IN PICTURES: Nantou Train Festival

Tourists have gathered at Jiji, Checheng and Zhuoshui railway stations in Taiwan for the colourful Nantou Train Festival. The annual event draws huge crowds, mixing retro trains with colourful cartoon characters, and treating visitors to numerous exhibitions, tours, markets and workshops.
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Visitors pose for a photograph next to a train during the Nantou Train Festival on July 20, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. First held in 2007, the Nantou Train Festival has become one of the county's most popular annual summer events, mixing retro trains with colorful cartoon characters. (Getty Images)
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Children play with a rail handcar at the Checheng railway station during the Nantou Train Festival on July 20, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. First held in 2007, the Nantou Train Festival has become one of the county's most popular annual summer events, mixing retro trains with colorful cartoon characters. (Getty Images)
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Tourists take photos at the Checheng railway station during the Nantou Train Festival on July 20, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. First held in 2007, the Nantou Train Festival has become one of the county's most popular annual summer events, mixing retro trains with colorful cartoon characters. (Getty Images)
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Tourists visit the Checheng railway station during the Nantou Train Festival on July 20, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. First held in 2007, the Nantou Train Festival has become one of the county's most popular annual summer events, mixing retro trains with colorful cartoon characters. (Getty Images)
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Tourists visit the Checheng railway station during the Nantou Train Festival on July 20, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. First held in 2007, the Nantou Train Festival has become one of the county's most popular annual summer events, mixing retro trains with colorful cartoon characters. (Getty Images)
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Tourists take photographs inside a train during the Nantou Train Festival on July 20, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. First held in 2007, the Nantou Train Festival has become one of the county's most popular annual summer events, mixing retro trains with colorful cartoon characters. (Getty Images)
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A train passes a through a station during the Nantou Train Festival on July 20, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. First held in 2007, the Nantou Train Festival has become one of the county's most popular annual summer events, mixing retro trains with colorful cartoon characters. (Getty Images)
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Visitors wait on a platform during the Nantou Train Festival on July 20, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. First held in 2007, the Nantou Train Festival has become one of the county's most popular annual summer events, mixing retro trains with colorful cartoon characters. (Getty Images)