Travel with me #115 : The Sun Moon Lake and Rainbow Military Dependent Village!

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Dear Steemit friends:

In today's post I will bring you on a very special tour of two very beautiful but very different places. Their contrast in historical significance as well as natural versus urban characteristics makes their exploration a beautiful symphony of nature and culture. The first place we will visit together in Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan, located about an hour and a half drive from Taichung City. Sun Moon Lake is so called because half of it supposedly resembles a sun and the other half reportedly looks like a half moon. You just have to look at a map to realise that you'd have to have a pretty good imagination to see these shapes but it gives a beautiful name non-the-less!

After exploring the beauty of the natural body of water I'll then have you join me in one of Taichung City's military villages. There are hundreds of these military villages scattered all around Taiwan which are the remnants of a pivotal part of Taiwan's history. In 1949, Chiang Kai-shek, who at the time was considered by most of the world to be the legitimate ruler of the Republic of China (ROC), was forced to withdraw from mainland China to Taiwan when the Chinese Civil War with the Chinese Community Party (CCP) reached a head. He and his government (Kuomintang or KMT) fled the country to Taiwan but always made claims that they would one day re-take mainland China from the CCP.

During this massive upheaval, over 1 million soldiers were relocated from mainland China to the 14,000 square miles of the island of Taiwan. But what to do with all of these soldiers? Well, at this time the ROC built hundreds of villages to house their soldiers and their families. These villages were only intended to be temporary because the official party announcements were that they would soon be re-taking mainland China. As a result, many of these villages were poorly built and the years have been unkind to many of them.

Before we visit one, very unique, military village, first we will visit the Lake!

Sun Moon Lake


Sun Moon Lake is located in central Taiwan in Yuchi Township in the Nantou Region. It is the largest body of water in all of Taiwan and is about 8km² and 27 metres deep at its deepest point. It sits 748m above seat levels, nestled in the beautiful mountains of the central ridge of mountains. As you will see, this area is known for its beautiful greenery covering every inch of the mountains and there are hundreds of hiking trails all around the lake. These are famous for their beauty and astounding views of Sun Moon Lake below you as you hike.

There are some buildings surrounding the lake, mostly catering to tourism such as hotels and harbours for tour boats, as well as the small Township of Yuchi. However, other than these few landmarks, as you explore the lake you are mostly afforded beautiful views of the local nature and countryside. After very rapid growth in the 70s and 80s, where many cities in Taiwan exploded in size and industry, the Taiwanese government have gone to great efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the landscape, which can be see in areas like this one!

Other than hiking, the best way to see the lake and enjoy the natural surroundings is by boat. As a result there are many harbours and piers for tour boats around the edge of the lake. Tourism is big business here and there is fierce competition between different tour operators, all trying to provide better boats and better service than their competitors so that you join their tour of the lake.

Sun Moon Lake was declared one of thirteen national scenic areas in the country and is one of two in central Taiwan. Because of this, residents of Taichung one of the closest major cities like to spend time to visit here and enjoy time away from the city. Many people picture Taiwan as a place of urban, financial and technological cities and because of this miss out on so much natural beauty that the country has to offer as well.

Though there are many piers around the lake, I chose to set sail from Xuanguang Harbour in the south of the lake. It is very popular because it is closest to the famous Lalu Island in the centre of the lake, and also gets you away from some of the built up areas of the Township in the north of the lake. It has four large piers with moorings for many different tour operators. It took me a long time to research the best one!

Lalu Island tells some of the history of the lake. In the 1930s the Japanese built a dam further up the river which outlets from the lake, causing the water levels to rise. This caused floods of the area and some temples were destroyed because of it. Before this time, the island was much bigger and would have cut the lake mostly in two, creating the sun and moon shapes that give Sun Moon Lake its name. Now completely tiny, it used to house a wedding pavilion built in 1978, but that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1999 which caused even more of the island to sink. You will see the island later!

Waiting for my tour to start and exploring the harbour

While waiting for the start of my tour, I heard music and went to investigate! Just off the main harbour area a live band were performing, much to my delight. They had bongo drums, electric guitars and singers in very colourful dress. I sat and listened for quite a long time, enjoying the live music and admiring their skill and talent.

