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300 sets of twins journey to Taipei City

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In Taipei City yesterday, there were 300 sets of twins and a smidgen of sibling rivalry.

Three hundred sets of twins, from infants to septuagenarians, flocked to Taipei's sprawling Yuanshan Park (圓山公園) yesterday.

Wang Chen-en (王宸恩) and Wang Chen-rou (王宸柔), 13, were among the 101 “dragon-and-phoenix pairs,” a Chinese expression that means boy-girl twins.

Wang Chen-en is the older brother but is 10 cm shorter and 20 kg lighter, which has led everybody to believe he's the younger twin. That has troubled him since he was a little boy, according to his parents.

Presiding at the festival, Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-pin (郝龍斌) assured the boy that he is in for a growth spurt.

“When I was in junior high school, I was 2 cm shorter than you,” said Hau. “Going by your parents' height, you will be taller than your sister for sure.”

“Happiness in Taipei: Twins of Taiwan Unite” is a twins convention organized by the Taipei City Department of Civil Affairs (民政局).

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A pair of Mohawk-sporting twins smile during a convention in Taipei, yesterday. A total of 300 sets of twins, from infants to septuagenarians, flocked to Taipei's Yuanshan Park for a convention organized by the Taipei City Government. (CNA)

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