Abandoned Newborn found on Riverbank in Hualien

A woman found a newborn baby in a carry bag under a bridge in Xincheng Township, Hualien County, yesterday evening. The baby still had the umbilical cord attached and was covered in blood and meconium. At around 5:30pm, Ms Lee went to tend her vegetable patch on the banks of of a stream near Xinsheng Bridge, when she heard the cries of a baby from the direction of the bridge. At first, Lee assumed the sound was coming from on

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Driver of 21 ton Truck Arrested for Drunk Driving

Police in Hualien County arrested the driver of a 21 ton concrete mixer truck after he was found to have a breath alcohol content of 0.7mg/l (Blood Alcohol Content approximately 0.15%). Police from Ji’an Police Station pulled over the driver April 2, after he was spotted driving on a section of road prohibited to heavy vehicles. Police noticed a strong smell of alcohol, and administered a breath test. The 57 year-old driver, named Gu, admitted that he had drunk heavily

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Woman Struck by Train in Hualien County

A woman near Hualien County’s Fuli Station was struck by a train and seriously injured this evening, April 4. The woman survived but sustained serious injuries. The Tze-Chiang class limited express #439 northbound from Taidong to New Taipei City hit the 48 year-old woman about 800 meters south of Fuli Station at around 6:00pm. The injured woman was rushed to Yuli Veteran’s Hospital for emergency treatment, then was transferred to Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital due to the seriousness of her

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Cyclists Gear Up for Grueling Mountain Race: Taiwan KOM

[Cover Picture: Taiwan Cycling Federation] Local and International cyclists are preparing for one of the world’s longest and highest mountain climb cycling events Friday October 20, the Taiwan King of the Mountain(KOM). The race will start at 6:00am at Qixingtan Beach, XinCheng Township, Hualian County. Taking the Central Cross-island Highway, riders will cover over 100 kilometers and cover an altitude of 3,500 meters to finish at the summit at Wuling at an altitude of 3,275 meters, Taiwan’s highest mountain pass.

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Seven Tourists Suffer Slight Injuries in Hualian Bus Crash

Seven passengers received treatment in hospital after a tour bus careered into a concrete landmark at the entrance of Beipu Village in Hualian County today. The tour bus was carrying a group of 27 tourists from Jiangsu Province, China, when it swerved to avoid a car at an intersection. The driver lost control on the wet road at around noon. Police are investigating the accident.

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Documentary Maker Dies in Helicopter Crash

Award winning documentary maker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林) was killed along with a production-assistant and the pilot, when a helicopter crashed in Hualian County this morning. Chi was known for his documentary “Beyond Beauty-Taiwan From Above,” which won Best Documentary Award at the 2013 Golden Horse Awards, and grossed NT$220 million (US$7.3 million) at the box office, making it the highest-grossing documentary in Taiwan history. On Thursday, the 52 year-old filmmaker had announced that he was working on a sequel to

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Rare Omura’s Whale Sighted off Hualian

One of the world’s most mysterious species, the Omura’s Whale (Balaenoptera omurai) was recorded on video by whale watchers off the coast of Hualian on May 20. The video was uploaded to Facebook, allowing a Japanese whale expert to identify the species. It is the first confirmed record of the species in Taiwan waters. Kuroshio Ocean Education foundation spokesperson He Zile (何姿樂) said that adult Omura’s Whales grow up to 10 meters long, so the individual recorded is a juvenile.

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Search for Missing Firefighter Called Off after 20 Days

[Picture: United Daily News] The search for a Taipei firefighter who went missing while on a hiking trip in Hualian County has been suspended after search and rescue teams failed to find a trace of the man after 20 days. Firefighter Li Ying-xun (李盈勳) lost contact with his two hiking partners when he went searching for water at around 4:00pm March 1. Due to the remoteness of the location it was more than 24 hours until the men were able

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Canadian Tourists Have a Beer at Taroko Gorge

A trio of Canadian tourists shocked the public, Christmas Eve, 2016, by climbing to the top of a bridge over Taroko Gorge in Hualian County. The visitors drank beer while taking in the view. TVBS gathered footage from various members of the public who witnessed the incident. One of the bridge-walkers was interviewed at the scene. When asked if he was a professional climber, he responded: “No. I’m a skateboarder.” Another member of the group was filmed making a rapid,

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Express Train Derails in Hualian: Carriages Tipped Over

A train derailed in Hualian County near Ruisui Township at around 3PM this afternoon, Wednesday, June 22. Early reports say two people were injured. Expecting a large number of injuries due to the large number of passengers and the severity of the accident, fire-fighters and a large number of ambulances were dispatched to the scene. The number 307 Tz Chiang class express train derailed at 2:49PM, causing one carriage to fall on its side and two others lean over. Although

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