I think they were selling some CDs of their music, and I was just considering buying one as a remembrance of this place when I suddenly looked at the time, I was going to be late! I had been so excited to sit and listen to the live music of these very talented people that I had lost track of time. I had to leave them to make sure I didn't miss my boat and I didn't get my CD but I have very fond memories of the live music by the lake side.

When I reached my boat I let out a little gasp of joy - my boat had a huge gold horse on the front of it! How beautiful. I suppose all of the white boats probably look the same so they have tried to make theirs more recognisable - and recognisable it is! I was about to ride off into the middle of the lake on my gold horse tour and I couldn't have been more excited.

As we left the harbour there was a much better view of Lalu Island as we got closer, as well as lovely views back to the harbour. As you can see, there are plenty of hotels for people wanting to escape the big cities and stay in a hotel with a beautiful view of the lake. As we headed off, I was told by my guide that Lalu Island was very important to the local area, and that is because of its slightly different name.

Sun Moon Lake has been home to the aboriginal tribe called the Thao. The Thao people have lived around the lake for hundreds of years and are one of a few aboriginal people still living in Taiwan. They are reported to be the smallest tribe still left in Taiwan, with counts being made in the year 2000 of just 281 people. They still maintain their traditional way of life and their own language - and that is why Lalu Island is so important. Out of honour and respect for these indigenous people the island was named in their language after the 1999 earthquake which left 80% of the people without homes or jobs.

Looking back at Xuanguang Harbour and the mountains behind

My boat tour was not long, but it was enough time to truly appreciate the beauty of the area. I loved seeing all of the natural beauty surrounded by water with the wind in my hair. I can see why the Thao people chose to make this place their centuries long home and have chosen to stay here after all of these years and developments. I am so privileged to be able to share in the beauty and nature of this place with its local people and I am glad that much of the natural beauty of the area has been preserved.

It is not easy to strike the balance between preservation and progression in a place like this. On the one hand, people come to the area for the natural unspoiled beauty, but on the other hand they wouldn't be able to come if there weren't roads, places to eat, places to shop and places to sleep. I think that Sun Moon Lake strikes a good balance and I am so happy that the aboriginal people are being honoured, recognised and respected more than they have in the past.

Upon my return to the steady shores of the land, I still had a little time to explore before my ride back to Taichung so I did a little exploring of the pier. All of the other boats were white but look at this bright red boat! You know me, I love colours (as you'll see even more later) and this one certainly stood out from the crowd.

One of the many temples that surround Sun Moon Lake

One of the streets leading just off the harbour front

Never one to resist exploring for every minute I have available, I began exploring the start of some of the hiking trails leading up into the mountains behind Xuanguang Warf and discovered this beautiful view of Lalu Island. From this better viewing point, you can better see the unique shape of the island. It is almost a circle of land in the middle with trees on top, surrounded by water, and then surrounded by another circular strip of land. It is most unique and beautiful.

I imagine it must have been a wonder to look at before the damming up of the river, but it has a certain quaintness now that is very special. With just a few trees in the middle, and a belt of green grass surrounding it, it's like nature has framed its own creation. The growth of the trees represents how life can flourish anywhere and the natural framing of the lake, and the unique shape of the island, show this off beautifully.

On the way back to Taichung City my tour guide stopped at a rather large, utilitarian looking building. Why were we stopping here I wonder? He told me that this was a secret viewing spot that not all tours would go to. When I looked at the sign it said, "Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Management Office". It seemed very strange that we would come to view some government administrative offices but he assured me that it was well worth the stop.

The building was very unique and was set up right next to the lake and then I saw the view! Turns out this was a beautiful view point from which to see a different part of the lake and it was beautiful to see some different angles of the largest lake in Taiwan. Who would have thought they would build a government office in such a beautiful spot - what a great place to work and look after the running of the scenic area, reminded every day of why you're working to keep this place beautiful.

Rainbow Military Dependent Village, Taichung


Now friends, we have explored nature together and seen the history and culture of one of the natural wonders of Taiwan. Now I want to take you to the exact opposite place. A place of urban recent history, decorated, restored and preserved by the creativity of people. Welcome, to the Rainbow Military Dependent Village!

