A tourist from China’s Guangdong Province died early yesterday after falling 12 floors from his hotel room balcony in Puli Township (埔里), Nantou County, local police said.
Puli police officers said Huang Zhenhui (黃振輝), 67, fell from the balcony of his hotel room and was found lying on the hood of a parked car at about 2:20am by a convenience store clerk, who heard a loud bang while taking a smoking break.
Firemen rushed Huang to a local hospital in an ambulance, but doctors were unable to revive him. Police were yesterday still investigating the cause of Huang’s fall.
Huang, a native of Foshan City in Guangdong Province, was with a group of 39 Chinese tourists in their 60s and 70s who entered the country at Kaohsiung International Airport on Tuesday on a five-day tour of Taiwan.
The group visited the Chung Tai Chan Monastery and Sun Moon Lake on Thursday before checking into the hotel in Puli Township.
Fellow members of the tourist group said they noticed nothing unusual about Huang on Thursday night, except that he was not as talkative as usual.
The group’s travel agency said it had notified Huang’s next of kin and would assist them in coming to Taiwan to deal with the family misfortune.
Yesterday’s incident was the third in recent days involving a Chinese tourist.
On Thursday, two female Chinese tourists were injured by falling rocks while touring the Taroko National Park in Hualien County. Both women sustained serious head injuries and underwent surgery. They were still under observation yesterday.
Last Friday, a crane that fell from a construction site at Taipei’s upscale Xinyi shopping district left three Chinese tourists dead and three injured.