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June, 28, 2016

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A new stage
This photo provided by the Greater Taichung government shows Taiwan's first and only two-story dance stage. The stage, fitted with a hidden platform that can be lowered, is one of the iconic spaces at the landmark National Taichung Theater (臺中國家歌劇院).
 
Komuro in Taiwan
Komuro Tetsuya (小室 哲哉), left, and Sakamoto Miu (坂本 美雨), right, attend a media event and piano solo concert at ATT SHOW BOX in Taipei City on Sunday, June 19. One of the most successful producers in Japanese pop music history, Komuro's attendance marks his first appearance in Taiwan in 19 years.
 
Longevity Palace - A combination of Kun and Beijing Opera
A Chinese opera group will present the most famous love tragedy in Chinese history, here in Taiwan. "Longevity Palace" (長生殿) is a well-known historical tale from the Tang Dynasty. It tells the unforgettable love story between Lee Lung-ge (李隆基 A.D. 685-A.D. 762), known as Emperor Huan (唐玄宗) and his magnificent concubine Yang Yu-huan (楊玉環 A.D. 719-A.D. 756), which ended in tragedy, as she was forced by her beloved husband, the emperor, to hang herself at the age of 35.
 
Monkey-ing around
An albino baby macaque clings to its mother sitting on a tree in a forest in Linbei Village, Yunlin County, in this photo provided by a reader. It is believed there are around 300 macaques in the Linbei area, among the orchards.
 
Fans of popular animated films such as "Castle in the Sky" and "My Neighbor Totoro" will get to see a 3D recreation of more than 20 classic scenes from the movies at an exhibition that opens today in Taipei.
 
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.
 
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