Hundreds of these villages were built to house the retreating armies of the KMT after losing the Chinese Civil War, both for soldiers and their families. They were built quickly and poorly and in recent years, many of them has been destroyed by the government. The cultural debate is still ongoing because these villages provide historical insights into the past of the country and are very interesting to explore. As you can see in my past blog HERE they come in many different shapes and forms. This one, comes in the colourful form!

The Rainbow Military Dependent Village is the creative child born from Mr. Huang who was a staunch supporter of the KMT, born in Hong Kong. When the KMT and their armies moved to Taiwan, Mr. Huang moved to this village in Taichung and lived there ever since. In 2008 he came up with the idea to start painting the village as a way to brighten up the decaying buildings which were suffering from neglect and their poor build quality.

Starting on his own house, he started painting huge, colourful works of art all over the walls. There's no particular theme and you can see faces, animals, patterns and shapes scattered over every single exposed surface of brick. Mr. Huang, now in his 80s, has been the champion for this village and keeping its beauty alive. It took him many years but he painted the whole village block in these beautiful colours - a real labour of love.

The local government did have plans to tear down the old Military Dependants Village as had been done to hundreds of other villages all over the country. However, thanks to Mr. Huang, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taichung and there have been petitions with thousands of names on wishing to keep it around. Fortunately, at this time, those petitions have been heard and there are no longer plans to demolish this rainbow of colour.

There are now full tourist maps of the village which show all of the different areas of the village and what you can see there. There is even a play park for the kids who must also love the colours. However, it's most fun to just start walking, getting lost, and admiring all of Mr. Huang's work. As well as families, the place is now extremely popular with artists and photographers, and you can see why! I was completely in heaven, finding great lighting and angles everywhere I looked because the vibrant colours just make everything look beautiful.

The Rainbow Grandpa Story House is a great place to bring kids!

Next to the children's play area, the kids love the paintings!

Mr. Huang has single-handedly saved his village from demolition and his unique art style is even studied by local art students from the university. But all of that only started 10 years ago. Before putting his first paint to brick in 2008, Mr. Huang had never painted anything in his life. He is completely self taught and through thousands of hours of practice over thousands of square feet of building exteriors, his talent developed rapidly. Typically featuring fun, friendly and well known images from TV or animals from the natural world, Mr. Huang has created a place both to be appreciated by adults and adored by children.

I made a new friend! I've called him Billy

As you can see, the paintings are all done in the same bright paints but some of the paintings are far more intricate than others. Painting a little bit each day, Mr. Huang's talent can be seen to develop as you look from wall to wall. Paintings which were nearer the start of his 'career' are more simple, with the lines being quite rough, though beautiful non-the-less. As he continued to paint his art became more complex, crisp and ornate.

I really love both styles and I love the endeavour used to create these works of art. Did our artist think he needed to be perfect? Did he set out with a particular style in mind? No, he just started painting for the joy of painting. Like many things in life, doing a little of something every single day, with love and passion, and you'll become better and better. Most people would never start something this big because the task seems too daunting or they don't feel like they can do it. But not Mr. Huang! Even late in life, he took on this huge project, and with daily work it was only a few years before the entire village was completely covered in paint!

Many of the buildings are now refurbished inside and you can find small shops and amenities for visitors

As you can see, now even the concrete floors have been painted in the same beautiful style. You can see this open area of concrete which would have represented the extent of the children's play area for the military families living here. With many families and people living here, the space would have been very cramped with whole families being forced to live in just one or two rooms. The public open spaces, like this space area here, were also extremely small and wouldn't have afforded much space to live or play in.

I think you'll agree, this is one of the most lovely places to spend time in. It was liberating to just be here, and I felt like a little kid again. If you remember children's TV shows as a kid you'll remember that they'd always be extremely colourful and the people and characters would have so much fun exploring their colourful world of different characters - and that's what I felt like! I felt like I could have just walked into a TV show.

What Mr. Huang has done here is extremely special. He has saved a part of modern history by making it in to modern art that can be enjoyed by every generation. I had hours of fun photographing every possible angle that I could and I had to drag myself out of the place. Upon leaving, the normal world of the city looked so bland and boring and grey. We could do with more Mr. Huangs in this world to bring more colour and joy to our surroundings.

