Taipei palace museum opens southern branch

A long-awaited new branch of Taipei’s Palace Museum was inaugurated in Chiayi city of south Taiwan on Monday. The project, with an area of about 68 hectares, is made up of a museum building, a green park and a lake. It costs more than 10.93 billion New Taiwan dollars (341 million U.S. dollars) and the design and construction took about 11 years. The new branch is a perfect birthday present for the 90-year-old Palace Museum…

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Search suspended for backcountry skier missing in Wash. Cascades

Increasing avalanche danger has prompted officials to suspend the search for a missing skier in the backcountry near Snoqualmie Pass. The King County Sheriff’s Office said the search had to be halted Monday afternoon for the safety of rescuers. Officials said they’d evaluate whether to resume searching Tuesday. Teams have been looking for 43-year-old Monty Busbee, of Maple Valley, who failed to return home Saturday night. Busbee was known to carry supplies and an avalanche…

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Scenery of of 17-Mile Drive in California, U.S.

Scenery of of 17-Mile Drive in California, U.S.

Photo taken in November 2014 shows coast view in Monterey where is the starting point of 17-Mile Drive in California, the United States. 17-Mile Drive is widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world. The famous coastal landmark runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest. Photo taken in September 2013 shows a view of a local restaurant in Monterey where…

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Carson City student attempts to create world’s largest human Christmas tree

Carson City student attempts to create world’s largest human Christmas tree

A Carson City High School student is attempting to break a Guinness World Record — and he’s asking for help. Taylor Weddell, a senior at Carson City High School, is attempting to create the world’s largest human Christmas tree. The current record stands at 2,945, set by a group in Honduras. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Carson High School Football Field, 111. Gates will open at 10 a.m., and…

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A visit to the biggest Miao village in China

A visit to the biggest Miao village in China

Known as the biggest Miao village in the world, the One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang is located 36 kilometers northeast of Leishan County in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southeastern Guizhou. It consists of more than ten naturally formed villages that have been long inhabited by nearly 1,300 Miao households (hence the name). Known as the biggest Miao village in the world, the One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang is located 36 kilometers northeast…

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Uber plans to bring ridesharing to Lake Tahoe before 2016

Uber plans to bring ridesharing to Lake Tahoe before 2016

Uber plans to bring ridesharing to either side of Lake Tahoe before the end of the year. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports a recent agreement with Nevada allowed the company to launch simultaneously on the California and Nevada sides of Lake Tahoe. Company spokeswoman Laura Zapata says being fully regulated in Nevada makes it easier to launch in area where people will frequently cross the state line. Zapata says people have been asking about Tahoe in…

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Weekly Choices of Xinhua Photo: Icy China

Weekly Choices of Xinhua Photo: Icy China

Photo taken on Nov. 24, 2015 shows the snow scenery of Pingyao Ancient City, north China’s Shanxi Province. Founded in the 14th century, the Ancient City of Pingyao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese City, which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. Snow and frost cover a face of a soldier during a training in Beiji Village of Mohe City, China’s northernmost village in northeast China’s Heilongjiang…

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Thanksgiving travel: Longer lines and tighter security

Thanksgiving travel: Longer lines and tighter security

The United States’ busiest travel days of the year are likely to be even more complicated for travelers flying through U.S. airports. Security will be tight in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and the suspected bombing of a Russian passenger plane, compounded by the highest number of Thanksgiving holiday travelers since 2007. The Transportation Security Administration has “doubled down” on security at airports, and wait times have gone up, although not dramatically, Homeland…

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Scenery of frozen Huma section of Heilongjiang River

Scenery of frozen Huma section of Heilongjiang River

Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows ice on the fog-shrouded Huma section of Heilongjiang River in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows ice on the fog-shrouded Huma section of Heilongjiang River in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows ice on the fog-shrouded Huma section of Heilongjiang River in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows ice on the fog-shrouded Huma…

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Pet show hosted in Thailand

Pet show hosted in Thailand

A visitor examines a lizard on her palm during the “Pet in Wonderland” pet show at Impact Muang Thong Thani Exhibition Center in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 19, 2015. The four-day pet show kicked off here on Thursday with the participation of more than 200 pet industry exhibitors. According to the Thai Pet Products Industries Association, the organizer of the pet show, Thailand’s pet products industry is expected to grow at least 10 percent in…

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Hainan Airlines plans to resume Shanghai-Brussels direct flights: airport

Hainan Airlines plans to resume Shanghai-Brussels direct flights: airport

Chinese airlines Hainan Airlines is looking to re-establish a direct flight between Shanghai and Brussels, local media reported on Friday. Brussels Airport confirmed the news to local news site Brusselnieuws, adding that the plan would be to fly four times a week using an Airbus A330 or a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Airport spokeswoman Nathalie Van Impe told Brusselnieuws: “We have been negotiating for some time. We are obviously pleased that the company has made this…

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Landmarks of Paris reopen for tourists after terrorist attacks

Landmarks of Paris reopen for tourists after terrorist attacks

Tourists queue in front of the Louvre Museum Pyramid’s entrance as it reopens in Paris, capital of France, Nov. 16, 2015. Paris reopened many of its iconic cultural and tourist sites on Monday following a temporary closure in response to the terrorist attacks on Nov. 13. French soldiers patrol in front of the Louvre Museum Pyramid’s entrance as it reopens in Paris, capital of France, Nov. 16, 2015. Paris reopened many of its iconic cultural…

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Sea of clouds in Panshan Mountain, Tianjin

Sea of clouds in Panshan Mountain, Tianjin

Photo taken on Nov. 9, 2015 shows the sea of clouds in Panshan Mountain in Tianjin, north China. Photo taken on Nov. 9, 2015 shows the sea of clouds in Panshan Mountain in Tianjin, north China. Photo taken on Nov. 9, 2015 shows the sea of clouds in Panshan Mountain in Tianjin, north China. Photo taken on Nov. 9, 2015 shows the sea of clouds in Panshan Mountain in Tianjin, north China. Photo taken on…

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Winter scenery of Tianshan Mountain in China’s Xinjiang

Winter scenery of Tianshan Mountain in China’s Xinjiang

Photo taken on Nov. 8, 2015 shows the Tianshan Mountain scenery spot after snowfall in Hami, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region A man takes pictures of rime after snowfall on Tianshan Mountain in Hami, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Nov. 8, 2015. Photo taken on Nov. 8, 2015 shows rime after snowfall on Tianshan Mountain in Hami, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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