Category Archives: Taiwan

This photo was taken in Taipei, Taiwan. The students in purple are rehearsing something at the Confucius temple. This religion honours master Confucius. Students have to learn 6 arts; music, archery, calligraphy, computation, chariot riding and rituals. This group was walking in pairs, repeating a sentence I couldn’t understand. The man on stage is guiding the students and giving directions. He had some helpers surrounding the students. It looked like they were practising for an official ceremony, but I’m still not sure what was going on. It felt strange to walk here as a tourist, but I couldn’t resist taking this snapshot.  

This work of art comes from Taipei. On a visit to the Sun Yat Sen memorial hall, I noticed this garden at the side of the building. The stern-looking statues are surrounded by all these pink flowers. A pretty sight. For more entries in the weekly photo challenge, check out Work of Art.

Two in one in Taipei There is a big gate at the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial on the side of the national theatre. This is a photo of a monument seen through a monument. The tall Taipei 101 building, as seen from the gates.

You’re excited. You’ve finally found a cheap flight deal! The only downside: a 10 hour layover. I love hanging around airports, but after a couple of hours I’ve seen it all. Even though you just carry around your hand luggage, it still seems like too much. Plus, most of my valuables will be in there. Taipei airport has a great service for those who have a good few hours to spare: a free tour around the city, with two options to chose from. The most popular one must be the tour venturing into the heart of the city. This tour brings you to some highlights, like Taipei 101. I’d already spent time in Taipei and opted for the morning tour that went to a different area of Taiwan: Yingge. Yingge is the pottery and ceramics center of Taiwan. At the airport I was picked up by a lovely guide and directed…

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Taipei is a massive city, but just a short metro ride will take you to a totally different world; Maokong. I went out there to look and walk around. The gondola takes you up to an area covered in green. It is also known for the tea houses. Since the weather wasn’t great I decided a tea would be a good start of the day and warm me up a bit. I passes all the tea houses near the tourist area and stepped inside a white building. I hesitated in front of the door and a woman came to open it for me. I was greeted Taiwanese style, so obviously I didn’t understand a thing. I received a menu in Chinese characters and with a few English words a somewhat younger woman tried to tell me what I could drink. Eventually a whole tray came my way, accompanied by a…

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I’d never been to Asia and as my first ever Asian destination I chose a week in Taipei, Taiwan. I had no idea what to expect apart from the fact that I wouldn’t understand a word people were saying. I loved observing this culture that’s so different from what is normal to me. I’d like to share some peculiar things my Western eyes came across. The Taiwanese are orderly. In the subway you’ll see lines painted on the ground. They look like tracks, the kind athletes use when running in a stadium. They are used to indicate where to wait in line for the trains and how to enter them. That is after everyone has exited of course. And in line they wait. The Taiwanese enter the subway train like a drilled army, exactly following the tracks as indicated. Maybe it has something to do with the guards that are checking if…

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Wrestling through the crowds I finally reach the square in front of Longshan Temple. A woman with a cart full of fish heads walks past me. Welcome to Tawain. Longshan Temple is original a Buddhist temple, but has evolved to a temple of different faiths including Taoism.

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It’s a quite chilly Saturday in February. I need something to warm up a bit, so what’s better than a hot spring. The metro takes me to Beitou (metrostop Xinbeitou), an area of the city Taipei. It is pretty touristic, with lots of people with cameras around their necks.

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