The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

Photos by MJ Klein

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck has invaded Taiwan – and your favorite blogger was there to get photos!

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

Naturally we had to take Phoenix to see the duck.  But don’t get me wrong – we didn’t make a special trip just to see the duck – we were in Kaohsiung visiting the family and it just so happens that the duck was just down the street.  But why call it “The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck” you might ask?  Well, that is a cross-cultural name I came up with.

In Chinese they call it the “Yellow Little Duck” which makes total sense when you stop and think about it.  Anyone who has ever seen baby ducks can tell you that all baby ducks are yellow.  So, this duck being yellow, it must be a representation of a baby duck and hence, little.  In the Western world, we have “rubber ducks” which children (and yes, admittedly some adults) use in the bathtub.  This depiction of a duck is obviously giant, and in English I would call it a “giant rubber duck” so I added the Chinese description in English, and so we have: The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck!

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

This is Hui-chen holding Phoenix and showing her the duck.  The funny thing is, when the duck is on TV, Phoenix gets all excited and starts pointing to it.  But when she saw the duck up close and in person, she couldn’t have cared less.

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

Let’s move to another place around the bend and see if we can’t get a better angle on the duck, OK?

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

Phoenix did enjoy seeing the duck.  Notice the woman to the left.  She is posing for a photograph with her hand out, like she’s holding the duck.  We saw all sorts of poses with the duck, including some guy holding up his fist as if he were punching the duck.  Go figure.

The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck

The duck is now gone from this place and is being set up in Taoyuan.  We’ll be visiting the duck again as Taoyuan is very close to where we live.  So stay tuned for more duck photos soon!

The 85 Building, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I want to leave you with this rather stark photo of the 85 building in Kaohsiung, arguably one of the most interesting buildings in Taiwan.

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  1. The 85 building is different than any others I have seen. What businesses are in it?

    1. hi Carolyn. well, it’s an office building, and there are also residences, but other than that, i cannot tell you anything else. it would be cool to have a place in that building! thanks and take care.

  2. hi, i will be in taipei on the 7-11 nov.

    can i ask where exactly is the location for the yellow duck in taoyuan?
    and it would be great if you could let me know how i can get there from taipei main station.

    thank you!

    1. hi Linda, thanks for commenting on our blog. the rubber duck will be in Xinwu at the Xinwu pond. i do not have coordinates at this time, but if you make your way to Xinwu you can ask anyone where it is. i honestly have no idea how to get there from the Taipei main station. you’ll have to ask someone about a bus going to Xinwu. there should be special buses going there while the duck is visiting. take care Linda.

  3. Is that to Taoyuan City? There is a train running from Taipei main station, every 15-20 mins – takes 41 minutes to get there.

    I would recommend to look via Google maps – as far as I’ve seen they have the best public transport routing for Taiwan. (The rail and bus websites in Taiwan will only tell you when specific lines are running, but they won’t help you with connections. Difficult to use if you don’t know the line number or if there are multiple connection options.)

      1. Hi MJ,

        That was intended to be a reply to Linda, since she was asking about Taoyuan. 🙂

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