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Admiring the view at Tam Shui

The scene at Dam Shui
The scene at Dam Shui

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.

The waterfront
The waterfront

Walking along the waterfront reminded me of being in Stanley , Hong kong as they too had a really lovely waterfront to walk along.

The  other view from the waterfront
The other view from the waterfront

It was really nice to see both the hills and the water together at the same place.

Street Art
Street Art

While walking along the streets at Dan Shui we came across this art work embedded in a sidewalk.

The church across the street
The church across the street

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.

A monument along the street
A monument of Dr Mackay  along the street

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.

A colorful building
A colorful building

I could see beautiful art work everywhere we went. This particular corner store had the windows and walls all painted with lovely portraits.

Fort San Domingo
Fort San Domingo

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.

The other building in the compound
The other building in the compound
The famous Lover's Bridge
The famous Lover’s Bridge

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.

Another view of the same bridge from the water
Another view of the same bridge from the water
The ferry we took back to the Train station
The ferry we took back to the Train station

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.

The view of the opposite island from the ferry
The view of  waterfront from the ferry

It was great viewing the place from the ferry as it gave me another perspective of the place that we visited.

Where have you been to lately?

 
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Yuanshan Flower Expo Park Lantern Festival

 

 

A 3D Horse lantern
A 3D Horse lantern

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.

One of the exhibits on display.
One of the exhibits on display.

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.

An under the sea exhibit
An under the sea exhibit

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?

Sheep  lanterns
Sheep lanterns

There were many lanterns  which were created to look like sheep as  2015 is the Year of the sheep.

Another sheep display
Another sheep display
Three sheep with auspicious blessings.
Three sheep with auspicious blessings.
Sheeps besides a model of the iconic Taipei 101
Sheeps besides a model of the iconic Taipei 101
A huge cuddly sheep
A huge cuddly 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 :)

A Dog Train lantern.
A Dog Train lantern.

Besides sheep there were lanterns based on various cartoon characters like this Dog head train.

Roller coaster lantern
Roller coaster lantern

Some lanterns were built to resembled part of an amusement park like this roller coaster shown here.

A carousal lantern
A carousal lantern
Circus exhibit  lanterns
Circus exhibit lanterns

Even the circus clowns were represented among the different lanterns which were on display in the park.

A pumpkin carriage
A pumpkin carriage

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.

Lanterns based on folk tale.
Lanterns based on folk tale.

I can’t remember off hand which story these characters were depicting but it was certainly nice to see them in traditional costumes.

 

Have you been to a lantern festival before?

 
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