Enjoying a simple and relaxing dinner after a long day


I decided I didn't want to go far for dinner so picked a busy little restaurant on the corner of a nearby street and settled in to try some tasty local food. Most of the time I am pleasantly surprised by the quality and flavour of the dishes in these lovely little local restaurants. With competition being so fierce in big cities, anywhere not serving nice food just doesn't survive! I love discovering these little gems and eating as the locals do.

Not wanting anything too fancy I got myself some rice noodles as a bit of a starter, though I certainly got a full bowl! Really simple but really well flavoured, I enjoyed the rustic flavours of the chicken broth and fine white noodles.

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For a bit of extra filling I also got this beautifully cooked pork which had a sticky glaze, on a bed of vegetables and rice. Really tasty. Lastly, I had a dessert of sweetened rice in a kind of pudding with syrup on top. It was very rich and a little slimy but it tasted AMAZING! I couldn't finish it however - too much rice in one meal!

My Steemit Friends, I hope you've enjoyed today's exploration. In one day I went to visit the beauty and majesty of nature at Taiwan's largest lake, Sun Moon Lake where I got my fix of the natural world and learned about the history of the aboriginal peoples who lived there. I felt this was a real dip into Taiwan's beautiful countryside and native history and I could have spent a few days there just walking around the lake and admiring the views and scenes of the outdoors.

In direct contrast to the simple greens and blues of the countryside, I visited almost the exact opposite place. A place that represents fast expanding urban sprawl, building and land disputes and modern history. The Rainbow Military Dependent Village reminded me that Taiwain has a very recent history of controversy but that it is also values that history. Understanding that everything in a countries history creates its current culture is very important and this example of a Military Dependent Village shows how current generations have embraced their past, but build their own culture around it.

My favourite part of my travels today would have to by Rainbow Village. Mr. Huang has left a legacy for future generations that everyone can enjoy. He has made something broken and ugly into something beautiful that the people are proud of and want to preserve for all to see, visit and enjoy. I hope you've enjoyed my travels today as much as I have enjoyed writing about them. Which would you say was your favourite picture from today and why? If you've liked my blog please follow me and vote for this blog to see more!

Customary animal tax, I nearly always seem to be able to make at least one friend!

想起小时候第一次从学校课本里了解到的台湾,印象最深刻的就是那篇描写日月潭的课文了,日月潭似乎是台湾自然风景名胜的代名词。有着“宝岛明珠”美称的日月潭是台湾最大的淡水天然湖泊,湖内自然生态丰富,湖水碧绿且深,那里有着群山环绕,树木茂盛的壮丽景观,周围有许多名胜古迹,清晨,日月潭好像披上轻纱,周围的景物一片朦胧,就像童话中的仙境,从小我就憧憬着去仙境看一看。想不到这次的台湾之行,竟然实现了我多年的小心愿。

日月潭位于台湾南投县日月村,从台中坐车过去大概1个半小时的路程,日月潭由日潭和月潭组成,由于双潭水色各异而得名,很有意思。在开往日月潭的途中,还可以看到窗外一片片排列整齐的笔直宾郎树,在那一带随处可见。阴天的日月潭别有韵味,游览日月潭有几种不同的方式,比如坐游艇环湖、日月潭缆车、日月潭自行车道环湖还有就是环湖的步道,无论哪一种都是不错的体验方式。我选择了坐船环湖,因为我一直觉得只有亲近潭水,才能最真切的感受这一抹碧绿潭水的动人之处。

日月潭有三处的游船码头,水社码头、伊达邵码头还有玄光码头,游人可以自由选择顺向或者逆向两条航线,在三个码头间循环航行。在码头买好船票,就开始了绕行日月潭仙境的旅程。随着游船开动,剥开湖面晶莹剔透的潭水,才发现碧绿的潭水清澈见底,能见度达10米以上。没有阳光的照射,反而让周围的景物透出一片秀美宁静的气氛,四周群山环抱,林木葱郁,一阵微风拂过,凉爽极了。无论是湖畔还是山景,都好似自带滤镜效果,清澈干净的仿佛没有一丝尘埃,在如画般的风景里穿行,让我心旷神怡。似乎也要感谢阴天,让我真正欣赏到了课文里描述的梦幻般迷人仙境,湖面上漂浮着薄薄的迷雾,翠绿的山峦上也仿佛披上轻纱,当水雾轻轻飘过我所在的船只,真的感觉像在梦境中穿行。

