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February, 26, 2017

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Not for everyone
In this undated file photo, a train pulls into a station. Ahead of the 228 Peace Memorial Day holiday, Taiwan Railways Administration has arranged for six extra trains to run to Hualien and Taitung on Feb. 24, 25 and 28. Tickets are offered only to passengers whose national ID starts with "U" or "V," which indicate Hualien and Taitung residency.
Paradise on Earth
Tourists visit a sea of flowers that are blooming in Huatung Valley, between Hualien and Taitung, on Friday, Jan. 13. Local authorities said more than 7,000 hectares of flowers had been planted to create a beautiful view of the valley for local and foreign tourists alike.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications vowed on Tuesday that the money-losing Taipei-Hualien and Taichung-Hualien routes served previously by TransAsia Airways will continue to be operated after February although the airfare is likely to go up.
Charter flights between Hualien in eastern Taiwan and Hong Kong were launched on Tuesday, providing more convenient air links and transit services for both sides, Hualien County government announced on Tuesday.
Recovering from paralysis
A physician guides a patient through a rehabilitation exercise at the Buddhist Tzu Chi Hospital in Hualien in this photo released by the hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The patient suffered a blowout fracture on the C7 vertebra after a fall, resulting in paralysis of both arms and legs.
A resident in the eastern county of Hualien was recently bitten by a wild ferret-badger with rabies, the ninth such case reported this year, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Tuesday.
The Port of Hualien passed the final-stage inspections for EcoPort certification so that it can receive certification from the European Seaports Organization (ESPO), the Hualien branch of the Taiwan International Ports Corp. (TIPC) said.
Can't beat the view
More than 12,000 runners participate in the annual Taroko Gorge Marathon in Hualien County on Saturday, Nov. 5. The race, which stretches along the Central Cross-Island Highway, begins from Sioulin Township and passes through Taroko National Park, Changchun Temple, the Tunnel of Nine Turns and Tiansiang before connecting to Dayuling.
Man arrested for child abuse
The back of a grade school pupil who is believed to have experienced physical abuse is shown in the photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The father of the student, who is enrolled in fifth grade at a local elementary school in Hualien, has been prosecuted for violating the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.
Boulder smashes house in Hualien; no injuries
A boulder weighing more than 100 tons rolled down a hill amid heavy rains and hit a house Hualien Friday night, but no one was injured, Central News Agency reported Saturday.
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