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Taiwan 2023 calendar lists 10 days off for Lunar New Year, 7 long weekends

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Workers in Taiwan will be able to enjoy a 10-day Lunar New Year holiday and seven long weekends in 2023, the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration (DGPA) announc...

Taiwan's COVID curve could start decline by Friday: CECC

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head on Sunday (June 5) said that the country's COVID curve could start a downward trend by Friday (June 10). Wh...

40 years after retiring Taiwan train driver with dementia reports for duty on Dragon Boat Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A retired Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) driver suffering from dementia believed that he was scheduled to work overtime during the Dragon Boat Festival and dutifully...

Stocks sink as Wall Street eyes downside of solid jobs data

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling Friday as Wall Street focuses on the downside of the still-strong U.S. jobs market. The S&P 500 was 1.5% lower in midday trading after a r...

Satellite images suggest new Chinese carrier close to launch

BANGKOK (AP) — China’s most advanced aircraft carrier to date appears to be nearing completion, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press showed Friday, as experts suggested the vessel could b...

Taiwan dietitian advises against eating more than one zongzi during meal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Making and eating zongzi (sticky rice dumpling) is a popular tradition during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday in Taiwan, but a dietitian has advised against eating more t...

6 taboos to dodge during Dragon Boat Festival in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Friday (June 3) is Dragon Boat Festival (端午節) and like all festivals in Taiwan, there are a set of taboos to avoid in order to ensure good health, prosperity, and good luc...

Shanghai lifts lockdown, but residents wary COVID curbs can return

Shanghai sprung back to life on Wednesday after two months of bitter isolation under a ruthless COVID-19 lockdown, with people driving cars again or cramming into trains and buses to go back to work, ...

Hehuanshan in central Taiwan to see extra high-occupancy vehicle traffic rules during coming holiday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With red-hairy azaleas blooming in the Hehuanshan (Mt. Hehuan) area in central Taiwan, the country’s highway authority is planning to enforce high-occupancy vehicle ...

Ride a bike through ‘golden tunnel’ formed by cassia fistula flowers in southwestern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Bright yellow cassia fistula flowers have turned a section of the Puzih River bikeway (朴子溪自行車道) in southwestern Taiwan’s Chiayi County into a “golden tunnel,&r...

Taiwan’s average hotel booking rate for Dragon Boat Festival holiday under 30%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's hotel room booking rate for the Dragon Boat Festival holiday averaged only 30% this year amidst a surge in local COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 pandemic has ...

Taiwan Strait islands most popular holiday destination for Dragon Boat Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Strait archipelago of Penghu is the most popular destination for the June 3-5 Dragon Boat Festival holiday even though hotel bookings are limited due to the COV...

Taiwan railway union cancels Dragon Boat Festival action

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Railway Labor Union (TRLU) announced Wednesday (May 25) it was canceling its plan for an overtime ban during the June 3-5 Dragon Boat Festival holiday. On Ma...

Taiwan's tourism, food service industries struggling as pandemic draws on

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — While medical workers in Taiwan catch their breath as the rate of COVID-19’s spread steadies, the tourism and food service industries are struggling to survive. U...

Taiwan railway union plans overtime ban for Dragon Boat Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Railway Labor Union (TRLU) said Wednesday (May 18) that 90% of its members had signed a call for an overtime ban during the June 3-5 Dragon Boat Festival holida...