当游船前行到了湖中央,有个美丽的小岛浮现在眼前,因此就形成了“青山拥碧水,明潭抱绿珠”的绮丽景观。这座小岛把湖水分成两半,北边像圆圆的太阳,叫日潭,南边像弯弯的月亮,叫月潭。在船上,远眺欣赏日月潭的风景名胜景点的水社山,我还听到了很久很久以前流传着的动人神话传说,相传一位勇敢的青年大尖和一位美丽的姑娘水社相互爱慕,常常在大树之下相约,直到有一天,太阳和月亮被一个神秘的怪影吞掉了,整个大地陷入一片黑暗。后来才得知是两条住在黑水潭的妖龙偷走了太阳和月亮。于是大尖和水社决定要救出太阳和月亮,便开启了他们跋山涉水寻找妖龙的征程,很快在小动物的帮助下,他们找到了可以制服妖龙的金剪刀和金斧头,杀死了妖龙,救出了太阳和月亮。因为这个感人的传说故事,后来的人们便叫这里日月潭,而大尖哥和水社姐决心守护在潭水边,保护太阳和月亮,天长日久就变成了大尖山和水社山。

第一站我们的游船就停在了离湖中拉鲁岛不远的玄光码头,这个码头位于日月潭著名的玄光寺脚下。刚刚走上码头,就听见不远处传来悠扬的歌声,走近一看原来是原住民们现场演唱的传统民族歌曲,歌声飘扬在碧波荡漾的潭水之上,把原住民的文化深深融入在日月潭的美景与精髓当中,一切是那么贴合,让人为之沉醉。在玄光寺下,可以和刻有日月潭的标志石头合影,这大概是出现在游人相册里最经典的画面了。在玄光寺后面可以登上一条青龙步道直达玄奘寺,沿路有鲜花绿草相伴,环境清幽雅致。

探索完梦境般的日月潭,是时候为接下来的旅程补充下体力了,这是我第一次吃台湾的另一种饭类小吃——焢肉饭 ,焢肉饭炖煮猪肉的方式与平时常吃到的卤肉饭很不一样,相比卤肉饭里的碎肉,这里的猪肉是一整块猪五花肉,肉的品质上乘,香而不腻,还加入了高汤烹煮的白菜,鸡蛋作为配菜,老板递上来他们自家制作的私房小辣酱调味料,配在一起真的好吃到停不下来,很想再吃第二碗。

下一站我们一起去台中的彩虹眷村看一看吧,一直关注我的朋友一定知道,在旅游途中,我很喜欢去探索那些色彩绚丽,又饱含历史文化故事的人文景观,彩虹眷村自然被列入到了我的台中旅游清单里面。彩虹眷村位于台中市南屯区春安路的56巷,是一条色彩缤纷,充满童趣与创意的彩绘巷道,无论是地面,墙上,屋内屋外全部画满了生动活泼,五颜六色的人物形象,景观和充满丰富想象力的色块图案,这里不仅是激发人们生活情趣,想象力与创造力的艺术圣地,给人们带来了无限的快乐与正能量,也满满倾注着令人感动的独特当地文化元素和历史背景,因此这里成为了大部分游客必来观赏的景点,也让这片原本孤寂的眷村再次变成了聚集热闹气氛和相机菲林的人气焦点。

来到彩虹眷村,映入眼帘的是可爱梦幻的涂鸦,奇思妙想的色块,让人的心情瞬间变得无比舒畅,眼前一片美好,充满希望的光景,就算在夏天里烈日的考验下也可以继续神采飞扬。据说这里也是外国游客们最爱拜访的治愈系彩绘艺术村,而这片色彩缤纷的童话涂鸦王国全都出自于彩虹爷爷——黃永阜之手。眷村是1949年国共内战后撤离来台的军民亲属和政府人员定居台湾的村落,随着历史的演变,如今的眷村已经成为台湾文化和历史里不可或缺的重要历史文化资产。而本来面临拆除的彩虹眷村历经风雨,在黄爷爷的画笔下被赋予的新的生命和重要的文化意义,重新展现出耀眼的光辉魅力。

