I didn't know what to expect from the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. I've both enjoyed and been bored stupid by different art museums in the past, so it was with mixed feelings that I made the trip to Taichung.
Changhua's Great Buddha Statue may well be Baguashan's (八卦山) most famous attraction, but by no means could it be counted as the area's only interesting site.
When you think of a park, you think of trees, grass and a few benches -- a nice little place where a family could spend an hour or two, but nothing very special.
On route 169 to Alishan lies the indigenous village of DaBang (達邦部落). DaBang is the home of the Chou tribe (鄒族).
Baguashan (八卦山) is a great mass of hills and valleys that covers 22,000 hectares of west central Taiwan. To see everything it has to offer would take months; the more places you visit, the more you realize just how much there is left to see.
The roof of the dark passage is so low that I have to bend almost double as I make slow and difficult progress along the tunnel.
If Gukeng (古坑) in Yunlin County (雲林縣) was ever famous, it was only due to its coffee. The town and surrounding area are one of the only places in Taiwan where it's possible to grow coffee beans, and people have long been traveling from as far away as Taipei and Kaoshiung to drink the product.
Beigang (北港) Town, located in Yunlin (雲林), central Taiwan, is one of the most famous religious towns in Taiwan. It is the home of Taiwan's oldest Matsu (媽祖) temple, also called Chaotien Temple (朝天宮).
Out of the dark hollows of a cocoon emerges a lovely butterfly. Even a long, dark night ends in a beautiful morning.
From the top of Baguashan﹝八卦山﹞, about 30 minutes south of Taichung, a huge statue of the Buddha watches over Changhua﹝彰化﹞ City. The black statue, visible above the many downtown high-rise buildings, is truly magnificent.