Taiwan department stores welcome increased consumer spending

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan continues its recent streak of no new confirmed Wuhan coronavirus cases, businesses that have taken a hit during the pandemic say they are starting to see a resu...

Violent sex offender, Spanish DJ hides in Taiwan for 7 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese police last month apprehended and assisted in extraditing a Spanish DJ for crimes he had committed in Italy 10 years ago, according to Taiwan’s Criminal In...

Taipei nightclub refuses foreigners without passports amid coronavirus fears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A photo of a sign announcing a new discriminatory policy at a popular nightclub in Taipei City surfaced on Sunday (May 3), after a group of foreigners was denied entry bec...

Taipei restaurant refuses foreigners out of fear of coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foreign residents in Taiwan have been angered by the appearance of a sign at a Taipei restaurant that only allows foreigners to order takeout, while Taiwanese are allowed ...

Eslite Xinyi to take over role as Taiwan’s 24-hour bookstore

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Readers hoping to browse through books at 3 o’clock in the morning will soon have to head for Taipei City’s upmarket Xinyi shopping district, the Eslite bookst...

Taiwan's Eslite likely to turn Xinyi or Nanxi store into 24-hour outlet

Eslite Spectrum Corp., which runs the popular Eslite bookstore chain in Taiwan, said Saturday (April 18) it is likely to choose between its Xinyi and Nanxi outlet to succeed its Dunnan store as the ch...

Taipei launches ID-based mask vending machines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei rolled out ID-based mask vending machines on Saturday (April 11) in a bid to reduce the hassle of purchasing the much sought-after protective gear amid the coronavi...

Vietnamese migrant worker found dead at Chiayi garment factory

The body of a migrant worker from Vietnam was found at a garment factory in Chiayi County, local law enforcement said Thursday. According to Chiayi police, the worker's body was discovered when a ...

Irishman who fled Taipei quarantine found dead

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Irishman who had gone missing while he was undergoing home quarantine was found dead on Wednesday (April 8) in Taipei City, in an apparent suicide. The man, who was ...

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver shuts down Taiwan and Hong Kong restaurants

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is closing down his only restaurant in Taiwan, “Jamie’s Italian,” and two establishments in Hong Kong, reports said T...

Coronavirus outbreak boosts Taiwan's e-commerce market

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwanese go out less to shop and dine due to coronavirus (COVID-19) fears, the e-commerce market has flourished. According to PChome 24h, the second-largest Taiwa...

Office rent in Taipei expected to rise over next 3 years

As a result of limited supply and a fall in vacancy rates, the cost of renting offices in Taipei is expected to grow for the next three years, according to multinational property market advisory firm ...

Psychedelic 'Van Gogh Alive' expo now in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — "Van Gogh Alive," an immersive digital art exhibit that brings Vincent Van Gogh paintings to life, kicked off in Taipei on Wednesday (Jan. 15) and will arrive in...

Photo of the Day: Spectacular shot of Taipei 101 New Year's fireworks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A 19-year-old Taiwanese student captured this photo of the 2020 Taipei 101 New Year's Day fireworks display on Jan. 1. The photographer, Jacky Huang (Instagram acco...

'Island Nation': Then and now

When I first arrived in Taiwan in September 1986, I knew of course that the world is always changing, but I never realized how much it would change, and certainly not Taiwan itself. I had already serv...