2008年8月,黄爷爷为了排遣无聊决定开始画画,随着眷村的墙上,地面,窗子,房门甚至井盖上被披上一层彩色的绘画风衣,原本古朴老旧的眷村也看起来焕然一新,黄爷爷越画越起劲,不仅引来周围的邻里陈赞,更是提供了自家的空间,让黄爷爷施展画笔下的才艺,那种对于生命的挚爱,美好生活的期许通过黄爷爷的画笔,传达给了每一位前来拜访眷村的游人。大胆活泼的用色,人物身上童趣的线条,粉色,蓝色,黄色,绿色,这些色彩仿佛从油漆桶中泼洒而出,点亮了整个眷村,地面架上了彩虹桥,墙上开出花朵,门上写着祝福的话语,水牛,小鸟,飞机和小岛都是黄爷爷笔下创作的元素,连最有人气的熊猫“团团圆圆”也成了彩虹眷村墙上的吉祥物。我也立刻拿起相机拍不停,希望留下每一抹瑰丽彩虹的倩影。恋恋不舍的离开眷村之后,我去尝试了台中特色的多元化小吃面线糊和碗粿。面线糊有着独特的味道,里面的配料也有创新。而碗粿则是我第一次吃,口感十分Q弹,里面有肉,香菇和酱汁,蒜泥提味,吃起来带一些台湾南部的甜味。今天的台中彩虹之旅就要告于段落了,之后还有更多有趣的台湾游记想要和大家分享。

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Dear Mam @sweetsssj first of all good morning from India, I am your big fan you are very beautiful and an inspiration for everyone who want to get success here on @Steemit dear Mam your travel blogs with continental cuisines are mind blowing and very beautiful, Mam I am an artist and I have a sweet surprise for sweeet lady few minutes back I made a blog dedicated to you and here is am putting some beautiful images from my artwork and inviting you to visit my blog and you will love my artwork.
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Thank you.
@raghao

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Kiss dat ass, way to go, muh man!

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wow, that's a really great painting my dear, I've left a message and vote on your post. Thank you so much!

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Dearest mam your upvote is the biggest support o ever received here on Steemit platform you are not sweet only you are beautiful too, you are not beautiful only you are kind too.
I personally decided to surprise you like this everytime whenever I get a chance to make something awesome and beautiful as this.
I can't express my gratitude and feelings as Joe much I am happy just imagine I am a college going student completing my Intermediate and I never expected something like this will happen to me sometimes I earn half dollars for my five to six hours efforts but you not only appreciated me but encourage me to do more and more better like this I will never forget your support and encouragement maybe it will be game changer for me and my future.
A big thank you for you.
God bless you and keep smiling and shining like a pole star.
Thank you.

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ahw so sweet

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Wow! That's a really great work!
You are an artist!

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wow, great artworks. <3

Greetings, beautiful and dear Miss SWEETSSSJ

Pretty cool your posting. I really enjoyed your visit to the part where it contains the sea and the village. I think it was your first posting that I saw her with pictures near the sea. They were pretty cool.

But what caught my eye was his visit to this whole colorful village. I thought she was beautiful. I think it's the expression of the soul of the one who made it. Maybe even an internal struggle against a sad life. I really liked the description you made about the history of this village.

The food is very different and appreciable. I just didn't like the noodles that much. I like him more dry.

Thank you very much for another lovely posting. Have a good night!!!!

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greetings julisavio!

I think the rainbow village really is an eye opener! I'm sure it is probably the first time many of you have seen anything quite like that! You are right though, the people responsible are were going through a very tumultuous period of history which has ramifications in politics and cultural divides to this very day. It is a really good way to invite people to learn a little more about that period of history and the lessons we can learn and take away as well.

Thank you very much for dropping a comment!

