China’s Taiwan Affairs Office yesterday confirmed the identity of a Beijing-based Taiwanese businessman who has been missing since going hiking in the western part of the city on Thursday last week. The executive, identified as Tung Tien-chun (董天群), is still missing after several days of searches, office spokeswoman Fan Liqing (范麗青) said. Fan said the Beijing government had sent more than 100 people and a police helicopter to conduct a large-scale search after being told that Tung was missing. Members of Tung’s family arrived in Beijing on Saturday, Fan said, adding that the search was continuing. Tung, who works for a Taiwanese company and lives in Beijing’s Haidian District, told his family that he was headed to Wangping Township in the mountainous Mentougou District to go hiking. Chinese media reported that his car was found in the area.
Taitung plans music festival
A music festival scheduled to be held on April 26 and April 27 in Taitung County aims to entertain and promote tourism, organizers said yesterday. The 2013 Taitung Music Festival, to be held at the scenic Taitung Seaside Park in Taitung City, will feature pop-rock band Sodagreen (蘇打綠), singer Jing Chang (張芸京), indie-pop band Wonfu (旺福) and the Nanwan Sisters (南王姐妹花), a vocal trio from the area. To promote tourism, a “breaking dawn” concert will be held at Sansiantai on the coast, said officials from the East Coast National Scenic Area Administration Headquarters, one of the festival organizers. Visitors will be able to buy locally made food, souvenirs and handmade art and crafts at the festival’s main venue in Taitung City, they said.