From the monthly archives: "June 2012"

baoan temple taipei

Located right beside the Taipei Confucius Temple in Datong District of Taipei is the UNESCO world hertitage site, The Taipei Baoan Temple.  It is very similar in architecture as the Longshan Temple, but one unique thing is the amount of dragons that flank the entire temple grounds.  You’ll see dragons along the column posts, dragons along the rooftop, and even dragons printed on the various lanterns hanging throughout the temple.  The way the temple was preserved so well is also remarkable.  Here’s a closer look at the Taipei Baoan Temple.     Read Full Article →

confucius temple taipei

Located in the old part of Taipei, the Datong District is the Taipei Confucius Temple.  It is modeled after the original Confucius Temple from Shandong Province in mainland China.  If you don’t know who Confucius is, he is probably the most influential ancient Chinese philosopher of all time.  His teachings of ethics and moral values are so profound and influential that till this day most typical Chinese people still cultivate these values.  Strong family values and filial piety are such examples of his teachings that you will definitely see in a typical Chinese family.     Read Full Article →

ah gei famous tofu and fishball and fish paste danshui

In my last post I mentioned about the many unique snacks and food at Danshui, Taipei.  Definitely if you ask many of the locals, there is one common snack that most will recommend you to try in Danshui.  It is a unique tofu/fishcake dish and the authentic ones can only be found at a place called Ah Gei‘s in Danshui.  This dish is not found elsewhere in Taipei, so my wife and I decided to check out what the hype was all about.     Read Full Article →

fisherman's wharf at danshui taipei

Further down the coast from the Danshui old street area in northern Taipei, is a little port called Fisherman’s Wharf.  It is for many years where fisherman would dock their boats to unload their catch of the day.  It is also a great place where you can enjoy a stroll through the docks and catch the sunset.  Luckily for my wife and I, we reached the Fisherman’s Wharf just in time to see the amazing sunset.  Here’s how it all went…      Read Full Article →

danshui (or Danshuei, Tamshui, Tamsui) old street taipei

Danshui (also known as Danshuei, Tamshui, or Tamsui) is a laid back waterfront town on the northern part of Taipei city.  Historically this is a significant place in Taipei history, where it was one of the main settlements for the Spanish in the 1600’s.  It was also been influenced by the Japanese during the world war era having established its unique 1900’s architecture and infrastructure.  Its a great place to just stroll around, grab some great food, and just soak in the atmosphere.  Ever since I first stepped foot at Danshui, there was something about it that left a lasting impression on me.  Here are some of the reasons why I love Danshui so much.     Read Full Article →

guandu temple

Nestled near a sleepy sea side community on the northern end of Taipei is the magnificent Guandu Temple.  Taiwan is known for a lot of beautiful Chinese temples, and Guandu Temple is no exception.  Little is known about this temple in the various guide books, however I was glad I took the chance to visit it.  The minute I step foot into the Guandu Temple, I was simply taken away by its remarkable architecture and beauty.  Out of all the temples I have visited in Taipei, I consider Guandu Temple one of the best.     Read Full Article →

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