Post Card from Taiwan

With all the talk about China invading Taiwan, we feel very fortunate to have visited the cities of Hualien and Taipei during the cruise. The whole region could become involved in a dispute that would include Okinawa, mainland Japan, Philippines, and South Korea because of their proximity to Taiwan. So, this was a very special visit to us.

Our first impression was that much hadn’t changed from what we saw in Japan. The Japanese character set is based on Chinese (with some adaptations) and some of the religious sites were very similar. That’s where the similarities ended. After changing our translate app to Chinese and replacing the Yen in our wallets with New Taiwan Dollars, we were ready to go. Taxis and food were less expensive and there was much more hustle and bustle on the streets. Finally, there was a less formal atmosphere when among the people and it looked like building maintenance wasn’t a priority, which may have been a tax reduction strategy.

Here’s a few images of what we saw:

About rkcaton

We like to travel and even spent nine years roaming around North America in a 40 foot motorhome. We're now back in a home in Washington state roaming by car, air, and boat.
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2 Responses to Post Card from Taiwan

  1. Laurel says:

    That Buddhist temple is extraordinary! This is definitely a unique time for you to be visiting Taiwan…scary to think what might lie ahead for the whole region. 😦

  2. Joe says:

    I love all the color. Blue paths are the way to go!

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