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Seven Cingjing guesthouses to cease operations

CHANCE TO RESUME:The Ministry of the Interior said the guesthouses can apply for an additional round of inspections to decide if the establishments can reopen

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

The Sheep Village guesthouse in the Cingjing mountain resort in Nantou County is pictured yesterday. It was listed by the Ministry of the Interior yesterday as an illegal guesthouse.

Photo: Tung Chen-kuo, Taipei Times

Seven lodging establishments in Cingjing (清境), Nantou County, that are operating illegally would be asked to cease operations today, Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) and acting Nantou County Commissioner Chen Ching-chih (陳清志) announced in a joint press conference in Taipei yesterday, adding that the investigation into guesthouses and inns in the area is to continue.

“The Ministry of the Interior divided ‘geologically sensitive areas’ in Cingjing into Zone A and Zone B. Within these two zones, there are seven guesthouses that are operating without permits,” Lee told the news conference.

“The seven establishments have been asked to cease operations immediately, and will be given a month to make some improvements,” he said.

The seven establishments are Sheep Village (清境羊角村鄉村民宿); Fontainebleau (楓丹白露); Villa Relax (白熊屋); Ihowa (愛和華山莊); Dragon Manor (清境龍莊); Be Friend (清境緣民宿); and Lohas Stay (清境新宿).

Chen said the establishments can apply for a second inspection in a month.

“After receiving their application, the Nantou County Government would make a second inspections. If they pass the inspection, they will be allowed to resume operations,” Chen said.

“The county government would also like to urge visitors to refrain from staying at establishments that do not have a permit,” Chen added.

Lee said that the seven guesthouses were selected yesterday because they did not have permits for operation.

The ministry and the county government would to make further inspection into other guesthouses in the area.

According to data released by the ministry yesterday, of the total of 115 lodging establishments in Cingjing, seven do not have government permits, 35 are in “geographically sensitive zones,” while five still need to be inspected to see if they are in “geographically sensitive zones.”

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