During the last trip to Taiwan we visited the port city of Tam Shui. We set off for the place after breakfast and had a casual walk along Tamsui Old Street and waterfront (淡水老街) before the lunchtime crowd came.
Walking along the waterfront reminded me of being in Stanley , Hong kong as they too had a really lovely waterfront to walk along.
It was really nice to see both the hills and the water together at the same place.
While walking along the streets at Dan Shui we came across this art work embedded in a sidewalk.
It was really interested to see how art resembled the actual building with both directly opposite each other. I didn’t get to go inside the church as there was a mass on.
There is a lot of focus on culture and history in the area as we saw many statues of famous people while walking along the streets. This particular one was of Dr Mackay who was the first foreign missionary to be commissioned by the Canada Presbyterian Church (predecessor of both the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the United Church of Canada), arriving in Taiwan on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 1871.
I could see beautiful art work everywhere we went. This particular corner store had the windows and walls all painted with lovely portraits.
Built by the Spaniard back in 1644 this building now houses a museum which gives one an insight to how life was back then in the olden days.
This is one of the main attractions in Dam Shui- The Lover’s Bridge.
We didn’t walk along the bridge as it was rather hot and it didn’t seem that romantic as it was nearly afternoon when we were there. Maybe if we were there in the evening it would be a different story.
We had the option of taking the bus or this ferry back to the train station. For about NT$60 one could take a 20 min ferry back to Tamshui waterfront.
It was great viewing the place from the ferry as it gave me another perspective of the place that we visited.
the 2015 Taipei Lantern Festival at Taipei Expo Park was one of the places that R and I visited during Valentine’s Day weekend this year. The last time we saw such lanterns was back in 2012 when we went to the Lukang Lantern Festival with Tiger girl.
The lanterns on display in Taiwan were certainly very different from the ones that we see around Chinatown during Chinese New Year or the mid autumn festival. These lanterns are made by students and are all entries in the best lantern competition.
Children as young as elementary school students are encouraged to take part in this competition. As you can see from the picture above this was one of the entries done by a group of elementary school students with the guidance of their teachers.
Each lantern was built based on a theme as you can see the one above was filled with different sea creatures. Don’t they look cute?
There were many lanterns which were created to look like sheep as 2015 is the Year of the sheep.
I like this one the most as it looked like one which I wanted for myself. If only it came in a soft toy version. I certainly would purchase one for myself
Besides sheep there were lanterns based on various cartoon characters like this Dog head train.
Some lanterns were built to resembled part of an amusement park like this roller coaster shown here.
Even the circus clowns were represented among the different lanterns which were on display in the park.
Fairy tales and Folk tales were the featured themes for some of the lanterns. I saw Cinderella’s carriage on display while walking through the park.
I can’t remember off hand which story these characters were depicting but it was certainly nice to see them in traditional costumes.