S: Taiwan 2011
BC: Taiwan August 21-30, 2011 Photo Album by Lindsey Dean
FC: Taiwan 2011
1: Taoyuan International Airport | After 18 hours on a plane and 44 hours since I'd left my house in DC, I finally arrived in Taipei!
3: The trip started with a 6 hour delay and an overnight stay in Narita, outside Tokyo. The room included a kimono, all of the light controls were on the bedside table, and they were so pro-smoking that there was even an ashtray in the bathroom.
4: First stop: Taroko National Park
5: The park is named after the landmark gorge that is located in the park. Taroko means magnificent & beautiful. The park is located on Taiwan's East coast, bordering the Pacific. | Entrance to the park
6: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge is considered the highest practice of Taroko personal values. One must live well and treasure the earth & family to be able to "cross the rainbow bridge"at the end of life. | Crossing the Rainbow Bridge Bed & Breakfast
9: What do you see? Our tour guide in Taroko enjoyed pointing at rocks and asking us what they looked like.
11: Many of the sculptures and craft of the indigenous Taroko people was very similar to that of Native Americans.
12: Shakadang means "Mysterious Valley"
13: Taroko Valley is full of natural marble.
14: Swallow Grotto
15: Other trails and sights in Taroko National Park
16: View from the outside of the temple after a steep, winding road. | This Buddha can be seen from the outside through the second story windows. | Changuang Temple
19: The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial takes up a large amount of land. In Taiwan this shows great respect because the amount of land available on the island is so small. | Left: the view from the Memorial of the National Theatre (L) and the National Concert Hall. Below: The hourly changing of the Memorial guards.
20: Sun Yat-sen Memorial | Here we witnessed another changing of the guards! | Sun Yat-sen is often referred to as "Father of the Nation" for his role in overthrowing the Qing dynasty.
21: Taipei 101 | At 1,670.6 feet, Taipei 101 is the second tallest building in the world! | View from Taipei 101 of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial
23: Ximen: Taipei's Times Square
24: Lungshan Temple was founded in 1738 and dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy (Kuan-in). | Worship to deceased relatives | In front of the "Waterfall of Cleaning Your Heart"
25: Lungshan Temple | Lungshan is a Buddhist Temple but over the course of history it has also included many Taoist deities.
26: Taipei Confucius Temple
29: The Bao-an Temple in Dalongdong is a Taoist temple dedicated to Wudao, a master of medicine. | Although the Temple has been restored many times since 1742, it still includes much of the original, carved woodwork. | Sculptures in the Bao-an garden
30: Keelung is a port city North of Taipei. It is home to Zhongzheng Park featuring the 5 story tall Guanyin. The Buddhist goddess of compassion and peace watches over the seas. | Keelung
31: Guanyin's view of the sea and a few of the uniquely carved Buddhas that surround the park.
32: The well known entrance gates (currently under construction) | The National Palace Museum has one of the largest collections of Chinese artifacts in the world (almost 700,000 permanent pieces).
33: The "Jadeite Cabbage with Insects" is the Mona Lisa of the National Palace Museum. It is considered a "Smart Carving" because it was created from a piece of Jade that was full of imperfections.
34: Odds & Ends | New Taiwan Dollars ($50, 20, 10, & 5 coins) | Flower show mascots | Just a sampling of the beautiful orchids seen everywhere. | Subway Safety!
35: Street art | Some of the interesting food options available | Asians think of Playboy as a totally acceptable clothing & footwear brand.
36: A traditional dinner for the Taroko Aboriginal people
37: A Culinary Adventure
39: Some "English" translations and other signs | Which country am I in again? | Instructions for a toilet in Japan | They love America!