These shots are from a brief trip to Hukou Township in Hsinchu County last Sunday. It made for a good escape and change of scenery, but is close enough that we were able to get back pretty quickly. Total drive time was only about 20 minutes by scooter.
Hukou involves an “old street” which is full of ridiculous amounts of food. One of my favorite new snacks was a sweet tofu and red bean – we got a bowl of it for about $40 NT, or a little over 1 USD.
These images come from Longtan, a town located in Taoyuan, just north of Jhubei. While I didn’t have much time to take photos, I did get these while waiting for some friends. The front facade of the temple was very interesting, as it was worn with years of paint loss and repainting, giving some very interesting textures.
This shot was taken at the Taipei 101 observation deck while my family visited last weekend. We are currently in Kaohsiung still and I’m glad to be able to spend time in the southern parts of Taiwan for a change.
I liked this mix of old and new – this monk and nun were visiting the top of the second-tallest building in the world, and I thought it showed good contrast to the many facets of Taiwan. I feel like I’ve certainly been seeing this this past week, as I’ve been dragging my family members through futuristic city districts which sit next to traditional markets.
These were taken in Sanxia, Taipei County last weekend – it’s an interesting town with an “old” section of older-style brick buildings nearby a large temple and a bridge.
With the rain being sent our way from Typhoon Megi (though not the typoon itself – that’s pretty far south), I’m not sure if I’ll get the camera outside of the apartment this weekend. This is a shame, but might give me some time to look at other older photos and probably give the D5000 a good cleaning.
Below are some more shots from Double Ninth.
While I think the above photo’s framing could be more dramatic, I liked the contrasts put on by this ancient Chinese festival procession matched with a McDonald’s logo.
This HDR is a three-exposure shot taken at Hsinchu Train Station, a famous landmark from the era of Japanese colonization in this very old city. I’ll have to get back to Hsinchu to get sites like the rennovated city gate, but until then, I’m digging through some older shots I took that were never posted. This shot isn’t completely natural looking – still not sure what I think of it…