Mon, Apr 12, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

AGNECIES

■ CultureAWC activity ends today

The Association of World Citizens (AWC) will wrap up its "love and peace endorsement" activity in front of the Taichung railway station today. The Taiwan branch of the AWC, a non-governmental organization, started the activity on April 1 and has obtained in excess of 60,000 signatures. The group has invited an Indian folk dance troupe currently in central Taiwan to perform traditional Indian dances in an effort to attract more people on the activity's final day.

■ Environment

Green expo closes in Ilan

The 2004 Ilan Green Exposition at Wulaokeng, a scenic area in Suao township of Ilan County closed its doors yesterday after attracting around 400,000 visitors. Ilan County Commissioner Liu Shou-cheng (劉守成) said the expo highlighted content and quality, focusing on education and environmental protection, which set it apart from other floral expos in the country. Liu said the expo received acclaim for all eight of its theme halls featuring flowers, ferns, frogs, turtles, mildew, ethnic foods, glass and displays on the environment and ecology through solar energy and wind power. The expo was the fifth consecutive show of its kind to be sponsored by the Ilan County Government, Liu said.

■ Transportation

Taipei-Chengdu route opens

Air Macau inaugurated a route between Taipei and Chengdu, China, via Macau on Saturday, providing the first Taipei-Chengdu flight that does not require passengers to transfer between aircraft during the Macau stopover, according to a company spokesman. Air Macau uses the 178-seat Airbus 321 plane on the five-hour flight, the spokesman said, adding that the carrier will ply the route on a twice weekly basis, increasing to four flights per week during the July-October peak period. The new route is aimed at Taiwanese businesspeople who have to travel frequently between Taiwan and China. Chengdu is a major investment destination for Taiwanese businesspeople exploring new horizons in southwest China.

■ Labor

Thais celebrate Songkran

Nearly 10,000 foreign workers took part in a traditional Thai Songkran festival in Taoyuan yesterday. During Songkran, Thai people splash water on one another to symbolize washing away the misfortunes of the past year and ushering in the new year. Yesterday's event included performances of Thai music and dance, as well as stalls selling Thai food. Singers Jonas from the Netherlands and Christy from Sweden, who are well-known in Thailand because they have lived there for a long time, sang traditional Thai folk songs and greeted the participants in Thai. A Songkran beauty contest and transvestite competition, which were very popular in past years, were scrapped this year, but the event still attracted many curious Taiwanese and foreign workers.

■ Tourism

Top hotels upgrade TVs

Five-star hotels are enhancing in-room entertainment by replacing conventional TVs with plasma-display-panel (PDP) TVs or thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal-display (TFT-LCD) TVs, hoteliers said yesterday. The Hotel Evergreen Laurel Hotel in Taipei was the first to place 42 top-notch PDP TVs in some of its rooms, followed by the Westin Taipei.

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