Started my trip at Taiwan from Kaohsiung because I am heading to Fo Guang Shan before the Chinese New Year end. I had an unforgettable and a fruitful trip to Taiwan. Although I had been to Taiwan for a few time, this time I see the most things and learn the culture and daily living of the Taiwanese.
The ambience at Fo Guang Shan is so different during the Chinese New Year festival. I am lucky and have a Shifu to bring me around so I can go and visit a lot of places that a normal tour guide will miss.
During the Chinese New Year, there are a huge carnival at Fo Guang Shan with lots of vegetarian food to eat and firework display throughout the 15 days of New Year.
Founded in 1967 by Hsing Yun, Fo Guang Shan is situated at Kaohsiung. In 1967, Hsing Yun purchased more than 30 hectares in Dashu Township, Kaohsiung County as the site for the construction of a monastery. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on 16 May 1967.
It is a must see site if you are visiting Kaohsiung. You will learn a lot of Buddhism culture and history at the museum.
The Pier-2 arts centre was originally an abandoned warehouse site due to Kaohsiung's shift from industrial city to service city. The warehouses were built in 1973. Due to the persistence of local artists, the area was finally released and remade to be an arts center.
It is accessible via the Kaohsiung MRT at the Yanchengpu Station.
Formosa Boulevard station at Kaohsiung is named after the Formosa Boulevard project, a remodelling of Kaohsiung's Jhongshan Road in preparation for the 2009 World Games.
The station is also known for its "Dome of Light", the largest glass work in the world. It was designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. It is made up of 4,500 glass panels.
Taiwan is famous of its night markets and food. I stopped by a night night market at Kaohsiung. Although this is not the only night market I went when I am at Taiwan. Just to share some photos of the night market with you.
The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔) is a temple located at Lotus Lake in Zuoying District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The temple was built in 1976. One of the towers is the Tiger Tower, the other one being the Dragon tower.
This building represent the Kaohsiung traditional culture.
This Confucius Temple near the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at Kaohsiung was built in 1974. I love this building because it remind me of those Forbidden city dramas I had watched.
I love this restaurant so much. It is located at No.111 Second Section of Shuangshi Road, Taichung, Taiwan.
Let's not talk about the food, just the theme, I can spend half of my day having my breakfast and lunch.
If you are like me, love everything vintage, then you must come and see yourself. Words are unable to describe the atmosphere but at least I brought photos back to say it all.
The Qingjing Farm (清境農場), also known as Cingjing Farm, is a tourist attraction farm in Ren'ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan.
It was established in 20 Feb 1961 as the settling place for the demobilized soldiers and their dependents who were listed in the armed forces. It is a tourist attraction where you can enjoy the cool fresh air, sheep walking around you. They sell fresh milk and also Pony ride at the park.
Carton King, everything here are of Carton box.
The Taichung station was originally constructed in 1905 and started its operation in 1908. The old station has one side platform and one island platform. The building architecture dates from the era of Japanese rule, and is classified as a National Tier 2 Historic Site. The now-defunct Taiwan Sugar Railways Zhong-Zhuo line once stopped at the station.
Long shan Temple of Manka is a Chinese folk religious temple in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. The temple was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during Qing rule in honor of Guanyin.
It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers. In addition to its Buddhist elements, it includes halls and altars to Chinese deities such as Mazu and Guan Yu.
This temple originated its name from the ancient Long shan Temple established in Chin-chiang county of Fukien province in the seventh century. Immigrants from the three counties Chin-chiang, Nan-an and Hui-an of Fukien came to Manka in the beginning of the eighteenth century. As they were pious followers of that ancient Long shan Temple in their hometown, they erected this one as a branch temple at Manka and named it after the root temple when they created a new settlement here in Taipei. Long shan Temple of today is no longer in the original buildings constructed in 1738. It was rebuilt in 1919 and completed in 1924.
The temple has been destroyed either in full or in part in numerous earthquakes and fires but Taipei residents have consistently rebuilt and renovated it. The temple was rebuilt during Japanese rule.
Most recently, it was hit by American bombers during the Taihoku Air Raid on May 31, 1945, during World War II because the Japanese were reportedly hiding armaments there. The main building and the left corridor were damaged and many precious artifacts and artworks were lost. It was rebuilt after the end of World War II a few months later.
The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan (袖珍博物館)is the first museum to collect miniatures in Asia. The museum was founded on March 28, 1997 by Mr Lin Wen-ren and his wife. It is located in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan.
The Taipei 101 was formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, it is a landmark skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.
The building was officially classified as the world's tallest in 2004, and remained such until 2010.
It used to have the fastest elevator in the world, traveling at 60.6 km/h and transporting passengers from the 5th to 89th floor in 37 seconds, however in 2016, the title for the fastest elevator was given to the Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.
Construction on the 101-story tower started in 1999 and finished in 2004. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.
Jiufen, also spelled (九份), is a mountain area in Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
During the first years of the Qing Dynasty, the isolated village housed nine families, thus the village would request "nine portions" every time shipments arrived from town. Later Kau-hun (meaning "nine portions" in Hokkien) would become the name of the village known today as Jiufen.
It was a place for produce gold dating to 1430.
Many present features of Jiufen reflect the era under Japanese colonization, with many Japanese inns surviving to this day.
Gold mining activities declined after World War II, and the mine was shut off in 1971. Jiufen quickly went into decline, and for a while the town was mostly forgotten.
In 1989, Hou Hsiao-hsien's A City of Sadness, the first film to touch on the February 28 Incident, then a taboo subject in Taiwan, became a big hit in the theatres. As a result, Jiufen, where the film was set, revived due to the film's popularity. The nostalgic scenery of Jiufen as seen in the film, as well as appearances in other media, charmed many people into visiting Jiufen.
At present, Jiufen is a renowned tourist attraction representative of Taiwan. It draws many tourists from Taipei during the weekends.
The Red House Theater (紅樓劇場), often called Hong Lo or Ximen Red House in English, is a historic theater in Ximending, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. The theater is located at 10 Chengdu Road.
It is built in 1908 during Japanese rule and designed by Japanese architect Kondo Juro, it was originally a market building but was used as a theater from 1945 onward. It was renovated due to a fire in the 2000s.
The Red House was listed as a Class III Historical Site in 1997.
Ximending (西门町) has been called the "Harajuku of Taipei" and the "Shibuya of Taipei". Ximending is the source of Taiwan's fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture.
Ximending has a host of clubs and pubs in the surrounding area. This area is in the northeastern part of Wanhua District in Taipei and it is also the most important consumer district in the Western District of Taipei. The well-known Ximending Pedestrian Area was the first pedestrian area built in Taipei and is the largest in Taiwan.
Ximending is home to several historical sites. Built during Japanese rule, Ximending Mazu Temple is an important historical temple. Originally opened as a market, the Red House Theater is another prominent building from the Japanese era.
The namesake West Gate and the walls of Taipei were torn down in 1905. Chunghwa Market used to extend to this area, but was demolished in 1992.
I have an enjoyable trip in Taiwan, I will visit Taiwan again later and I will go to Tainan, and the other parts of Taiwan that I did not visit. Peng Hu, Sun moon lake, Ah Li Shan.