Taiwan (2007-2016): Center-West

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(2009, 2014, 2016) Taichung:

Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan.

 

View over central Taichung.

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The ONE building, an elegant high-rise building that is also quite useful as a landmark to navigate in the city.

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Laughing Buddha at Paochuen Temple (30m-high statue).

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Sumptuous decoration at the entrance of a small Taoist temple.

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Lotus flower in a park.

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An unusual display of decorated cows.

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Puppet theater in a park.

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Main building of Asia University (south of Taichung city).

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At the Art Museum of Asia University:

- The Thinker of Auguste Rodin and the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen of Edgar Degas.

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- ″Cosmic Dance″ with levitated objects, by Taiwanese artist Nick Dong.

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- ″We Came Whirling Out of Nothingness″, by Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai.

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- Paper sculpture created by Chinese sculptor Li Hongbo, a bust made of thousands of paper sheets stacked and glued together like an accordion with no hole inside that stretches into unpredictable shapes.

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Changhua (2016):

 

Confucius temple (first erected in 1726).

- First gate.

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- Second gate and the two round gates on its sides.

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- Main building.

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Large Buddha statue (Da Fo Xiang) erected on Baguashan, a small hill overlooking Changhua, a major local attraction on weekends.

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Lukang (2016):

Houses along Old Market Street.

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Beautifully renovated Din Family Old House.

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Longshan temple (Buddhist) dating from the Qing dynasty.

- First gate.

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- Second gate and its ceiling.

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- Local musicians playing in front of the main building.

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Celebration day in the Matsu temple.

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(2009, 2015) Puli (Nantou County):

Matsu temple.

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Confucius temple.

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Wall of wine jugs in the Puli Wine Museum and Factory.

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Mi Le Fo (laughing reincarnation of Buddha) in the entrance hall of the gigantic Chung Tai Chan Monastery near Puli, Nantou County.

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(2016) Sun Moon Lake:

 

Sun Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan. It is one of the most popular destinations in Taiwan, including for romantic weddings. Unfortunately, it is over-developed.

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Floating islands of aquatic plants planted on soil-covered bamboo rafts. They clean water and protect the shores against erosion.

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The opulent Wenwu temple overlooking the lake. It consists of three main halls over three levels dedicated to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature (first level), to Guan Gong, the God of War (second level), and to Confucius (top level).

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Guardian lion at the base of the temple.

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In the first and second levels.

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Confucius hall (third level).

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(2009, 2010) Xitou Forest (Nantou County):

 

Arriving at Xitou Forest in a nicely decorated taxi.

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Views of Xitou Forest.

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Tea plantation above Xitou Forest.

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