Fri, Jul 29, 2011 - Page 2 News List

Chinese, Taiwanese brawl in local hotel

By Tung Chen-kuo  /  Staff Reporter

Four Chinese students were involved in a brawl with other guests at a hotel in Puli Township (埔里), Nantou County, on Wednesday night.

Police said the four Chinese, surnamed Hang (杭), Yao (姚), Jing (景) and Sun (孫), are students at Lunghwa University of Science and Technology in Taoyuan on a short-term “cultural exchange” and were on a tour prior to their return to China.

The four, along with other students and their teachers, had checked into the local Cheng Pao Hotel.

The four Chinese were still singing and allegedly making a ruckus in the hall long after 11pm.

Visitors from Yilan who occupied the same floor, surnamed Yang (楊) and Hsu (許), found the noise unbearable and complained to the front desk while asking the Chinese to keep quiet and refrain from disturbing other guests.

However, rather than quiet down, the Chinese began to press the doorbell at the room in which Yang and Hsu were staying, police said.

The noise awoke a baby who was also in the room, and Yang and Hsu allegedly went to “talk it out” with the four Chinese.

The argument degenerated into a fistfight and police had to intervene to end the brawl.

While all six suffered minor wounds in the fight, Yang, who was hit on the head, was sent to the hospital, where doctors established that he suffered from slight concussion.

Yang spent the night in hospital for observation.

Yang and Hsu settled the matter with an agreement to pay NT$30,000 for medical bills incurred.

The hotel did not wish to comment on the issue, though other tourists in the hotel said they felt that the Chinese students’ actions were “over the line” and caused the brawl.

Not only were they injured in the process, other tourists said, but they also ruined their image.

TRANSLATED BY JAKE CHUNG, STAFF WRITER

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