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Making waves
Participants brave the currents during a rafting contest at the Xiuguluan River (秀姑巒溪) in Hualien in this file photo released by the East Coast National Scenic Area Administration. Nearly 1,300 people will compete in the Xiuguluan River rafting competition held by the administration on June 26. Around 1,000 more will participate in recreational rafting.
 
High expectations
The 2016 Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta will take place from July 1 through Aug. 7 in the eastern county of Taitung. As a warm-up for the event, the organizers on Monday launched a four-day campaign to solicit Chinese names for four different balloons, including the one pictured above.
 
Models pose before a sand sculpture on a beach in Mashagou Coastal Recreation Area in Southern Taiwan on Friday, June 10.
 
Returning to the humanism of the Renaissance
Apart from his storied literature, Gao Xingjian (高行健) has a comparably impressive resume as an artist. Despite being one of the most important Chinese authors in recent history, his visual art is just as biting and poignant.
 
Discovering and preserving the gems of Taiwan's culture
Being part of the Austronesian circle, Taiwan, with its unique geographic setting, has seen myriads of cultures come and go in its years of civilization, blending them to form an unparalleled background of its own.
 
Prayers for success
Movie actress Hsia Yu-chiao (夏于喬) is seen praying for a smooth shooting of her new film "Teacher, will you come back?" in Nantou County, central Taiwan on Monday. The actress said enthusiastically that her role in the film as a music teacher will take advantage of her talents in playing Chinese music.
 
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will host a 15-day retrospective of the work of Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing, who won a Silver Bear in Berlin earlier this year.
 
Rowing merrily : the Happy Dragon Boat Team
In the bright morning sun, boats of rowers sail down the shimmering Keelung river, preparing for the upcoming Taipei International Dragon Boat Championship and City University Invitation Dragon Boat Race (2016臺北端午嘉年華暨城市大學龍舟邀請賽) this June.
 
The Public Television Service (PTS) will launch a one hour news program "Good Morning Taiwan," targeting both Mandarin Chinese and English speakers in Taiwan, starting June 6.
 
The first International Arts Olympiad-Taiwan will be held in Taipei Aug. 15-19, with the aim of broadening students' global perspective and expanding their views on art and aesthetic education, the organizers said Wednesday.
 
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