KKday, a Taiwanese travel e-commerce platform, launched a bus tour around Taipei for Pokemon Go fans yesterday to help them hunt for the small fictional characters.
LUCKY NUMBER 14
A total of 940 people registered for the five-hour bus tour during the application period from Thursday to Saturday, but only 14 were accepted on the bus after drawing lots, KKday sales representative Chen Yi-chien (陳以健) said.
The bus was equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB chargers so players could charge their smartphones as they traveled around the city searching for Pokemon, Chen said, adding that the vehicle was also equipped with lure modules, a type of chip in Pokemon Go that players can use at a Pokestop to increase Pokemon spawn rates.
The 14 passengers who were selected to ride the bus departed from Taipei Railway Station and traveled through Xinyi District (信義), the Taipei Songshan Tobacco Plant, Dalongdong (大龍峒) in Datong District (大同), Machangding Memorial Park (馬場町紀念公園) in Wanhua District (萬華) and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
During the tour, travel author and Pokemon Go player Hsu Chieh (許傑) served as a guide explaining the highlights of various tourist destinations in the city and gave a briefing on the history of the Pokemon world.
NATION’S SCENERY TOUTED
In separate news, Canada’s Metro News daily on Friday introduced several bike routes in Taiwan in an article on its Web site, touting the nation’s scenic views.
The article said that Taiwan exports millions of bicycles each year and is home to Giant, the world’s biggest bicycle producer, which supplies a thriving local market.
It listed popular cycling routes in Taiwan, rated by differing degrees of difficulty.
For an easy challenge, Metro News recommended riding a bicycle from Taipei’s bike sharing service Youbike to places such as the Taipei 101 skyscraper and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
It also suggested riding a bicycle around the scenic Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan to enjoy the beautiful lake and its surrounding temples and lush forests.
For medium-level riders, it recommended cycling along the Coastal Mountain Range route or in the Hualien-Taitung Valley to get a view of beautiful rice paddies.
Finally, for a difficult challenge, the article suggested a 105km road in the mountains of Hualien’s scenic Taroko National Park, which takes cyclists from sea level to an altitude of 3,275m.
The rise of the cryptocurrency dogecoin has reached a new level after the token was used to pay for a lunar satellite launch. SpaceX, Elon Musk’s commercial rocket firm, is to embark on a moon voyage next year carrying a so-called cubesat — a mini-satellite used for space research — from Geometric Energy Corp that has been paid for entirely in dogecoin. The development is the latest twist in the saga over the digital token, which started as a joke in 2013, but is now a dominating Internet meme and sitting on a 21,000 percent rally in the past year. Musk has
CAPACITY EXPANSION: Construction of the site, which is to be the firm’s first mRNA production facility outside of Europe, is to begin this year and likely finish in 2023 COVID-19 vaccine maker BioNTech SE yesterday said it would build a Southeast Asia headquarters and manufacturing site in Singapore to produce hundreds of millions of messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines per year. Construction of the site would start this year, and it could become operational by 2023, the German company said in a statement. “With this planned mRNA production facility, we will increase our overall network capacity, and expand our ability to manufacture and deliver our mRNA vaccines and therapies to people around the world,” BioNTech chief executive Ugur Sahin said. The vaccine produced by BioNTech jointly with Pfizer Inc of
OUTBREAK: About 200 of the airline’s 1,200 pilots are not able to work. Most of them have been quarantined to prevent further infection, but 12 have COVID-19 China Airlines Ltd (CAL,中華航空) yesterday confirmed that it would temporarily reduce its cargo flight services to cope with a pilot shortage, as one-sixth of its pilots have been sidelined by a COVID-19 outbreak. “We are working out a new schedule,” the airline said in a statement after local news media reports on Saturday said that it would be reducing its cargo services from Wednesday, primarily affecting US destinations. CAL declined to give details about its new operating plan, but the reports said that it would be suspending its cargo flights to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and
HELP? The finance minister faced questions by lawmakers on whether the National Stabilization Fund would step in to help prop up the market, which fell 4.11% yesterday The TAIEX yesterday sank by 680.76 points, or 4.11 percent, to close at 15,902.37 points, the second- largest one-day drop after a fall of 696 points on Jan. 30 last year, amid concern over the rising number of local COVID-19 infections, analysts said. The weighted index, which closed at 16,583.13 points on Tuesday, opened down and lost 300 points in the first 15 minutes of trading, before climbing to 16,550 points at 9:46am, Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) data showed. However, it lost its footing again, plunging 1,400 points to 15,165.27 points at 11:25am. That represented a drop of 9 percent — the largest