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Taiwan (Part 2)

Here are some of the places we visited in Taiwan.

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall  is a Taiwanese national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

The monument, surrounded by a park, stands at the east end of Memorial Hall Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theater and National Concert Hall.

A pre-nuptial shoot. 

 JINGUASHI GOLD ECOLOGICAL PARK is a Gold Mine-themed Park that highlights the gold mining culture and lifestyle of the people of Jinguashi, New Taipei City.

220kg gold bar

Benshan No. 5 Tunnel

Mine Worker’s Lunch Box (NT 290) with a black tea. 

A delicious meal of Taiwanese pork chop with tofu, pickled vegetables, rice, and black tea. Best of all, you get to keep get to keep the container, the handkerchief cover, and the chopsticks as souvenirs.

JINGUASHI GOLD ECOLOGICAL PARK
No. 8, Jinguang Rd., Ruifang District, New Taipei City 224, Taiwan (ROC)
Telephone: +886-2 2496-2800

Website: http://www.gep-en.ntpc.gov.tw 

Get Spirited Away by the Village of Jufien.

Jufien, the town that inspired the town and bathhouse in one of Miyazaki’s greatest films: Spirited away. Chiufen Village used to be the center of gold mining. This small village is located within hills, next to the mountains, and facing the ocean.

 

Jiufen is known for its distinctive red lanterns and cobblestone stairways, and its small alleys and lanes that hold untold treasures. It’s also home to lots of cool little retro style Chinese and Japanese teahouses, cafés and restaurants. Back in the day, these teahouses were very popular with Taiwanese writers and artists, many of which hold articles of historical significance. People come here to purchase beautiful handmade ceramics as well as high quality tea. You can also browse through numerous artisan shops and souvenir stands.

 

Yehliu is a cape in the north coast of Taiwan. Yehliu’s trademark the Queen’s Head is an example of mushroom rock.

The wind, sun, and rain have slowly eroded the area’s mushroom rocks into all kinds of strange shapes. Mushroom rocks generally first form as no-neck rocks with calcium-rich sandstone caps. They then erode into thick-neck and eventually narrow-neck mushroom rocks, and may even lose their heads when the neck can no longer support the head’s weight.

 
 

Pingxi

“A slow lifestyle” is the best portrayal of the Pingxi area, which was formerly known as the “Shidi Settlement”. Surrounded by lush mountains, the houses here were built in accordance to the hilly terrain; Pingxi can rightly be described as a green mountainous town steeped in holistic herbs. You can explore the narrow alleys and streets of Pingxi to enjoy its quiet and relaxed atmosphere, which is only occasionally disturbed by passing trains. Pingxi has an additional charm when sky lanterns bearing prayers float up against the night sky with old tales that have been told for several generations but still remain unforgettably enchanting.

 

Long ago, the remote villages in Pingxi were prone to attacks from bandits. Sky lanterns were used to signal restored safety so that residents who took refuge elsewhere would know it was safe to return home. As a result, sky lanterns are also known as “safety lanterns” or “prayer lanterns.” Today, sky lanterns have become one of Pingxi’s major attractions. During the Lantern Festival, a large-scale sky lantern praying event is also known as the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival because it is held in Pingxi each year. 

Source: http://www.taiwan.gov.tw/public/Data/2591592071.jpg

 

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2 thoughts on “Taiwan (Part 2)

  1. I enjoyed your pictures. My wife and I are living in Taiwan, teaching English, for the next year. We’ve been to a few places, but your post showed us some new places to visit!

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