From the High-Speed Rail – Top 10 alternative places within easy reach of the High-Speed Rail

Since its opening 10 years ago, the Taiwan High-Speed Rail (HSR) line has become an essential conduit, linking all the major cities on the country’s western lowlands. Last year saw a network exp...

Subsidy application available for building wall overhauls in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taipei City Government devised the “Subsidy Application Guidelines for Repairing Outer Wall Surfaces of Buildings in Taipei City” to subsidize citizens embarking...

Top 10 Alternative Places to visit in Tainan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the old capital of Taiwan and home to a sizable proportion of the country’s architectural and historic heritage, Tainan is a fixture on the tourist on the tourist trai...

Cuba's decrepit buildings no match for Hurricane Irma

HAVANA (AP) — The historic but often decrepit buildings of Havana and other colonial Cuban cities couldn't stand up to Hurricane Irma's winds and rainfall, collapsing and killing seven people in one o...

Last house in restive Shiite town center has been demolished

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi authorities say they have demolished the last residential building in the historic center of a restive Shiite town after speeding up the pace of demolitions. ...

Project aims to attract tourists to remote Albanian villages

NIVICA, Albania (AP) — High in the mountains of southern Albania, a bone-jarring drive along a rough track with switchbacks frequented more by goats than by cars leads to a cluster of small villages w...

Greece: Quake kills two, sends island tourists into panic

KOS, Greece (AP) — A powerful earthquake sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar on the Greek holiday island of Kos and struck panic on the nearby shores of Turkey early Friday, killing two...

Filipino church feeds expansion by buying ghost town in US

EAST HADDAM, Conn. (AP) — Over two decades, one prospective buyer after another passed over the abandoned village in the Connecticut countryside. There were requirements to preserve its historical cha...

A glimpse of Taiwan in 1896

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Scans of 55 photographs of Taiwan from famed Japanese photographer Ogawa Kazumasa's publication "Souvenirs de Formose et des Îles Pescadores" (Ogawa, Tokyo ...

Visit the oldest district in Taiwan’s oldest city

Taipei (Taiwan News)--As the slogan put forth by the Tainan City Government to promote the city goes, “If you never visited Tainan, you never really visited Taiwan,” another slogan should ...

Taiwan to quake-proof old buildings in public markets

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwan’s inclusion of strengthening quake resilience of old buildings in public markets as part of the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Pl...

Residents nervously watch Americas' oldest city gentrifying

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Latin America's oldest colonial city is aiming for a rebound, pouring tens of millions of dollars into repairing streets, cleaning up trash, installing streetl...

Applications for elevator installation subsidy in Taipei City open on April 5

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Taipei City’s Urban Regeneration Office (URO) announced on Wednesday that the city is now accepting subsidy applications for old buildings to install elevators in order to ...

Forte Hotel Group cranks up diverse expansion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Michael Liao (廖東漢), president of Howard Hotels, one of Taiwan's leading hotel franchises, who also served as CEO of Forte Hotel, said Monday that the company is seeking a w...

Myanmar's ex-colonial capital captivates with faded glory

MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar (AP) — On the stairway rising to Moulmein's great Buddhist shrine, the visiting British writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to pen one of the most anthologized poems of the English...