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Book-signing 6/29: ‘How to start a business in Taiwan’

Sunday, June 29 in Kaohsiung, author Elias Ek will be making a presentation and signing books.
Wild East / Culture Shock

Have you considered starting your own business but is not really sure what should be the first step?

Not sure if Taiwan is an entrepreneur-friendly environment?

Want to know the key points for a Taiwan start-up?

Want to meet others in the same situation?

Then this event is for you!

WHAT: Presentation and book signing by author Elias Ek
WHEN: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
LOCATION: Wunan Bookstore Kaosiung 五南文化廣場高雄店 No. 262, Zongshan 1st Rd., Kaosiung City 高雄市中山一路262號

Starting a company is never easy and doing it in a foreign country is even harder. Taiwan has many advantages over alternatives like Thailand, China or Hong Kong.

Based on 13 years as an entrepreneur in Taiwan, Swedish national Elias Ek will share his experiences and his knowledge regarding rules, laws and culture around starting a company in Taiwan.

Topics include:
– Picking a business entity and registering in Taiwan
– Work permit and ARC issues for entrepreneurs
– Hiring, managing and paying employees
– Employee insurance issues
– Money, banking and invoices
– Introduction to Taiwan taxes
– Financing your business in Taiwan
– Offices, business centers or co-workspaces
– Trademarks and Patents
– Government support

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Dihua street (迪化街) abuzz every Chinese New Year

Dihua St. is packed in the run-up to Chinese New Year, but its fascinating architecture and many great little shops are open year-round. Photo:


The name “Dihua” was given in 1947 by the Republic of China government, in reference to the city of Dihua (now called Ürümqi) in Xinjiang, and effectively joins a string of older streets in this area of Taipei existing prior to the Chinese Civil War. Locals living in the district refer to the portion of the street north of the Minsheng West Road 民生西路 as Dihua North 北街, and the portion south as Dihua south 南街.

Being the oldest street in Taipei (with sections in existence since the rule of Dutch Formosa from 1624–1661), its architecture has been under preservation and conservation efforts by the city.

Modern Dihua Street along with its surrounding neighborhood and streets, known as the Dihua Street commercial loop 迪化街商圈, remain one of the most commercially active in Taipei with transactions in excess of 3 billion US dollars.

Dihua Street 迪化街 is in the Dadaocheng area of Datong District 大同區, Taipei, winding from the south of the district toward the north in the old village of Dalongdong 大龍峒.

The street, then known as Center Street 中街, was constructed during the 1850s, when many commercial entities belonging to Quanzhou-originating owners moved in from the nearby village of Bangka 艋舺.

Since then, and throughout the rest of the 19th century, Dihua Street has been an important center for commerce in Taiwanese products and produce such as Chinese medicinal herbs, fabrics, incense materials, and for the post-processing of Taiwanese tea.

Although a relatively calm street during most times of the year Dihua street bustles with people during the two weeks before Chinese New Year.

The residents of Taipei flock to the street during these times to buy necessities for the festivities, while tourists visit for the traditional Fujian decorations, atmosphere, and architecture.

The street continues to be a major destination during Chinese New Year festivities, with 750,000 people visiting the street in the two weeks leading up to the holiday.

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