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When the travel gods smile on you

Taipei Songshan Airport

If you’re flying from Taipei to a major city in China, Japan, or South Korea, Songshan Airport is far closer and more convenient than the main one in Taoyuan. The check-in, security, and immigration processes usually take me less than fifteen minutes thanks to the lower number of flights that go from there and the cheerful and friendly staff.

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From Shanghai to Hangzhou: China International Industry Fair and Alibaba Empower Digital China

VIA ARTiGO A920

I’m looking forward to leaving for Shanghai tomorrow to attend the China International Industry Fair at the National Exhibition and Convention Center before hopping over to Hangzhou for Empower Digital China being held by Alibaba.

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China coffee market: the quest for novel experiential offerings

Alibaba have published an interesting overview of the Chinese coffee market on their Alizila website, even if it somehow neglects to mention the potential impact of emerging local players such as Luckin.

The key takeaway for me wasn’t so much the big numbers that the report throws around, but the two key consumption trends that it identifies: namely, the move to “premium artisan products” and the quest for “novel experiences.”

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An excursion to Guandu

Taiwan weather news

I’m glad that I managed to get back home from an afternoon excursion to Guandu before a big thunderstorm hit the city. Compared to southern Taiwan, Taipei has got off reasonably lightly during the recent spate of monsoon rains, but the one we had today seems to have tested the limits of the city’s drainage system– though perhaps not quite a severely as the intrepid reporters the TV stations send out into the streets might want us to believe!

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Forging Close Edge AI and IoT Ecosystem partnerships

IoT Ecosystem Partnerships

Forging close links with software and cloud ecosystem partners is critical to providing complete IoT and Edge AI solutions for our customers across multiple vertical markets. That’s why we are excited to announce that we are working together with FogHorn, a leading developer of software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions to enable their edge intelligence of our VIA ARTiGO and VIA AMOS systems. For more information, please see the press release here.

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On the buses: autonomous public transportation isn’t quite here yet

autonomous public transportation

After my bus ride home this evening, I can’t help thinking that autonomous vehicles can’t come soon enough! Don’t get me wrong, the public bus service in Taipei is excellent for the most part. I have a choice of three nearby lines that can zip me down Dunhua South Road, up on the elevated highway to Xindian, and down to a stop nearby office in less than half-an-hour at rush hour – all for the princely sum of NT$30 ($1).

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The Soong Dynasty

Soong Dynasty

I forgot to include The Soong Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave to my list of memorable books about China. While the prose is a tad too purple in places for my taste, the book provides a riveting account of the extraordinary lives of the three Soong sisters, Soong Ai-ling, Soong Ching-ling, and Soong Mei-ling, who had such an enormous impact on the history of China during the first half of the Twentieth Century.

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