the bats repopulating the cave, it should boost local tourism,” she added.

According to scientists, the Formosan leaf-nosed bat is the largest insectivorous bat in Taiwan, with its main diet consisting of beetles and other flying insects.

The cave-dwelling species normally weighs between 45g and 65g, with a wingspan of 54cm and can be found in habitats up to an elevation of 1,700m.
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Taichung cable-car project risks safety
‘EXTREMELY FRAGILE’:A government report states that the land through which the project is proposed is still vulnerable after the effect of previous landslides, groups say
Taipei Times

The Greater Taichung Government has been accused by environmental groups of pursuing a cable-car project for the sole benefit of certain construction companies, endangering human life and the destroying the environment.

When complete, the project would link the Guguan region (谷關) to Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area (大雪山) by running a cable car over the summit of Pochinchia Mountain (波津加).

At 5,790m, the project would be the longest cable-car route ever, according to former Greater Taichung deputy mayor Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇).

Hsiao added that a one-way trip would take an estimated 18 minutes, 52 seconds.

However, Green Formosa Front standing director Lin Chang-mao (林長茂) said that the area is unstable and highly prone to landslides.

Some of the 11 tower bases holding the cable lines in place have been placed near spots of evident headward erosion, Lin said, referring to a type of erosion that lengthens a stream, valley or gully at its origin and also enlarges its drainage basin due to the stream flow.

Lin questioned how the government planned on performing rescues in the tight, narrow mountain paths in the event of a landslide.

Environmental advocate Lin Tzu-ling (林子凌) said the government’s own assessment report indicated clear understanding of the project’s negative impact on the environment and that therefore the government was being highly irresponsible.

Lin said the assessment report stated: “Geological structure is extremely fragile after the earthquake and typhoons in the area, which is littered with loose earth and rocks. In addition, this is a high-altitude area and surrounded by sites of previous landslides that await restoration efforts. The area’s environment would be affected if the cable car stations were built.”

The earthquake and typhoon mentioned were the Sept. 21, 1999, earthquake and typhoon Mindulle in 2004.

There would also be a greater chance of lightning strikes at high altitude and mountain fogs also pose a natural danger to construction, Lin said.

The Greater Taichung Government suffered a credibility hit in outsourcing construction on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, but at the time, it promised developers that they would be offered chances to build subsidiary facilities, Lin said.

According to the Act for the Promotion of Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects (促進民間參與公共建設法), subsidiary facilities include retail shops, department stores, restaurants and other facilities.

Other environmental protection groups said that the construction and potential crowds it could draw would seriously affect the habitat of wildlife in the area.

The area is home to the endangered Formosan black bear and a wide variety of bird life, the groups said, adding that the project would encroach on natural ecosystems.

In response, head of the city government’s construction division, Liu Lai-wang (劉來旺), said the government has taken all necessary precautions and that the worries raised were unsubstantiated.

“The government has avoided all the geologically sensitive locations and we have entered an agreement with companies to hire locally,” Liu said.

The agreement for companies to build subsidiary facilities was a ploy to increase investment incentives and would not impact on how the recreation area is run, the government’s spokesman added.

Regarding lightning strikes, Li said that according to Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower, 台電) statistics, Guguan receives about 67 strikes a year, while Taipei’s Maokong (貓空), where a cable-car system has been set up, gets about five times more.

“We have the highest safety standards for Guguan cable cars, with comprehensive plans for rescues,” Liu said, adding that the cars would stop moving when hit by gusts of winds faster than 16m per second.

Saying that cable cars have often been employed by European countries to stimulate tourism, Guguan Communal Development Association honorary chairman Liu Chia-chih (劉家熾) added that the altitudes in Guguan would only make cable cars more attractive.

Additional reporting by Chang Ching-ya, Wu Po-hsuan and Chang Jui-chen
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First off, too long of an article for a post!

IMO, perhaps in the first post you should include information about Taichung as I assume (and I may be wrong) there are many people who might not know where it is and also additional info about it could be included.
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First off, too long of an article for a post!

IMO, perhaps in the first post you should include information about Taichung as I assume (and I may be wrong) there are many people who might not know where it is and also additional info about it could be included.
For those who don't know about Taichung, feel free to see my photo thread on SSC : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1555887

There is also another large photo thread in the local Taiwan section : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1177793
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Air, sea links to mainland boost Taichung
Closer economic ties have helped central Taiwan's biggest city grow at 9pc a year, fuelling a construction boom and sprawling transport systems

9 June 2014
South China Morning Post

The economy of central Taiwan's biggest city, Taichung, is growing about 9 per cent a year on three legs: closer links with the mainland, new transport systems to strengthen those links, and a massive speculative construction boom.

