Taiwan (2007-2017): North

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(2008) Juming Museum (Jinshan District):

 

Sculpture garden.

 

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(2008) Cape Yehliu:

 

Right: one of the limestone formations (known as the Queen′s Head, or Nuwang Tou) in Cape Yehliu‛s Geological Park.

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(2009) Ruifang District:

 

Village of Jinguashi.

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Evening views of the north coast seen from the village of Jiufen.

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(2009) Turtle Island:

 

 

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(2009) Yangmingshan National Park:

 

Left: trail in the park. Right: at its tallest peak, Mt. Cising or Qixing Shan.

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(2017) Northern Taipei:

 

In the gardens of the Chiank Kai-shek′s former residence (Shiling District).

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Bright modern statues near Shiling MRT Station.

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(2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017) Central Taipei:

 

A surprising ad in the Taipei Railway Station.

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Taipei 101.

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The 660-tonne steel pendulum protecting Taipei 101 against earthquake and a view from the top.

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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

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Confucius Temple:

 

- Stone bridge over the Pan Pond leading to the Wall of Supreme Knowledge, emblazoned with a colorful Chinese unicorn standing above four scrolls for cultivated minds.

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- Scenes involving Confucius made in Cochin pottery. They decorate the walls of the Lingxing Gate (the first of the two large gates giving access to the central Da Cheng Hall).

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- Yi Gate, the second large gate to the Da Cheng Hall.

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- Cochin pottery decorating the walls on the sides of the three doors of the Yi Gate. Left: Figurines of military generals. Right: Flowers from the four seasons.

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- Da Cheng Hall in the central courtyard of the temple.

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- Tablet of Confucius and ceiling in the Da Cheng Hall.

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Bao-an Temple. Close to the Confucius Temple, it is one of the most beautiful temples in Taipei (along with the Longshan Temple). The original shrine was completed in 1760, but the current structure was built between 1805 and 1830. The main deity enshrined here is Baosheng Dadi, the God of Medicine.

 

- Main entrance gate.

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- Incense burner and lion guards at the gate.

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- Temple in the inner courtyard.

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- Inside the temple.

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- Lanterns, paintings, and woodwork.

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- Murals depicting Chinese legends.

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- Women leaving a religious ceremony.

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Longshan Temple. It was built in 1738. As many as 165 deities are worshiped, but Guanyin is the main one.

- Main entrance gate.

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- Inner courtyard and roof detail with a dragon sculpture.

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- Golden incense burners and mural painting.

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- Offerings.

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The Grand Hotel.

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Dihua Street. It is an historic street lined up with shop houses selling Chinese medicines, herbs, and dried-food. Many of these houses are built in Chinese Baroque style dating from the 1920′s. Few older ones are in Fujianese style.

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Night market and some of its delicacies.

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(2009, 2014, 2017) Southeast of Taipei:

 

Tasting tea in a small shop of Wenshan District...

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... and in a teahouse of Maokong, on the hills overlooking the National Chengchi University, Wenshan District.

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Evening view over Taipei from a hill above National Chengchi University.

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Yinhe waterfall, cave, and temple above National Chengchi University.

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(2014) Sanxia District:

 

Zushi Temple (Taoist).

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Waterfalls in Manyueyuan National Forest.

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