Latest News: May 30th 2014

Another hot, wet and thundery week in Taiwan and it looks like there is more to come. But at least Monday is a holiday for Dragon Boat Festival!

And on that note, we have an article on all you need to know about the festival with a list of all the major races around Taiwan, and this week’s featured article is a behind the scenes look at the Mandarin Training Center team. They’ll be racing at Dajia in Taipei City, so if you attend you’ll know who to cheer for.

On other site news, we have revamped the Forums with a new theme which should ensure a smooth user experience on mobile devices. We’ve also added a feed of the latest posts to the main site on the right hand side. If you would like to comment on any aspect of the site then please register/login and join the discussion.

We have also added a selection of some of the photos from our Flickr page. These small photos link directly to the Flickr page, but we also plan to add a preview function.

In news from Taiwan, there was some consternation that a live cat made it through the security checks at Taoyuan Airport, only being discovered on arrival in Korea. The cat is fine and has been returned to Taiwan, and the staff that missed the feline X-ray have been disciplined.

A new ferry service has been announced from Bali in Taipei to Pingtan in China. No word as yet whether this is open to foreigners, and the website of the operator does not provide that much information at present. We’ll check into this story and report back next week.

Good news this week for visitors from Andorra and San Marino as they can enjoy visa free entry for 90 days starting June 1st.

In addition to Dragon Boat Festival, the Taitung Balloon Fiesta kicks off today (May 30th). This is the fourth year of the event and it’s popularity seems to rising. You can take balloon rides, although it costs a fair bit. The website is in Chinese only, but the translation in Chrome is acceptable.

Computex is also on next week, from the 3rd to the 7th so good luck to everyone involved, and welcome to Taiwan for all the overseas visitors!

As always, if you have any feedback or comments, please get in touch.

Thanks again for reading, have a great week, and we hope to see you back soon.

Taiwan Ho!