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    Wish for love, go there for pray

    by yatingchen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Me in front of the temple

    When one has wish for love, he goes to the famous Love-Temple for pray. It's said that the successful rate there is high.

    For the first visit you have to pay for gift for God.
    How to pray: in front of the God (an old guy called the old under the moon) you have to let him know, your name, birthday, age, address and wish. After the whole praying process, you will get one red-strip as charm, just put it in your wallet.

    How to make God help you more:
    1)go to pray as often as you can, then the God will know you more.
    2) go to pray on the God's birthday, according to lunar calender on the August 15 (full-moon festival)

    Wish you guys good luck for love :-)

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    Wuchang Uprising (Wikipedia version)

    by budapest8 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dr Sun, second from left, with classmates


    The Wuchang Uprising (武昌起義, pinyin: Wǔchāng Qǐyì) of October 10, 1911,
    started the Xinhai Revolution,
    which triggered the collapse of the Qing Dynasty
    and establishment of the Republic of China (ROC).
    Sun Yat-sen's statue standing at the "First Uprising Plaza" of Wuhan,
    in front of the office building of the Hubei military government of ROC,
    the organization of revolutionaries established one day later after
    the uprising.

    In 1900, the ruling Qing Dynasty decided to create a modernized army,
    called the "New Army". At the time, the city of Wuchang, on the Yangtze River
    in the province of Hubei, had the most modernized military industry,
    so it became the site where weapons and other military equipment for the
    New Army was manufactured. The revolutionary ideas of Sun Yat-sen
    extensively influenced officers and soldiers of the New Army in Wuchang,
    and many participated in revolutionary organizations.

    The uprising itself broke out largely by accident. Revolutionaries intent on
    overthrowing the Qing dynasty had built bombs and one accidentally exploded.
    This led police to investigate, and they discovered lists of revolutionaries
    within the New Army. At this point elements of the New Army revolted rather
    than face arrest. The provincial government panicked and fled. Initially, the revolt was
    considered to be merely the latest in a series of mutinies that had occurred
    in southern China, and was widely expected to be quickly put down.
    The fact that it had much larger implications was due to the fact that the
    Qing dynasty delayed acting against the rebellion,
    allowing provincial assemblies in many southern provinces to declare
    independence from the Qing and declare allegiance to the rebellion.

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  • Go To Night Market

    by hime Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Shihlin Night Market is the one of the largest night markets in Taipei. The market is centered on Yangmin Theater and Tsicheng Temple. The night market is formed by many prosperous shops on Wenlin Road, Datung Road and Danan Road, etc. Among them, Shihlin Market was built as early as in 1899 and the market is famous for various snacks and eatery. Many visitors have come to Shihlin Night Market to enjoy the delicious foods, such as large pancake enfolding small pancake, hot pot on stone or Shihlin sausage. Shihlin Night Market has become a renowned place for great foods.
    Because the night market is close to many schools, students are the main customer group. Goods are sold at less expensive prices as compared to regular stores. There are special areas for furniture, clothing, photo shops or pet shops. The finery shops and cold dessert shops in "lover's lane" attract most student customers.
    Shihlin Night Market covers a large area. When one walks in the turning lanes and alleys, he (she) would often find something unexpected. The night market is packed with many people during holidays. We can often see families carrying many things from shopping and enjoying good meals. Their satisfaction is fully shown from their happy expressions

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    English schools

    by deeper_blue Written Sep 23, 2008

    Everywhere you go in Taipei you will see cram schools, every day after state school, huge numbers of children are sent to the English language centres. Childrens workloads are quite heavy in Taiwan but many love to speak English here.

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    Betel Nut

    by deeper_blue Written Sep 14, 2008

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    The betel nut or areca is a favourite among men in Taiwan, chewed for its mildly narcotic effects, you can frequently see men with red stained teeth, who have just taken it. The so-called betel nut beauties sell them from thousands of little booths all over Taiwan with lots of neon lights, most wear skimpy outfits to attract trade.

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    Not enough space

    by deeper_blue Written Sep 12, 2008

    Taipei only has a population of 6 million people, but it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, as a result many Taiwanese live in tiny apartments, buildings are tightly packed together and space is at a premium.

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    Keep to your RIGHT

    by pingerrain Updated Dec 6, 2007

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    When I was there, taking the underground trains around the city, I was quite taken aback by how discipline and considerate they are.

    All of the people there queue to board the train in an orderly manner.

    When you are taking the escalators, keep to the right if you are standing, and the left is for people who are walking up or running up.
    If you are in the left lane, you gotta constantly move up and do not stop to jam and block the people behind you.

