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Joy all around with better city and inspiring kids

THE almost perfect percussion and dance performance by a group of mentally challenged children from Taiwan won loud applause from visitors to the World Expo site yesterday.

The Family of Joy, an organization composed of children with Down's Syndrome or autism, devoted their show to the upcoming Children's Day on June 1.

From time to time it revealed some uncoordinated and unsynchronized moves, but "it's not an easy job for them to achieve that," said a visitor from neighboring Jiangsu Province. "It touched me," he said.

Tap dancing, flamingo dance and some kung fu moves all inspired visitors at the Urban Best Practices Area to clap and sing along with the music's beat.

After each performance, the children beamed splendid and innocent smiles to the audience, just like the 2,010 smiling faces shown inside the Taipei Pavilion.

The pavilion enables visitors to experience its citizens' lifestyle through a 360-degree 3-D movie, a technological rarity even among the Expo's cluster of high-tech marvels.

After a 10-year network construction, Taipei has become an Internet city where people are able to have medical check-ups and bills paid through remote systems and wireless network.

A second film shows the achievements of the city's trash recycling system.

The trash project offers a solution to all metropolises suffering from running out of land in which to bury more and more garbage.

The city began to collect garbage fees in July 2000 according to how many bags a person would dump.

Nine years later, the trash produced by families had decreased 67 percent, and the recycling rate had climbed to 45 percent.

Mayor Hau Long-bin said that "technology is not cold any more, but a tool of kindness," since trash recycling has become a happy social outing for Taipei citizens when they dump garbage at designated sites every night.


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