Anping city, Tainan, Taiwan (安平城 – 台灣)

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Our  first day in Taiwan, where we reached the airport at 5.30 a.m. and waited 3 hours for my husband and son to join us from Hong Kong.  My friend arranged for a tour company to supply us a driver to guide us all round Taiwan.

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Our first destination is Anping City in Tainan to visit Anping Old Fort.  The weather in July is humid and hot, it took about 2 hours from the airport to the Anping Old Fort. We were quite tired and our children preferred to sit out then walked in a old museum gallery.

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Fort Zeelandia  – 熱蘭遮城 was a fortress built over ten years from 1624 to 1634, in the town of Anping (Tainan) on the island of Formosa (present-day Taiwan), during their 38-year rule over the western part of that island. Although the site was previously named Orange City (奧倫治城), Anping City (安平城), and Taiwan City (台灣城), the current name of the site in Chinese is Anping Fort (安平古堡).

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During the seventeenth century, when Europeans from many countries sailed to Asia to develop trade, Formosa became one of East Asia’s most important transit sites, and Fort Zeelandia an international business center. As trade at the time depended on “military force to control the markets”, the value of Formosa to the Dutch was mainly in its strategic position. “From Formosa the Spanish commerce between Manila and China, and the Portuguese commerce between Macao and Japan could by constant attacks be made so precarious that much of it would be thrown into the hands of the Dutch.

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We had about 2 hours visiting times in this place  and then we went to the mo cho temple to do prayer. We stop at the restaurant for tea and enjoyed the local cuisine of King Prawn roll and then we drove to visit another gallery and the driver will drove us to our hotel to check in and at 7.00 p.m.  we will go to visit the night market  around Anping City.

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We had our dinner at the night market and stroll from stall to stall trying all the different foods. it is so cheap to eat and shop in Taiwan.  before we called a night, we found a massage palour and to massage our foots.  We have a fantastic foot massage from the staff. We only stay for a night a Tainan and bad event happened to the city where the night market was, the underground gas pipe burst and killing hundred of the locals and tourists a day after we left Tainan.  I would love to use my photos to tribute to those locals and tourists being killed in this unfortunate accident.

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Tsz Shan Monastery, Tai Po, Hong Kong

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I went back Hong Kong for my father-in-law funeral wake and for this trip I have no interest in sight-seeing or taking photos of any landmark in Hong Kong. Since both our parents-in-law had passed away within 6 months so it was quite upsetting to all the families and we used these times for reunion with each other and hopefully we still able to keep in touch even both parents-in-law no longer with us.

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During my last day in Hong Kong, we got free tickets invitation to Tsz Shan Monastery, Tai Po, Hong Kong, the monastery is still under construction and will be fully completed in May or June 2016. It is not open to public till May or June and only limited visitors are allow per day, visitors must book the tickets in advance on their website for visiting.

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Located in Tai Po’s Tung Tsz hills near Tai Mei Tuk, the 500,000 square feet Tsz Shan Monastery represents an unadorned and elegant style resembling the monastic architecture of the Tang Dynasty.

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Completed in 2013, the 76-meter tall statue at Tsz Shan Monastery is the world’s tallest Avalokitesvara – Guan Yin –  bronze statue. 1 billion HKD was donated by Li Ka-Shing, the richest man in Hong Kong and  to benefit society through the propagation of the Dharma.

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According to Feng Shui, the Guan Yin statue is standing at the foot of Shun Yeung Fung on Pak Sin Leng mountain range,  facing southwest towards the Plover Cove. “Fronting water and with hills on the back” is the best layout for choosing a construction location.

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On the other side of the island, the Tian Tan Buddha located at Ngong Ping highland in west Lantau Island is facing northeast towards mainland China. These two landmarks in Hong Kong are actually facing each other, wishing Hong Kong a peaceful and bright future.

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When walk up to the monastery, you can view the island surrounding by mountains and sea.  The landscape with the mist surrounding the mountains  creating a misty, heavenly touch to the monastery.  Walking into the monastery, the volunteer helpers will direct and guide the visitors who wish to do the prayer to the Goddess Guan Yin and Buddha. Walking around the monastery, we can enjoy the freedom of taking photos without too many crowds and the monks kindly explain the teaching of Buddhism to us as an education of knowledge.

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i totally love this monastery and will recommend to all my friends if you are in Hong Kong and have the time, book in advance for a visit to this monastery, entrance fee is free.

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Home, Sweet home from Iceland

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Finally I am back home from my 12 days self drive to Iceland and happy to be home again as the weather in Iceland are snowing heavily with strong gale. We have to change our plan as the roads to the West are totally blocked due to the weather condition.

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Our poor rental jeep car was totally unreliable as the car seen dancing all the ways in Iceland and finally broke down due to the fan not working. We have to wait in the garage for 4 hours as the kind worker had to welding the part together so that we can drive the car.

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The temperature dropped to minus 5 to 6 degrees.  the car skip to the edge of the road and we had to wait for 4 to 6 hours for tow car to tow it. The scenery is out of this world and hopefully I will able to visit this beautiful amazing country again soon.  The photos which posted in here are using iphone.

Sunny Bay, Hong Kong – 欣澳

 

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A few years ago my friend had bought me to this beautiful beach to take photos of the sunset. We were shopping at Tung cheung shopping centre due to it rained heavily that day, so when we saw the beautiful sunset, we took the MTR train to the Sunny Bay Station.

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The beach is directly opposite the MTR station.  We had a good times taking the sunset but didn’t have the times to visit the small fishing village and intend to visit this place when I in Hong Kong again.

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My daughter had admitted to hospital due to indigestion infection the previous day and she didn’t want to stay at grandpa home.  We went to visit the Sunny Bay Beach, it was so hot and  she can’t walk a lot due to suffering from stomach cramps. While she was resting on the rocks we took photos of this beautiful place and waiting for the sunsert. Unfortunately, there aren’t any shops around this place so prepared drinking water and insect repellant  as there are lot of mosquitoes.

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I had  intended to walk to the fishing village but due to my girl was sick so we just stay around the beach and taking photos. There are some wooden poles in the middle of the bay and it have been standing in there for years. We had enjoyed ourselves after here we went to Tung Cheung Shopping Centre to have our dinner. I would recommend this beautiful place to anyone if you want to have a quiet beach or sun tan, this is the place for it as it is not popular with the locals or tourists but I had not seen anyone swimming in this bay so it might be a risky place for swimming.

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It is a 8  out of 10 stars scored for this place.