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A high school student from Taipei has completed a novel working holiday program in outlying Kinmen County: creating 15 paintings capturing local scenery in exchange for a free two-week stay.
Ever Rich pledging typhoon relief of NT$3 mil. for Green Is.
Ever Rich Duty Free Shop has pledged NT$3 million to help rebuild typhoon-battered Green Island.
Local residents on Xiaoliuqiu in Pingtung County surround a pier in an attempt to prevent tourists from leaving the island on Tuesday, July 19, after an alleged knife attack.
Killed by fishing nets
This file photo shows a green sea turtle found dead on a beach near the Liaolo Bay estuary on the outlying island of Kinmen at the end of June. The Department of Economic Affairs under Kinmen County confirmed on Monday, July 18 that the turtle was twined to death by fishing nets, citing the result of an investigation by the National Taiwan Ocean University. However, where the turtle died remains unknown.
'Sea Sparkle' creature behind 'blue tears': study
The "blue tears" phenomenon visible in the sea along outlying Matsu island is caused by noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle (夜光蟲), according to a study recently released by a professor at the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU).
Reconstruction complete
Worshipers, local residents and visitors attend an event to celebrate the completion of a four-year reconstruction project for the Guoyih Sheng-Di Temple (菓葉聖帝廟) in Penghu County on Monday, July 4. The temple worships the Taoist deity Guan Yu.
Operation Dismantle
Workers take apart the cargo ship "Yunhai," which was stranded north of Penghu on Tuesday, June 28. The 8,000-ton vessel ran aground in the waters surrounding Penghu over four months ago. For security reasons, government officials removed oil and other combustible material before beginning to remove the ship from where it was stranded. The dismantling work was 30-percent done Tuesday and may be completed as early as August, authorities said.
Married to the game
Advocates for the legalization of gambling in Penghu carry a traditional bride palanquin decorated with petitions at the local election committee on Tuesday, June 28. The advocates gathered 6,249 signatures, well above the requirement of 5,000. Once the signatures are verified by the election committee, a referendum to grant legal gambling in Penghu could take place before the end of the year. If the vote turnout favors legal gambling, casino resorts may be built on the island.
Kinmen County officials have examined and analyzed more than 130 traditional residential communities in the outlying county in order to work out a comprehensive strategy for the preservation and reinvigoration of these traditional settlements, a county official said Sunday.
Swim the Bay
People from around Taiwan wait to swim in Penghu Bay in Penghu County, Sunday, June 19. Over 800 people flocked to outlying county to take part in the annual swimming contest. Penghu was recognized by the France-based World Club for having one of the world's most beautiful bays.
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