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Something different to do in Taiwan: farm stay gives glimpse of tribal life, from planting crops to making local crafts

Roughly 1,000 guests have so far experienced a one-of-a-kind farm stay in Taiwan where tourist-labourers do everything from plant quinoa crops to make local arts and crafts.

23 Feb 2021 - 2:59PM

Roughly 1,000 guests have so far experienced a one-of-a-kind farm stay in Taiwan where tourist-labourers do everything from plant quinoa crops to make local arts and crafts.

Something different to do in Taiwan: farm stay gives glimpse of tribal life, from planting crops to making local crafts
TSMC gears up for mass production of 3-nanometre chips for high-end computers and 5G phones

Taiwan contract chip maker TSMC will begin ‘risk production’ of its 3-nanometre process this year, a technology advance that will deliver higher performance and longer battery life for 5G smartphones and other high-end electronics products.

18 Jan 2021 - 10:56PM

Taiwan contract chip maker TSMC will begin ‘risk production’ of its 3-nanometre process this year, a technology advance that will deliver higher performance and longer battery life for 5G smartphones and other high-end electronics products.

TSMC gears up for mass production of 3-nanometre chips for high-end computers and 5G phones
Taiwan’s coronavirus success, job opportunities lure foreigners to talent-thirsty island

Taiwan is becoming increasingly attractive for expats due to its successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, its media freedoms and ‘gold card’ scheme for skilled workers.

12 Jan 2021 - 11:33PM

Taiwan is becoming increasingly attractive for expats due to its successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, its media freedoms and ‘gold card’ scheme for skilled workers.

Taiwan’s coronavirus success, job opportunities lure foreigners to talent-thirsty island
Why US-China tensions and demand for hi-tech products spells good news for Taiwan’s economy, despite coronavirus

Taiwan’s government has forecast the island’s economy to grow 3.83 per cent in 2021, thanks to demand for hi-tech exports and companies reshoring production from China.

9 Dec 2020 - 11:59PM

Taiwan’s government has forecast the island’s economy to grow 3.83 per cent in 2021, thanks to demand for hi-tech exports and companies reshoring production from China.

Why US-China tensions and demand for hi-tech products spells good news for Taiwan’s economy, despite coronavirus
US sanctions on China send Taiwan tech exports to mainland, Hong Kong surging

Taiwanese tech exports to mainland China and Hong Kong have seen strong growth in recent months, as Beijing looks to loosen its reliance on US technology.

9 Dec 2020 - 11:41AM

Taiwanese tech exports to mainland China and Hong Kong have seen strong growth in recent months, as Beijing looks to loosen its reliance on US technology.

US sanctions on China send Taiwan tech exports to mainland, Hong Kong surging
Taiwan’s shrinking population forces government to woo overseas talent, retrain workers

Taiwan is retraining older workers, courting overseas talent and increasing financial incentives for parents as its population is set to decline this year for the first time.

23 Oct 2020 - 9:22AM

Taiwan is retraining older workers, courting overseas talent and increasing financial incentives for parents as its population is set to decline this year for the first time.

Taiwan’s shrinking population forces government to woo overseas talent, retrain workers
What it’s like to take a flight to nowhere: a desperate Taiwanese airline, ecstatic passengers, but still a trail of engine exhaust

From buying duty-free make-up to in-flight meals, all the usual aspects of overseas travel are included in flights to nowhere offered by Taiwanese airlines – trips that are selling out fast.

14 Oct 2020 - 6:03PM

From buying duty-free make-up to in-flight meals, all the usual aspects of overseas travel are included in flights to nowhere offered by Taiwanese airlines – trips that are selling out fast.

What it’s like to take a flight to nowhere: a desperate Taiwanese airline, ecstatic passengers, but still a trail of engine exhaust
Taiwan seduces European investors seeking to dodge US-China trade war and coronavirus

While much has been made of the US’ renewed commercial interest in Taiwan, European firms remain the largest source of inbound investment.

