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  1. 1. Tainan Foreigner Assistance Center[119] • 2014 Taiwan International Orchid Show • Tainan will launch a daily flight service to Hong Kong from the end of March • Registration for the Anding District Marathon is now open • Migrant Birds As Harbinger of Spring
  2. 2. 2 2014 Taiwan International Orchid Show Translated by Chen-yu She Description: Located in the sunny and humid subtropical weather, Taiwan is an ideal place to plant various kind of flowers, especially orchids. As one of the largest orchid plantation in the world, Taiwan orchid growers never stop learning and refining the farming method throughout theirs hundred years of orchid farming history. Over 20 years effort of promoting the brand name to the world, Taiwan has established its worldwide reputation of the delicacy of the Taiwanese orchids. Thanks to the steadily increasing orchid exportation year by year, the amount of annual export has exceed 8 million and makes Taiwan the largest orchid exporter in the world. Around 23% of Taiwan’s flora yields come from orchid industry despite it only takes 4% of the farming lands, which it has been known as the golden industry. Holding over 50% of orchid breeds and 40% of farming expertise, Taiwan has attained its leading role in the orchid industry. To find out more detail information about the show, please go to the official website: http://www.tios.com.tw/. Time: March 8th to March 17th , from 9 am to 6 pm Location: No. 325, Wushulin, Houbi Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan
  3. 3. 3 Translated by Polin Kuo A service of daily nonstop flights between Tainan and Hong Kong will be launched at March 30 with a series of follow-up activities to encourage Hong Kong tourists to see Tainan as a must-see destination in Taiwan. This year, government has cooperated with Taiyen Biotech Co. to giving away 1,000 facial masks with Tainan Spring activities’ foldersands and tourist guide maps to passengers flying into Tainan from Hong Kong. Hong Kong is currently the only one city who has established regular flight line with Tainan and the number of direct flight routes will further be increased at March 30. It is expected could bring more convenience for tourists and as a part of tourist industry in Tainan, Taiyen Biotech Company will team up with Tainan government to achieve a success relation between government and business, said by Hong Xiyao ( 洪 璽 曜 ), Chairman of Taiyen Biotech Co. Tainan will launch a daily flight service to Hong Kong from the end of March
  4. 4. 4 Registration for the Anding District Marathon is now open Translated by Ching Chun Lin Duration: 12th February to 28th February 2014 Location: Tainan City Organizer: Tainan City Anding District Office Event Detail: Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Friday, 28th February 2014 Prize: The first six participants arriving at the finish line get certificates and medals Contact: Student Affair Office of Anding Junior High School How to Register: (A) To register, please visit the Tainan Anding Junior High School website to download the application form. The application form can also be found in the Academic Affairs Office of Anding Junior High School, front gate security guardhouse at the school, Anding District Office and District Library. Please lodge the finished application form prior to the 21st February 2014 deadline.
  5. 5. 5 Migrant Birds As Harbinger of Spring Translated by Heng-Jui Chang While not yet freed from the glacial cold spell, Taiwan is tagged by spring as migrant birds in Tainan prepare to change shift. Already, wintering birds are starting to depart, noted the management office of Taijiang National Park. According to the Park, the warmish weather preceding the recent cold spell saw the South wind arriving in early February and, with it, the embarkation of wintering birds. The onset of a shift change between winter and summer birds this year is not earlier than previous years, though. Under the frigid grip of the recent cold front, winter birds, barred from exit, took shelter in depressions and below dykes. Summer birds, too, were nowhere to be seen. The shift change is usually at its most conspicuous in March and April, said the conservators. The internationally protected black-faced spoonbills show no sign of returning to the North either. The latest survey reveals the number of black-faced spoonbills to be at no significant variance with that of January, said the conservators. The Park administrators said they will continue the satellite tracking of Black-faced Spoonbills.
  6. 6. 6 Tainan Foreigner Assistance Centre 2F, 6, Sec. 2, Yonghua Rd., Anping Dist, Tainan City http://foreigner.tainan.gov.tw/en 06-299-1111 #8244 or 0800-024-111