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Wow everything looks amazing! A Very colorful journey. :) Did you add any saturation at all to the pictures to make the colors pop more? Or were they naturally that colorful? :) The food looked delicious too! I want to visit there some time! haha :)

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hi mrchef! Thank you so much! Actually, the rainbow village speaks for itself, I imagine anybody with an iPhone could probably get the same kind of pictures in that beautiful daylight! If you ever do visit, i'm sure you'll know where to look for ideas of what to do and eat right?? :)

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You are so very welcome! Really?? That is so amazing how colorful it is. Oh yes I am sure I could get plenty of ideas. haha a good friend of mine is in China right now! She goes there several times a year, and leads a group of people, I think they teach English or something along those lines. One of these times I want to go along too, it would be amazing. She is constantly posting pictures of what they are doing in China. Her last post she had pictures from Hangzhou. Before that her group was with a bunch of Chinese youth and they were building a treehouse in Sian, Zhejiang. Pretty cool stuff. :) She works for this organization - https://www.impactchina.org/

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Wow, that certainly looks like a fantastic initiative and it works really well for both sides too. You should get her to come to steemit and post, I would love to see her stories and pictures!

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Thank you! Yes! I really need to talk with her about it. She has so many stories and pictures she could share, steemit would be a great platform for her. I usually just see her posts on Facebook and Instragram. haha

神奇的日月潭也是我梦想去的地方!台湾的小吃真的很诱人,那晚米饭上的红烧肉不知道又馋坏了多少吃货,哈哈,最后面的小鹦鹉太可爱啦。

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是呢,课本里的日月潭依稀记得,写的很有感觉,确实不虚此行,红烧肉也真是叫人念念不忘呢^^

Hey Sandia, thanks for sharing another amazing adventure. Your videos just keep getting better and better. They bring the experience of your journey to the viewer so beautifully.

I am very impressed with the Rainbow Village. The colours, patterns and pictures are really lovely. I don't think I have seen anywhere quite so decorated. It is amazing to think a man in his eighties could create all that artwork.

It is great to see you eating at a small local restaurant. These places often offer really great food at very affordable prices.

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Ooooh gosh Wayne thank you so much again for such lovely compliments, since I joined dlive, it's been a really interesting experience learning how to make videos and I'm still really enjoying learning how to do things better all the time!

I think the Rainbow Village is without a doubt, the star of today's show, I couldn't believe how complete the decorations were throughout, and as you know the person responsible was an elderly man who pretty much devoted his life to turning the purpose of the village upside down, in some sense to make a darker period of history brighter, and more colourful!

Finally, if you do ever visit Taiwan and do nothing else, just eat eat eat!

哇,红烧肉快到碗里来

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哈哈哈哈,我们O哥总能轻松抓到重点^^

what beautiful places you present to us in your trips dear friend @sweetsssj beautiful landscapes full of history, worthy of being visited
the images as always meet a beautiful quality, Billy seems to be a friend beun, the dishes look very delicious, you enjoy it.
I wish you a prosperous week

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jlufer dear friend, thank you for supporting all these years, I'm glad that you still have the same taste in landscapes as I do and appreciate my pictures to this day. All the best!

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Thank you very much for supporting my work so long, if not for you today would not be here.
You are welcome if you want to go through my blog
I wish you a lot of success!!!!!!!!!

好久不见,甜心小姐姐!我好喜欢那个彩虹眷村🌈 很有当地特色的地方,等我有机会也要去一探究竟。

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谢谢可爱的你,彩虹眷村真的非常有特点呢,不会让你失望的^^

好大一块五花肉~ 满屏闪耀 😍 原来叫焢肉饭
久闻彩虹眷村大名 果然色彩超绚丽啊~

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五花肉自带光芒,放在哪都是主角,哈哈哈,诱惑得人口水直流呀,彩虹眷村很值得去看看,会有很多不同的感受^^

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是啊 有肉就有希望 哈哈哈 台湾一定要找机会去环岛啊啊~

On your 1st picture, the building behind you can stand the strongest earthquakes without any breakage, thanks to the "free flow" way it's built.
Most western people don't know that at all, they only think it's just a good visual attraction...