    In the walking tunnels, keep to the right constantly. The on coming people will do the same and the centre lane are for those in a rush.
    Talk about consideration.

    They've really done it.

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    Tai Chi in the Morning

    by AKtravelers Written Jun 13, 2006

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    Awake to Tai Chi!! It Goes Better With Coke?

    If you are up early in Taipei (and you could be if you just arrived from North America), get out of bed and visit a nearby park. THere you are certain to see the local citizenry out practicing Tai Chi, either alone or in groups. These calestenics are very popular with the older demographic (or so it seems from my observation) and many people swear it helps keep them young.

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    How Dr Sun got his revolutionary ideas (part5)YAWN

    by budapest8 Written May 1, 2006

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    Children of the revolution...not T.Rex


    In January 1887, the 21-year-old Sun was transferred to the Hong Kong
    College of Medicine for Chinese. He graduated 5 years later.
    This was the period that greatly influenced Sun's revolutionary and career pursuits
    In Hong Kong, Sun Yat Sen, Chen Shaobai, Wang Lie and Yang Heling often
    discussed political affairs at Yang Heling's shop, Yao Ji. Their debates about
    revolutionary ideologies and problems lasted over the years they were at medical school
    These discussions gave much inspiration to Sun Yat Sen. The foursome was known
    as "the 4 Desperadoes".

    During that era, Hong Kong was orderly and honest compared to China under
    Manchu rule. The British and European systems of administration were better.
    This led Sun Yat Sen to realise that a reform in the government will lead to
    a better society. China has been without a good government for many years.
    Hence, Sun Yat Sen decided to launch his revolutionary career after graduation
    and give up his chances of becoming a doctor. He mentioned,
    "All my revolutionary thoughts originated from Hong Kong."

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    How Dr Sun got his revolutionary ideas (part4)

    by budapest8 Updated May 1, 2006

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    Boji Hospital in Guangzhou, China


    In the midst of the Sino-French war in 1885, Hongkongers held strikes
    and demonstrations to protest against the French invasion of China.
    On observation of these protests, Sun Yat Sen gathered that the Chinese people
    had a certain level of awakening. There was still hope for China.
    Days before the peace settlement between China and France,
    Feng Zicai defeated a battalion of the French army at Zhennanguan. Strangely,
    even after defeating the French, China still had to cede land to France.
    Even the French were baffled. It was after this Sino-French war that
    Sun Yat Sen vowed to overthrow the Qing dynasty and establish a republic.
    To revolt, Sun Yat Sen needed a suitable occupation to act as a cover.
    He chose medicine to reach the common people. In the autumn of 1886,
    the nineteen-year-old Sun Yat Sen enrolled in Nanhua Medical School
    a subsidiary of Guangzhou Boji Hospital run by the Presbyterian Church of America.
    During those times, Dr Sun was a good friend of Zheng Shiliang and Wang Lie.
    Members of the anti-Qing organisation Hong Men Hui (clandestine gathering),
    Zheng and Wang provided great assistance to Dr Sun's revolution.
    That was how Dr Sun got help from members of such secret organisations.

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    How Dr Sun got his revolutionary ideas (part3)

    by budapest8 Written May 1, 2006

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    'es a young strapping lad now
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    One day, while bringing the children out to play with Lu Haodong,
    he passed by Beijidian, a temple in Cuiheng Village,
    where he saw many villagers worshipping the Beiji (North Pole)
    Emperor-God in the temple. Sun was extremely against acts of superstition,
    so he broke off the hand of the statue.
    This act incurred much displeasure from fellow villagers.

    In November 1883, the 17-year-old Sun Yat Sen left Cuiheng village
    for Hong Kong. There, he studied English at the Anglican Diocesan Home &
    Orphanage (later renamed Diocesan Boys' School in 1913). In April 1884,
    Sun, 17, was transferred to the Central School of Hong Kong.

    True to his brother's earlier concern, Sun was later baptised in
    Hong Kong by Hickley, an American missionary of the Congressional Church
    of the United States. Sun believed that the salvation mission of the Christian church
    was similar to that of a revolution. His conversion to Christianity was
    related to his revolutionary ideals and push for advancement.
    His baptismal name, Rixin, means getting rid of the old to
    welcome the new, and accepting new thoughts and ideas.

