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Today’s post is a pictorial display. Captions by Terry.)
All the photos in this blog were taken in Anping, one of the original townships on Taiwan. First stop was at this place, the Julius Mannich Merchant House, where we had a passable fast-food style lunch. Snore. Give it a miss if you ever visit.
A temple viewed from Fort Zinlandia. Many religions have taken root on Taiwan, from different forms of paganism to Buddhism, Taoism, Confuciousism (?), as well as some Christian forms.
This is a view from Fort Zinlandia (the Dutch had a foothold here and built a few “Red Hair” forts), looking back toward the city.
Sort of a map on the wall of the lookout tower in the fort. FYI, it had to be at least 35C when we were wondering around this village.
This is a giant model of an Anping specialty: a long coiled fried bread thingy filled with cream or ice cream, we’re not sure. See the regular sized unfilled models hanging above?
I stumbled upon this place coming back from buying yet more water. The baskets are filled with the shucked shells of oysters.
On the other side of the canvas, this is what you see–an entirely female cast, busy shucking oysters. Notice the ergonomically correct seating.
The women at this end of the work space are the only ones smiling. They rinse, size and weigh each shucker’s oysters, and keep a tally on a blackboard.
In case you couldn’t recognize the ages of these ladies, have a look.
Judging from the gray hair and hunched backs of most of these ladies, they have been doing this job for a long time.
Here’s the tally board. Looks like a few people called in sick this morning.
This is a sword lion. When a soldier came home, he put his lion-faced shield on the door to indicate he was home and put off would-be robbers. Once the town-folk recognized that it worked, they took up the sword-lion imagery to protect their places. They are an Anping icon.
This little house is part original stone work, part add-on brick. The bicycle-truck on the left fits with the ramshackle nature of the place, but notice how clean the street is. The big yellow bag is full of recycling, cardboard separated and out front.
Taiwan is peppered with all kinds of temples. This style is different from any we have seen elsewhere in Asia–so intricate and colourful! I was struck that these bolts of colour and design is missing from the Chinese landscape.
Another view of the city from an elevated platform at the Anping Tree House.
There’s the platform and where those giant banyan trees are is the site of the treehouse.
It’s not really a treehouse but rather a house overtaken by the trees and preserved in order to create a tourist attraction.
Where the root to the left does a hard right angle down is where a wall once stood.
These gators look like they want to invade the tourist center.
Part of beautiful local art on an exterior wall.
A street vendor washing oysters. The water goes from under the sink into the storm sewer.
The Shoe Blog Dresses Up (?)
The women of Taipei, Taiwan and Tainan, Taiwan have generally been quite well dressed – despite the heat and humidity. They clearly don’t shop at any of the four stores below.
Just when you think – there couldn’t be an uglier dress in Tainan than these two…
…you see 3 more…
…and then 4 more – but all of these pale in comparison to…