Pingtung County

Just the ticket for cyclists

Plenty of people like to cycle, but not everyone wants to grease up the chain or scrub road dirt out of the gears after 70km in the saddle. Cyclists prefer a bit of luxury after a day of hills and heat.

Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am

Spoilt for choice in Kenting

I was sitting at the back of the car with two complete strangers - a middle-aged woman and a fierce-looking man. None of us was speaking. Dead silence.

Then the unexpected came. 'Where are you from?' the woman asked me.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Indie-fest promises something to shout about

After a dozen years and one full cycle of the Chinese zodiac, the free-spirited Taiwanese indie rock festival Spring Scream is still trying to figure things out.

For the second time in two years, the sprawling rockers' camping party is changing venues and also coming to terms with the necessity of a few pop stars dotting a lineup of 250 otherwise underground acts.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Can't stop the music

Since Jimi Moe and Wade Davis threw the first Spring Scream music festival for about 300 fans near the Taiwanese beach town of Kenting in 1995, the event's popularity has soared.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Sister and brother use bodies to shield children

Dead father pulled from rubble still clinging to four-year-old daughter

Taiwan yesterday started clearing rubble from a southern town where a woman and her brother died shielding their young children with their own bodies against falling debris.

28 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Living on dreams

People in Taipei pay tribute to the idea of 'the south', but most are happy not to go there more often than necessary. 'Yes, it is different,' goes a common response, 'but I will have to be back up north again by the evening.'

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Detour ahead?

Taiwan's wonderful motorways are in the news. They are a pleasure to drive - especially when you stop for food and drink - but they may be under threat from a fast new train service.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

How to be a happy camper

Spring Scream runs from March 31 to April 9, with the main events on the two weekends. The first weekend will have three stages, and the second - 'the big weekend' - will have five, with things slowing down to one or two stages mid-week.

There'll be hip-hop acts and electronica DJs in a dance-tent bamboo hut in the middle of the compound that will go late into the night.

23 Mar 2006 - 12:00am