The Fulong International Sand Sculpture Arts Festival kicked off at Fulong beach in New Taipei Saturday, with the participation of sculptors from more than 12 countries.
This year's festival, the ninth since 2008, features sand sculptures by artists from the United States, Canada, France, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Latvia, Russia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.
The team from Singapore has made President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) the subject of their work, while other teams have chosen to depict the world's tallest building, the most expensive painting in the world, and Taiwan's bustling night markets.
The theme of this year's festival is "Glory of Golden Sand," which alludes to the fine soft sand on Fulong beach.
Visitors to the festival are advised to take the train to Fulong and walk five minutes to the beach area, said one of the sponsors, the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area administration under the Tourism Bureau.
The Tourism Bureau is also offering a package deal that costs NT$189 and covers bus transportation, tickets to the festival and a boxed lunch.
Locations: Fulong Beach, Gongliao District, New Taipei City