Sansiantai

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Photos by MJ Klein

The next place that we went on our trip to East Taiwan was the Sansiantai or the “three immortals” as they are called in Chinese.  The most striking feature is the beautiful 8-arch bridge and of course, the natural beauty surrounding it.

Sansiantai

Sansiantai

Sansiantai

Sansiantai

The incredible beauty of the water and rock formations defies attempts to capture it.  You have to see this place in person to really appreciate how beautiful it really is.

Sansiantai

It was hard for me to frame photos with no people in them, but it’s possible if you are patient and wait for people to move.

Sansiantai

The sand is dark and volcanic, and….

Sansiantai

There are blue pebbles!  Notice all the junk in this photo.  Pollution is a big problem in Taiwan.

Sansiantai

Another problem is Chinese tourists. These were the rudest tourists I have yet seen. I wanted to yell “SHUT UP!” so badly, but I resisted.  All they do is bicker and argue among themselves.  Every word has to be shouted at each other because no one is listening – they are too busy telling each other what to do, where to stand, what to look at, etc..  Another annoying thing they do is stand directly in front of other people taking photos. It seems that Chinese people don’t have any photographs of anything.  They just have photographs of themselves standing in front of places but taking photos of the places themselves isn’t important.  This is the government’s plan for Taiwan?  More rude Chinese tourists?

Sansiantai

Finally, the 2 women moved out of the way and I could take some photos of the famous bridge.

Sansiantai

Sansiantai

Sansiantai

This shot makes a fine desktop wall paper.  Feel free to download the full sized version and use it on your computer.

Sansiantai

Sansiantai

Hui-chen and I recommend visiting the Sansiantai and the 8-arch bridge.  We apologize in advance for the rude tourists you may encounter, and we ask that you do not hold this against Taiwan!

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  3. Mj great pictures. I feel so homesick seeing that beautiful blue water. The only thing I really miss here in Thailand is being a few minutes away from the beach and surfing.

    The bridge is a ripper, I had never heard of it before, except for your earlier teaser about it.

    The volcanic sand is like when I was in Japan, most palces there the beaches are black. In the rich areas they import sand from Australia to put on the beaches.

    Well, the Thais wouldn’t be like this. They are such considerate people 🙂

    Thanks for sharing MJ

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    1. Brunty » Taiwan has wonderful beaches that are virtually deserted. it’s no good to lay out and get dark you know. when you make it to Taiwan we can take a ride over to the east side too. take care.

    1. cfimages » oh, great. it’s not hard to find, but not so easy to get to because of the distance. we took highway 20 over the mountains (5 hours) and that was a trip to remember.

  4. It’s a very beautiful place indeed. There’s a tourist center next to the parking place. It’s very helpful for me to see the model of the island there to have a whole picture first. It’s a pity that I am not brave enough to walk around the island since there’s a section of trail built on the cliff.

    1. nancy » i only know of 2 people who actually went over the bridge and onto the island. from there the bridge looks tiny, if you can believe that. i’m not so sure that it’s worth going onto the island because i can think of better hikes that i would rather do in the same 4 hours or so. thanks for your comments Nancy.

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