Taiwan – Trip to PingXi train line (6)

This is my last part of my series on my trip to PingXi train line.

The old building in Shifen is nice. It’s a small town all within walking distance. It was previously also a mining town.

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While walking back to the train station, I managed to catch a close up of the lantern with hand written messages by the visitors who purchase and release it later. Can you read or understand what was written?

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There were also lots of shops selling souvenirs of the miniature lantern where some can even glow at night.

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Below is the message that was written by the tourists or local visitors on a bamboo sticks. Not sure what they wrote though. (I can’t read Chinese. Just only spoken and still struggling)

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…..and cute mailboxes too to sent yr snail mails.

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Here is another shot of one of the old machines which was used during mining times.

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A beautiful view of the hills with the bridge over a small river.

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My next and last stop was PingXi town.

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Where should I head too?

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A beautiful painted mural.

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That’s all folks. So wanna guess what’s or where will it be for my next blog?

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Taiwan – Trip to PingXi train line (4)

From Huotong to Shifen, it took about 15 to 20 min train ride. The train ride was beautiful; cutting thought the hills, green trees and a beautiful waterfall before you to reached Shifen. When arrived at Shifen, I was surprised to see the stalls so close the tracks. You will understand when you see the pictures below.

This is the photo from the station and the paths to the Shifen town where the stalls are literally on both side of the tracks.

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Me walking on the tracks. You could see lots of people

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Shifen is famous for the sky lantern. You can see lots of stalls selling the lanterns from deco size where some could even glow at night to the big ones which you can write messages on four side of the lantern and then release it.

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People releasing the sky lanterns.

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… up up and away.

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I continued walking along to the town and headed to the Shifen Waterfall. It was a nice and easy walk and along the way, I had to cross the railway tracks.

A beautiful shot of the railway tracks.

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A bridge near the Shifen Waterfall with the hill at the background.

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More to come……

The sign is clear…. Chinese New Year is near (part 6)

More pictures of the Chinese New Year celebration fever which is around the corner. This is already part 6. Woa!! So much happening that can be seen.

Pomelo… a crisp citrus fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. During Chinese New Year, the Chinese uses this as offering during the prayers.

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More colourful decorations

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This is the Chinese New Year Bamboo Lucky plant

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More Chinese New Year cookies to choose from….

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Boxes and boxes of mandarin oranges.

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This mall has organized a Lantern making competition using only the red packets ‘ang pow’ for the customers to participate.

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Chinese Prosperity Money God made of balloons!!

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The sign is clear…. Chinese New Year is near (part 4)

This is a follow up from my previous blog; The sign is clear…. Chinese New Year is near (part 3)

Went to a shopping center this morning after having breakfast . You can see lots of red lanterns and decorations for sale. Some of them are traditional decorations while some are more modern ones. So which or what should I get? hmmmmm….

Lanterns?

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….or Chinese Prosperity Money God?

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or…. nice little cute stuff snakes for the Year of the Snake?

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Well… Chinese New Year is one of the big celebration here (and in Asia) and … it will be interesting the things that will happen as the festival approaches.