Jun T. Lai: Wonderland

Jun. T Lai: Wonderland
Had the pleasure of visiting the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and getting a glimpse of Jun T. Lai’s Wonderland Exhibition [賴純純:仙境]. We managed to see the exhibition during its final weekend in Taichung. The artist has several highly-recognizable public art works around Taiwan.

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Destruction and Beauty

Destruction [1 of 3]

Destruction [2 of 3]

Destruction [3 of 3]

Jill Wang
Beauty [1 of 1]

The previous four photographs were taken during a recent school outing to the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan [921地震教育園區]. The museum was built on the site of Guangfu Junior High School [光復國中] which partially collapsed during the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that stuck central Taiwan in the early morning of September 21, 1999. The museum is fascinating, has a lot of interactive exhibitions, and in my opinion is central Taiwan’s best museum. Television personality Jill Wang [王瑋瑜] and her crew from Formosa TV [民視FTV] were filming a program during our visit and she was kind enough to pose for a photograph.

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Yue-mei Sugar Refinery

Yue-mei Sugar Refinery
Cathy and I found ourselves with some free time while in Houli Township after visiting a friend so we checked out the Yue-mei Sugar Refinery [月眉糖廠].  Located in Taichung County and built in 1909, the Yue-mei Sugar Refinery was just one of several refineries for Taiwan’s once booming sugar industry.
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Cycling – Xinshe and Back

Road SignsFrom left to right:  Provincial HWY 14, Township Route 6, County Route 136, Township Route 100 [I missed my chance to take a picture of the sign, hence the drawing], Township Route 95-1, Provincial HWY 21, County Route 133, and Provincial HWY 14 [again].

I would like to start off with brief 4 word summaries of the roads and thoughts I had during Saturday’s journey:

  • Provincial HWY 14 – Very few motorists, dreaming?
  • Township Route 6 – Satisfying distraction from #14.
  • County Route 136 – Everyone traveling opposite direction.
  • Township Route 100 – Deceivingly flat at beginning.
  • Township Route 95-1 – Following the mighty Dajia.
  • Provincial HWY 21 – Not bad from Dongshih.
  • County Route 133 – Charging fast through Guoxing.
  • Provincial HWY 14 – Just keep on spinning.

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Saturday Cycling – To Guguan

Ninety-Nine Peaks Panorama
Ninety-Nine Peaks [九九峰)], view the large.

On Saturday, I went with Da-xiang, a family friend to the hot springs of Taichung County’s Guguan [谷關].  The first part of our journey was spent on HWY 14, which will probably be much more pleasurable to cycle on once the monstrous HWY 6 is completed giving motorists a faster option to Sun Moon Lake.

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Doing the Touristy Stuff


Two salespeople from the company Cathy works for had to entertain a couple of their company’s customers in Taipei on Sunday. Through some unusual series of events Cathy and myself were roped into the task, too. Our free time was exchanged for free meals, various entrance tickets, and a ride home on the High Speed Rail as opposed to our usual luxurious choice: the Kuo-Kuang Bus Company [國光客運] . Our first destination was the National Palace Museum [國立故宮博物院]. Before strolling through the museum we ate lunch at the San-hsi t’ang Teahouse [三希堂], located on the fourth floor of the main exhibition hall.
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921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan


Taiwanese and international newscasts reporting the deadly quake

At 1:47 in the early morning of September 21, 1999, Taiwan was struck by its most devastating earthquake in over a century. The massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake killed 2,415 persons, left 29 still missing, injured 11,305, completely destroyed 44,338 houses while severely damaging another 41,336, and caused NT$300 billion in property damages.
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Taiwan High Speed Rail

Taiwan High Speed Rail

Prior to last weekend, I think I was the only Taiwan blogger not to have ridden the Taiwan High Speed Rail [台灣高速鐵路]. The ride from Taipei to Taichung was about an hour with three stops along the way. The ride was incredibly smooth and beats taking the bus hands down. If I had a better paying job I would take it every time.

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Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area

Visitor Center

The Basianshan Recreation Area [八仙山國家森林遊樂區] is located in Heping Township, Taichung County. I was introduced to the area through Dongshih Forest District Office’s “Touch Nature” Basianshan Nature Experience.
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More Biking in Taichung County


On Sunday, we took our second trip out to Taichung County for biking: our first trip was to the Dong Fong Bicycle Green Way, this trip was spent at the Tan Ya Shen Bike Path [潭雅神鐵馬道 (website)].

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