Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chinese New Year Lanterns

With Chinese New Year approaching stores sell New Year decorations. This store offers lanterns, firecrackers, posters and other designs. See more Chinese New Year's images at my Editorial Images Gallery at Photogenic Asia.

This is one of the largest stores for New Year's decorations in Kaohsiung. As you can see the dominant colors are red and gold and a popular image is the god of wealth.  See more Chinese New Year's images at my Editorial Images Gallery at Photogenic Asia.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Orchids for Valentine's Day

Beautiful Valentine Card with Orchids
Beautiful Valentine Card with Orchids by asiastockimages
Taiwan is one of the world's largest exporters's of orchid flowers. Every year in early spring an international orchid exhibition takes place in Tainan in southern Taiwan. These particular orchids are called butterfly orchids or phalaeonopsis.
See more of my orchid images at my Nature and Landscape Gallery at Photogenic Asia.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

For Whom The Bell Tolls

This large ceremonial bronze bell is housed in the Confucius temple of Qishan in southern Taiwan. It weighs several hundred kilos and is only used on special days for certain temple ceremonies.

You can find this image and lots more Asian content in my gallery Beauty of Taiwan at Photogenic Asia.

Welcome the Year of the Snake!

Chinese New Year is fast approaching. New Year's Eve will be on February 9th of this year, and New Year's Day will be February 10. Here is a large supersized good luck coin with a New Year couplet wishing you prosperity for the new year.

You can find this image and lots more Asian content in my gallery Beauty of Taiwan at Photogenic Asia.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ceramic Tiger Temple Decoration

This bold ceramic sculpture of a tiger decorates the eaves of a traditional temple in Taiwan. Taiwan's colorful religious life is often a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and a healthy dose of Chinese folk religion and practices thrown in.

You can find this image and lots more Asian content in my gallery Beauty of Taiwan at Photogenic Asia.

Entrance Hall to Confucius Temple

The entrance hall to the Confucius Temple in the town of Qishan in southern Taiwan. Confucius (Kong Ze or Kong Tse) is still highly honored and respected in Taiwan and most bigger town have a dedicated temple for him. The town of Qishan is famous for its banana groves and often called the "Banana Capital" of Taiwan.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Shuili Snake Kiln

The famous Shuili Snake Kiln in central Taiwan is a traditional pottery kiln, that was destroyed during the 1999 earthquake but has been rebuilt in subsequent years. Today it again produces magnificent pottery products.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tiger and Dragon Pagodas

These two pagodas at Kaohsiung's Lotus Lake are called the Tiger and Dragon Pagodas, because you enter one pagoda through a large dragon mouth sculpture and exit the second pagoda from a tiger's jaw. It is supposed to bring you good luck.

Traditional Chinese Farmer's Straw Hats

How would you like to wear one of those straw hats covered with colorful cloth? Well, come to Taiwan, and you will see many farmers sporting one of these. This image was taken at a farmer's market in Yujin, in southern Taiwan. Yujin is also called Taiwan's mango capital, because it lies right in the heart of a major mango growing region. Every summer tourists and whole salers flock to the daily mango market.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chinese Rooftops

Here is a local neighborhood in Kaohsiung seen from above. Many Taiwanese prefer to live in narrow town houses and often add a variety of structures to their buildings. Those shiny, round things are water tanks.

A visit to Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan

How good are you in geography? Ever heard of Kaohsiung? It is the second largest city in Taiwan, one of the world's biggest ports, and located in the south of the island, where the climate is hot and sticky in the summer and warm and dry in the winter.

Until a few years ago Kaohsiung was considered the industrial backwater of Taiwan. Most of the country's heavy industry was located here, and there was little for the tourist to see. Since then the city has made great strides to reinvent itself as the "ocean capital" of Taiwan. Kaohsiung is certainly not without its charm. Situated right on the Taiwan Strait it has that lovely atmosphere that only port cities have. Seafood is present in abundance, from simple roadside stalls to high-class restaurants. For those who love Chinese architecture there are also many pagodas and temples to visit.
The people of Kaohsiung may lack the sophistication and latest fashion awareness compared to those who live in Taipei in the north, but they certainly make up for it in warmth, hospitality and friendliness. So if you are traveling in the East, or visiting China or Hong Kong, you should make a quick jump over the water to visit this interesting city. Flights from Hong Kong are frequent, short and reasonable.

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