Eight Matsu islets off-limits
The Lienchiang County Government on Monday barred people from visiting eight uninhabited coral islets in the Matsu island chain under its jurisdiction from today through Sept. 30, when migratory terns will be nesting on the islets to rear their young. The county government’s Construction Bureau said the Council of Agriculture, in accordance with the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法), had declared the eight islets a wildlife conservation zone to protect the terns — a seabird species related to seagulls. Bureau officials said the Coast Guard Administration would patrol the area and warned that anybody landing on the eight islets during the six-month period would be subject to a fine of between NT$50,000 and NT$250,000. People who harm wildlife on the islets face a prison term of between six months and five years.
Taiwan night markets travel
A Taiwan night market festival is slated to be held for the second time at Hong Kong’s East Point City from April 23 to April 26, with snacks and dishes from 16 renowned Taiwanese food chains to be showcased. The festival will be jointly organized by the Taiwan Visitors Association, Sun Hung Kai Properties and the Hong Kong & Macau Taiwanese Association to promote tourism. Taiwanese pop diva Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) will act as a spokeswoman for the event and will perform at the festival, along with Aboriginal and other artist groups. Wang Chun-pao (王春寶), director of the Taiwan Visitors Association’s Hong Kong office, said the festival was an important project in Taiwan’s tourism promotion efforts this year. The first Taiwan night market festival in Hong Kong was held last year in a bid to attract more Hong Kong residents to Taiwan. Apart from Taiwanese snacks, which are always a top attraction for Hong Kong visitors, Taiwanese fruit, tea, liquor and fish will also be on display at the night market festival.