Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (4)

Hello!!! Well if you missed my early posting, it’s on my cruise to see the mangroves and also the wildlife along the canal.

In fact, this posting is on my trip back to the canal station or beginning point. Now I am enjoying the view from the opposite direction.

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Saying ‘hi’to the other canal cruise folks who is heading the opposite direction. I guess you can see why we were all wearing the straw hats. The sky is so clear with so little clouds. Yup…. it was hot!!

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This is a shot which I took after my canal cruise from a bridge across the canal where the cruise boat will go under.

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Next to the canal cruise, is a beautiful architecture of the temple; Dazhong Temple. It is a legendary temple with almost 300 years of history. In fact, Dazhong means “mass of people”. It used to be a temple for ancestors or unknown deaths around the neighborhood.

Shots from the front of the Dazhong temple.

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.. a closer shot.

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This is a shot from the side…

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In the temple, you will see many paintings on the wall and roof telling traditional Chinese stories and a beautiful caisson, a spider web ceiling, when you look up. There are also many other statues of deities and generals being worshiped in the temple.

Wanna see what’s inside? Then follow me on the next posting. =)

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Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History (7)

Hi!! Thanks for staying with me.

Still at the Tainan Confucius Temple ground which on Nanmen Rd; next to the  Old Tainan Martial Art Academy.

Beautiful old buildings inside the compound and also good for morning or evening walk. Lots of locals and tourist can be seen around these times.

These are some of the architecture in the temple ground.

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Shot from the ground up.

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Street entertainers performing in the temple ground on  a weekend. Not a bad crowd.

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After a short tour or walk, I headed out and headed to Fuzhong Street. What’s there you may ask?

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Well for a start… at the entrance, you will be welcome by a beautiful stone arch; Pan Gao Stone Arch. Built in 1794 and once served as the entrance to the temple. It is now the entrance to Fuzhong Street, a European-style pedestrian street where you can find street stalls along the pedestrian street.

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While walking along the Fuzhong Street, I diverted to one of the small alleys and saw this wishing tree which is in front of a small  temple.

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Beautiful sight to walk along the alleys….

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Want more? Well… stay with me on this walk and you will see more. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History (3)

Thanks for staying with me on my trip to Tainan City, Taiwan.

Still in Chikan Tower. Below is the ‘Statue of Compromise between Zheng Chenggong and the Dutch’

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This is the Sea God Temple  and the entrance is the slabs which is the Turtle Monuments.

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Side entrance to the Sea God Temple which I had to climb the steps up.

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This is the Wunchang (God of Literature) Pavilion which is right behind the Sea God Temple.

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Entrance to Wunchang Pavilion.

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Beautiful wooden handcrafted architecture.

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Side entrance to the hall in the the Wunchang Pavilion. Nice shape right?

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Some of the literature books on display. All these were handwriting and the Chinese writing are so small. Yes, used by Chinese brush.

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Well, there’s more to come on my walk in Tainan city. Want to know what’s coming up next? If, then stick around and you will find out. =)

Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (2)

Hi! Still enjoying the ferry bus ride on Chao Phraya. Well… there’s more! So let get moving. =)

Still riding on the ferry bus along Chao Phraya river. Sight of old and new building along side the banks of the river.

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A shot from the side of the ferry.

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Ferry buses docking to on the Ratchawong Express boat piers on the banks.

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Crossing under Memorial Bridge. The bridge was opened on 6 April 1932, by King Prajadhipok in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Chakri Dynasty and the foundation of Bangkok just shortly before the Siamese Coup d’état on 24 June 1932.

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The temple; Wat Prayun Wongsawat Worawihan at the far background.

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Another temple close to the river banks; Wat Kalayanamitr

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If you love the temples and their architecture, then you should take a ride here and take stops along the way to enjoy the beauty.

Anyway, stay tune for more on this.

Taiwan – Jiufen, A Walk in Old Street (6)

Hi!!! Glad that you are still with me. Let’s move on.

After enjoying the cold taro balls dessert, I headed down to see what at the bottom of the stairs.

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Nice architecture of the old buildings along with the lanterns all around.

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A lady doing calligraphy …. but if you look carefully, it is actually calligraphy made up of flowers and birds that made up the chinese names.

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Another building mix along side with the old.

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Old building converted to a restaurant.

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More nice structures…..with some modern graffiti on it.

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It is really nice place if you love old buildings and tight spaces. Lots of things to see and shoot.

Follow on my last posting on my walk in Jiufen.

China – Shanghai with a View (3)

Welcome back…

Still in Shanghai Old City’s Yuyuan Garden……  beautiful architecture of China old buildings.

Nothing much can be said but just enjoy the pictures. =)

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Looks at the calligraphy brushes…… all sizes from big to small.

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all types of sweet candies.

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the old type of peep hole cinema and it is a ‘full’house. LOL!!!

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The place was crowded by noon. Packed with people back to back.

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still want more? well.. I have more. So follow me on my next part. =)