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Year of the Snake: Lunar New Year 2013 in Taiwan

With a vacation to Korea, an apartment move, and a visiting family member, I didn’t go out to document this year’s Lunar New Year as much as in the past.

With that said, it was a great time of relaxation for me even if it was a bit busy. This time of year always sorts of reignites the spark and excitement of living in Taiwan for me and this was no exception.

Above: Mazu, goddess of the sea, at Cixian Temple, Taipei.

Above: Cherry blossoms on a (very) foggy day at Lion’s Head Mountain (獅頭山).

Above: Temples on the same foggy day at 獅頭山.

  

Above left: worshippers walk under a lantern for blessings at Longshan Temple, Taipei. Above right: temple lanterns hang at Cixian Temple, Taipei.

Above: temple worshipers gather at Longshan Temple, Taipei.

Above: lanterns hang at Longshan Temple, Taipei.

Above: an incense burner at a temple on Lion’s Head Mountain.

Above: fried noodles being prepared at Shilin Night Market, Taipei.

Above: the calm before the crowds at Liuhe Night Market, Kaohsiung.

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Kaohsiung Nightmarkets

These are from our one evening in Kaohsiung at a famous night market in the middle of the city.  I went black and white in some cases to accentuate faces and subjects.

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The Kaohsiung Waterfront

These were taken while on a trip to Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city in the south.  It’s major port city, and one of the best places to visit is a waterfront district with fish markets, beaches, and LOTS of food.

I previously showed this area before – you might remember the kites at the beach.

(Snails, anyone? They’re not bad – but take a lot of work for the tiny amount of substance you get…)

 

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Temple of the Emperor of the Dark Heaven

On Lotus Pond, near the temples and pagodas I posted about yesterday, is the Temple of the Emperor of the Dark Heaven, a shrine dedicated to a god who in the Taoist religion defeated a snake and turtle and symbolizes the dominance of good over evil.

He’s a fascinating site to behold, and just one of many, many temples and large statues along the lake.

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Kaohsiung Pagodas

More from Kaohsiung, this time from Lotus Lake, an area with quite a few temples surrounding the general area.

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Something I’m Missing About Now…

At the end of my CNY break, I visited Kaohsiung and Kenting, two coastal southern Taiwanese cities with my family.  In Kaohsiung, I had the camera out, while I spent the time being a beach bum in Kenting.  I miss it terribly!

When we left Kaohsiung to get on the high speed train back to Hsinchu, it was 80F (about 27C) and sunny.  I had been swimming the previous day.  When I came back into the Hsinchu station that afternoon, it was 53F (~12C) and cloudy/rainy.  Nasty.

Anyway, here’s a picture of some kites at the beach.  Not a bad way to spend an evening at all.

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