Monday, October 24, 2005

Green Island Prisons

GREEN ISLAND (30 km east of Taitung County - East Coast)
The boat ride over to Green Island was just over an hour long. My journey there was treacherous! I thought that my life was going to be over & that I was going to die! Honestly! The events leading up to that moment on the boat in the midst of a pool of sweat included: 7 sleepless hours on the train from Taipei City to Taitung train station. In addition to an empty stomach, I already felt sort of sick & wanting to throw up. The air conditioning on the boat was turned on so high...Tack on the fact that the waves were massively high causing the boat to sway up & down! I kept wanting to hurl a bunch of who knows what but what could come out was only clear liquid...In retrospect, after getting over the feeling of just passing out, it was quite humourous to hear an orchestra of "puking" sounds where people were gaging "in sync" trying to puke out there discomfort! The boat ride back was terrifically fine though as I stood outside on deck.....go figure...
-tiny volcanic island
-snorkeling & diving are major attractions
-saltwater hot springs
-gorgeous scenic views
-home to Taiwan's infamous Green Island Lodge prison used during Taiwan's White Terror, where political prisoners were to suffer. In addition, there are Occupational Skills Training Centre and the Green Island Prison.

Green Island - 10/22

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In Taitung County (eastern Taiwan), you can discover Green Island...home to pristine blue, green water, gorgeous mountains and amazing people!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Tainan 台南 - 10/10 Long Weekend

TAINAN CITY - Western Taiwan
-oldest city w/ some of the oldest streets in Taiwan
-Chikan Towers
these two areas were two key battlegrounds between Dutch & Taiwanese fighters.
Anping Old District
-Fort Anping, aka Fort Zeelandia
-remains of early 17th century when western colonialism was came to the coasts of China...

CHY SHU GATE - Built in 1662 - side gate was opened to improve access from the south

OLD ANPING DISTRICT - walking & shopping in the busy streets...

Friday, October 07, 2005

Beautiful Taiwan! 漂亮台灣

11/12/05 NIGHTVIEW from the
Chinese Culture University, YANGMINSHAN

GREEN ISLAND, 30km east of Taitung County - Oct. '05

NATIONAL PARK, Taipei County
Gorgeous park with a lot of hiking trails, waterfalls, hotspring & fabulous views! It's located about
25 mins. outside Taipei City.

MEI LI HUA (aka Myanmar) - Entertainment Park in Taipei City. The ferris wheel is
a little freaky for people who are challenged with heights like me but you can see gorgeous nightviews of
the city from high up! You can catch a free bus there from the Chien Tan MRT station.

TZUSHR TEMPLE (Zushi Miao), Sansia, Taipei County
-originally built in 1769
-rebuilt 3x
-traditonal carvings, painting, & temple relief