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Taiwan News Quick Take

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CULTURE

Exhibit to feature Qin culture

An exhibition on the culture of the Qin Dynasty is to be featured at the National Palace Museum in Taipei from Saturday to Aug. 31, including the largest-ever loan of artifacts from the famed Terra-cotta Army. China has loaned 10 terra-cotta warriors and hundreds of other artifacts to the exhibition. Most of the artifacts are to be displayed for the first time in Taiwan and 70 percent of the exhibits are first-grade cultural relics with a total value of about NT$3 billion (US$92.93 million), a museum spokesman said. The exhibition contains 189 items, including a number of life-size clay statues of warriors along with weapons and decorative items made from jade and copper, according to the museum. The warriors were buried about 2,200 years ago to guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang (秦始皇), a Qin Dynasty ruler, who created China’s first unitary state by conquering rival kingdoms.

FOOD

Agency touts QR system

Consumers in Taiwan should try to obtain as much information as possible about agricultural products and can do so by using a tracing system that was introduced last year, the Agriculture and Food Agency said. Consumers can see the address and telephone numbers of producers by scanning QR codes on packages of certain agricultural products, and in some cases, view laboratory test results, the agency said. Since April last year, when the system was introduced, about 9,169 sets of QR codes have been issued for products in 409 categories, including rice, vegetables, fruits and processed agricultural products, according to the agency. It said shoppers are encouraged to use their smartphones to scan QR codes and obtain information about products’ origins.

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