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Sky lanterns are released ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pingxi Featured Taiwan Image

Sky lanterns are released ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pingxi

Sky lanterns are released ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pingxi, New Taipei city, northern Taiwan, February 17, 2013. Believers gathered to release sky lanterns as a form of prayer for good luck and blessings. The tradition of releasing lanterns began during the Ching Dynasty when bands of outlaws frequently raided villages, forcing local residents to seek refuge in the mountains. The lanterns were signals used by the village watchmen to inform the refugees that their houses were safe again. The Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao Jie is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY) - GM1E92H1LUM01

Savages feel our muscle, Taiwan, 1890 Featured Taiwan Image

Savages feel our muscle, Taiwan, 1890

Natives of the hill country of Bankimsing, Formosa(today Taiwan), explore the possessions of some English visitors that they encounter. One tests the muscle of a Englishman, whilst two others try on a shirt and pith helmet. Another rejoices in the discovery of an umbrella. The natives entered the house of an old Spanish missionary priest, where the English visitors were staying. Sketched by Mr. E. Hornby Grimani Date: 1890

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Aerial view of the Pagasa Island, which belongs to the disputed Spratly group of islands Featured Taiwan Image

Aerial view of the Pagasa Island, which belongs to the disputed Spratly group of islands

An aerial view shows the Pagasa (Hope) Island, which belongs to the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines July 20, 2011. Five Philippine politicians are planning a trip to disputed territories in the South China Sea on Wednesday, asserting the country's claim on oil-and-gas-rich areas in a move expected to draw protests from other claimants. China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and Taiwan all claim territory in the South China Sea. REUTERS/Rolex Dela Pena/Pool (POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)