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Located just 2 kilometers from Xiamen city, the outlying island of Kinmen is naturally a place that interests many of the city's residents. Many have been visiting Kinmen in the past few years, taking in the historical sites, such as former military tunnels and other installations that are a reminder of the war between the mainland and Taiwan in the 1950s.
 
A cargo ship from Niue, named "Yunhai," ran aground in waters about 1.3 nautical miles north of Niao Yu (Bird Island) of the Penghu archipelago in the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 25, said the National Search and Rescue Center.
 
The Kinmen Fisheries Research Institute has distributed a total of 26,800 oyster spat (oyster larvae) to local oyster farmers, who can expect to harvest them as early as this summer, according to the government-run research institute.
 
The Kinmen County government on Monday sponsored the "Golden Era in New Gourmet" bakery fair as part of its efforts to promote local gourmet pastries to the rest of the world.
 
A new direct ferry service between Taiwan's outlying island of Matsu and Fuzhou in China's Fujian Province is set to open Dec. 23, with a one-way journey taking only a little more than 20 minutes.
 
In recent weeks, bird watchers in the Penghu Islands have been amazed to find an influx of various species of migratory birds in the intertidal zone and Chong Guang Dike on the main island of Makung, which has become a popular bird watching site in winter.
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A live-fire military exercise was held in outlying Penghu County on Wednesday to test the effectiveness of the military's training and the performance of ground weaponry, the Penghu Defense Command said.
 
Two servicemen drown after armored vehicle plunges into lake in Kinmen
Two servicemen drowned yesterday after an armored vehicle carrying them plunged into a lake in Kinmen during a routine operation, military officials said.
 
The Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC, 台灣港務公司) has invested approximately NT$1.1 billion dollars to create Penghu Pier in order to accommodate cruise liners, in hopes of making Magong Harbor (馬公港) a "world class cruise terminal," TIPC officials said yesterday.
 
Kinmen County Government is promoting internationally certified products from 19 local enterprises as part of a campaign to enhance their brand images, while improving product and service quality.
 
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