John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

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Photos my MJ Klein, including FOOD PHOTOS!

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

As you recall from our last installment, we ended up in Kaohsiung.   We took John on the Dream Mall Ferris wheel.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

The view from the Ferris wheel is impressive.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

This is John at the food court, about to have his first “bubble” milk tea.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John had never been to a Chinese medicine store before, so we took him inside to show him how they fill the prescriptions.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

Later we went to eat, and I took this mobile phone photo of the food on the table.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

That evening we showed John the famous Love River.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

There is a new artist community in Kaohsiung and I had never been there before.  So we took John and walked around the complex.  It’s built along this bike path.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

To me personally, this was by far, the most interesting thing there.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

A genuine World War II Japanese warplane!

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

Remember, Taiwan was part of Japan back then.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

Of course, being a weekend, it was totally packed.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

This is an animation company.  They weren’t open for looking though.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

I liked this wooden structure, but it wasn’t high enough for John or I to even walk under.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

A living sculpture.  It sure was hot that day!

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

Everyone likes this sculpture!

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

We walked past the artist area, and down towards the port.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

These are Japanese-era sugar warehouses.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

And this is part of what’s left of the old train depot.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

We saw the strangest red temple nearby.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

The ends of the tracks are still there.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

This plaque tells the history of the area.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

Yes, that is the name of the pier.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

Now we’re entering the port area.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

HC and I haven’t been here in a long time.  One of the things that I like about Kaohsiung is the fact that it’s a port city.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

Of course, we sat down at some place and got something to eat and drink.  This is my chocolate Black Forest cake.  It was quite good.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

One of the many tour boats going around the harbor.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

The next day, we all went to lunch at a nice little place that HC’s mother likes.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

This is my won-ton soup.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

As usual, we covered the table with dishes 🙂

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

The 85 building is not far from HC’s parent’s home.  John and I went there and up to the observation floor.  From here you can see Ikea, and also Costco across the street.  Those high rises in the background are where HC’s parents live.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

We spent the day relaxing, in preparation for our East coast tour.  Later that evening we visited the famous Liuhe tourist night market.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

This is a family shot just before we left to visit the East coast of Taiwan. L to R is Hui-chen’s father and mother, HC, John and Hui-lien (HC’s sister).

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

We don’t have any enroute photos because it was raining and foggy but this shot was taken with my mobile phone as we found this small place open for dinner.  It was quite good and the people there were cool.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

We stayed in a hot springs hotel in the Taidong area.  This is the hot spring bath that was located in our private room.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

This is the shower stall.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

This was the second time we stayed in this room and I really enjoy it here.

John Visits Taiwan, Part Three

The next day we set out on our journey up the coast of Taiwan.  This shot is just the beginning of what we saw along the East coast.  We drove through the famous Rift Valley of Taiwan.   You won’t want to miss the next installments!

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12 comments

  1. As always – nice pics – how did John like the bubble tea? I love it! One of my favorite things in Taiwan – lol – Did you guys manage to get the old British Consulate at Taglog – that is pretty interesting with nice views of Kaohsiung. Anyway Kaohsiung is a great place to visit – lots to do there. Glad you took your brother there but it seems it was a fairly quick trip.

    Look forward to the next entry on the East Coast tour. That is really beautiful.
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    1. hi Paul. no we didn’t go up to the Consulate, but Hui-chen took me there before, and you’re so right – the views are spectacular! it was a quick stop there so we’re hoping John will come back again soon for another visit. thanks Paul and take care. EDIT: Paul, John did like the bubble tea, but it wasn’t what he was expecting!

    1. hey Michael, i wish we could have brought you more photos, but it was a quick stop in Kaohsiung for a couple of days. John really liked it there as much as we do. when are you coming back for a visit? take care MC!

    1. hey Michael, that’s great news. Van and I have a regular gig on Friday nights so I’m sure we can hang out and have dinner together. we’ve never met Peichi so I’m doubly looking forward to that. thanks!

  2. I really enjoyed seeing your pictures. The food looks good too. Hui-chen’s family look like very happy people. You will like Pei-chi, she is very nice, very caring.

    1. hi Carolyn. nice to see your comment in the blog. Hui-chen’s family are fantastic people – i am very fortunate to be counted among them. we’re looking forward to seeing Michael and Pei-chi when they come back to Taiwan for a visit. of course, i would expect Pei-chi to be a kind and caring person because that is exactly how your son is 🙂 thank you Carolyn and please take care!

  3. MJ, I’ve often thought about visiting Taiwan as one of our escape destinations, but never knew if there was enough to keep us occupied for 2 or 3 weeks…looks like there’s plenty.

    PS. I love bubble tea, I even bought some sago balls after returning home from China a few years ago…but laziness won out and I never go around to making it.
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