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The new mayor of Taichung said Tuesday that the central city's landmark opera house will not reopen to the public until a formal inauguration in early 2016.
Officials from Taichung and neighboring county governments on Friday promoted various package tours to Central Taiwan coinciding with the upcoming Taiwan Lantern Festival, hoping to attract more visitors to the region.
Animal welfare group criticizes gov't oversight
Animal welfare activists said yesterday there is a wide discrepancy between the official government census and their own count of Taiwan venues featuring animal shows.
Injured hippo dies, zoo owners fined NT$500,000
The injured hippo that has held the attention of many in Taiwan was pronounced dead yesterday morning by veterinarians, and its recreational farm owners were fined NT$500,000 and may face up to a year behind bars.
The inauguration of the National Taichung Theater in November was the most important arts and culture news story of 2014, according to an annual poll.
A hippopotamus, who was injured after it jumped from a moving truck on Friday, is recovering swiftly in its new habitat at a fish farm in Taichung's Dachia District, the animal's caretakers said.
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Newly elected Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) visited Taichung's Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office in Nantun (動物之家南屯園區訪察) yesterday and stated that more effort must be placed on increased animal protection.
Cabinet Deputy Secretary-General Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇) announced yesterday that he will be running in the Taichung lawmaker by-election after a position was left vacant by former lawmaker Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍).
A public market in Taichung, central Taiwan, has been offering free food to the disadvantaged over the past three months and the Taichung City Government is hoping that the example will inspire more markets to join the cause.
Taichung police on Dec. 2 cracked down a pigeon race gambling club in the central city, arresting two suspects and seized property owned by the club, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has announced.
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