Sunday, September 16, 2012

Going Around Taiwan (West Coast)

the city of: Taizhong! (Day 7)

Taizhong is the third-largest city in Taiwan. It's not as developed as Taipei or Gaoxiong- no subway system. However, it is said to be the city with the best weather in Taiwan- not to cold, not too hot, not too rainy.
The Museum of Natural Science is really neat. It has life-size dinosaur skeletons and a pair of moving T-rexes. It also has a section on life and death and the rituals in different countries. It's really too much to take in in one visit. I wanted to stay longer!
Sorry! No subtitles for this one!

This says that a set of twins' dna is 100% identical whereas humans and chimps dna is 99% identical!
This is a terrifying prehistoric fish!
This is how big that fish is, compared to humans!!!!! AGH!!
I hate big spiders! That's its real size!!
A giant centipede like thing!!!

These are prehistoric fish that are still around (and in Taiwan!!!)

T-rex robots!
My fav! Velociraptors!
This is a model of Lucy!! She was really tiny!
This is a real mummy! They had an exhibit where they showed a transformation of how you can figure out what he really looked like
This is what the mummy looked like when he was alive! Kinda handsome!!!
This is something strange and cool that I don't understand yet. Those are jade stones to put around a body to make a mummy...
Jing Ming First Street is supposed to be a nice place to hang out and walk around. We wanted to find Chun Shui Tang- the first bubble tea place. (If you don't know bubble tea- it's milk with tea and tapioca bubbles you suck up with a straw) I normally don't like bubble tea but I absolutely loved it at Chun Shui Tang! I'd refuse to drink it anywhere else now! We actually went to another Chun Shui Tang, not the one on Jing Ming First Street.

Bubble tea time!
Okay I'm not drinking the bubble tea here but I swear it's amazing!!!

Luce Memorial Chapel is on the campus of Donghai University. It was designd by a famous Chinese-American architect and named after a mainland China missionary. It's the most famous church in Taiwan. It's supposed to resemble hands at prayer and it's withstood many strong earthquakes!
I'm a treehugger! I don't deny it!!
There was actually a funeral going on that day... Oops!
The inside was nothing to look at at all. Ick!

This is Amazing Grace in Chinese!

So this is the end of our trip around the west coast of Taiwan! It was really satisfying and I feel like I know more of the country! SO glad I got to see these different sites. If I could pick my favorite part I think it would be Taizhong city because of the Natural Science Museum. But truly I loved every day on the trip and every place was so much fun to visit!!! Next time we're going to check out the east coast cities (Hualien and Taidong) and then hopefully visit some of the outlying islands! :D

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Going Around Taiwan (West Coast)

Day 6 continued... Baguashan! (aka Great Buddha Scenic Area)
It was getting dark by the time we got to Baguashan (which literally means "three trigrams mountain"). It's a famous park with a 22m statue of Buddha in Changhua city (super close to Taizhong).
Overlooking Changhua city
There was a guy selling taiwanese ice cream. He had a cart and beeped a horn while saying "ba-boo ba-boo."

There was also a cool fountain that performed to classical music.
This elephant has an insane amount of tusks!

Going Around Taiwan (West Coast)

the city of: Lugang (Day 6)
Lugang is the second oldest city in Taiwan- also close to Taizhong. It's famous for its handicrafts and has lots of Qing-era architecture. It's also home to the famous "breast-touching lane."

Lugang used to be a very important harbor, and then became overrun with warlords and crime. Now it's perfectly safe and a great place to go shopping and see some historical temples.

It was around lunch time when we came there from SanYi so we stopped by the Tian Hou temple market to get the famous "shrimp monkeys" and "oyster omlete."

Tian Hou temple is dedicated to Mazu, the ocean goddess. It has lots of bright colors and was very lively with the market and graduating students taking pictures there.

Money you can offer to the gods or ancestors
Look at how old this is!!!!

There is Mazu!
This is blessed rice you can take home and cook.

There was a secret god hiding under the table. It looks like a cat!

The god on the right has arms for eyes!
This is the god of romance. There is a belief that if you tie a red string around a girl and a guy they will become lovers.

Mo Lu Lane, aka "breast-touching lane" or "gentleman's lane" is named because it's so narrow. When walking through it, chests of passing pedestrians will touch. It's called "gentleman's lane" because a gentleman would wait for a lady to pass through the lane first. It was built narrow on purpose to help slow down the thieves and other criminals in the old times.

NOT a gentleman! :P JK! I told him to do this for the picture ;)

Longshan Temple was built during the Qing dynasty (~1600s) and it's really well preserved. It's special for many reasons: one is that it has four courtyards, whereas most temples have three or less. It looks a little drab when compared to Tian Hou temple, because of the color scheme.

Here's the guy with a head coming out of his chest again! (Remember Foguangshan?)