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Rights protesters are demanding that the government revoke a 20-year extension given to a Hualien mine they say was built on native land unrightfully taken from indigenous villagers decades ago.
 
Explorer: 4 things to do in Hualien that might surprise you
Take a leisurely ride or stroll through any part of Hualien and we guarantee you'll stumble onto some surprises.
 
The pigs and the bees
This photo shows buzzing bees at a bee farm in Hualien County on Monday, April 3. They belong to local "master beekeeper" Lin Yang-ming (林陽明), who switched to bee farming after his family's pigs were culled to eradicate a strain of foot-and-mouth-disease in 1997.
 
Hikers who head into the hills without a guide, without insurance or during bad weather could face steep fines of up to NT$ 50,000 under a draft law revealed Monday by the Hualien County Government.
 
Hualien hopes for the best
The Caledonia Sky, the first cruise ship to call at the Port of Hualien in 2017, sails for Keelung on Saturday, March 18.
 
Ever seen fire fly?
This undated photo provided by the Hualien Forest Bureau shows fireflies lighting up the Danongdafu Forest Park. March and April are the best time to admire fireflies on the plain in Danongdafu Forest Park, local authorities said on Friday when promoting this year's firefly season. Before entering the park, visitors must register online for a tour that includes a professional tour guide and local-produced souvenir.
 
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.
 
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