During my absence from blogging, I had been on holiday with my family… We went to my wife’s motherland in Taiwan. This was going to be my second time here, so armed with a little bit of experience and research, I hoped the journey would be fruitful photography-wise.
During our stay in Taipei we did an excursion to Beitou, a hot spring town which has been popular since Japanese occupation times. While in Taiwan, one should at least try one of the many hot springs around, so why not. While photography was not permitted in the hot springs, I enjoyed the walk around Beitou township itself. It has a charming Japanese old-world sort of feel. Maybe the hot spring vibe has to do with that.
The picture below is from Dire Valley which is one of the top attractions in Beitou. All the steam reminded me of Rotorua back home.
Below is one of my favourite MRT stations. Instead of looking all generic and stuff, there proudly sits a cool looking gate!
Also check out the Beitou Hot Spring Museum which is housed within a heritage Japanese colonial building.
Coming from New Zealand, I didn’t know what to expect from the so-called “Japanese colonial” architecture, but I wasn’t expecting something so… “western”. Alright, we didn’t go inside the museum so I don’t know what the interior is like, but the exterior is basically a red-brick building with some timber paneling. Some uses of arches and columns.
I guess Japanese colonial means the period when the Empire showed off how industrialised and modern it was compared to the rest of Asia, and what better way to prove modern-ness than to build buildings that look like it could belong in Industrial Europe? It must have been an imposing sight back in the day.
Check out my other posts in the Taiwan series here!
Taiwan #1: Old Streets of Beitou
Taiwan Bonus: Geothermal Valley, Beitou
Taiwan #2: Old and New Taipei
Taiwan #3: Tale of Two Leaders
Taiwan #4: Maokong
Taiwan #5: East Coast Taiwan
Taiwan #6: Taroko National Park
Taiwan #7: Kaohsiung
Taiwan Bonus: Kaohsiung Dome of Light
Taiwan #8: Tainan
Taiwan Bonus: Transport
Taiwan Bonus: People
Taiwan Bonus: Blur