Military Hardware in Hsinpu

Photos by MJ Klein

Part of the Taiwan Mini Parks Series

Hui-chen and I were driving along the mountain ridge in Hsinpu near our home when we ran across a new park being built.

Hsinpu New Park
View of gun boat turrets from the road

This is one of those parks that feature decommissioned military hardware.   It seems that Taiwan’s heavy military background is destined to be on display forever, through parks such as these.

Hsinpu New Park

Hsinpu New Park

Hsinpu New Park

Hsinpu New Park

Finally, here is the restroom.  As you can see, this park is just getting started.  I’ll do an update on this park when it’s finished.  The location on top of the mountain is excellent and this should be a great place to relax.

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  1. How are these things treated in Taiwan? Having been a young boy, I’m sure young boys would love to play with these cannons. Will that be allowed though? They’d be great for climbing, but military equipment is not usually designed with child-safety as a top priority.

    Or will those cannons be treated like monuments anyway – “look but don’t touch”?

    1. StefanMuc » some of the more adventurous will certainly climb on those turrets. in other areas, kids play on tanks and planes. more than likely though, this particular park is going to be a dog toilet and the purpose is to show that the local politician is doing “things” for the community.

  2. Looks like a pretty nice park. Don’t see anything like this in a park around
    here (with the exception of maybe a cannon or two from the Revolutionary
    War days).

    On the top of a mountain… good place for some VHF (especially 6m)
    operations 🙂

    1. mike01905 » yeah, but you’d be disappointed by ham radio in Taiwan. the licenses aren’t enforced. i’ve been in lots of taxis and seen 2m and 440 gear being used to dispatch the taxis. repeaters are unheard of and it’s just like a big CB roundtable with one person acting as a host. no thanks. i’ll stick with 20m CW. i hear that the “Bravo Victor” prefix adds a few dBs to your signal.

  3. Stefan, it could be said that nothing in Taiwan is designed with child safety in mind. However, we do have lots of temples, so parents can pray and burn some incense and god money, which will keep the kids safe :-).

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  4. Well maybe they should keep the turrets operational then. The little boys could use them to solve the dog problem. Probably wouldn’t improve the safety situation, though. Of course I jest – I like dogs. (On toast.)

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