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Sand sculpture fest in Fulong set to be launched on May 3

TAIPEI -- A sand sculpture festival set to kick off May 3 at a beach on the northeastern coast of Taiwan will highlight artists' “aspirations for great journeys beyond time and space,” organizers said yesterday.

There will be sculptures themed under French writer Jules Verne's novel “Around the World in Eighty Days,” Chinese mariner Zheng He's voyages and even space travel, said officials from the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area Administration.

“We hope the sculptures will present the various aspects of a global village,” said administration deputy chief Liu Shih-ming.

Liu said a total of 30 artists from 17 countries — including Canada, the United States, Italy, France, India and Singapore — will attend the festival, which will run through June 30.

The annual festival, which was held at Fulong beach for the first time in 2008, attracted more than 450,000 visitors in 2013, he said, adding that it is estimated that visitor numbers will reach 500,000 this year.

Admission will be free for the first 3,000 people on the opening day of the festival, which charges NT$100 (US$3.30) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Visitors take photographs of sand sculptures at the 2013 Fulong Sand Sculpture Festival in New Taipei City. This year's festival will be formally launched on May 3 and is slated to showcase artwork by 30 artists from 17 countries. (Courtesy of Tourism Bureau)

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