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Talk of the town
Tourists walk to see Takeshi Tree (金城武樹) on Brown Avenue of Chihshang Township in Taitung, Monday, Jan. 2. Over the New Year long weekend, the tree drew approximately 20,000 visitors, who packed the avenue and nearby illegal parking lots with vehicles.
 
Taiwan's transportation ministry has commissioned a feasibility study into whether Songshan Airport in Taipei should be closed and its flights moved the country's main international airport in Taoyuan.
 
Man killed trying to light a firework: police
A man died trying to light a firework on New Year's Eve, police said Sunday.
 
MRT lays out measures for New Year's Eve
Trains on Taipei's metro will run for 42 hours non-stop in light of anticipated crowds attending countdown parties near Taipei City Hall, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC), which operates the system, said on Friday.
 
Flag-raising 2017: a rehearsal
A marching band from the Taipei First Girls' High School, above, tosses guns, and a brass band from the Ministry of National Defense, right, practice during a rehearsal for a New Year's Day ceremony in front of the Presidential Office on Friday, Dec. 30. Both groups will perform at the national flag-raising ceremony, set to take place at dawn on Sunday, Jan. 1.
 
Chang Yi-hsi (張藝曦), an associate professor at National Chiao Tung University, Liao Hsiao-ching (廖小菁), a postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica's Institute of History and Philology and four other young scholars won the Second Yu Ying-shih Humanistic Research Award in Taipei on Thursday.
 
42 hours of MRT
Members of a performance group warn the public on Wednesday not to push while taking the Taipei Metro on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 28.
 
Pup-lic transportation
Passengers ride a bus with a dog in Taipei on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
 
Dubbed the train station with the most beautiful scenery in northern Taiwan, the Badouzi station on the border of New Taipei and Keelung will resume services Saturday, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said.
 
Taipei rolls out same-sex partnership certificates
The Taipei City government began Monday to issue newly implemented same-sex partnership certificates that allow same-sex couples to apply for family care leave and sign surgical or medical treatment consent forms for each other.
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