Excited Taiwanese watch partial solar eclipse | AFP

Thousands flock to to watch the solar eclipse at the Taipei Planetarium, where a dozen telescopes have been set up to see the phenomenon. Many came with DIY pinhole boxes as stores ran out of solar eclipse viewing glasses.

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Taiwan pedals faster to meet global pandemic demand for bikes | AFP

Taiwanese factories are working overtime and scrambling to find parts amid soaring demand for bikes in Europe and the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. At Giant, the world’s largest bike company, it has been a dizzying few months, according to CEO Bonnie Tu.

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Baseball fans in Taiwan return to the stands | AFP

Taiwanese baseball fans cheer their teams at live stadium games, after the island kept coronavirus infections down and its professional sports leagues running despite the pandemic.

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Field of dreams: Taiwan baseball draws foreign fans during sports shutdown | AFP

A troupe of robots bang drums while cheerleaders broadcast their dance routines to fans on mobile phones. Welcome to Taiwanese baseball. Foreign fans starved of the sport are tuning in to Taiwan’s often-overlooked league as the island basks in the glow of being one of the few places in the world hosting live sports.

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Taiwanese sculptor gives discarded gods a home | AFP

Every spare surface of Lin Hsin-lai’s four-storey shop in Taiwan is crammed with a pantheon of celestial beings, testament to the decades he has spent sheltering and restoring unwanted statues of gods. N°1QN674N°1QW7PG

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Taiwan students pray to Confucius as examination season begins | AFP

Students in Taipei pray at the Confucius temple for good luck and blessing as Taiwan enters examination season. Taiwanese schools were re-opened in late February following an extended Lunar New Year holiday due to the coronavirus outbreak. Despite its proximity and trade links with China, Taiwan has so far managed to keep a lid on the pandemic now sweeping the globe.

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Taiwan holds sea goddess birthday ceremony amid virus pandemic | AFP

A temple in the Taiwanese eastern fishing port of Nanfang’ao holds a ceremony to celebrate the birthday of the sea goddess Matsu. This year’s ceremony was restricted to temple committee members only, as Taiwanese authorities have banned large crowd gatherings across the island to help contain the coronavirus.

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Taiwanese make donations to help Italy battle coronavirus | AFP

At a hospital in Taiwan, people wait in line to make donations to help Italy in its fight against the coronavirus. People from across the island have contributed more than US$3 million to the relief effort — a way of showing their gratitude to Italian Camillian priests who helped build hospitals and clinics in Yilan County after World War Two.

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Coronavirus: Taiwanese nationals return from Wuhan | AFP

The Taiwanese army disinfects aircraft and passengers from two charter planes carrying a total of 361 Taiwanese nationals from Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Cruise ship allowed to dock in Taiwan amid virus outbreak | AFP

The SuperStar Aquarius carrying 1738 passengers including 1709 Taiwanese, was allowed to dock at Keelung Harbour Saturday despite a previous ban by Taiwanese authorities on port calls for all cruise liners. Passengers will have to pass health checks before disembarking. Health authorities have not ruled out mass quarantine on the ship if there are any confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection found among the passengers.

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Beijing loathe to ease pressure despite Taiwan election landslide | AFP

Taiwanese voters give their take after President Tsai Ing-wen is re-elected with a landslide victory in a stunning rebuke of Beijing’s campaign to isolate the self-ruled island.

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Taiwan’s wheelchair athletes find love on the dance floor | AFP

Taiwanese athletes Vincent Kuo and Ivy Huang each discovered an electric talent for wheelchair dancing on their own — but it was when they were paired up together that the sparks really flew. Part of the island’s last generation of polio survivors, they have spent years perfecting their dance routines.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday September 12th: US Supreme Court allows enforcement of Trump immigration policy; China condemned for detaining Taiwanese man; UK PM Johnson denies lying to the Queen; Planet with water found outside our solar system.

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Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong meet with Taiwan politicians | AFP

Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong visit Taipei with fellow pro-democracy politicians to meet with Taiwanese political figures. Wong, along with other activists and lawmakers, was arrested on August 30 in Hong Kong in a sweep that rights groups said was taken directly from Beijing’s playbook, but released later in the day.

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Taiwanese mark ghost month with lanterns for the dead | AFP

Taiwanese mark ghost month by releasing lotus water lanterns at midnight as blessings to the dead. Ghost month falls on the seventh month in the lunar calendar when the gates of hell are said to be open and spirits from the underworld roam the earth.

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Taiwanese ‘graffiti village’ eases elderly loneliness | AFP

The Ruan Chiao village in Taiwan became a tourist attraction because of the graffiti. Young tourists bring more joy to the village.

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Thai actress and activist Cindy Sirinya Bishop discusses her viral video that tied into the #MeToo movement, while Taiwanese screenwriter and actress Wu Ke-xi talks about being inspired by the movement for her movie, “Nina Wu.” (July 17)

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Taiwan achieves new Guinness World Record | AFP

Taiwan achieves a new Guinness World Record for ‘the most people making sand sculptures simultaneously’ when amateur artists carved 287 bottlenose dolphins in a span of 90 minutes at the Taiwanese north eastern beach town of Fulong.

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Taiwan achieves new Guinness World Record | AFP

Taiwan achieves a new Guinness World Record for ‘the most people making sand sculptures simultaneously’ when amateur artists carved 287 bottlenose dolphins in a span of 90 minutes at the Taiwanese north eastern beach town of Fulong.

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Taiwan gay couples plan weddings ahead of marriage deadline

Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan are making preparations to get married on May 24 – the deadline set by Taiwan’s top court to allow same-sex couples to legally wed. However, the Taiwanese parliament is still debating the details of the proposed marriage bill, which nonetheless promises to be a new milestone for Asia.

Taiwan’s president to run again in 2020, rejects peace with China

Taiwan’s president announced her re-election bid this week amid a boost in her popularity, following her rejection of a peace deal with China. In contrast, the Taiwanese opposition party leader has promised to sign a peace treaty with Beijing if his party is able to regain the presidency in 2020.

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Taiwanese restaurants gear up for Year of the Pig

Pig themed decorations and Chinese lanterns adorned the streets of Taiwan and Hong Kong ahead of the Year of the Pig. For the new year, some restaurants are drawing inspiration from the shape of the pig in their signature steamed buns. The Lunar New Year starts on February 5th. The pig is the twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac and represents wealth.