Taipei, The 2018 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Arts Festival that kicked off April 21 in New Taipei's Gongliao District and was originally slated to last until July 15 ended earlier than scheduled Wednesday due to devastation caused by Typhoon Maria, according to the festival's organizers.
The typhoon that swept through northern Taiwan late Tuesday and early Wednesday wreaked havoc on Fulong beach, smashing the sand sculptures, the organizers said in a statement issued Wednesday.
A wooden walkway and electrical power equipment were removed from the site as a precautionary measure before Maria arrived, the organizers went on, adding that they will work to clean up the area in the wake of the typhoon and aim to have the beach returned to its original condition, to be ready for the annual music festival in Gongliao that is set to open July 27.
Between April 21 and July 9, about 300,000 people were attracted to the annual sand sculpture festival, which showcased sand sculptures created by both domestic and foreign artists, including for the first time sculptures that were upside down and ones that were underground, according to the organizers.
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