- Aug 16 Tue 2011 13:21
- Aug 16 Tue 2011 13:20
The Dubai that graces guidebook covers is easy to find. From its skyscraping towers to its bustling malls, the city can feel like a westernized, futuristic introduction to the Middle East. European imports pop up as plentifully as construction cranes, and 80% of the population is comprised of expatriates from more than 150 nations. But as the city focuses on sustaining growth, it has made preserving its historical sites a priority. Vestiges of pre-1970s Dubai, then an unassuming port of call famous for its pearls, can still be found, hidden amid the modern towers and flashing lights. This juxtaposition of the ancient and hyper-new creates a window into how modern Dubai has taken shape and provides an opportunity to learn about Arabic cultures in one of the region’s most open environments.
Bastakiya, an old-city neighbourhood on the west side of the creek that divides the city into Diera on the east and Bur Dubai on the west, paints a picturesque if somewhat sterile snapshot of Dubai's past. Originally home to Iranian merchants in the late 19th Century, much of the neighbourhood was razed in the 1980s to make space for a new office complex for the emirate's ruler at the time. Bastakiya gained status as a heritage site in 1988, preventing a second wave of demolition, and since then the city has focused on restoring the neighbourhood, both physically and culturally. Few people live in Bastakiya today, but nearby souks (markets) spark foot traffic that enlivens the labyrinth of alley ways.
- Aug 16 Tue 2011 13:16
Four people have died and another 15 were injured yesterday when a Taiwanese tour group was caught in a bus accident in northeastern China.
The 19 people (18 tourists and a Taiwanese guide), were on a bus traveling on the Changchun-Julin Expressway as part of a tour organized by Lion Travel yesterday. At about 2:30 p.m., while trying to dodge a vehicle cutting in from an adjacent lane, the bus turned over and rolled down a three-meter slope, about 440-kilometer from Changchun.
Four Taiwanese tourists, 42-year-old Lu Hui-yu (呂惠玉, female), 62-year-old Chao Cho (趙灼, female), 42-year-old Liu Hsiu-yun (廖秀雲, female) and 24-year-old Wang Min-wei (王明瑋, male), died in the crash, according to Vincent Lin (林承曄), spokesperson and deputy general manager of Lion Travel yesterday.
- Aug 10 Wed 2011 16:51
Technology is becoming increasingly important to restaurants and tabletop ordering devices only stand to multiply, according to Darren Tristano, executive vice president at the Chicago-based restaurant consulting firm Technomic.
"It's cool and trendy and kids love it," he explained. "It paves the way for other opportunities with applications."
- Aug 03 Wed 2011 18:46
Yani Tseng returned to Taiwan on Tuesday as the youngest golfer ever to win five majors. With the Women’s British Open out of the way, Tseng says she can now focus on October’s Taiwan LPGA tournament. ##
- Aug 03 Wed 2011 18:44
Table salt will receive top billing in a series of festivities and activities planned for the coming weekend by the management of the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area under the Tourism Bureau.
The “2011 Qigu Salt Art Festival” (七股鹽雕藝術季), which promises to make Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan a “white” tourist destination and drum up business for the local salt industry, is slated to open on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Salt Mountain Theme Park and Taiwan Salt Museum in Qigu, Tainan.
On Saturday evening, the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar, romance will beckon as the day is also the Double-Seventh Festival, the Chinese answer to the Feb. 24 St. Valentine's Day. TANK, the Taiwan king of love songs, will be on hand at a “Double Seventh Evening Variety Show” to serenade the ladies and entertain fans. Other entertainers, including rock groups Kaka and Sigma, will perform hit songs. A fireworks show will wrap up the event.
- Aug 01 Mon 2011 16:50
Taiwan’s Wang Chien-ming returned to a Major League mound for the first time in over two years Saturday morning Taiwan time. Though Wang gave up six runs in four innings in the Washington Nationals’ 8-5 loss, just making it back was a victory in itself. His next start will be against the Atlanta Braves early Thursday morning. ##