The city has seen its investors return from the mainland because they can now cross the Taiwan Strait more easily, with the airport offering 30-minute check-ins for 70-minute flights to the other side. A ring road that opened earlier this year helps smooth trips to the airport and a fast lane for public buses due to open on July 1 should improve things further. Sea cargo can reach the other side in 31/2 hours.

Now foreign investors inspired by mainland-Taiwan trade liberalisation and fast logistics want to spend a combined NT$100 billion (HK$25.8 billion) on plants that will assemble cars in Taichung for shipment to the mainland, Mayor Jason Hu Chi-chiang said in an interview. "With good transportation you have good prosperity," said Hu (pictured). "Taichung is a very complete city."

Taichung is a case study of what the Taiwanese government wants from its sometimes controversial engagement with the US$9.4 trillion mainland economy. Beijing has claimed sovereignty over the self-ruled island since the 1940s, but in 2008 Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou set aside that dispute to pursue deals that would boost the island's economy. Some Taiwanese fear Beijing aims to use the new trade deals to seize political control.

Two-way agreements have covered the start of regular direct flights and a trade liberalisation framework deal in 2010. Related pacts aimed at liberalising trade in goods and services face opposition from some Taiwanese but are expected to pass eventually. "In the next few years [the service trade agreement] will be signed [then] the goods trade agreement. That will help Taichung's economy for sure," Hu said.

At Taichung's new airport terminal that opened early last year, travellers find about one flight an hour leaving Taiwan, usually for the mainland or Hong Kong. They jostle with scores of mainlanders on group tours, following their flag-bearing guides off buses into the terminal. A favourite travel spot, Sun Moon Lake, is in the mountains above Taichung.

Local resident Hans Tsai, 36, flies once every two months to Guangzhou to manage the family shoe factory. His father once had to live in Guangzhou to manage it but because of today's transport links the younger generation can live at home and fly back to the mainland periodically.

"Living in Guangzhou? I like it here. It's more comfortable and my family is here," Tsai said while waiting for a flight late last month. "Flights are increasingly frequent and destinations will become more numerous.

"In Taichung, the pace of life is casual. Our fathers, the first wave of Taiwanese business people, are coming back from the mainland now, and the second generation doesn't need to live over there," he said.

Flying from Taiwan's main international airport, near Taipei, would add about 21/2 hours to the trip, though tickets would cost 30 per cent less, Tsai said.

Taichung's airport was expected to receive a million passengers from outside Taiwan this year, up from 3,500 six years ago and 290,000 last year.

The short travel time for sea freight means Taichung is close enough to get fruit grown high in the mountains to mainland markets within a day.

The rebasing of Taiwanese investors, the transit links and the city's central location have helped set off a building boom.

"It's the place that real estate developers like the most," Hu said. "They have faith in Taichung. The development is just so fast."

Taichung's economy grew 45 per cent from 2007 to 2012, with its gross domestic product totalling NT$960 billion.

A square-kilometre tract of the city centre that locals call Phase 7 may be the most emblematic. It is along the city's main east-west axis, linking the railway station to the airport. Cranes and drab scaffolding nets alternate in chequerboard fashion with gaudy, freshly built housing complexes, some more than 20 storeys high. A park, a theatre, a high-rise mall and two five-star hotels under construction sit among the new towers, which are flanked by the first of the city's planned six bus rapid-transit lanes.

"Investors come from north, south and central Taiwan to speculate on land prices rising because of the district's location," said Lee Shao-ting, an agent with Yungching Real Estate. She anticipates that parts of Taichung will eventually look like central Hong Kong. Her office is selling 200 units in Phase 7.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 03:14 PM   #15
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"parts of Taichung will soon become like central Hong Kong"?? hmmm, aiming high
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taichung's cranking out some nice residential complexes. nothing really spectacular, but just more modern architecture and glass towers. this one was designed by a FOREIGN architect.





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Old August 12th, 2014, 04:40 PM   #17
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Taichungs BRT fails to impress
Praised by Ma as better than the MRT, the bus system was deemed a fake by an academic over its partial transfer tables, while a poll showed low user satisfaction
11 August 2014
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Of the mere 5.3 percent of Greater Taichung residents polled who reported having ridden the municipalitys newly launched Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, only 16.9 percent said they were satisfied with the transport service, the results of a survey conducted by the Greater Taichung Development Association and released yesterday showed.

