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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Premier blasts DPP bid for Nuke 4 referendum

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Premier Jiang Yi-huah Friday blasted the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as “very irresponsible” for pushing for a national referendum on the fourth nuclear power plant that would seek to bypass strict legal requirements.
  • US dollar climbs to day's high of NT$30.230 on Taipei forex

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Friday, gaining NT$0.009 to close at the day's high of NT$30.230 as the local central bank picked up the greenback to help the currency recoup earlier losses, dealers said.
  • 'Big problem' for Taiwan without trade pact: IMD

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Despite continued controversy over the service trade agreement with China, Taiwan could face big trouble without it down the road, according to experts from the International Institute for Management and Development (IMD).
  • Real estate players protest gov't plans to raise housing tax

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The government is expected to hike the housing tax to cool down surging realty prices, and local realtors and builders have cast doubts on the new policy.
  • Ma urges better cross-strait policy dialogue

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Given that the public tends to feel uneasy about relations between Taiwan and mainland China, it is the government's duty to clearly explain its cross-strait policies, President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday, adding that cross-strait trade is more advantageous than disadvantageous for Taiwan.
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    Taiwan News

  • XIAMEN: Businessmen hope for progress on mainland, Taiwan FTZ talks

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Businesspeople from both Chinese mainland and Taiwan expect improved cross-Straits cooperation in developing free trade zones, according to executives at an industry exposition in Xiamen.
  • Single Hebe Tien celebrates birthday...

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Hebe Tien of Taiwanese girl group S.H.E poses during a press conference for Japanese blended tea brand "Sokenbicha" in Taipei, Taiwan, 17 April 2014.
  • CGA unveils 3,000-ton patrol ship in Kaohsiung

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    A launching ceremony for a new 3,000-ton patrol vessel that will be joining Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration later this year was held in the southern city of Kaohsiung yesterday.
  • Technology + Design = Fashion

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Taipei IN Style also provides participants with in-depth knowledge of the textile and fashion industry.
  • The letter for Vatican people

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Pope prayed for Angelus on April 6: "si terrA domani in Ruanda la commemorazione del XX anniversario dell'inizio del genocidio perpetrato contro i Tutsi nel 1994.
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    Global Voices » Taiwan (ROC)

  • Would Confucius Support the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan?

    I-fan Lin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Opinions are divided in Taiwan following the end of #CongressOccupied protests against a secretly negotiated trade deal with China. Members of the movement left the country's legislature on April 10, 2014 after occupying the building for more than three weeks. Protesters conceded after the speaker of the Legislative Yuan, as the Taiwanese Congress is called, promised to pass legislation monitoring future agreements proposed by the executive branch before deliberating on the current Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA). Some had worried the deal would make Taiwan vulnerable to…
  • Residents Rescue Two Baby Otters in Taiwan

    I-fan Lin
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    Eurasian otter. Photo by Flickr user David Cook. CC BY-NC 2.0 Two baby otters apparently abandoned by their mother after construction work destroyed their nest were rescued by residents on the island of Kinmen off Taiwan.  Based on information [zh] provided by Kinmen National Park, the two baby Eurasian otters were discovered April 1, 2014. The larger otter weighs 530 grams (a little over a pound), and the other 480 grams. Park experts estimated that the pair were about two weeks old. The otters were transferred to Taipei, and are now being cared for at the Taipei Zoo. On the…
  • #CongressOccupied Protesters Reject Taiwanese President's Proposed Solution

    I-fan Lin
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Protesters occupying Taiwan's legislature rejected a proposal put forward by President Ma Ying-jeou and his cabinet on April 3 that would “monitor” future trade agreements with China.  Members of the #CongressOccupied movement called the plan “empty, insincere and deceptive” as it gives neither room for citizen participation nor power to the Legislative Yuan to participate in the negotiation process or amend the agreement – in other words, negotiations on such agreements will remain in a “black box”. Protesters had listed a…
  • Taiwan's Sunflower Movement on Reddit

    I-fan Lin
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Four Taiwanese students joining the Sunflower Movement opened an Ask Me Anything on Reddit to answer questions regarding their protest against the closed-door trade deal with China. Written by I-fan Lin · comments (1) Donate · Share: facebook · twitter · googleplus · reddit · StumbleUpon · delicious
  • Designing Taiwan's #CongressOccupied Protests