25 Sep 2020 - 7:30PM

While much has been made of the US’ renewed commercial interest in Taiwan, European firms remain the largest source of inbound investment.

Taiwan seduces European investors seeking to dodge US-China trade war and coronavirus
Taiwan’s job market outlook gets top marks due to island’s effective control of coronavirus

Employment in Taiwan’s core industry, hi-tech hardware, has fared well this year as work-from-home arrangements and pandemic lockdowns increased the need for personal computers.

25 Sep 2020 - 9:13AM

Employment in Taiwan’s core industry, hi-tech hardware, has fared well this year as work-from-home arrangements and pandemic lockdowns increased the need for personal computers.

Taiwan’s job market outlook gets top marks due to island’s effective control of coronavirus
How a disused railway tunnel became a draw for Taiwanese holidaying on the island because of the Covid-19 pandemic

In Taiwan every weekend, thousands of visitors hire bikes and ride through the disused Caoling railway tunnel on the island’s east coast, drawn by history and its cool interior.

31 Aug 2020 - 6:11PM

In Taiwan every weekend, thousands of visitors hire bikes and ride through the disused Caoling railway tunnel on the island’s east coast, drawn by history and its cool interior.

How a disused railway tunnel became a draw for Taiwanese holidaying on the island because of the Covid-19 pandemic
Taiwan stuck at a crossroads with US and China over trade deals, facing conflicting prospects

Taiwan wants a trade deal with China to support its strong exports, but also wants to sign a pact with the US to diversify its trading profile.

27 Aug 2020 - 9:48PM

Taiwan wants a trade deal with China to support its strong exports, but also wants to sign a pact with the US to diversify its trading profile.

Taiwan stuck at a crossroads with US and China over trade deals, facing conflicting prospects
As US-China tensions heat up, Taiwan’s firms pivot to India

India’s giant market, inexpensive skilled workforce and generous tax breaks aren’t the only things drawing investment from Taiwanese firms.

29 Jul 2020 - 11:02AM

India’s giant market, inexpensive skilled workforce and generous tax breaks aren’t the only things drawing investment from Taiwanese firms.

As US-China tensions heat up, Taiwan’s firms pivot to India
Is Taiwan the answer for firms leaving Hong Kong? It’s complicated

As Beijing tightens its grip on the city, the self-ruled island offers a similar culture and cheaper labour – but barriers include scarcity of finance-sector talent and a lack of clarity over incentives.

27 Jun 2020 - 4:16PM

As Beijing tightens its grip on the city, the self-ruled island offers a similar culture and cheaper labour – but barriers include scarcity of finance-sector talent and a lack of clarity over incentives.

Is Taiwan the answer for firms leaving Hong Kong? It’s complicated
Coronavirus, China-US trade war spark surge of Taiwanese investments onshore

Tax breaks in Taiwan, trade war tariffs and supply chain vulnerabilities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic are making China increasingly unappealing for Taiwanese firms.

3 Jun 2020 - 11:51AM

Tax breaks in Taiwan, trade war tariffs and supply chain vulnerabilities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic are making China increasingly unappealing for Taiwanese firms.

Coronavirus, China-US trade war spark surge of Taiwanese investments onshore
Hotel bookings down, but camping holds up in Taiwan – afraid of tight spaces indoors, Taiwanese head for the great outdoors

Hotels in Taiwan are empty, but campgrounds on the island are packed as people staycation their fears away – from hillside retreats that are close to nature, to tents pitched in an office building in downtown Kaohsiung.

7 May 2020 - 7:35PM

Hotels in Taiwan are empty, but campgrounds on the island are packed as people staycation their fears away – from hillside retreats that are close to nature, to tents pitched in an office building in downtown Kaohsiung.

Hotel bookings down, but camping holds up in Taiwan – afraid of tight spaces indoors, Taiwanese head for the great outdoors
Coronavirus: Taiwan upbeat on 2020 growth as electronic exports jump, island stays lockdown free

Taiwanese export orders unexpectedly increased by 4.3 per cent in March from a year earlier, fuelling government optimism about economic growth in 2020.

