Taiwan train scare suspects extradited from China

Two men suspected of planting suitcases loaded with petrol on a high-speed train in Taiwan are escorted to Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau in Taipei on Tuesday after their extradition from China. Photo: AFP

Two Taiwanese men suspected of planting suitcases loaded with petrol on a high-speed train and in a politician’s office in Taiwan were extradited from China on Tuesday, police said.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 8:52pm

Police release pair held over Taiwan train scare

A passanger walks through Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station on Friday after suspected explosives and triggering devices were found on a train. Photo: AFP

Two men arrested over an incident in which two suitcases loaded with petrol were planted on a high-speed train in Taiwan have been released without charge, police said on Monday.

The duo, who are brothers identified only by their surname Lai, were arrested at their home in central Taichung city on Sunday but were released early on Monday morning after questioning, police said.

15 Apr 2013 - 3:29pm

Taiwan's Taroko Gorge the backdrop for marathon

Taiwan's Taroko Gorge the backdrop for marathon

Beneath a picture of tumbling rocks, signs urged us to "Please Pass Quickly" and "Do Not Linger". A few metres farther, hard hats are laid out on a table, free for any runners who believe a sturdy bit of headwear will be a match for chunks of rock falling from high above.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:30am

Destination Fengyuan

There is something for every taste in Fengyuan's Miao-Dong Snack Street.Photos: Chris Stowers

A satellite city of central Taiwan's Taichung, Fengyuan doesn't have a tropical beach or a sky bar with views of a flashy urban grid below. But an entertainment hub near the industrial suburb's railway station has spawned at least 50 places to eat. The recipes are diverse or unusual enough to draw customers from outside town.

6 Sep 2012 - 9:47am

Forks in the road

Quizzing locals on where to go in the central Taiwanese city of Taichung for a memorable meal often garners an answer so long and meandering that you could go hungry waiting for it to end. The metropolis of one million - geared towards entertainment and peppered with vibrant night markets, hotpot diners, cheap sushi and Southeast Asian-themed alleys - simply oozes food.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Taichung key battlefield for presidential poll

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou will be thrown out of office if he fails to defend the Kuomintang's vote in its traditional stronghold of Taichung, analysts say.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Legco to quiz police over crime reporting

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Young targeted for boost to HK tourism

The Hong Kong Tourism Board is banking on big-spending young leisure travellers to help boost the number of visitors from Taiwan and South Korea, which were among the worst performing inbound tourism markets for Hong Kong last year.

3 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

HK has not ruled out opening office in Taiwan, says Stephen Lam

The government has not ruled out establishing an office in Taiwan, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung said yesterday.

Asked whether the government would consider setting up an office on the island, Mr Lam said: 'We do not rule out the possibility of setting up an official or semi-official office.

13 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Three Taiwanese zoos ready for panda gift

Three major Taiwanese zoos expressed their strong desire yesterday to accept the pair of giant pandas offered by the mainland in 2005.

'I believe central Taiwan is the best place for the two pandas,' Taichung Mayor Jason Hu Chih-chiang said on behalf of the Taichung Zoo.

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Dragonair Taichung new route irks rivals

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines will start charter flights to Taichung by the end of this month, a move that market observers said could squeeze smaller airlines out of the Taiwan market.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Li done with Taiwan 'study' trip

Tycoon's visit of Taichung trade park site fuels hopes of property boom in city

Richard Li Tzar-kai has wrapped up a three-day fact-finding trip of a planned NT$30 billion (HK$7.08 billion) trade park in Taichung, sparking hopes of a property boom in central Taiwan.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Great Escapes

Boracay, Philippines

For sun-worshippers, paradise goes by the name of Boracay. Boasting its world-famous White Beach with powder-fine sand and azure waters, the palm-studded island is the perfect getaway for divers and beach lovers.

SLEEP Fridays Boracay Resort (tel: 63 36 288 6200; fridaysboracay.com) is ideal for watersports and nightlife.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Cities draw swords over panda gift

Taipei takes an early lead from Taichung city in the battle over mainland offer

A prelude to the fight for two giant pandas from the mainland kicked off yesterday with Taipei apparently gaining the upper hand after a rival city was blocked from sending a senior representative to talks with mainland panda researchers.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Former TV journalist gets a hectic political baptism

On August 21, Coco Hsu-wan Chen went from reporting the news to being part of it.

That was the day the Taipei-based broadcaster for Hong Kong's Phoenix TV quit her job to run for one of Taichung city's eight legislative seats as a member of the island's New Party, part of the opposition Kuomintang's pan-blue alliance.

7 Dec 2004 - 12:00am