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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
Taiwan is finally luring companies back from China after more than 15 years of trying

Higher costs and an ability to avoid trade tariffs from the US-China trade war are key reasons for the Taiwanese firms looking to move back home.

21 Mar 2019 - 7:30PM

Higher costs and an ability to avoid trade tariffs from the US-China trade war are key reasons for the Taiwanese firms looking to move back home.

Taiwan is finally luring companies back from China after more than 15 years of trying
Illegal immigration disrupts Taiwan’s economic shift away from China and towards Southeast Asia

Policy to expand economic reach and reduce dependence on China runs into teething problems as tourism, trade and tuition numbers soar but so do visa violations.

28 Feb 2019 - 9:53AM

Policy to expand economic reach and reduce dependence on China runs into teething problems as tourism, trade and tuition numbers soar but so do visa violations.

Illegal immigration disrupts Taiwan’s economic shift away from China and towards Southeast Asia
Taiwan export orders hit by steepest drop in 32 months as China-US trade war takes its toll across Asia

Taiwan export orders expected to continue to drop through March on weaker demand due to slowing global economy.

21 Jan 2019 - 9:49PM

Taiwan export orders expected to continue to drop through March on weaker demand due to slowing global economy.

Taiwan export orders hit by steepest drop in 32 months as China-US trade war takes its toll across Asia
Vietnam tested by multinationals seeking trade war detour to avoid US tariffs on China

American officials aware of schemes to ship goods through the Southeast Asian nation.

24 Jan 2019 - 6:31PM

American officials aware of schemes to ship goods through the Southeast Asian nation.

Vietnam tested by multinationals seeking trade war detour to avoid US tariffs on China
Kenting resort strip in Taiwan makes a clean start after big drop in visitors

New attractions and environmental improvements in Kenting National Park a response to tourists’ complaints and a drop in China tour groups; some guest houses and restaurants have closed, and others have frozen prices.

5 Dec 2018 - 8:51AM

New attractions and environmental improvements in Kenting National Park a response to tourists’ complaints and a drop in China tour groups; some guest houses and restaurants have closed, and others have frozen prices.

Kenting resort strip in Taiwan makes a clean start after big drop in visitors
Taiwan elections may give economy brief boost as US-China trade war threatens tech sector

Gains made by the Beijing-friendly KMT in Saturday’s elections in Taiwan will give the economy a boost in the short run, as relations with the mainland improve.

27 Nov 2018 - 8:48PM

Gains made by the Beijing-friendly KMT in Saturday’s elections in Taiwan will give the economy a boost in the short run, as relations with the mainland improve.

Taiwan elections may give economy brief boost as US-China trade war threatens tech sector
How Philippine resort strip went from sin city to family destination for local and foreign tourists 

Subic Bay’s hostess bar strip sprang up to serve servicemen at the nearby  US naval base, but in the 25 years since they left a different crowd has been drawn to its beaches and dive spots.

4 Oct 2018 - 12:04PM

Subic Bay’s hostess bar strip sprang up to serve servicemen at the nearby  US naval base, but in the 25 years since they left a different crowd has been drawn to its beaches and dive spots.

How Philippine resort strip went from sin city to family destination for local and foreign tourists 
Apple’s iPhone production may face delay after virus outbreak at chip maker TSMC, analysts say
Breakfast bars in Taiwan: more American than New York diners, but battling to go upmarket as big franchises move in

Fast and simple is how Taiwanese commuters have always liked their first meal of the day, but amid intense competition, breakfast bars face pressure to serve more nutritious food in cleaner, more welcoming surroundings

22 Mar 2018 - 7:45AM

Fast and simple is how Taiwanese commuters have always liked their first meal of the day, but amid intense competition, breakfast bars face pressure to serve more nutritious food in cleaner, more welcoming surroundings

Breakfast bars in Taiwan: more American than New York diners, but battling to go upmarket as big franchises move in
The best things to do on a Taipei layover, from stinky tofu and tea to ships and shopping

No matter if you’re stopping for three hours or 12, a layover at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport offers travellers a taste of the capital and surrounding cities

16 Apr 2018 - 2:39PM

No matter if you’re stopping for three hours or 12, a layover at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport offers travellers a taste of the capital and surrounding cities

The best things to do on a Taipei layover, from stinky tofu and tea to ships and shopping
Foxconn bets big on US expansion, Trump and unfettered demand for hi-tech devices
Going solo: how China’s backpackers are boosting hidden parts of Taiwan’s economy
Hon Hai will build US assembly for display panels to get closer to American customers
From child prodigy to tech minister, Audrey Tang dares Taiwan’s startups to fail
Head of PC maker Acer’s cloud unit calls 2017 ‘important time for takeoff’
Taiwan’s tech-led growth hardens resolve against Chinese squeeze
Foxconn may follow, if Trump pulls US tech companies back to America
Taiwan plans to add subsidies, cut red tape to nurture startup companies, revitalise growth
Taipei’s beef noodle restaurants take on US and Japanese fast food
Taipei's historic Datong District gets new lease of life

The revitalisation of Datong District has given the historic area a new lease of life, writes Ralph Jennings. Pictures by Duncan Longden.

19 Dec 2015 - 9:11PM

The revitalisation of Datong District has given the historic area a new lease of life, writes Ralph Jennings. Pictures by Duncan Longden.

Taipei's historic Datong District gets new lease of life
Asia struggles with impact of devalued yuan
Taiwan tests the high-end mainland Chinese tourism market
Taiwan confident despite Fitch alarm over leveraging risks
Less flesh, more pots: Angeles City, Philippines, wants to be known for its food

For decades, Angeles City has hosted one of Asia's most thriving red-light districts. But since 2010  local officials have been trying to promote the city 80km north of Manila as a dining destination.

8 May 2015 - 10:05AM

For decades, Angeles City has hosted one of Asia's most thriving red-light districts. But since 2010  local officials have been trying to promote the city 80km north of Manila as a dining destination.

Less flesh, more pots: Angeles City, Philippines, wants to be known for its food
China, Taiwan pull back on talks to cut import tariffs