    I-fan Lin
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    The New York Times add. Photo from flyingv.cc. CC: NC. Many professionals form the service sector have offered their support for the #CongressOccupied movement in Taiwan. Otherwise known as the Sunflower Movement, the protesters have occupied the country's legislature and marched against a controversial trade agreement with China.  Taiwanese designers in particular have lent an important hand to the movement, creating advertisements and art that convey the protesters’ message clearly.  The most well-known is an ad that ran in The New York Times after the…
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    The View from Taiwan

  • Mayor Hau And Taipei City Government blow emergency funds on pro-annexation propaganda

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    In case you thought that display of 1600 pandas in front of the CKS Memorial/Democracy Square wasn't about politics, it was all about annexation propaganda. The Taipei government created the revolting propaganda set of stickers for LINE above back in Feb. They show a Formosan Black Bear and a panda cavorting together:The local government’s Department of Information and Tourism squandered taxpayers’ “life savings” after it used money from the city’s emergency secondary reserve fund, which is earmarked for emergency relief, to release a set of eight LINE stickers featuring panda cub…
  • BREAKING: Su, Hsieh, drop out of DPP Chairmanship race + stuff

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Me at the historic Ta-an train station outside Houli on Fumei Road. The station and area are being developed as tourism area.Today both Su Tseng-cheng and Frank Hsieh announced that they would not run for the DPP Chairmanship position. This leaves it open for Tsai Ing-wen. I hope, against hope, that the DPP has had an attack of sense and will appoint one person to run the party while another runs as its Presidential candidate.Yesterday this very frustrating interview of Taiwan expert Shelley Rigger by Jeffery Wasserstrom appeared in Dissent Quarterly. Her heart is in the right place, judging…
  • Taiwan/India/Modi

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Taiwan wants Modi in the election, according to the Economic Times, from whence this came._______________________[Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!
  • Weekend in the hills: the Miaoli 54-1 and Dongchi Road

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    On the 54-1 above the tombs.Two days of excellent sunny weather. I decided to see what the Miaoli 54-1 is like and have a long-anticipated meet up with Scott E. Click on READ MORE as always...ROUTE NOTES: To find the Miaoli 54-1, follow Zhongzheng Road north out of Jhuolan town. Soon it will become the 54-1. The road rises ever more steeply through the cemetery just over a kilometer to the top of the ridge. After resting at the temple there, and taking in the great views over the Jhuolan basin, you spend the remaining 7 kilometers of this road rolling through farms and past the reservoir. Not…
  • Call For Papers: Tainan Area Studies: Society and Daily Life in the Tainan Region

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Still taking a couple of days off, but I thought I'd forward this.Dear Colleagues, This message is a call for papers for the 4th International Conference on Tainan Area Studies, entitled "Society and Daily Life in the Tainan Region," co-organized by the Nanying International Center for Tainan Area Humanities and Social Sciences Research and the National Museum of Taiwan History, based in Tainan. The conference will be held October 18-19, 2014. Abstracts should be send before April 30, 2014. The deadline for sending the final papers is September 30, 2014. More information is in the attached…
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    David on Formosa

  • Taiwanese community in Melbourne shows support for Sunflower Movement

    David Reid
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:55 pm
    About 500 members of the Taiwanese community rallied outside the State Library in Melbourne yesterday. The rally was part of a worldwide action with other events taking place in major cities of Australia, Europe, Asia and North America to show solidarity with Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement. At the same time as the event in Melbourne a crowd estimated at 350,000 was turning out in Taipei. This represented a massive show of public support for the student-led Sunflower Movement which has occupied the Legislative Yuan in Taipei since 18 March. The movement’s key aim is to ensure that…
  • Taiwan-based writer pens debut sci-fi novel

    David Reid
    8 Dec 2013 | 2:05 am
    I came across some information about a new sci-fi novel via a post on Facebook by Naimei Iemian who created the cover art for the book. I was intrigued by the the synopsis of this novel set in a futuristic mega-city called Ntshona. Curious to find out more I got in touch with the author Matthew Robinson and asked him a few questions. Matthew first came to Taiwan in 2011 planning a three month stopover on the way to Japan. “Soon after arriving, I realised Taiwan was more than I had imagined, so I extended my stay to six months, then went to Japan for three, then returned to Taiwan for…
  • Homophobia must be condemned

