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... whilst travelling sometimes, I also met up with some friends and went hiking back to Alangyi on the west coast ( a trip which was cut short due to a landslide but a good couple of days never the less) we still managed to have a laugh. Another hiking trip was planned last minute to the famous spot of Alishan ( or Ali mountain as it's known in Taiwan) where we headed for a couple of days to head to the mountains for walking the trails and catch the sunrise, sadly the ...
... God of War, Chihkan and Matsu), but we saw those and twice as many again along the way, not mentioned in the Lonely Planet. The highlights included the particularly ornate temples, and those with a story. Such as the Matsu temple, where five concubines hung themselves and now their graves are said to be in several different places, including Koxinga's Shrine, with the concubines shrine being at Wufei Temple.
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... just one day in Kaohsiung.
We began our day be learning that the forecast Typhoon is now going to mostly miss the island, as it seems to be doing an abrupt right hand turn before getting here. Oh, weather. At least today was dry (in fact, too hot). We spent a good deal of time at Lotus Pond, watching turtles crawl on huge flat lily pads and water skiers get dunked at the rope-tow water park. We also visited a series of temples that ...
... Buddha. One of the three Buddha tooth relics are housed here and worshiped by the locals. Taiwanese Buddhists are the "orthodox" version (Mahayana), where all desires are given up- meat, alcohol, marriage etc, and you devote your life to though and helping the community. We then saw the Love River in Kaoshiung and the night market. A lively city, much like ...
... the 1700's. The old fort was originally built by the Dutch in the 1600's and conquered by a Ming general retreating from the advancing Qing army. We then thought we would walk to the night market which turned out to be an over an hour walk. It was actually bigger than the one we saw in Taipei. Food was good. Bubble tea made with winter melon with pearls was exquisite. ...