Taichung Plaza International Hotel
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... ice cream store which is a converted eye hospital from the pre WWII Japanese era was only 2 blocks from the bus station. It is also a very upscale Japanese style gift shop. The ice cream was great.
We bought fried dumplings and a combination dinner with grilled chicken, a fried egg, vegetables and rice for our late evening train ride to Hualien.
... some English as her children lives in Richmond, B.C. We then stopped by to see a performance by the local tribe. It was OK.
On the train to Taichung. When we got there, it took a few tries to find our hotel which was only 200m from the station, but on the other side of the tracks. We were in the low rent part of a large hotel, but can't complain for C $47 with free breakfast to boot. ...
... continues, including the burning of paper money, the setting off of fireworks, the walking round a 'bridge' many times with family members dropping money into a bowl each time they pass this - supposedly to assist their grandmother in the afterlife but in reality being payment to the master of ceremonies who jokingly encourages them to put more in.
Finally everyone moves to the back garden where a large area has been fenced off. The paper house is carried by the ...
... The driver also took us to a modern buddhist temple which was quite impressive.
We came back to the hotel around 3:30 to take a break. Dinner was at 6 in a nearby small restaurant at the "old street". We went to the old street shortly after 5 and wondered around for a bit. I got a couple of souvenirs (oh boy! How am I going to carry all the stuff back?!!:-().
The restaurant apparently was a very popular one. It was very crowded even before 6. Somehow our travel ...
... especially for the size of our van. We chatted about that. Chris also introduced me to the well known Chinese documentary series called "A Bite of China" and I watched one episode on his laptop. FANTASTIC!! I must download the whole thing and watch!!
Our first stop was after about 2 hours drive, at a place that used to be a Japanese village/community that farmed (stole) Chinese forest/wood. Now it was kind of a market place with all kinds of stores. ...