Taipei Off The Beaten Path

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    Danshui's Fu You Temple

    by dixonchan Updated Nov 21, 2004

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    Danshui Fu You Gong

    One of the many temples in Taipei. Even for non-believers, it's ok that you go in and take a look at the temple.

    This temple is located along Danshui Old Street.

    Danshui can be reached via MRT. Alight at Danshui Station.

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    Red House Theater

    by dixonchan Written Nov 20, 2004

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    Red House Theater

    The “Red House” is a western-style octagonal red-brick building constructed in the West Gate district (Ximending) nearly a hundred years ago (during the early stage of the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, 1895-1945). The structure used to house a lively market where Japanese preserves, books, and clothing were sold, along with local Taiwanese produce. The old building has now been granted a new lease on life as the Red House Theater.

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    The Waterfall

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    The falls are about 80 metres high. Really lovely after some rain. There is a sightseeing trail train which is used for tourists but used to be used for transport of lumber.

    Location : Wulai, Taipei County

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    Wulai

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Wulai is about an hours drive from Taipei. There are the falls and an aboriginal village where you can watch and participate in a concert performed by the Aborigines of their traditional dances and ceremonies of Taiwan's Tai Ya (Atayal) tribe.

    are also known for their custom of tattoing their faces.

    There are something like 160,000 aboriginals just in the east and north of Taiwan. Those tribes are the A Mei, Tai Ya (Atayal), Pu Nung, Pei Nan, Lu Kai and Ya Mei Tribes. It is thought that the Tai Ya tribe arrived in northern Taiwan around 1000 BC to find refuge from their original home in northern Japan. Their original home in Taiwan was Hsinchu.

    Location : Taipei County, South of Taipei.

    Getting There : By Car from Taipei drive southward down Roosevelt Road through Jingmei and connect with Beixin Road in Hsintien, then take the Taipei-Yilan Highway to Qingtan, take a left on Provincial Highway No. 9A (Xinwu Road), and on to the Wulai Scenic Area.

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    Delicate and Colourful Textiles

    by keeweechic Written Jul 3, 2004

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    The Tai Ya tribe is known for their delicate hand-made textile products. The colours are usually very vibrant with a red color which symbolises, which is important for keeping away the evil. The Tai Ya ( Ayakal) are also known for their custom of tattoing their faces.

    Location : Wulai, Taipei County

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    Audience Participation

    by keeweechic Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Aboriginal Show is performed at the Cultural Centre. It is a show of very colourful singing and dancing. There wasn't a lot in the audience the day I was there, probably because of the weather, but some were invited up to participate.

    Location : Wulai Cultural Centre, Taipei County

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    Aboriginal Show

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    The aboriginal culture centre is a museum of aboriginal folk art. You will see the culture of the Tai Ya (Atayal) Aboriginal Tribe and their customs and habits. You can also purchase some of their crafts.

    Location : Wulai, Taipei County

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    Goddess of Mercy

    by keeweechic Written Jul 3, 2004

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    On the third level of the park is Kuan Hai Pavilion. This where you get the best views of the city. The best known landmark of the park is a white 25 metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy in which you can climb a stairway up inside. It is the biggest Goddess statue in Southeast Asia.

    Location : Chungcheng Park, Ta Sha Wan Shan, East of Keelung City

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    Chungcheng Park

    by keeweechic Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Up on a hill on the side of Ta Sha Wan Shan, you will find Chungcheng Park where you can get panoramic views of the harbour and Keelung City. Originally this three level park was called Kang Park. On the first level you will find a historic cannon fort and on the second is Chu Pu Tan Temple, Chung Lieh Temple and Buddhist library.

    Location : Ta Sha Wan Shan, East of Keelung City

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    Rebuilding of the Port

    by keeweechic Written Jul 3, 2004

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    At the end of the war, a bureau was established to rebuild the port and since then has become one of the major ports in the World with some 50 odd wharves. Not only do cargo ships use this port but also there are 2 passenger terminals for both domestic and internal cruise liners.

    Location : Keelung, North Taiwan

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    Keelung Port

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    The Port was opened as a commercial port in 1863. In 1872 a navel defence headquarters was set up here and later the railroad was linked to the port. It wasn’t until 1886 that the first wharf was completed despite the port being in operation for around 100 years prior to that. When the Japanese occupied the area during 1895-1945 a 5 stage development plan was initiated. During World War II in 1939 the port was heavily bombed and almost all of the port facilities were destroyed.

    Location : Keelung, North Taiwan

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    Keelung

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Keelung (which means rich and prosperous land) is north of Taipei which overlooks the East China Sea (Dunghai). Mountains surround the city on three sides. It has interesting history of the Spanish landing in 1626 in search of a natural harbour to expand trade in the Far East. The area is quite hilly rather than flat and because of its location, was important for protecting the Taipei area from any attacks. Keelung used to be called Jilong which meant hencoop.

    Location : North Taiwan

    Getting There : From Taipei, take the train or the Chung Hsing bus from Taipei Train Station's East Station. The trip takes about half an hour.

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    Theraputic

    by keeweechic Written Jul 1, 2004

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    Wulai is well know for its hot springs. Even the Tai Ya Tribe of the area has a meaning of ‘hot springs’. The springs are clear, transparent and odorless. The benefits are especially therapeutic for dermatitis.

    Location : Wulai

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    A Touching Memorial

    by keeweechic Written Jul 1, 2004

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    At Yehliu amidst the rock formations is a statue of Lin Tien Jane in commemoration of their bravery for sacrificing their own life to save children who were drowning. Its quite a touching story.

    Location : Yehliu - North of Taiwan

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    Yeh Liu

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 1, 2004

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    You will find Yeh Liu in the north of Taiwan. Formed by the spreading of Datun Mountain, it is a cape of about 1,700 metres long and is said to look like a giant turtle from the air.

    Getting There: MRT: Services run between Taipei and Danshuei at 3 to 10 minute intervals. Tickets can be bought at all MRT stations.

    By bus : At Taipei, Banciao, Danshuei or Keelung, take the Taichi Express Bus bound for Jinshan and alight at Yehliu stop.

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