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Treasure Manor 確幸莊園: Manor in the Mountains

A fake white piano serves as one of the many photo ops at Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.

A fake white piano serves as one of the many photo ops at Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.

I’m not dead, but my computer was.  Everything’s sorted out now, so I should post updates more regularly.  I’ve got quite the backlog to share! Number one in the backlog file is Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.  Continuing the Taiwanese trend of not having accurate English names, it’s more of a lake than a manor.  Despite the poor naming, it does offer some scenic views and some cutesy photo spots if you’re into that kind of thing.  Not to mention some great waffles.  Check out more info after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Lotus Pond 蓮池潭: Enter the Dragons

The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung.

The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung.

 

I’ve been to Kaohsiung a few times, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to truly explore the area.  In my last visit, I did manage to see one of the more famed sights of the city, the Lotus Pond 蓮池潭 also known as Lotus Lake.  Filled with various temples, pagodas, and classical art, it has a very ancient ambiance even though the entire lake is actually man-made and only about 60 years old.  It’s not all new though, as there are several temples sprinkled about that are hundreds of years old.  Here are some pictures from my visit.

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