22 Apr 2020 - 6:30PM

Taiwanese export orders unexpectedly increased by 4.3 per cent in March from a year earlier, fuelling government optimism about economic growth in 2020.

Coronavirus: Taiwan upbeat on 2020 growth as electronic exports jump, island stays lockdown free
Coronavirus: most US firms in Taiwan feeling pinch from Covid-19 despite reputation as economic ‘bright spot’

More than three quarters of US companies in Taiwan say they are feeling the impact of the coronavirus on their business, says the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

16 Apr 2020 - 2:30PM

More than three quarters of US companies in Taiwan say they are feeling the impact of the coronavirus on their business, says the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

Coronavirus: most US firms in Taiwan feeling pinch from Covid-19 despite reputation as economic ‘bright spot’
Taipei in Taiwan rivals Japan for cherry blossom viewing, with stunning rural beauty and accessibility

The cherry blossoms are out, and despite the coronavirus, crowds are gathering to photograph them and enjoy the views. This is not Japan, however, but Taipei, Taiwan, where the trees have beautiful rural backdrops and are easy to reach.

17 Mar 2020 - 2:13PM

The cherry blossoms are out, and despite the coronavirus, crowds are gathering to photograph them and enjoy the views. This is not Japan, however, but Taipei, Taiwan, where the trees have beautiful rural backdrops and are easy to reach.

Taipei in Taiwan rivals Japan for cherry blossom viewing, with stunning rural beauty and accessibility
Coronavirus: US firms expect outbreak to hit Taiwan economy, with China trade war fears also lingering

American companies in Taiwan are worried about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the local economy and are also concerned about the US-China trade war.

7 Mar 2020 - 3:15PM

American companies in Taiwan are worried about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the local economy and are also concerned about the US-China trade war.

Coronavirus: US firms expect outbreak to hit Taiwan economy, with China trade war fears also lingering
Coronavirus: Taiwan’s tourism industry crumbles as virus fears add to mainland China travel restrictions

Taiwan’s tourism sector is suffering from the coronavirus outbreak, despite a small number of confirmed cases on the self-ruled island, the government and insiders say.

29 Feb 2020 - 2:11PM

Taiwan’s tourism sector is suffering from the coronavirus outbreak, despite a small number of confirmed cases on the self-ruled island, the government and insiders say.

Coronavirus: Taiwan’s tourism industry crumbles as virus fears add to mainland China travel restrictions
Mechanics and macchiatos: coffee shops infiltrate street of car repair workshops in Taipei, Taiwan

Cafe culture is taking over Chifeng Street in Taipei, Taiwan, which for the past half-century has been dominated by car repair shops. But can the coffee shops and mechanics survive side by side?

14 Jan 2020 - 10:38AM

Cafe culture is taking over Chifeng Street in Taipei, Taiwan, which for the past half-century has been dominated by car repair shops. But can the coffee shops and mechanics survive side by side?

Mechanics and macchiatos: coffee shops infiltrate street of car repair workshops in Taipei, Taiwan
Trade war pushing Taiwanese firms back home, with reshoring raising island’s GDP growth rate

Island government has approved 156 new investment projects this year, many relocating from China or opting to add capacity in Taiwan to avoid US tariffs.

7 Dec 2019 - 10:09PM

Island government has approved 156 new investment projects this year, many relocating from China or opting to add capacity in Taiwan to avoid US tariffs.

Trade war pushing Taiwanese firms back home, with reshoring raising island’s GDP growth rate
Taiwan the big winner from Japan-South Korea trade row, as tourists spurn traditional hotspots

Tourism operators in Taiwan are reporting a big jump in the number of South Korean and Japanese visitors to the island as a result of tensions between Seoul and Tokyo.

