Rain forecast for Christmas
Heavy rain can be expected all day today in the north, along with cold weather in areas north of Chiayi County, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. Temperatures will range from 14?C to 18?C, the bureau said, with rain clouds covering the entire nation. The bureau issued a heavy rain warning, saying that strengthening seasonal winds from the northeast would bring moisture. The forecasters said another cold front from China will arrive later today and send the mercury plunging below 10?C in areas north of Chiayi County. The chilly and wet temperatures will last until Tuesday, with the weather turning drier next week, reducing the chance of snowfall in mountainous areas, the bureau said.
Harbor winners announced
The Fisheries Agency has announced the 10 winners of the second annual “most charming harbors in the nation” competition. Forty-seven fishing ports were evaluated in the first stage of the event last month as part of government efforts to promote tourism and improve the image of the nation’s fishing ports, the agency said. Twenty ports ended up in the final 10 categories, which included titles such as “time machine,” “fairyland” and “seafood delicacies.” The finalists were voted on in an online competition and by fishery associations. Gushan Fish Harbor in Kaohsiung City won the top spot in the category of “time machine,” while Yanpu Fish Harbor in Pingtung County was selected as the village with the most delicious seafood. Taipei County’s Yeliou Fishing Harbor and Tamsui Second Fishing Port won in the categories of “geographical wonders” and “fairyland” respectively.
Attraction poll launched
The Penghu County Government has launched an online poll to select the top 10 tourist attractions in the county. It has shortlisted 30 tourist attractions found in Magong City (馬公), Husi Township (湖西), Baisha Township (白沙), Siyu Township (西嶼), Chimei Township (七美) and Wangan Township (望安). The attractions include beaches and wetlands, as well as historic sites such as the Erkan Historic Village (二崁歷史聚落) in Siyu. The finalists will be determined by online voters. As an added incentive, those casting ballots will be automatically entered in a draw that includes prizes such as free flights to Penghu and free hotel stays. The county’s contest Web site can be accessed at penghu.allad.com.tw/vote_1.html. The poll closes on Jan. 31.
Tea expo opens
The second annual Taiwan International Tea Culture Expo opened at the Taipei World Trade Center yesterday. The majority of exhibitors have come from different parts of major tea producing areas in Taiwan. Exhibitors are offering tea samples and tea snacks to visitors and showcasing various teapots, antiques and calligraphy. In remarks at the opening of the show, Agriculture and Food Agency Deputy Director-General Yu Sheng-feng (游勝鋒) praised both the quality and safety of Taiwanese tea. “Taiwanese tea has been widely regarded as being one of the best quality teas in the world,” he said. “In recent years, we have been intensifying our efforts to test for pesticide residues in tea leaves to ensure safety.” The tea expo runs through tomorrow at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 2. Admission to the exhibition is free.
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