Saturday, February 09, 2013

Interesting Landscapes of Taiwan - PhotoHunt

PhotoHunt theme : Landscapes you like/Promise

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500 Arahats Garden (五百罗汉)

I cannot forget my visit to Taiwan's largest Buddhist Temple, Fo Guang Shan Monastery is built on a mountain in Kaohsiung. Although I am a Christian, the visit offered me a cultural and spiritual glimpse into this ancient religion.

Beautifully carved statues of Buddha are found everywhere around the monastery, I was told there are over 10,000 of them. I love the tranquillity the monastery offered. I shall not forget my promise to return for a visit to the majestic Buddha Memorial Center which I missed out on my last trip.

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My third visit to Taipei, I never miss a visit to its hotsprings. Dipping in hotsprings can become addictive. :D I could only wish my tiny country has a great hotspring where I could have frequent dips.

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old mining town turned into a popular tourist attraction 

I fell in love with this charming old gold mining town turned into a popular tourist attraction. It took me an hour's drive by car from Taipei. Many tourists visit this place during the day. I love the cosy tea houses and the artist studios. I would like to stay for a night on my next trip for a different experience of this place.






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    1. Yay, preparing for our lunar new year celebrations now. Thank you. :)

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  2. Linda tua participação e tomara possas cumprir a promessa feita! Lindo!

    beijos,chica

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    1. I am planning to visit the majestic Buddha Memorial center this year. :)

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  3. I can see why you made such a promise....beautiful, serene, and tranquil.

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    1. A heavenly place to escape from the bustling city. :)

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  4. I'm not particularly religious but there are many religious places I've visited and liked. If nothing else, can appreciate them from cultural and artistic points of view. :)

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    1. Usually whenever I visit another country, I would include visits to religious places where I am bound to find exceptional buildings of worship and also to learn about the culture of the people.

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  5. Very interesting and nice all these buddhas, love the little old mining town !

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    1. The old mining town is full of surprises. I would like to uncover them and share with my friends. :)

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  6. Gorgeous pics!

    http://tc-twistedfairytale.blogspot.ca/2013/02/saturday-photohunt-promise-and.html

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  7. This looks like such a peaceful and spiritual place :)

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    1. Visitors could opt for a short spiritual stay at Fo Guang Shan Monastery. Be prepared to wake up very early in the morning for prayers and eat vegetarian meals. :)

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  8. Gorgeous photography at beautiful and interesting places.

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    1. There are many more interesting and beautiful places in Taiwan.

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  9. you do not have to be anything to enjoy your own culture/past -. I want to say something like it does not matter where you go as a Christian, you can enjoy it for what it is. I personnally enjoy visiting many different spiritual places, thay all have deep meaning

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    1. True.
      I enjoy visiting spiritual places. I met interesting people and hear their amazing stories in such places. Learn quite a lot about the different lives of other races and nationalities.

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  10. I has been 40 years since I was in Taiwan ~ I love those photos!

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    1. Time to revisit Taiwan, Sandi. It has changed so much.

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  11. Once again interesting take on themes...The middle picture with the fog does put an interesting setting to the picture.

    Coffee is on.

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    1. That is a hotspring in crowded Taipei. Love the place.

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  12. Beautiful pics and the promise of you visiting again.

    I know what you mean about hot springs. I had my first (and only) experience in one when I visited New Zealand.

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  13. Such serene beauty. :)

    I would love to visit the place too, someday. :)

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    1. You should visit Taiwan at least once. It has quite a lot of fun places and things to see.

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  14. Beautiful shots for this week's theme. I often make promises to return to places I visit and love in order to reconnect with the happiness and wonder that I found there.

    Have a super weekend!

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    1. Usually I will return to the places where I have many happy memories and friends. My friends would then bring me to see new places.

      There are so many countries I want to visit, but I have too little time. :P

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  15. Before my visit to Taiwan, I did not realize there is so much to see. I wished I could stay much longer to explore. Since you are closer, perhaps you can go again and share your experiences with us.

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    1. I will be going again this year and I hope to stay longer too. I will definitely share my experiences with my readers.

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  16. Imagens lindas e carregadas de significado. A primeira é minha preferida. Um abraço!

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