Category Archives: Taiwan

Beat the Heat!

Weathermen are saying that this summer has seen the longest period of steaming hot and sunny weather in Taiwan in history. Usually the summer sizzling is interrupted by periods of rain and wind, but this year it has been one … Continue reading

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Life Is In The Clouds

Summer is a scorching affair in southern Taiwan. Over four or five months the temperature hovers in the mid 30s C (90 or above F), and humidity is high. But there are upsides to this weather, such as the many … Continue reading

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Tenacious Roots Textures

In Taiwan’s subtropical climate aerial tree roots are a common sight. I am always fascinated by the sheer tenacity of these roots as well as by the intricate patterns they form, which are truly works of art. Whether it is … Continue reading

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Worth It’s Salt!

Sea salt production in Taiwan goes back hundreds of years. Surrounded by the oceans and with plenty of sunshine, the plains on the west coast offered suitable conditions. During the Japanese occupation in the first half of the 20th century … Continue reading

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Ride the Duck Bus

Taiwan’s second largest city, Kaohsiung, is often called the “Ocean Capital”, because of its large port and proximity to the sea. Besides the ocean it also boasts a large lake and a river that flows right through downtown. As a … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s Techno Gods

Nobody quite knows how it started, and there are several competing stories. But somebody or somebodies in Taiwan got the idea to combine traditional religious temple parades and its deities with techno and pop music, and at the same time … Continue reading

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50 Shades of Doors

If you search online you will notice that there are a number of photographers who are fascinated by doors and capture them in every shape, size and color. There is something intriguing about doors and the mood and attitude they … Continue reading

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The Heron’s Breakfast

I was taking a morning walk in the large park that surrounds the Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum when I spied a great white heron parading gracefully through the shallow waters. At first I thought he was on a morning walk … Continue reading

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Bamboo Madness

It’s a highly sought after and tasty vegetable in Asian cooking. Its tensile strength is comparable to steel and it’s a great material for building houses and furniture. It holds the world record for the fastest growing plant on earth. … Continue reading

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Bridges By Night

A man ducked into a city church one late afternoon taking a brief look at the architecture and stained glass windows. As he turned to go the usher told him, “Wait till the lights go on.” His curiosity aroused the … Continue reading

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