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MOI to order closure of 7 Cingjing hostels

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) and Nantou County yesterday identified seven unregistered hostels at Cingjing Farm (清境農場) to be notified for immediate closure.

Nantou said that the seven hostels include Chingjing Sheepvillage Country Home Stay (清境羊角村鄉村民宿), Fontainebleau (楓丹白露), Villa Relax (白熊屋), Ihowa (愛和華山莊), Dragon Manor Resort (清境龍莊), Be Friend (清境緣民宿), and Lohasstay (清境新宿).

Acting Nantou Magistrate Chen Chi-ching (陳志清) said the aforementioned hostels did not hold official hostel licenses, noting that among the seven hostels, Chingjing Sheepvillage Country Home Stay and Fontainebleau are located within the “first priority zone” of highest disaster risk.

MOI Divides Cingjing into Two Zones

Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) explained that the MOI has divided Cingjing Farm into two zones, namely a “first priority zone” and a “second priority zone,” based on the amount of hazard factors each zone possesses.

Lee went on to say that there are 10 hostels built within the first priority zone and 30 hostels in the second priority zone, including both legal and illegal hostels. He said that apart from the two unregistered hostels in the first priority zone, Nantou County will assist the remaining eight hostels in installing preventive measures against potential disasters.

As to the seven unregistered hostels in the first and second priority zones, Nantou will demand that operators immediately cease operations, and will ask them to apply for licenses within one month, Chen said.

Chen went on to say that should the hostels fail to apply for licenses, demolition will be carried out in different stages by Nantou authorities.

Minister Lee said the MOI will dispatch personnel and invite domestic experts to inspect Cingjing Farm again, stressing that the list revealed yesterday is not the final result of the inspections.

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Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) shows a map of Cingjing Farm to members of the media in Taipei, yesterday. The Ministry of the Interior yesterday announced that seven unregistered hostels at Cingjing Farm will be forced to close immediately.

(CNA)

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