    David Reid
    20 Sep 2013 | 2:41 pm
    I had a short letter published in the Taipei Times today. The letter was written in response to a group of so-called religious leaders in Taiwan campaigning against same-sex marriage. The Taipei Times have also made the issue the subject of its editorial today. I would also like to remind people of the positive example set by Ven. Chao-hwei (釋昭慧) who hosted a wedding for a lesbian couple at Hongshi Buddhist College last year. That is a true example of religious leadership. I was disturbed to read of some Taiwanese religious leaders speaking out against same-sex marriage (“Same-sex…
  • DFAT documents on human rights in Taiwan

    David Reid
    15 Mar 2013 | 7:23 pm
    Last year I submitted a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) via the website Right to Know. The purpose of the request was to find out about Australian government’s attitude toward and monitoring of human rights issues in Taiwan. In particular the request focused on information regarding the detention and trial of former president Chen Shui-bian and other officials from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on corruption related charges. After several months the documents have been released by DFAT. There were a total…
  • My letter to the Taipei Times about Chen Shui-bian

    David Reid
    6 Mar 2013 | 12:11 pm
    My letter urging the government of Taiwan to grant medical parole was published in the Taipei Times today. I have been concerned about the treatment of Chen Shui-bian for some time. The recent reports issued by the Control Yuan and international group of human rights experts* highlight that the government has treated Chen poorly and must redress the situation. The text of my letter is below. Please also read this excellent polemic on the disgraceful state of Taiwan’s justice system published in the Taipei Times a couple of days ago. For many months now, I have been closely following…
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  • Phoenix Goes to the Beach

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Photos by MJ Klein We took Phoenix to the beach here in Taiwan, for the first time. We had bought her some new toys for playing with sand, and we wanted to show her how to use them.  Once we filled up the wheelbarrow and showed her how to dig in the sand, she started enjoying herself. To be honest, we were appalled at the condition of the beach.  It was littered with cigarette butts (what is it about smokers that makes them think their butts are not trash to be disposed of properly?), glass and other garbage.  In fact, it was difficult for us to find a place clean enough for her to play.
  • Some New Phoenix Photos

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Photos by MJ Klein Sorry for the light posting of late.  There is a lot going on that I can’t tell you about just yet, but there are some good things in the works that will be coming up soon.  In the meantime, I’d like to share some recent photos of Phoenix, who is growing up so fast!  Enjoy! Phoenix with an aunt and uncle. With Hui-chen’s father. We got Phoenix a little backpack that has a leash on it, because she tends to run away and it’s not safe just to get her do that.  The backpack looks like a clownfish and it’s so cute! Her hair is getting a little…
  • Craig Ferguson’s Travel Photography Essentials

    13 Feb 2014 | 8:13 am
    Our friend Craig Ferguson has released a new eBook.  From his website: Travel Photography Essentials is an eBook designed to get you up and running with travel photography. From beginner level right through to enthusiast this 98 page book was created in response to many requests for such a resource. Within the pages are sections covering basic settings, composition and techniques as well as advice regarding pre-departure preparations. The bulk of the eBook though is taken up with subject oriented advice. Covering a range of common travel photography scenarios including people, landscapes and…
  • My Friend Mr. Sun

    16 Jan 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Long-time readers of this blog know that I occasionally go to Taoyuan to hang out with my friends Mr. Lee and Mr. Sun, aka Lee and Paul.  Unfortunately, Mr. Lee passed away several years ago.  Wednesday night I got a call from Paul’s wife, which has never happened before.  My worst fears were realized: Mr. Sun passed away a few days ago, from liver failure.  We had a lot of good times in the past, and like Mr. Lee, he will be missed.  Goodbye my friend. Related Posts :My Friend Mr. LeePhoto by MJ Klein In this blog you will find articles about Lee (and also Paul), friends of mine…
  • Camping in Nantou, Part Two

    15 Jan 2014 | 7:25 am
    Geotagged Photos by MJ Klein, including DUTCH OVEN COOKING PHOTOS! I left you in the last installment with a shot of this fire pit, and after talking with the campground owner I decided to build a fire in this pit and cook here.  When I rolled down the window as the owner approached our van, he froze and gave me the “foreigner stare” until I spoke Chinese to him.  He said that no Westerner has ever been to this campsite before.  Can’t say that anymore! I took the rear seat row out of our VW Caddy, and it served us well when camping.  I also want to mention out that the…
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    The Daily Bubble Tea

