Taiwan in Pictures


Taipei 101 (In traditional Chinese: 台北101)

Taipei 101 (traditional Chinese: 台北101 / 臺北101), also known as the Taipei Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.

The building, designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture and Samsung Engineering & Construction is the world's tallest completed skyscraper according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the arbiter of tall building height. Taipei 101 received the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004. It has been hailed as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World (Newsweek magazine, 2006) and Seven Wonders of Engineering (Discovery Channel, 2005). The tower has become an icon of modern Taiwan. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.






Chiufen is a scenic and historic walking area with winding roads and a mall.





Chiufen Shopping

Chiufen: Shopping District, Shuqi Road, Ruifang Town, Taipei, Tawain. A favorite for a hillside nightview overlooking the ocean and Taipei. Very old Chinese and Japanese architecture.




Waiting out the storm in Chiufen.

Waiting out the storm in Chiufen.




Suan Pan Zi 算盘子

Suan Pan Zi 算盘子 (wife's cooking).

This is suan pan zi (算盘子). The disc-like "object", which is made of yam and flour, looks like the counters in the chinese abacus (算盘) and hence the name of the dish. I was told that this is a popular traditional Hakka (客家) dish and it is popular in Taiwan too. Incidentally, Hakka is a chinese dialect group.







Pinching tea leaves

Pinching tea leaves




Longshan Temple: Taipei

"Longshan Temple: It was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian, China. It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers.

The temple has been destroyed either in full or in part on numerous earthquakes and fires. During World War II, on 31 May 1945 it was hit by American bombers during the Raid on Taipei, who claimed the Japanese were hiding armaments inside. The main building and the left corridor were damaged and many precious artifacts and artworks were lost in the ensuing fire. Taipei residents have nevertheless consistently rebuilt and renovated it, and did so again after the end of the Second World War a few months later. Longshan is seen as an emblematic example of Taiwanese classical architecture, with southern Chinese influences commonly seen in older buildings. Like most temples in Taiwan, the Temple worships a mixture of Buddhist, Taoist, and folk deities such as Matsu.






Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple: It is also called "the meeting place of the gods" because there are so man deities worshipped there. (It has settled in the middle of town so it is quite hard to believe you can get such a beautiful picture like this one from inside the temple grounds.)






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