Making castles in the sand

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am

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More than just sand castles

The beach town of Fulong will host its annual Beach Sand Sculpture Festival from May 5 to June 24.

The event, in its fifth year, will feature teams from eight countries competing to craft towering masterpieces using the fine golden sand.

At past festivals, teams incorporated intricate details from their own cultures into their work. Last year, pieces included a replica of the Great Temple of Ramses II and an ancient Roman mountainside battlefield. These sculptures are anything but your average sand castle.

Fulong is an hour and a quarter northeast of Taipei by train.

The longest distance race up

Get set for the longest race to the top of a building in the world.

A test of stamina and thigh muscles, the Standard Chartered-Taipei 101 International Run-Up Race will take place on June 10.

Last year, nearly 6,000 runners competed to see who would be first to scale 91 floors, climbing 2,046 steps, to reach the skyscraper's observation deck. The winner made it in 11 minutes and 19 seconds.

Each year, organisers choose a charity to receive a portion of the proceeds from registration fees. Registration for this year's event opens on May 10.