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Walking to the Lover’s Bridge

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Streets of Jiufen

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Along the streets of Jiufen. Shoppers viewing, buying, eating.

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Taipei 101 Celebrating Mooncake Festival

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Danshui

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Danshui/ Tamsui view of Tai Ping Shan

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National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine

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Visitors viewing the arrived guards taking up posititon near the entrance of the Shrine. Bad weather offers some respite to the guard’s shift.

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

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Juifen View

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CKS Memorial Hall

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At the center of all the buildings

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Presidential Office Building 總統府

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The Presidential Office Building (Chinese: 總統府; pinyin: Zǒngtǒng Fǔ) houses the Office of the President of the Republic of China. The building, located in the Zhongzheng District in the national capital of Taipei, Republic of China, was designed by architect Uheiji Nagano during the period of Japanese rule of Taiwan (1895–1945). The structure originally housed the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan. Damaged in Allied bombing during World War II, the building was restored after the war by Chen Yi, the Governor-General of the Taiwan province. It became the Presidential Office in 1950 after the Republic of China lost control of mainland China and relocated the nation’s capital to Taipei City at the end of the Chinese Civil War.

– Wikipedia

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Locks of love at Tamsui

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Lovers visiting the Lover’s Bridge places their declaration of love and locking a lock on these fences and ringing the bell

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Lingxing Gate

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Lingxing Gate with 8 columns and double eaved roof. Decorated with 108 studs protruding from the wooden door. On the 2 sides are stone coloumns carved with dragons.

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Danshui

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The view just off the Metro station

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Ringing the lover bell on a rainy day

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Ringing the love bell enar Lover’s Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Tamsui, Taiwan

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Fireworks at Shifen, Taiwan

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Jiufen view point

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At last, blue skies and white clouds after days of rain at Jiufen. The place for smelly tofu, mua chee and other food.

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Earth Water Sky, Taipei

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Trees @ Confucius Temple

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Trees full of squirrels near the entrance to Confucius Temple. Signs telling visitors to not feed these tiny creatures.

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Tamsui in Love

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A nice sculpture at Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf. Behind is the Tamsui Lover’s Tower.

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CKS Memorial Hall Entrance

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101 in the distance

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Taipei 101 in the distance. The Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a supertall skyscraper designed by C.Y. Lee and C.P. Wang in Xinyi, Taipei, Taiwan. This building was officially classified as the world’s tallest from its opening in 2004 until the 2010 completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

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Car 1972-1975

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Chiang Kai-shek’s car from 1972 – 1975

This is one of Chiang’s official state cars, donated by overseas Chinese in the Philippines. The 1955 GM-manufactured Cadillac is a four-door, seven-seat limousine that measures 610 (L) x 200 (W) x 163 (H) cm and weighs three tons. It is fitted with bulletproof glass and other security measures. Chiang, however, only used the vehicle once.

 

In countries that have indigenous automobile manufacturers, the government will usually commission one of the national automakers to provide a state car, or allow several to provide cars for an official state fleet. That the Taiwanese government picked something from an American manufacturer certainly shows the intimate relationship between the US and Taiwan.

 

Also of note is the car plate, which reads 0888. In Chinese language, the number 8 sounds similar to the word for abundance and good fortune, and is often the preferred number used for car plates, street numbers, cell phone numbers, etc.

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Shelter from the rain

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Tourists and locals visiting Danshui taking shelter from the passing rain. Rain comes and goes every 30 to 60 mins during the passing Usagi typhoon at Southern Taiwan.

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Fuyou Temple

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Fuyou Temple, Danshui, Taiwan

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Entrance to the Gardens

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Bridge Lights

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