Taiwan – Jiufen, A Walk in Old Street (7)

One of the places that is of history is the old theater; Shengping Theater. It was a prominent cultural landmark located on Qingbian Road built during the Japanese occupation. Both the theater and surrounding buildings feature 1930-40s architectural elements, and has more recently been used as the set for commercials and movies. They have some old Black and White movies shown at certain times too. I was there in time to catch one but I just stayed for a short while only as I wanted to feel the environment to be in a old cinema as oppose to what we have now.

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This is the outlook of the old stall inside the theater which sells drinks and tidbits.

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An old cinema projector on display.

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This is the inside of the theater with no cushion chairs but hard wooden chairs and no surround or stereo sound for sure. LOL!!

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Heading out, I continue to explore the surrounding ….. more old buildings

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And I saw this eroded metal sculpture on the side of the concrete stairs. It looks like a cartoon sculpture of a miners on a train. Guess this was to remind that this was an old gold mining village and part of the history that’s left.

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Not far from here was the Fushan Temple. Fushan temple has a history of more than 200. Years dated back to Qing Dynasty and it was built to give offering to the Earth God. A matter of fact it is a temple within a temple and also considered one of the largest Earth God temples back then.

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Beautiful stone structure and colourful too.

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The altar inside the temple.

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Walking back, I can’t help but to take this picture of these 3 adorable dogs at one of the stalls.

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My train ticket back to Hsinchu from Ruifang after a long wonderful day.

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…. waiting for my train

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Taiwan – Jiufen, A Walk in Old Street (2)

Thanks for following me here on my walk in Jiufen. Before I start my walk, a brief intro on Jiufen. Jiufen is located in a mountain area in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City near Keelung, Taiwan.

Jiufen literally means ‘9 portion’ (direct translation from chinese to english). History says that Jiufen was a small isolated village where it has 9 families house in the area during the Qing Dynasty and each time they was any shipment, the families would ask the shipments to be divided into 9 portions as accessibility to their village was hard. So that how it was that the town got its name. Ok back to the walk.

A view from close to the top of the hill. Gloomy weather with thick clouds flying above (when I was there, they were expecting typhoon hitting the northern part of Taiwan by noon but lucky me… there was a delay (haha) else…..)

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Fushan Temple. More on this temple later on.

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Heading up to the street to the historic (small) commercial district ….

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Mmm. Which direction should I go?

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At the entrance of the Jiufen Old Street. You can’t miss it. 😊

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Lots of small stalls on both sides….. stall selling Chinese calligraphy brushes.

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to bag luggage tags…. more!

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Only this? Well hell no!! LOL!! There’s more stay tune. 😊

China – Beijing, a walk back in History (5)

On my journey in Beijing continues. Heading to another city outside Beijing which is Chengde in the Hebei province.

Some snap shots to keep you busy before we head to Chengde.

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Cute little sign which I saw.
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First stop was Putuo Zongcheng Temple. The temple is a Qing Dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built between 1767 and 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735–1796). It is located near the Chengde Mountain Resort, which is south of the Putuo Zongcheng.

View of the Great Red Tower of tje Putuo Zongcheng Temple
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It is one of the Eight Outer Temples of Chengde. The temple was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama and it represents a fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square metres, making it one of the largest in China. Many of its halls and pavilions are adorned with copper and gold tiled roofs, adding to the splendor of the site.
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The main hall of the temple, crowned with Chinese pavilions and centered around a hall with a golden rooftop
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Closer view of the Great Red Tower.
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Locals setting up stalls at the base of the temple selling souvenirs.
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Qianlong tablet pavilion which was located behind the front entrance.
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Can anyone guess where does this entrance to leads to?
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Enjoying the journey so far? If you do… dun stop! There are more to come. 😊

China – Beijing, a walk back into History (1)

Welcome back!! This is my 4th write up on China. This is on my visit to Beijing way back in Mar 2006.(You can read my earlier posting; Suzhou, Shenzhen and also to Shanghai)

In fact, this was actually my first visit to China; more than 7 years ago which was 2 years before the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games. Yes… Beijing at that time was rushing to get ready for the games and the city was busy with construction everywhere and was messy.

When I touched down in Beijing, it was just right at the ending of winter and beginning of spring so the temperature was still a bit cold (eeer.. more like erratic. LOL!! The guide told us that it was due to the wind blowing the coldness from Siberia) To tell you the truth, I did not know what to expect as I only heard stories from friends and read about China from newspaper and books but not see it with my own eyes.

First glances was,… mmm how do you say it… it was dull colour and not so bright looking. Maybe it was due to the building colours unlike in other countries where it is more lighted up or modern or upbeat. Maybe could also due to the cloud and also the time (ending winter). =)

Anyway, this was my first impression as soon as we started going around Beijing city.

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Our first stop was at the Temple of Heaven or some people say it as the Altar of Heaven; is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would visit the complex for annually for ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

This is the entrance to the complex of Temple of Heaven which covers about 2.73km² of parkland. It comprises of three main group of construction; The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, The Imperial Vault of Heaven and The Circular Mound Altar.

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This is the Circular Mound Altar where the Emperor prayed for favorable weather.

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… this is the Imperial Vault of Heaven which is a single-gabled circular building, built on a single level of marble stone base. Surrounded by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall, that can transmit sounds over large distances.

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Outside the ground of the temple, we walked passed some of the flats.

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Where’s next destination in Beijing? Yup.. as you guessed it; The Forbidden City. It sits in the central Beijing facing Tiananmen Square and has been designated as a National Palace Museum and its counted as one of the world’s five Palaces (the Forbidden City in Beijing, the French Palace of Versailles, Buckingham Palace, the White House and Kremlin). The palace of the Forbidden City is China ‘s largest and most significant ancient architectural complex with a total area of over 720 thousand square meters.

We entered the city from the northern entrance; The Gate of Divine Might, and heads towards the southern gate; Meridian Gate.

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A brief summary of the history of the Palace Museum.

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More to come….

P.S I will not tell too much or bore you on the history as there is so much here in Beijing to tell or write and some are very interesting. I will just share the photos while you can enjoy the reading of the history at your own pace. =)