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Bridge to environmental destruction
This undated file photo shows tourists wading across shallow water toward an island during low tide in Penghu County. But the arrival of thousands of people every month poses a threat to the environment. The county government is assessing a plan to collect "cleaning fees" to control the numbers of tourists and to fund environmental protection work.
 
Cracking down
Chinese mitten crabs are seen in this photo provided by the Penghu Reconnaissance Brigade under the Coast Guard Administration on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
 
What the storm brought
The mainland China-registered freighter "Kong Thai Tai Zhou" is seen in this photo taken in Kinmen waters on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The vessel was stranded in waters off Kinmen after it was blown by strong winds brought by Typhoon Meranti from Xiamen, China, to the outlying county on Sept. 15. A firm commissioned by the owner of the vessel managed to take the vessel off the shoal reef area it was stranded in on Tuesday. The freighter is expected to leave Kinmen on Nov. 16.
 
Kenyans triumph in Penghu
Kenyan runner Cecilia Wayuaoki Michael crosses the finish line to take first place in the Penghu FAT Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 13.
 
Some 400 players from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia competed in a survival game at a former military base in Kinmen on Saturday, an activity that was organized by the offshore county to help boost its tourism.
 
Surf's up, dude!
A windsurfer shows off his skills ahead of a winter windsurfing championship in Penghu County on Thursday, Nov. 10. Sixty athletes from seven nations will complete in the three-day championship starting Friday.
 
Down by the jetty
The old ice factory of the Third Fishing Port is seen in this photo taken in Magong, Penghu on Monday, Nov. 7. Construction of a new ice and refrigeration factory began Monday. The old plant will be demolished and a marina built in its place.
 
A cold dip
Swimmers brave cold waters around Penghu on Sunday, Oct. 30. Monsoon winds from the northeast have pushed the temperature down across Taiwan, and caused higher tidal waves yesterday. That didn't stop the Penghu government from holding the swimming competition, which was organized to promote sports and tourism. The competition was divided into 500-meter and 1500-meter events. Originally 257 people had signed up, but the low temperature saw only 179 actually participate.
 
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said on Tuesday that he will instruct the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) to examine difficulties facing direct transport links from Taiwan's outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu to Fujian province in China -- commonly known as the mini three links -- and propose countermeasures.
 
Registration for the 10th Kinmen Marathon scheduled for Jan. 14, 2017 started on Sunday for Kinmen residents, while online registration will begin on Oct. 24, according to Kinmen County government.
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