Hengchun’s Historic Gates

Trip South
The South Gate [南門]

Hengchun [恆春鎮] is Taiwan’s southernmost township and hosts the most completely preserved city gates in Taiwan.  This historic city is a great stop for anyone visiting southern Taiwan.

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Taiwan Design Expo [3 of 3] – The Old Taichung Winery

This post is the third and final post of the series.  This one focuses on the Old Taichung Winery.  The photos in this post were taken in the areas of the winery that haven’t been renovated for exhibition use.  The winery is a paradise of decay, corrosion, colors, and textures to feast your eyes on.
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Fanglan Mansion and Yifang Mansion

Fanglan Mansion

Built in 1806, Fanglan Mansion [芳蘭大厝] was the Chen family’s first home when they immigrated to Taiwan from Anxi, Quanzhou County, Fujian Province.
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Chih-Shan Yen Prehistoric Site

Chih Shan-Yen Prehistoric Site 芝山岩遺址

I finally got around to returning to the Chih-Shan Yen Prehistoric Site [芝山岩遺址]. The previous time I visited, it was closed. This archaeological excavation revealed details of an advanced Austronesian population that lived in Taiwan. Radiocarbon dating places this layer in the strata between 3,600 to 3,000 BCE [Wikipedia article (CH)]. Besides an introductory Chinese/English plaque outside, there is really no information inside except for a small brochure about Chih-Shan Park. The volunteer was helpful and knowledgeable, but anyone who doesn’t understand Chinese may not get much out of a visit.
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Chih Shan-Yen Gate and Huiji Temple

Chih Shan-Yen Gate

I had some time to kill before work yesterday so I decided to check out a few places I had been meaning to visit for a while. The Chih Shan-Yen Gate [芝山岩隘門] is on the stairway up to Huiji Temple [惠濟宮].
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The Iron Fort


Nangan’s [南竿] Iron Fort [鐵堡] sits on a small island barely separated from the shore near Ren-ai Village [仁愛村]. The fort was originally the training base for special amphibious forces.
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Cinbi Village, Matsu


Beigan’s [北竿] Cinbi Village [芹壁村] is the most completely persevered group of traditional buildings in Matsu. Since most of its residents have moved out, the county government has undertaken efforts to preserve the buildings to make this Beigan’s most popular tourist attraction.
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The Matsu Nangan Heavenly Empress Palace


The Matsu Nangan Heavenly Empress Palace [馬祖南竿天后宮] is the religious center of Matsu… legend says that the body of Mazu [媽祖] (Lin Moniang) drifted and stopped here.
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We arrived in Kaohsiung early Saturday afternoon, after checking into our hotel our first stop was the British Consulate at Takao. Designed by a British architect and built in 1865, this Renaissance-style building was the first Western-style building in Kaohsiung.


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Jiji Township

Our first stop was the Jiji Weir in Linwei Village. The purpse of its construction is to preserve water coming from the upper reaches of the Zhuoshui River for irrigation of farms in central and southern Taiwan. If you get as excited as I do for 3D models of dams and waterways… then you are in for a treat:


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