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Taiwan Quick Take: Matsu bird cruises to begin

The annual seabird watching cruises from Matsu are scheduled to be launched on July 1, officials at the Matsu National Scenic Area Administration said yesterday. The cruises will set off from Peikan at 2pm every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and will be available until the end of September, the officials said. The cruises will take passengers to waters around Chungtao (中島), Paimiao (白廟) and Tiechien (鐵尖), where they will be able to view a large number of terns and the "beautiful coastline of Matsu," the officials said. Visitors interested in the activity can register in advance with the four travel agencies in Matsu or on the spot, with the fare being NT$350 (US$10.70) per person, they said. The officials said terns are common in Matsu and that tern watching activities have become popular among visitors, especially after the discovery of the Chinese crested tern -- an endangered species -- on the island.

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