  • A Trio of Photos from the Ten Drum Culture Village

    Todd Alperovitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Footpath X Marks the Spot Ants For information about the Ten Drum Culture Village [十鼓文化村] – Check out their official website.
  • March Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Cave Paintings I wasn’t very active on Instagram or this blog during the month of March and I won’t bore you with the details. Here is a small collection of pictures from Caotun Township, Nantou City, and Jhongsing Village. Frogger Seating for Two Mikes Child of the Atom The Red Gate Nathan Gets a Haircut Josie’s Turn
  • 2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival

    Todd Alperovitz
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    A couple months ago our family visited the 2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival []. One thing that separated this year’s festival with previous years was an emphasis on health and environmental issues. A few prominent sculptures warned on the dangers of nuclear power, deforestation, marine pollution and food safety. Beware of the Octopus In Nuclear We Trust News of tainted food products makes headlines on a semi-regular basis in Taiwan: A New Year Greeting wishing prosperity [Gōngxǐ fācái (恭禧發財)] If you look closely at the picture below you may notice the dolphin is crying…
  • Not Our Usual Playground – Night and Day

    Todd Alperovitz
    1 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Despite our complaining about how unsuitable our town was to hold the 2014 Taiwan Lantern Festival, that didn’t stop us from visiting several times. This post is a compilation of photographs taken at the Jhongsing Village Children’s Park during our visit with our son one evening and a visit with both of our children a few days later. Now, the day shots: I think that just about does it for my Lantern Festival-related posts. Taichung City will host the 2015 Taiwan Lantern Festival.
  • February Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    1 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    Ukelele Dreams  Here’s a small collection of pictures posted to Instagram during the shortest month of the year. Locales include Caotun Townhip, Jhongsing Village, Tainan City, and Puli Township. Plastic Cup Lanterns Ten Drum Retire Your Television The View From the Office Window Out to Dry Fresh Coat of Orange The Paper Church The Eyes Have It What’s your favorite and least favorite of the batch?
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    Andre in Taiwan

  • Please vote for Olivia!

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm
    We've entered Olivia into Kinder Chocolate's contest where the winner gets to be on the packaging label.Please help vote for Olivia!Go to www.kinder.com.tw/m/vote.php and search for "olivia" then follow instructions shown in the photo above.THANK YOU!
  • GO KART!

    18 Feb 2013 | 11:12 pm
    Took my nieces & nephew to Taroko to do race some go karts.....Ready to race some go karts! Or maybe rob a bank??!!SabrinaJoshuaVeronicaOlivia & Ethan cheering them on. They were too small to go in the karts.Afterwards we took them to the nearby arcade for more games including miniature bowling.All round a fun day for all the kids.
  • Dongshi Forest Park

    13 Jan 2013 | 9:01 pm
    http://tsfa.emmm.tw/http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/pda/m1.aspx?sNo=0002112&id=694Google Maps:View Larger MapGPS Coordinates: +24° 17' 6.93", +120° 52' 3.83"
  • Halloween 2012

    27 Dec 2012 | 11:55 pm
    Round 1...Round 2...
  • Longteng Broken Bridge

    14 Nov 2012 | 11:31 pm
    A little info about the broken bridge (龍騰斷橋)..... http://www.guide.taiwan-adventures.com/2011/longteng-broken-bridgeThe quiet town of Sanyi becomes a bit of a tourist hot spot on weekends, especially during the Tong flower blooming season. This bridge that collapsed during an earthquake in 1935 is one of the focal points for the area.The railway line that the bridge served was moved and has been a hiking trail since its closure. However, attempts to get the line running again seem to be gathering steam and in the summer of 2010 a trial run took place from Shenxing station to…
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    Fili's World | A different look at Asia, China & Taiwan

  • HK Temple Run Day : Wong Tai Sin, Chi Lin & 10000 Buddhas

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    I took a Chinese visitor to Hong Kong to see some of the local temple culture on a temple run day. We started at the quiet and beautiful  Nan Lian gardens and Chu Lin Nunnery near Diamond Hill, continues to the hectic Wong Tai Sin and then made our way to the 10000 Buddhas near Sha Tin. It was an amazing day with terrific weather – sunny and clear blue skies. If you’re visiting HK and love temples, I think this would be the perfect day for you.   Previous posts on those temples: Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery Veggie Food and Hollywood Plaza Touring Hong Kong – Sik…
  • Northern Peng Chau Island Hike : Hong Kong