19 Nov 2019 - 7:29AM

Tourism operators in Taiwan are reporting a big jump in the number of South Korean and Japanese visitors to the island as a result of tensions between Seoul and Tokyo.

Taiwan the big winner from Japan-South Korea trade row, as tourists spurn traditional hotspots
Risking China backlash, Taiwan and Britain push ahead with free trade talks

Taiwan and Britain are pushing ahead with trade talks despite the risk of backlash from China.

10 Oct 2019 - 10:26AM

Taiwan and Britain are pushing ahead with trade talks despite the risk of backlash from China.

Risking China backlash, Taiwan and Britain push ahead with free trade talks
Inside Taiwan’s love hotels, great for cheap sex seekers and big spenders, with little middle ground

Love hotels lurk in most East Asian cities but in Taiwan the market stands out for having almost no mid-priced hotels – you either get a cheap plain room or a pricey ultra-private stay in themed quarters with names like ‘Fast Climax’.

25 Sep 2019 - 8:05AM

Love hotels lurk in most East Asian cities but in Taiwan the market stands out for having almost no mid-priced hotels – you either get a cheap plain room or a pricey ultra-private stay in themed quarters with names like ‘Fast Climax’.

Inside Taiwan’s love hotels, great for cheap sex seekers and big spenders, with little middle ground
The Taipei cat cafe that’s been winning over city’s dog lovers for 20 years, and its feline stars

In a place where the only cats most people see are the stray ones at markets or prowling rooftops, Genki Cat Café’s 26 felines have helped make the animal more widely accepted.

4 Sep 2019 - 4:10PM

In a place where the only cats most people see are the stray ones at markets or prowling rooftops, Genki Cat Café’s 26 felines have helped make the animal more widely accepted.

The Taipei cat cafe that’s been winning over city’s dog lovers for 20 years, and its feline stars
A bridge to the past in Taiwan: Guanxi, quiet retreat of century-old town houses, tea, and Hakka food

Slow down, sleep in, walk around, or read, says the laid-back owner of a book exchange in Guanxi, a rural township built on tea. There’s a museum to the drink, century-old town houses to admire, and stay in, and Hakka food galore.

31 Jul 2019 - 12:17PM

Slow down, sleep in, walk around, or read, says the laid-back owner of a book exchange in Guanxi, a rural township built on tea. There’s a museum to the drink, century-old town houses to admire, and stay in, and Hakka food galore.

A bridge to the past in Taiwan: Guanxi, quiet retreat of century-old town houses, tea, and Hakka food
National Palace Museum in Taipei has a rival in Forbidden City Museum – the backpacker’s choice

Little-known Forbidden City Museum in suburban Luzhou houses more than 10,000 relics from Beijing’s imperial palace. Visitors can get a personalised tour of the intimate space from its owner and curator.

5 Jun 2019 - 7:45AM

Little-known Forbidden City Museum in suburban Luzhou houses more than 10,000 relics from Beijing’s imperial palace. Visitors can get a personalised tour of the intimate space from its owner and curator.

National Palace Museum in Taipei has a rival in Forbidden City Museum – the backpacker’s choice
Trade war: why next US tariffs on China could halve Taiwan’s growth

The next round of tariffs that could take effect in July would include electronic products assembled in China, which could hit Taiwanese firms hard.

17 May 2019 - 5:08PM

The next round of tariffs that could take effect in July would include electronic products assembled in China, which could hit Taiwanese firms hard.

Trade war: why next US tariffs on China could halve Taiwan’s growth
US-China trade war damages export powerhouse Taiwan’s growth prospects, as global demand softens

Exports cover 77 per cent of Taiwan’s GDP, an estimated US$595 billion in 2019, making the island vulnerable to global demand shifts offshore.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:47AM

Exports cover 77 per cent of Taiwan’s GDP, an estimated US$595 billion in 2019, making the island vulnerable to global demand shifts offshore.

US-China trade war damages export powerhouse Taiwan’s growth prospects, as global demand softens