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Betelnut beauty exhibition opening

Tobie Openshaw and Xiao Juan (小娟) at the opening of the exhibition
This afternoon I went to the opening of an exhibition of photos by Tobie Openshaw. The exhibition entitled "Betelnut Beauty" features photos by Tobie of betel nut girls in Taoyuan and Xinzhu. You can see some of Tobie's photos at flickr, however I suggest […]

The art of making tea oil

This afternoon a friend took me out to Sanxia to visit a tea oil factory. Tea oil is made from the seeds of Camellia oleifera. It can also be made from Camellia sinensis, the plant which tea leaves come from. However, seeds from the former have a higher yield of oil. The picture above shows […]

High speed trip to Xinzhu

This morning I took my first ride on Taiwan's new high speed train. I arrived at Banqiao Station early in the morning to catch the 7:25 train from Banqiao to Xinzhu. Even though the trains have already been operating for five days, there was a buzz of excitement as people waited to board the train. 

The sun sets on 2006

As the last day of 2006 drew to a close I hiked up to the top of Wenbi Shan (文筆山) in Tucheng to catch the view before the sunset. There is a grand view of most of the greater metropolis of Taipei from here. The clouds created a wonderful, dramatic backdrop to the scene.  
Happy […]

Temple festival in Xinzhuang

This morning I went to Xinzhuang (新莊) to see a temple festival. The event began at the Dizang Nunnery (地藏庵). It was the first time I have visited this temple. It has 250 years of history and is very impressive.
The parade began with loud and colorful events at the Nunnery. It then wound […]

Public art in Nangang

On Saturday I joined a group from Zhongzheng Community College on an excursion to Nangang. Before going there I wondered whether there could possibly be any interesting to see there. 
We went to visit the Nangang Software Park to see the public art there. First we had an introduction to the background of the artworks by […]

Taipei Metro world’s most reliable

The Taipei Times today reports that Taipei's MRT is the world's most reliable.
For the second consecutive year, Taipei's MRT system was rated by University of London's Railway Technology Strategy Center as the most reliable system among the world's 25 major metro systems last year, they said.

I am continually impressed by all aspects of the MRT […]

Taipei then and now

Poagao has posted a fascinating set of pictures on flickr of the old Xingfu Amusement Park in Bitan (碧潭幸福樂園). He has combined recent photos of the now abandoned park with scans from some old brochures for the park. The result is a fascinating look at the changes that have taken place there over the last […]

Weekend in Yilan

I went to Yilan on the weekend. I love going there and enjoy the rural feeling with the backdrop of mountains. The rice fields seem to be giving way to new houses at a rapid pace though. I wonder how long it will be before this is just another ugly urban area like many other […]

Photos from the weekend

I didn't visit any new places on the weekend, but here are some photos I took on my travels around Taipei City and County.

At the end of Xianmin Boulevard (縣民大道) in Banqiao there is this giant bike. There is a bike path that runs along the river here.

The bike path mentioned above runs […]