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Long ago I visited Peng Chau for the first time, one of Hong Kong’s small island with a laid back fishermen village feel to it. Though it’s a really small island, that fist time, I only explored the southern part of the island, hiking up to the mountain top to get some wonderful views of the area. This year I returned to Peng Chau to hike the northern part of the island. It’s very quiet, almost no people around, and the views overlooking Lantau and Discovery Bay are terrific.       Shall we take a walk around the island?   Local fishermen life……
  • New York City : Trip summary

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    While based in the US, I went to New York City for Christmas and New Years to visit my sister who was doing an exchange to NYU and meeting my parents who flew in to NYC for a visit. We spent about 10 days in New York, with an AirBnB apartment in Brooklyn next to Prospect Park. It was cold, but with a wonderful Christmas spirit (tough we never celebrated), and I got to reunite with some dear old friends from long long ago who happened to live in NYC at the time. Rather than just visiting attractions, we focused our efforts on atmosphere, culture and just plain fun.   To start you off,…
  • Tallahassee to New Orleans : Trip Summary

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    While I was based in Tallahassee Florida I rented a car and made my way towards a conference (SPSP2013) taking place at New Orleans. It was a wonderful trip, New Orleans was absolutely fascinating with the crazy Mardi Gras traditions, and the road between Tallahassee and New Orleans offered plenty of wonderful beaches and attractions at Pensacola and Alabama.     To summarize that short trip, this was my route…     New Orleans Lots of historical plantations and houses all across the country-side… Longue Vue House & Gardens : New Orleans Destrehan Plantation…
  • Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park : San Francisco

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is a wonderful retreat right at the center of San Francisco. The park includes lots of attractions to enjoy, like the conservatory of flowers I mentioned before, and it even offers something for those like myself with an Asian heart – a little piece of Japanese heaven, the Japanese Tea Garden.       Here’s a bit about the gardens from their official website: The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the…
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    Mark Forman: Photo Land

  • Heavy Heart

    Mark Forman
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Heavy Heart is the name of the image but I feel light-hearted about updated theme here at this site. OK I'll break down and say blog which has the most horrible onomatopoeic connotations. This location on the internet in any case. Thought the overhaul was long over due. I've been doing a lot of archive maintenance lately. Clearing out wasted drive space in some cases. It's a good thing to increase the levels of self-editing. There are many things to be learned from looking through old photo archives-like "what was I thinking in this one" or "wow-I like what I was thinking, etc." This…
  • New Photo, New Thoughts

    Mark Forman
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Spy Vs. Spy: 2 It's been a while since I've posted here.  I'm fairly active on G+ and Flickr, but much less so on Facebook. I've decided to reserve making as attempt to express myself other than beyond what my photos say to the viewer(or don't) for here. So we'll consider this my online "house" so to speak and assume I have the right and privilege to rant or navel gaze,etc. here because it's "my house!" I've talked about my eclectic nature in numerous posts. This is expressed through getting attached and even somewhat fixated on a given lens. I've been using my tiny Pentax DA 40mm…
  • Finito

    Mark Forman
    8 Jan 2014 | 2:56 pm
    So we're at the end of another year. Real or imaginary marker in the sands of time. I will not offer any resolutions for I feel none are needed or felt. That doesn't mean I don't believe I have things in my life that re perfect or don't merit additional blood, sweat and tears to improve. I just don't "feel" the resolution thing. I do know I'll continue to try to be truer to my creative muse. I'm thankful that the composition aspect of photography is becoming more natural or 2nd nature for me if you will. I expect that to continue. There are one or 2 technical areas I'll continue to work on…
  • Friends

    Mark Forman
    19 Dec 2013 | 1:59 pm
    Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I get to attend local orphanage Christmas party. Interestingly, the first few times before going I got this wrongful notion on how I need to go and help cheer up these kids. In fact, they help cheer me up. Sure, these young people have their challenges cut out for them and I certainly feel for them. They have been very blessed with kind and hard working house parents and a very nice living environment that is like a little piece of the country in the heart of the city. So it is a good thing for me to realize that these kids are to be loved but not…
  • All for One!

    Mark Forman
    19 Nov 2013 | 2:21 pm
    I don't often go to the nearby Cultural Folk Park for getting photos. I have always liked it. A little less now after recent major renovation(stripping away a lot of good old structure to add a lot of not so nice modern structure. Mainly to facilitate huge underground parking. They also added a couple of restaurants inside which means that certain areas formerly open to walk through are now under lock and key. That being said-there are still some very attractive structures and grounds. Here in the photo you can see some folks practicing a form of taichi using swords. It is nice to see…
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