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Archive for 'Taipei County'

Yong-an House in Shenkeng

Last time I visited Shenkeng (深坑) I was disappointed to find the Yong-an House (永安居) was only open on weekends and holidays. I returned there again today and enjoyed a tour of the house. I was quite impressed and it was well worth the trip. 
I constantly lament the fact that so many of Taiwan's […]

Hongludi trail in Zhonghe

If you take the MRT all the way to Nanshijiao and then venture further south under the freeway to the edge of Zhonghe you will arrive at the start of the Hongludi hiking trail (烘爐地步道). Along the trail there are a number of interesting temples and stunning views across Taipei. 

The first temple on the trail […]

MRT expansion continues

The Taipei Times on Friday reported that the Taipei City Government has confirmed plans to construct a new MRT line from Neihu to Zhonghe. This line will be part of the orbital line which will run around the outer parts of the Greater Taipei Metropolitan Area, mainly in Taipei County. 
The Taipei City Government yesterday […]

Trip to Jinguashi

There has long been one place high on my to visit list in the north of Taiwan. That place is Jiufen (九份) and the nearby Jinguashi (金瓜石) and I finally made it there today. 

It was mid-afternoon when I arrived. I only quickly passed through Jiufen. Although I stopped long enough to enjoy the delightful […]

Clear day, brown haze

The weather today and yesterday in Taipei has been wonderfully warm with clear blue skies. The photo above was taken at 8:44 am this morning in Tucheng. It is the view looking north toward the mouth of the Danshui River which is in the centre of the shot. Despite the clear blue skies a pall […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yuandao Temple

Today I visited the Yuandao Guan Yin Temple (緣道觀音廟). It is located outside Danshui (淡水) on the north coast. I decided to visit after seeing a photo the temple. I really liked the simple aesthetic. Most Taiwanese temples are a riot of color and action so it is refreshing to see this temple. I also […]

Xinzhuang temple parade video

At the temple festival in Xinzhuang I shot some video footage with a digital camera. I have edited it to create a short video. The quality of the video is not great. However, I hope it can convey some of the sounds and action of the event in a way that my photos cannot.

You can […]

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 […]