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statues of Chinese god walked around every street
the green stick-beetle of green island.
wave: SO WHITE & BRIGHT
Pics taken on the train from Hualien to Taitung
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It is a very special ceremony as a real person will take the place of the god Master Han Dan, wearing only a pair of red shorts. He will cover his face with a towel. He may not wear any other clothes. In his hand, He will hold a branch to protect himself. He will be carried by people on a sedan chair. He must stand strong as many people throw firecrackers at his body. In Taiwan, only a few places will worship Han Dan Yue including Taitung, Hualien and Yu Li, but only Taitung has this particular activity.
There are two stories behind the legend of Master Han Dan. Number one goes that the god Master Han Dan was afraid of the cold, so every year during the parade, the people will light firecrackers to ward off the cold for Master Han Dan. And at the same time, the people hope that by throwing firecrackers, Master Han Dan will take good care of them. The second story says that Master Han Dan was a local gangster in Taitung who picked on the good people of Taitung. All evil was done by him. One year, the people planned to get Master Han Dan drunk and then attempt to kill him by throwing firecrackers. So up until now every year at the parade, people throw firecrackers in part to get rid of any upset emotions.
Carrying the gods around the city in Lantern Festival and throwing firecrackers at Master Han Dan has been going on in Taitung for over fifty years. This is a local specialty here in Taitung. Every year, the activity attracts more and more people to come to Taitung for this festival. With the help of the Tourism Bureau this has become one of the most important Lantern Festivals in Taiwan.
from website: http://home.pchome.com.tw/my/yiashi/2007/96.html
We visited Lu Yeh in Aug 2005 again and saw the people fly the hang gliders. They looked like the small dot in the sky in the shown picture. Click the picture to see an enlarged view might help you to see them.
Taiwan - La "Ilha Formosa"
The East and South of Taiwan are probably the most beautiful parts of this island, and here You can still find most of the indigene population, the taiwanese aboriginies
The east coast of Taiwan, maybe no beaches like in Samoa but still a great view on the Pacific Ocean!
I admit, this one wasn´t taken around Taitung, but in a park somewhere in central Taiwan. However, it shows one of the tipical houses of one of the austro-polynesian tribes who used to live in Taiwan before (and during) the chinese (and dutch, spanish & japanese) colonisation, and You can still find some of their people especially in the Southeast of Taiwan, around Taitung (Taidong).
Taitung Seashore Park and Taitung Forest Park
"Tower to to enjoy the sea view"
It is a glad time to climb up to the tower in the seashore park and have a look at the sea view.
"At the seashore"
It ia a place for you to take a picture in the seashore park.
We saw Green Island from the seashore park but it was not very clear because it was cloudy when we were there. Green Island is also a touist spot but we did not go there this time. You can take the airplane or the boat from Taitung to Green Island.
Entering the forest park, we saw many beautiful flowers.
"Pi Pa Lake"
There are two lakes in the forest park. One is Pi Pa lake and the other one is Artificial Lake. Pi Pa lake is beautiful. Some people watch the birds in the lake. Some people ride the bicycles along the path around the lake.
Popular Hotels in Taitung
Hotel Royal Chihpen
No. 23 Lane113, Long Chuien Road, Wen Chuien Village, Peinan Hsiang, Taitung