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Festivals postponed, forest parks closed over typhoon threat

2012/08/02 13:21:44

Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) Several festivals around Taiwan were postponed and forest parks closed due to the threat from Typhoon Saola, with officials warning the public not to visit such places out of safety concerns.

The Taipei Children's Arts Festival was closed Thursday, while the Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County was set to remain closed on Thursday and Friday.

A children's arts festival in New Taipei running July 28-Aug. 12, was also closed, along with the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei.

Offices and schools in most cities and counties around Taiwan were closed in anticipation of heavy wind and rain brought by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, 18 forest recreation and national parks, including southern Taiwan's Alishan and Kenting parks, northeastern Taiwan's Taipingshan park and Hehuanshan park in central Taiwan, were set to remain closed Thursday.

The Alishan forest railway, the mountain railway in Taipingshan and the mini-train in Taipei's Wulai District were also suspended.

The Cabinet-level Forestry Bureau warned the public not to visit the parks or mountain trails and said the parks will only reopen after officials have inspected them and confirmed them to be safe after the typhoon has left.

(By Christie Chen)