Wulai Trip

Wulai Sign
Wulai [烏來] is a small town nestled in the hills of Taipei County on the Nanshi River [南勢溪].  The town is a great place to enjoy a hot spring, do some nature sightseeing, and experience Atayal aboriginal culture.
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Tucheng Tung Blossom Festival

Tung Blossoms
On Sunday, we headed to Tucheng for the final day of the 2000 2009 Tucheng Tung Blossom Festival [土城桐花節].  Although the last day of the festival has passed, there should still be plenty of blossoms to see if you head over there in the next week or so.
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Jinguashi – The Gold Ecological Park

Jinguashi

Located on the northeast coast of Taiwan, Jinguashi [金瓜石] was once a booming gold and copper mining town.  The once prosperous area took a major plunge after the mines exhausted.  However, in recent years the area has reinvented itself as a popular tourist destination.  Jinguashi is home to the Gold Ecological Park [黃金博物園區], which preserves Taiwan’s mining history and serves as a venue for environmental education.

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Yingge Ceramics Museum

Yingge Ceramics Museum
The Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum [臺北縣立鶯歌陶瓷博物館] is a great stop for anyone wishing to get out of Taipei City for a day.  Cathy and I took my parents there while they were visiting Taiwan and we all loved it.  Signs are in both Chinese and English, there’s an audio-tour, and it’s easily accessible by train or bus!
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Gimme a Five!

Swooping down to give some fives along the way...

I went out for a late breakfast and discovered a crowd of Ma Ying-jeou’s [馬英九] supporters lined up along the street. Turns out the Kuomintang election caravan of noise was scheduled to roar through Zhonghe City!
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An Evening in Jiufen

Saturday late-afternoon

We took an afternoon bus to Jiufen [九份] on Saturday. Jiufen was once a prosperous gold mining town. When the goldmines were exhausted shortly after World War II, interest in the town took a dive. The town has reinvented itself as a tourist destination following the release of A City of Sadness [悲情城市], Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s [侯孝賢] 1989 film which was the first to depict the 228 Massacre and the Kuomintang’s era of White Terror.
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Caoling Trail – Taiwan’s Beautiful Northeast Coast

Fulong Train Station

On Tuesday, I took a train to Fulong Station [福隆車站] to enjoy a walk along the Caoling Trail [草嶺古道]. The Caoling Trail once served as an important link between Danshui and Yilan. The area I hiked is the only surviving section of this historic trail. I learned of this trail from a post by David Reid a while back. I had been determined to go ever since reading about it. Luckily, due to recent events, I don’t have to work on Tuesdays until I move next month, so I have a little extra free time on my hands.
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Three pans for your weekend enjoyment

Danshui Panorama

View the large

First, a couple pans taken in Danshui a couple weeks ago. I haven’t been out much to explore the functions of my camera on account of running into a bit of a health problem recently, so here goes:
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Typhoon Sepat

Typhoon Sepat

I left this morning (the first time I left my apartment since Friday evening) to see if there was any damage. Thankfully, the only damage I saw was a few downed trees and branches as I walked through Zhonghe No. 4 Park [中和四號公園]. The sidewalk had mostly been cleared by the time I went out for breakfast at the civilized hour of 10 am.
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Nikon D40

Residential buildings

Seems lately a big portion of the Taiwan Blogsphere is upgrading or contemplating upgrading their digital cameras: Michael [Turton] purchased a Canon Powershot S5 IS, Holly bought a Canon EOS 400D, Andres is contemplating between Canon and Nikon, and it seems Carrie is thinking about going DSLR.

As a reward to myself for taking on extra teaching hours over the summer, I finally broke down and purchased a Nikon D40.

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