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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ TRANSPORT

Kaohsiung MRT sets record

The passenger volume on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system hit a record monthly high of 4.367 million last month, an increase of 640,000 from the previous month, figures released yesterday by the city’s MRT bureau show. The figure translated into revenue of NT$120 million (US$3.5 million), up 20 percent month-on-month, bureau director Lee Cheng-pin (李正彬) said. Attributing the increase to the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday that began on Jan. 25, Lee said many people visited the city for sightseeing purposes or for the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival during that period. A total of 320,000 passengers took the Kaohsiung MRT on Jan. 28, setting a daily record high, Lee said.

■ CULTURE

PRC museum official to visit

The director of Beijing’s Palace Museum will visit Taiwan starting Sunday, Taipei’s National Palace Museum Deputy Director Fung Ming-chu (馮明珠) said yesterday. Zheng Xinmiao (鄭欣淼) will come to Taiwan for a four-day visit, and his itinerary is now being arranged, Fung said. A National Palace Museum official said that a delegation led by museum Director Chou Kung-shin (周功鑫) had received VIP treatment during his “ice-breaking” visit to Beijing’s Palace Museum earlier this month. “The National Palace Museum is now arranging to give the same preferential treatment to Zheng,” the official said. While a planned exhibition in Taipei in October on Emperor Yongzheng (雍正) of the Qing Dynasty could not be sponsored by the two museums because of name and regulatory problems, Beijing still promised to lend 29 artifacts to Taiwan, including a set of 13 portraits of the long-serving ruler, the official said. Issues involving names and regulations will be left for higher-level officials to deal with, the official said.

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