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Round the Island: Penghu's strange advanced botany
Penghu County is famous as a paradise for birds and a preserve for rare turtles. This month it also national headlines for something quite different.
 
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.
 
Taiwan may seek overseas help to track Green Island oil dumper
The Ministry of Justice said it may seek international assistance to track down the perpetrator of a recent oil spill in the waters surrounding Taiwan's offshore Green Island.
 
A new battlefield: Gou maps vision for medical zone on former front-line island
Once the front line in the Chinese Civil War, Kinmen could soon become a battlefield of another sort, after tycoon Terry Gou (郭台銘) announced plans for an advanced medical care zone on the island.
 
The Maritime Port Bureau (MPB) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Sunday they were investigating eight vessels over an oil spill discovered Thursday off the coast of Green Island.
 
In bloom
Penghu's Gaillardia Garden (澎湖菊苑), a 4-hectare flower bed seen in this photo taken Monday, Feb. 27, survived the recent cold weather and the northeasterly winds due to the hard work of the Forestry Bureau.
 
A good day for woodball
Contestants play woodball in Penghu's first Freshman Cup, Sunday, Jan. 15.
 
Kenyans sweep Kinmen race
Cecilia Wayua Michael takes the women's title in the 2017 Kinmen Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 15. Michael completed the women's race in 2:51:06, while George Mbugua Nguyen of Kenya completed the men's marathon in 2:20:46 to snatch the men's title. The winners of the men's and women's divisions each earned NT$200,000 (US$6,338) in prize money.
 
An unlikely visitor
A wild short-eared owl caught in the bird net at Kinmen Airport in mid-November is seen in this photo taken in Kinmen on Thursday, Dec. 8. After discovering the bird, which is an endangered species, the airport handed it to Kinmen County government for medical care and rehabilitation. The bird was released into the wild on Thursday afternoon.
 
Bridge to environmental destruction
This undated file photo shows tourists wading across shallow water toward an island during low tide in Penghu County. But the arrival of thousands of people every month poses a threat to the environment. The county government is assessing a plan to collect "cleaning fees" to control the numbers of tourists and to fund environmental protection work.
 
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