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Taiwan News Quick Take

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■ART

More graffiti zones opened

The Taipei City Government yesterday said it had opened two more graffiti zones in municipal riverside parks to allow graffiti artists to show off their creativity. The city government opened two graffiti zones in Dajia Riverside Park of Songshan District (松山) and Meiti Riverside Park of Zhongshan District (中山) last year, totaling 900m². Two more graffiti zones totaling 240m² have now been opened in Bailing Riverside Park North and Fuhe Riverside Park, the city government said. The city government said it would repaint the walls every four months.

■NATURE

Alishan fire under control

The Forestry Bureau yesterday said the Alishan wildfires that had threatened the area since early Monday morning had been put out. More than 18 hectares of forest area were damaged, the bureau said, adding that the region consisted mostly of bamboo and grassland. The bureau said it was not ruling out arson, adding that the case was now under investigation. People with information on the fire can call the bureau at 0800-000-930. Information that leads to resolution of the case could result in a reward of as much as NT$1 million (US$30,000).

■TOURISM

How to behave abroad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday released a new “International Etiquette” program including a handbook to help Taiwanese know how to behave abroad. Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) said that many people abroad get their first impression of Taiwan after interacting with Taiwanese tourists. Improving their mannerisms could boost the country’s image, he said. The free handbook is available at major travel agencies, government offices and offices abroad.

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