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A fleeting glimpse of the diversity that Taiwan has to offer in this brief twelve image Gallery showcasing culture, religion, lifestyle and some iconic structures for which Taiwan is famous. Images from Taipei and Kaohsiung among others epitomise the beauty of this island roughly the same size as Belgium and because of its shape the Taiwanese are often referred to as the Children of the Sweet Potato.
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Photo 1. The Memorial to Sun Yat Sen in Taipei, Taiwan is a memorial to the Republic of China's National Father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, widely accepted as the founder of Formosa, modern name Taiwan, and was completed in 1972.
Photo 2. Admiring the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial through the main gate in Taipei, Taiwan. The CKS Memorial Hall was erected in honour and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China, and was opened in 1980 as part of a National Park and gathering area.
Photo 3. The iconic Taipei 101 building in Taipei at sunset, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center – is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building was officially classified as the world's tallest in 2004, and remained such until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.
Photo 4. Temple Guard, Bishan, Taiwan. The Temple is dedicated to the hero Chen Yuan-kuang and his generals Li Po-yao and Ma Ren. Chen developed the Quanzhou area of Fujian Province.
Photo 5. Tourists shopping in Jiufen. “Chiufen” literally means “nine pieces” in Mandarin, and this is how the village name came from. Today, Chiufen features an old street that is full of local snack vendors and special accessory stores. Various foods such as “Yu Yuan” (taro balls), fried meat balls, steamed taro cakes, and herbal rice cakes, are the Chiufen’s specialties.
Photo 6. Folk Dancing at Wulia, Taiwan. The aboriginal culture center across Wulai Waterfall is a remodeled museum of aboriginal folk art. It introduces the aboriginal culture, customs and habits of Atayal Tribe and demonstrates the historical artifacts. The highlight of the visit to the center is the singing and dancing show of aboriginal people.
Photo 7. The Love Bridge, Damshui, Taiwan. One of the most famous locations in Taiwan, the Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf is well known for its beautiful sunsets, seafood, and, more recently with young people, its high amount of party boats. Within the past few years, the wharf has gone through a major renovation process, building several new buildings including restaurants, hotels, shops, and the Lover Bridge of Tamsui, completed in 2003.
Photo 8. A lone Monk makes the walk to prayers in the Fo Guang Shan monastery. Fo Guang Shan is an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order and new religious movement based in Taiwan. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan.
Photo 9. Teenagers enjoying the sunset on the beach at Cijin Island, Kaohsiung. Cijin forms the original core of the Kaohsiung, which was established by the fisherman Hsu Ah-hua (徐阿華) in the mid-17th century. He realized the attractiveness of the location when he was forced to seek shelter from a typhoon in the Taiwan Strait and returned with settlers from the Hung, Wang, Cai, Li, Bai, and Pan families and an idol of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu
Photo 10. The Dragon Tiger Pagoda at Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In the Dragon Tower, the seven story tower has yellow walls, red pillars and orange tiles. The front connects to the shore with a bridge. There are paintings inside the temple depicting Ksitigarbha. In the Tiger Tower, there are paintings of twelve Magi and the Jade Emperor's thirty palaces as well as paintings of Confucius. The towers have a double spiral staircase, one each for ascending and descending visitors.
Photo 11. The sun sets over the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. Lotus Lake is a man-made lake and popular tourist destination on the east side of Zuoying District in Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan. Opened in 1951, it is famous for the lotus plants on the lake and the numerous temples around the lake, including the Spring and Autumn Pavilions (春秋閣), the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔), and the Confucian Temple (孔廟).
Photo 12. Sculptured ducks overlook the entrance to Cheng Ching Lake. Also known as the Dabei Lake (大貝湖), or Toapi Lake (Chinese: 大埤湖; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tōa-pi-ô͘) in Taiwanese, is an artificial lake located in Niaosong, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The lake is not far from downtown Kaohsiung and the major suburban district of Fengshan. The lake is a source of the water supply network and a tourist area of the Kaohsiung region.
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