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Explore Taipei's cityscape
The other morning, just as I got out of the MRT station and attempted to sleepwalk to the office, something in a tall, red shiny monolith whizzed by on the streets and caught my attention. I laughed to myself and wondered if binging on old Harry Potter books before bed caused the image of the Knight Bus to find its way into my dreams.
 
A culinary retreat
About half a year ago, the awe-inspiring gourmet landmark Mega 50 arose under the management of Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei at the heart of New Taipei's Banqiao District. The venue has since stood as the highest fine-dining spot in New Taipei, offering impressive 360-degree cityscape views.
 
Cherry blossoms herald spring
"O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?" famed English Romantic poet Percy Shelly once wrote. The verse has become an inspirational quote, encouraging those facing adversity by reminding them that you cannot have peaks without troughs.
 
Quack to the repair shop ...
Kaohsiung's "duck bus," which is as famous for traveling on water as it is for breaking down often, navigates the Love River on Sunday, Feb. 19.
 
Activists choked with rage
Locals demand clean air during a demonstration in Greater Kaohsiung, Sunday, Feb. 19.
 
22,000 chickens culled in Yunlin
Animal quarantine authorities culled more than 22,000 chickens on a farm in Yunlin County's Shuilin Township with the help of the military Saturday as part of efforts to fight avian influenza.
 
Heroin hot dogs
An imported hot dog machine is shown after being confiscated at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 18. Some 2.2 kg of heroin was found in imported merchandise tagged as a hot dog machine at the airport Friday, the Aviation Police Bureau and Customs Administration said Saturday.
 
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.
 
Taiwan is set to host LOOPTOPIA, the nation's first homegrown electronic music festival, on April 8 and 9.
 
Perfect posing
Tai Ji Men members and guests pose for a photo at the group's Lunar New Year gathering in Taipei on Thursday, Feb. 16.
 
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