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April 26, 2017

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New bloom
Visitors walk on the Alley of Cherry Blossoms in the Alishan National Scenic Area on Wednesday, March 22. The Forest Bureau said Wednesday that the Alishan National Scenic Area had welcomed roughly 30,000 visitors in the past weekend as the cherry blossoms season started. There are more than 3,000 cherry trees of 30 types in the national park. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of trees of the most popular type -- Yoshino cherries -- have flowered, with this variety expected to peak by the Tomb Sweeping Festival on the first weekend of April.
 
Fresh perspective
This photo capturing the natural green flash phenomenon in Taitung has been featured on the U.K.'s renowned "Atmospheric Optics" website. The photo, picked as the site's "Optic Picture of the Day," was displayed to numerous photography lovers worldwide. The picture was taken by Hualien-based physician Chen Jr-Shiung (陳志雄), who said he took the photo with an iPhone.
 
The short arm of the law
Two students from the Guangming Elementary School in Hsinchu County pose with an adult in police gear during a field trip on Tuesday.
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) conducted the second of his series of "Mobile Municipal" conferences in the Shilin district on Tuesday, where he responded to the "police state" drama involving Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yong-te (李永得).
 
No need for Moses
Tourists visiting Penghu walk across "Moses Parted the Sea (摩西分海)"-- a local tourist attraction that has captivated visitors for the illusion of the sea parting when a thin strip of land is laid bare when tides retreat like the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea. As peak crowds are expected from April, the local tourism bureau laid out new restrictions to protect the natural environment. From 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., visitors can only walk on the designated space in the middle of the strip and are prohibited from entering the land-tied island.
 
Next stop: the past
The old Xinbeitou Train Station goes under reconstruction and renovation in this undated picture. The station had been listed as a century-old construction, and was previously relocated to a cultural park in Changhua County for display. After the park closed its doors in 2007, the station was donated to the Taipei City Government in 2013. Following years of planning, the old station was returned to its roots in Xinbeitou, with renovation and reconstruction using as many of the original materials as possible. The station will reopen its doors on April 1.
 
Tri-Service General Hospital announced Monday that patients could now choose EasyCard as a method of payment at its branches in Neihu and Gongguan.
 
Tamkang University (淡江大學) came under fire Sunday after confirming that it intended to lay off 200 full-time adjunct professors, but said the plans were not aimed at ducking impending hikes in labor pension costs.
 
First-phase water rationing will begin Monday in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said Sunday.
 
A duck farm in Kaohsiung's Qishan District was confirmed Saturday to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 4,457 birds, the city's Animal Protection Office said.
 
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