Repression marks China 30 years after Tiananmen Square Massacre

BEIJING (AP) — Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square protests, China's economy has catapulted up the world rankings, yet political repression is harsher than ever. Hundreds of thousands...

Taiwan railway passenger pays NT$1,000 to make up for skipped fares 24 years ago

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An anonymous passenger sent NT$1,000 enclosed in a letter to the head of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) at Yilan Station to pay back money owed by skipping fares...

German minister calls for lower tax on long-distance trains

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport minister is calling for a cut in tax on long-distance train travel to encourage more people to travel by rail and advance climate protection. Andrea...

Q&A: What's in a name for Japan emperor's new era?

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has unveiled an era name, "Reiwa," or "pursuing harmony," for soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1. His father, Emperor Akihi...

Nostalgia, excitement as Japan awaits new imperial era name

What's in a name? Quite a lot if you're a Japanese citizen awaiting the official announcement Monday of what the soon-to-be-installed new emperor's next era will be called. ...

Tickets for Taiwan HSR can now be purchased on Facebook

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Passengers can now purchase Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) tickets via Facebook Messenger, announced the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) on Thursday (March 29). To book ...

Taiwan Railways sells 127,000 tickets in 1 minute ahead of April holidays

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan Rail Administration (TRA) website was bombarded with inquiries early on Wednesday, March 20 byTaiwanese travelers preparing for the upcoming Tomb Sweeping Holiday (清明節),...

Bookings of Taiwan bullet train tickets for Tomb Sweeping Day holiday start March 7

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Bookings of Taiwan High Speed Rail tickets for this year’s four-day Tomb Sweeping Day holiday (Apr. 4 – 7) and extended period will begin at midnight (12:00 a....

New Taiwan Railways booking website to go live Feb. 21

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An upgraded ticket booking website for the Taiwan Railways Administration will be launched Feb. 21, featuring a range of smart reservation services that allow passengers t...

Taiwan High Speed Rail to offer 2 new pre-paid pass options from March 15

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Monday, Jan. 28, Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) announced a special deal for travelers purchasing tickets for trains after March 15. Two special discount ticket optio...

Booking for TRA's LNY train tickets available on Jan 9, Jan 10

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Booking of Lunar New Year (LNY) holiday train tickets for the island's East Line, which include the South-link Line, will start at midnight (00:00) on Jan 9, while LNY...

Booking of Taiwan’s train tickets for New Year Holiday starts on Dec. 14

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan Railway Administration announced on Monday, Dec.10, that the ticket booking system for 6 days of New Year 2019 for the east and west lines will be available startin...

Train tickets to watch first sunrise of 2019 on Taiwan’s Alishan go on sale Dec. 10

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For travelers headed for the Chushan Sunrise Watching Platform (祝山觀日平台) for the first sunrise of 2019, Alishan Forest Railway will begin accepting bookings for New Year&...

'China's Golden Age is OVER': YouTuber SerpentZA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A popular South African YouTuber with over 460,000 followers on Monday (Nov. 19) uploaded a video in which he asserts that China's "Golden Age" of sky-high growth...

Taiwan HSR now offering discount 'winter warmer' travel packages

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) announced today that it will collaborate with 19 luxury hotels to provide discount “winter warmer” domestic holiday packages for c...