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Southern Taiwan tourism sector hopes for quick relaxation of COVID restrictions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The tourism sectors at Kenting and the offshore island of Xiaoliuqiu are hoping that COVID woes will end soon after seeing few tourists at the two attractions on the first...

Ferry services to Taiwan's Xiaoliuqiu reduced as COVID cases mount

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Ferries to and from Pingtung County’s outlying island of Xiaoliuqiu (小琉球) will be reduced from Monday (April 25) in order to protect locals amid the rising number of...

Letter to Editor: Preserving Xiaoliuqiu island

Dear Editor: I recently read the CNA article “Taiwan’s Liuqiu island in danger of losing its exceptional corals,” and I found the problem of losing corals at Xiaoliuqiu (Liuqiu is...

New video promoting Taiwan’s southernmost county features various attractions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Pingtung County Government has just released a new short film to promote tourism in Taiwan’s southernmost county by featuring scenic attractions with lively danc...

Up to 30% of all bookings canceled at Taiwan's tourist hubs as Omicron fears grip population

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant continue to spread throughout the country, a wave of booking cancellations has hit hotels in Taiwan’s Xiaoliuqiu and Ken...

20 kg of trash gathered in two hours on south Taiwan island

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Over 20 kilograms of trash was collected in two hours by volunteers during a beach clean-up event on the southern islet of Xiaoliuqiu. Up to 50 volunteers hit the shore...

Taiwan announces flight and rail cancelations, floodgates close as Typhoon Chanthu nears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Typhoon Chanthu approaches, flight cancelations have been announced, some train lines suspended service, a few roads and ports closed, and floodgates shut. Taiwan Ra...

Southern Taiwan's tourism industry pleads for partial relaxation of COVID restrictions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The tourism industry of southern Taiwan's Xiaoliuqiu Island and Kenting is calling on the government to further relax COVID-19 restrictions in the face of slow busines...

Taiwanese turtle expert urges people to consider ocean pollution

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Based on statistics collected by TurtleSpot Taiwan (海龜點點名), one in every five turtles the group encounters is found injured, suggesting that a polluted ocean is a harsh en...

Beachgoers busted for shirking epidemic prevention rules at Taiwan's Xiaoliuqiu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A group of beachgoers was confronted by the authorities for violating Level 3 restrictions on a beach in southern Taiwan, with one woman handed a citation for not wearing ...

Oil spill hits Taiwan's Kenting, threatens wildlife

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An oil spill resulting from a pipeline breach has reached Taiwan's Kenting and Xiaoliuqiu, threatening wildlife and coral. On June 22, a pipeline ruptured at an off...

Taiwan could play major operational role in US-China conflict: Analyst

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan can play a significant role in preserving U.S. Marine Corps operational mobility in the case of a conflict with China, according to the Taipei-based Institute for N...

Typhoon Surigae to bring rain to eastern Taiwan, Taipei on April 22

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Typhoon Surigae will come closest to Taiwan on Thursday (April 22) and Friday (April 23) and could bring rain to eastern Taiwan and the eastern side of Greater Taipei. ...

Holidaymakers flock to Xiaoliuqiu at start of long festival weekend

Visitors on Thursday arrived in droves at Taiwan's offshore Liuqiu Island, commonly called Xiaoliuqiu on the first day of the long Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. The number of passengers departin...

6 Vietnamese stowaways break out of quarantine in W. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Six Vietnamese nationals who had been arrested for trying to sneak into the country illegally escaped from their quarantine and detention facility in western Taiwan on Tue...