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    How Dr Sun got his revolutionary ideas (part2)

    by budapest8 Written May 1, 2006

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    Iolani School in Honolulu
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    In Honolulu, Sun Yat Sen enrolled in the Iolani School where he learnt English,
    Mathematics and Science. From absolutely no knowledge of English,
    Sun Yat Sen picked up the language so quickly that he was awarded a prize
    for outstanding achievement in English by King David Kalakaua.
    Sun Yat Sen then enrolled in Oahu College for further studies but he
    was soon sent home to China as his brother,
    Sun Mei was afraid that Sun Yat Sen
    would embrace Christianity.

    When he returned to Cuiheng village in 1883, the scene that met his eyes
    was a China that demanded exorbitant taxes and levies from its people.
    The people were conservative, and the schools kept their ancient
    methods -accept and not question. There was no opportunity for
    expression of thoughts or opinions.

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    How Dr Sun got his revolutionary ideas (part1)

    by budapest8 Written May 1, 2006

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    Dr Sun, back row, 5th from left, and family


    At the tender age of 11, Sun loved to stand under the huge fig tree outside
    his home to listen to stories about the Taiping rebellion. Impressions
    of a decadent Qing government and the peasant revolt were strongly etched in his mind.

    In 1879, the thirteen-year-old Sun Yat Sen and his mother sailed to Honolulu,
    Hawaii to join his brother Sun Mei. They travelled in a 2000-ton
    British steamship named, S.S. Grannock. On the deck of the ship,
    Sun gazed out to the wide expanse of the ocean and thought,
    "For the first time I have witnessed such wonders -
    that of a metal steamship travelling on the vast sea;
    I must learn such technology to unravel the mysteries of heaven and earth
    (astronomy and geography)". Since then, Sun became conscious of the
    power of machines and the advanced level of science and
    technology developed by the West.

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    Wuchang Uprising (Wikipedia version)cont.

    by budapest8 Written May 1, 2006

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    Dr.Sun is rising
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    Sun Yat-sen himself had no direct part in the uprising and was traveling
    in the United States at the time in an effort to recruit more support from
    among overseas Chinese. He found out about the uprising by
    reading a newspaper report.

    A sense of the Qing dynasty's having lost the mandate of heaven may have
    contributed to the revolt. Evidence of the loss of the mandate of heaven,
    in China, often constitutes of natural disasters, such as fires and floods.
    The Yangtze overflowed its banks in 1911, and the revolting troops were
    situated near that river. Such a flood would have had a profound psychological
    impact on any government officials, rebels, peasants, and other Chinese in the vicinity,
    and the flood was a notable disaster, with 100,000 fatalities.

    The Qing government, led by the regent, 2nd Prince Chun, failed to respond
    for a crucial few weeks. This gave the revolutionaries time to declare a provisional
    government. Other provincial assemblies then joined the revolutionaries.
    Within a month, representatives of the seceding provinces had met to
    declare a Republic of China. A compromise between the conservative gentry
    and the revolutionaries saw Sun Yat-sen chosen as provisional president.

    In Taiwan, the date of the uprising, October 10,
    is celebrated as a national holiday known as Double Tenth Day.

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    The Wuch'ang Uprising

    by budapest8 Written May 1, 2006

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    The gov location at Wuhan after Wuchang Uprising


    After the the 72 Revolutionary Martyrs of Huanghuakang
    righteously and courageously went to their death ,
    revolutionary sentiments swelled across the land,
    gaining power and momentum with each passing day.
    Supporters of the movement spread word through the
    Yangtze River basin area to coordinate its uprising with the New Army.

    At this same time, the Ch'ing government was attempting to
    nationalize the private railways, a move which brought universal
    protest from the people. And when the court ordered its troops to
    summarily execute those who disobeyed, popular rage was stirred
    to new heights. Feeling that the moment was ripe,
    the Wuch'ang New Army began to move, entreating Huang Hsing to instigate
    rebellion in Hupei. The plot failed, however,
    leading to the arrest of some of the martyrs and seizure of party name lists.
    When the New Army heard of this news, there was no turning back,
    so it spearheaded the revolution on October 10.

    Tsai Chi-min led the public in a bombardment of the
    Mancho Viceroy's office. When Viceroy Jui-cheng and
    Commander Chang Piao heard the sound of gunfire,
    they disappeared without a trace. Without their Commander,
    the Ch'ing troops fell into disorder allowing the New Army to
    completely occupy the three city Wuhan area within a few days.
    Hunan, Kwangtung, Kwangsi, and five other provinces joined in revolt,
    and before a month had passed more than 10 provinces
    had been liberated by the revolutionary army.
    The Ch'ing government was overthrown soon after and
    Asia's first democracy was founded(The Republic of China.

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