Taiwan: Taipei (2007-2018)

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Views from a plane while landing at Songshan airport (2018).



(2017) Northern Taipei:


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



Bright modern statues near Shiling MRT Station.



The Grand Hotel.


(2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018) Central Taipei:


A surprising ad in the Taipei Railway Station.


Taipei 101.


Taipei 101 seen from the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, on a rainy day.


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


Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.


Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.


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.


- 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).



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


- 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.


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



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



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.


- Incense burner and lion guards at the gate.


- Temple in the inner courtyard.


- Inside the temple.



- Lanterns, paintings, and woodwork.



- Murals depicting Chinese legends.





- Women leaving a religious ceremony.


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

- Main entrance gate.



- Inner courtyard and roof detail with a dragon sculpture.


- Golden incense burners and mural painting.


- Offerings.


Tien-Ho temple.







Qingshui temple.




Qingshan temple.







Red House. Built in 1908 this octagonal building is one of the oldest in Taipei. Originally a market building, then a theater, it is now a multi-usage building.


In the Xieji Chinese herbal pharmacy on Guiyang street.


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.



Street market.


Night market and some of its delicacies.




(2009, 2014, 2017) Southeast of Taipei:


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





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


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


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


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