The Landis Resort Yangmingshan
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August 10th, 2014. 5:20PM. Taipei, Taiwan.
Light refracts through the prisms
of a trillion strangers' eyes.
Someone disappears into
thick air. Someone’s feet
the yellow earth. The
still. The sea: apathetic
When you wonder if you are the first
Today we spent the day hanging out with my McGill buddy Marianne and her friend Jonny. He volunteered to show us around a few touristy spots in Taipei! The first place we went to see was Longshan temple. There were lots of people there because of the "ghost festival" that happens in July. There were lots of fruits, incense, and paper items that decorated the grounds.
We wandered around ...
... the midst of training. We settled on a bar called "On Tap" (mainly because some of us lads were already craving a "proper pint"). It was a pub based around a normal bar back home in the UK, but not many of the UK's beers. It was also very expensive due to this fact! But it was still a good night, we played some drinking games, socialized, played some pool with some other "ex pats" from Australia.Then later on we were also challenged by a couple of Taiwanese girls to some games ...
... praying inside the main area). The other, rather amusing point to make was on its location. It was a phenomenally intricate building, with very defined patterns and statues throughout the temple, and it was just placed smack bang in the middle of normal Taipei buildings and scenery! I've taken some photos which show this, you could literally look out of the temple at high rise flats. Just outside the temple aswell are a pair of solid Bronze cast dragons, the only ...
... the surrounding nature, which helps to give you a little bit of orientation around the whole town. From here you can tell which are the older and newer parts of the city, the traffic (or lack thereof) and the general niceness of the whole place. It's a little bit crowded with tourists from mainland China but I suppose that's the case everywhere nowadays.
I'd admit that I was not looking forward to the stay. But ...