Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (5)

Welcome back!! Guess you wanted to see what  it looks like in the Dazhong temple in the Sihcao Ecological Park. Glad that you are back. =)

It’s really beautiful and detailed architecture (not to mentioned it’s really red inside too =) ).

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On the other side outside the temple, of course there’s food stalls and what’s famous in Tainan? It’s the oyster.

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For me, I wanted something light as I know I will be heading to another place where there’s even more food to try and eat. So, I have to leave space in my stomach and take it is easy here. LOL!!

What’s light? Well, the prawn tempura; lots of prawns on a piece.

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Deep fried oyster with chives

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Filled with oysters cook in deep fried coated with dough and chives.

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.. and my deep fried prawn tempura.

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That’s for making my stomach happy for a short while. Now, to head to my next destination. Where? Follow me and find out. =)

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. =)

Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip on History of Day 2 (1)

Hi!! Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed my earlier posting of my 1st day History trip to Tainan series; Taiwan – Tainan; 2 Days Trip of History and also my walk in the night market; Tainan’s Flower Night Market

This series is on my 2nd day outside the Old Tainan City but still reachable by their public transport. On weekends, Tainan government provided a tourist shuttle bus; Bus # 88 and #99 which goes around the interesting places around Tainan City. These buses only runs during the weekends (and may less frequent on weekdays).

You can check out the map either from the Tourist Info in the Tainan Railway station or you can get it from the hostel. (I got mine from the hostel). Cost? NTS18 per sector.

So, I hopped in on bus from the bus stop at National Cheng Kung University and took a ride all the way up to Mangrove Conservation Area at Sihcao Ecological and Cultural Area for my first stop.

What is a mangrove? Well, it is the kind of plant that grows at the boundary of sea and river and is able to live in the highly salt-concentrated environment.

They had 2 different kind of raft route rides; Sihcao Green Tunnel and Taijiang Boat Ride. Taijiang boat ride takes you out to the shore to explore the coastline of the wetland (this I will take in my next trip here. =) ).

This place is called Sihcao Green Tunnel and it was once a salt canal. I was told that it is 750 meters long and 20 meters wide. This canal was used to transport salt products from the drying field to the storage back in the days.

It takes you into the canal to examine closely to the plants and the species along the way. The 30 minute raft ride through the well preserved mangrove with greeneries covering the sides and rare species resting randomly in the woods is very relaxing. Very educational (but the tour language was in Mandarin or Hokkien. I do not think they have any in English)

The hut where you can buy your ticket  and also to catch your raft tour.

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Ticket counter…..

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This is the Dajhong Temple which is next to the canal.

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Raft tour along the canal…..

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nice and slow…..

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oh yes… you will be sitting on small short little stools on the raft and wearing the rice paddy hat to protect from the scorching sun.

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Looks cute right?

Arriving at the ‘tunnel’….

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slowly going through….

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Want to know what’s the next pictures are going to be? Well… then dun stop here. Keep following me!!! =)