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Uncertain future for loss-making Alishan Forest Railway
The Alishan Forest Railway, an alpine railway that was built during the Japanese colonial era, could be suspended after running yearly losses of up to NT$300 million (US$9.3 million) in recent years, a local daily reported Tuesday.
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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.
 
A tourism association dedicated to promoting the traditional industries of Changhua County was established in the county's Xiushui Township on Sunday.
 
A tourism association dedicated to promoting the traditional industries of Changhua County was established in the county's Xiushui Township on Sunday.
 
'I'm not here'
A stall that reportedly hawks fried mullet maw for NT$1,680 a plate is shown in Liuohe Tourist Night Market in Kaohsiung. Consumer protection officials inspected the nightmarket yesterday and found the stand closed in an apparent move to avoid the inspectors.
 
Man killed trying to light a firework: police
A man died trying to light a firework on New Year's Eve, police said Sunday.
 
Skipper severely injured in Taitung fishing boat explosion
A Taiwanese fishing boat captain was severely injured and two crew members sustained minor injuries on Saturday after their boat caught fire and exploded at Xingang Fishing Port (新港漁港) in eastern Taiwan's Taitung County, apparently while refueling.
 
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.
 
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