Jiaosi to hold beer festival
Jiaosi Township (礁溪) Administration Office in Yilan County will host a hot-spring beer festival from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, inviting 1,000 members of the public to drink as much cold beer as they can. Limited-edition beer glasses will also be handed out as souvenirs, officials said. The event aims to help fashion Jiaosi into a Taiwanese Munich and hopes to attract tourists with its hot springs and beer, transforming the area into a summer tourist hotspot, officials said. During the carnival, a limited offer of 200 glasses per day will be available from 5pm to 7pm for those who arrive by public transportation. Visitors can exchange ticket stubs from Capital Bus, Kamalan Bus, Kuo-kuang Motor Transport or the Taiwan Railway Administration for free beer at the event’s information desk.
Visa-waiver mulled in Chile
The lower house of Chile’s Congress passed a proposal on a visa-waiver agreement with Taiwan on Wednesday, which will be sent to the President Sebastian Pinera as a reference for policymaking. The plan was proposed by 10 lawmakers from both the ruling and opposition parties of the lower house. According to sources familiar with the matter, the Chilean government is mulling the possibility of initiating a visa-waiver program with Taiwan, because of the close bilateral relations between the two countries. Hundreds of Taiwanese are expected to travel to Chile when Taiwanese expatriates hold an annual conference for Taiwanese businesspeople in Central and South America next year. Another wave are likely to attend a golf tournament for the Southern Common Market in 2013. Republic of China passport holders now enjoy visa exemption or landing visas in 117