Participants in the opinion poll conducted from Tuesday to Thursday last week gave Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu a grade of 48.1 points for his launch of the BRT system, the association said.

Of the Greater Taichung residents surveyed, only 5.3 percent said they have used the new bus service and of these, 16.9 percent reported being satisfied with the service and 25.5 percent said they would now change the way they travel, the results showed.

A majority of those polled 66.2 percent said they do not think the BRT will solve the citys traffic problem, but 50.6 percent said they think Greater Taichung still needs the blue line BRT system, while 68.6 percent support constructing an MRT network in the municipality.

When asked about the policy of eliminating bus fares for commutes of up to 8km, 55.2 percent of residents polled said they have used the free ride service, with 33.4 percent saying the program had altered how they commute in the city.

The data showed that 59.5 percent of respondents would be more willing to use the bus system if the frequency of buses is increased.

On July 26, President Ma Ying-jeou took a 3.5km ride on the BRT route along Taiwan Boulevard on the eve of the opening of the systems year-long free service, after which he lauded Hu for establishing the bus network, deeming it as good as a subway system.

Commenting on the survey, the Democratic Progressive Partys Greater Taichung mayoral candidate Lin Chia-lung said he is not opposed to the BRT, but that Hu had inaugurated an incomplete system by rushing the launch to boost his approval ratings ahead of the Nov. 29 elections.

Lin said that if elected, he will set up a special panel to improve the BRT system, while also pushing for the creation of an MRT network, reviewing the 8km free bus ride policy to extend it to those living in more remote areas of the city, as well as bidding to increase the number of routes and frequency of buses.

Greater Taichungs BRT is not a real BRT in that it fails to provide passengers full transfer information and lacks careful planning, which has consequently seen the service stigmatized among the public, said Wang Yi-chuan, chair of the Department of Transportation and Logistics at Toko University.

Public Transportation Association president Lee Wen-chieh said the Greater Taichung Government inaugurated the BRT with an incomplete transfer information mechanism after the projects construction was repeatedly postponed, adding that this hastiness had made the BRT a complete joke.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 03:15 PM   #18
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The station design is awesome though. It will be really cool if more lines comes online
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Taiwan plans to spend NT$1 billion to develop local manga sector
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The government intends to invest over NT$1 billion (US$33 million) over the next four years to develop Taiwan's manga and animation industry, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said Friday.

The NT$1 billion plan will focus on promoting Taiwan's animation, comics and games (ACG) industry, including providing subsidies to promising manga artists and publishers in Taiwan.

At the same time, the ministry is also working closely with Taichung on a plan to build a national manga museum in the city, Cheng said, with construction expected to be completed by 2020.

The structure itself will help preserve and house Taiwan's classical and contemporary manga collections, while also holding exhibitions and other events, she said.
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Taichung proceeding with sand sculpture museum, deputy mayor says

Taichung is moving forward with plans to develop a sand sculpture museum in the city’s coastal Daan District (大安), Taichung Deputy Mayor Lin Ling-san (林陵三) said at a city council meeting on Friday.

Lin made the remarks after Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taichung City Councilor Wu Min-chi (吳敏濟) demanded that the city government speed up the plan.

The number of visitors to the Daan Sand Sculpture and Music Festival has continued to grow and exceeded 450,000 this year, Wu said during a question-and-answer session.

The increase was due to the attention-grabbing quality of the sculptures, Wu said, adding that the sand in Daan is very delicate and well suited to sculpting.

The city government should speed up the establishment of a museum and transform Daan into a haven for Taiwanese sand sculpture art, he said.

Lin echoed Wu’s statements about the sand in Daan and said that Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) had visited the area.

“Authorities have studied and developed a plan to build a sand sculpture museum and are pushing to make it happen,” Lin Ling-san said.

“The mayor has directed that incorporation of the sand sculpture museum with the Matsu Theme Park (媽祖主題園區) in Daan Port be considered,” the Taichung Tourism Bureau said.

“We have tentatively included a new scenic area administration in a scenic area tourism development plan for Daan,” it added.

Bureau Director-General Chen Sheng-shan (陳盛山) said the museum would be one of two “star destinations” along the coastline, the other being the Gaomei Wetlands (高美溼地) in the city’s Cingshuei District (清水).
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