9 Sep, 2016 in Penghu islands, Visions

After two years living in Taiwan, on and off, I have come to know Taiwan very well. It’s safe to say that I’ve covered most of the major tourist spots, even making it all the way to the off-the-beaten-track places like Jinmen islands close to the mainland China coast. So, when I made it back […]

21 Aug, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Random Buddhist garden - Kinmen Island (2)

While riding around the charming Taiwanese Kinmen Island on a motorcycle, I came across a lovely Buddhist garden. While I was living in Taiwan I was used to occasional surprises of spiritual beauty in the middle of nowhere, but it’s been a while since I saw one of these. Out somewhere in central Kinmen, not […]

23 Jul, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Yangzhaidong Kinmen Island Taiwan

Want to see more Fujianese style houses in the Taiwanese Kinmen Island? You got it. This is from the eastern part of the island near Bishan & Yangzhaidong  in Jinsha Township.   Really not much available in English on those area in the north-eastern part of the island, so I’ll just let …

20 Jul, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Jinsha Shaobei City God Festival - Kinmen Island (43)

Sometimes travel is mostly about luck, and on my recent trip to Kinmen luck was definitely on my side. As I entered Kinmen via a ferry from Xiamen and sat down with the shy guy in the welcoming Tourist Information Center it took a few minutes of pushing him with questions for him to finally […]

13 Dec, 2010 in East coast
Luo Dong (16).JPG

Taiwan’s National Center for Traditional Arts (NCTA) set at Luodong in Yilan County is not often visited by tourists, but it’s worth a visit if you’re in the area.  Built to preserve the Taiwanese traditional arts, the park offers a variety of art performances, and an introduction on all that’s Taiwanese culture related. …

5 Nov, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan

I can’t get enough of the Tainanese temple celebration madness. I previously mentioned “Taiwanese culture : Temple Parade in Tainan-Taiwan” and “Temple action in Taiwan – Longshan Taipei and Confucius Tainan”, but what I saw today was, hands down, the most spectacular of the temple celebrations I’ve seen. Yep, still have absolutely no clue what […]

24 Oct, 2007 in Taiwan
Tainan street temple parade-25.JPG

This is part of what I love about Taiwan. There are so may weird things going on that I completely don’t understand. Driving around on the weekend, John and I came across a long parade from some temple with some beautiful horrible chant kind’o music, lots of Gods, shining colors and smells. I still have absolutely […]

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