More rain on the way
The weather is likely to remain rainy until Friday as a moisture-laden cold front moves in from China, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Showers, ranging from moderate to heavy, are likely in the north and east of the country, as well as in mountainous areas in the center and south. The rain is likely to be heaviest today, and temperatures are expected to rise steadily until tomorrow, with daytime highs climbing above 20?C nationwide, forecasters said. For the next two days, temperatures will range between 13?C and 21?C in the north, 14?C to 24?C in the center and 16?C to 25?C in the south, the bureau said. Another cold front will move in Thursday, sending the mercury down again, forecasters said.
‘Kano’ sets, props on show
An exhibition of props and recreated sets from box-office smash Kano opened yesterday in Taipei. The film tells the story of a high-school baseball team that competed in Japan in the 1930s. The exhibition at Taroko Sports in Neihu District (內湖) contains the players’ classroom, lockers, bullpen and other sets, along with photographs, baseballs and jerseys. Director Umin Boya said he was sorry that a set depicting a 1930s Chiayi street could not be preserved and had to be torn down. he said he hoped that in the future the government would support the preservation of such sets. The movie has so far made NT$120 million (US$3.96 million) in Taiwan and opened the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan on Friday last week.
Lily seedlings to be planted
The New Taipei City Government yesteray said that it will expand its efforts to restore the Formosa lily, an endemic plant, to the mountains of northern Taiwan. Agriculture Department Director Liao Jung-ching (廖榮清) said 10,000 Formosa lily seedlings will be planted in public parks, along major hiking trails in Jinshan District (金山) and in unused plots of land in the city. The goal is to enable the public to see the northern coastal mountains draped with the trumpet-shape native lilies, a scene that has not existed for 300 years, Liao said. The lilies originated along the northern coast, but rampant plucking of wild flowers has almost wiped out the species in the area, Liao said.
Travel to Malaysia popular
The number of tourists visiting Malaysia could hit 300,000 this year, amid growing local interest in the country, Malaysian tourism officials yesterday said in Taipei. A delegation made up of more than 30 people from 20 organizations, including tourism groups, government agencies, hotels and tour operators, is on a four-day visit to Taipei. It is the largest delegation of its kind ever sent by Malaysia to Taiwan. Tourism Malaysia Deputy Director-General Chong Yoke Har said she hopes that with the travel information the delegation can provide to travel agents in Taipei, Greater Taichung, Greater Tainan and Greater Kaohsiung, the momentum in the local market can continue growing. “Taiwan is one of the most important tourism markets for Malaysia,” Chong said. A record 280,000 tourists from Taiwan visited Malaysia last year, an 18 percent year-on-year increase, Chong said. Taiwan is Malaysia’ seventh-largest tourist source, she added. The government is hoping to lure more independent travelers and elderly tourists by offering more customized travel options, she said.