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lanmis, that's such an interesting piece of information, thank you for supplementing! I haven't stayed in Taiwan for long enough to actually experience any earthquakes but I hear they are quite common so this makes quite a lot of sense !

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I unfortunately never been in Taiwan :-( but it is on my "to visit" list.
If I'm not wrong Forbidden City is also made with this style.

And the funniest side of this is:
No western builders (US, Europe etc.) know how to make this structure. Even if you gave them whole structure in pieces they wouldn't know how to assemble it :-), it's very complicated

Long time no see! Have fun!

You look pale, are you feeling okay?

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I'm very well, thank you for the concern! (Probably just the lighting!)

彩虹眷村真的很特別,我很喜歡彩虹爺爺的素人風格,尤其是他天生對色彩的敏銳度,每個顏色都很突出,整體看起來卻又特別協調,那種抵擋不住的生命力,讓每個人看到心就跟著飛揚跳躍起來。

As usual I enjoyed your article.I feel that I am also visiting these places. Lalu Island natural view of mountains is too fantastic and eye touching. Nature is an integral part of our lives. I am also fond of to observe and enjoy such natural scenes. It is really a wonderful spectacle to see such scenes. Concrete floor is presenting a stylish floor to walk. it is unique.
And the meals pics which you shared... ummm.. really my mouth filled with water. All the photography is surprisingly superb.
Thanks for sharing with us dear @sweetsssj

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hey hamzayousaf, it's great to see you well and still active, thanks for dropping by!

应该带着有抑郁症的人去彩虹眷村,瞬间治愈所有。。。太色彩了。

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对呢,这是一个不错的提议呢,彩虹眷村一定是个缓解忧郁情绪的好地方^^

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Just wondering, how much time would it take to hand write this letters :-)...

Wow! Amazing pics!

This is a massive post - haven't seen your posts in a while

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thanks i guess! I do my best to get all the good stuff in!

Lovely photos..

This post is the example of how to write a good blog.

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aww steemero, thank you so much, I do my best!

amazing tour dear @@@sweetsssj hey you are very interesting..and where you from

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Thank you wolf-kinght! I'm from China!

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lovely .....

Sure I want to travel with you

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that's the spirit!

Hi there....I sent you a message with an offer ....if you could read it and tell me something it would be very nice

I have been to Sunmoon Lake many times Sweetsssj. Thanks for posting. Upvote and resteem.

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lucky.digger, you're alive!

I have 2 photos that I like in this lovely post of yours @sweetsssj,

Number 1, this is a simple but beautiful caption.

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this is an amazing work of art, truly the place is perfect. I love the

drawings.

Plus the way you projected it with a sweet style, showing to everyone that you love the arts and creativity of all colorful drawing in the wall.

truly its picture perfect.

thanks for sharing with us.

as Mr. Bruce Lee, approved it, like it and so am I ^_^ @sweetsssj

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thanks mrblu, two of my favourites too! :)

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my pleasure sweet. ^_^ have a great day,

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wow

wow I love the paintings on the wall
the place is also alot beautifull!!

Hello Dear @sweetsssj , you are looking just awesome. Loved your Hair style, love to see you having so much fun this is really great. This is a great place , Wonderful artwork on walls and floor. Loved it, Take Care dear, Keep Enjoying :)

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thank you vikbuddy, I didn't realise my hairstyle looked okay that day! It's hard not being sweaty with how hot it is!

Ohh @sweetsssj, thank you for showing everyone on this platform what great quality and professional work is all about. I have seen so many horrible posts at the top of our trending page; it makes me sad.

I see how you bring your adventures to life with words, videos, photographs as well as a real taste of your personality. Very few people have this great combination of skills. Most in fact do not even have any of those skills to the level that you display so consistently in your posts.

Your series on Taiwain has been amazing. I want to visit every place you have shared with us. Of course that will not be possible but it is worth giving it a shot.

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mightyblueberry that's such a sweet comment (and compliment!), I think a lot is just about putting in the best effort at whatever you choose to do so that you can be proud of it afterwards!

If you do ever visit Taiwan, then I do hope my blog will be a helpful reference for ideas!

very nice really

Coloful travel place, love it

小姐姐拍的照片也太好看了吧 哈哈哈

WOW YOU ARE LOOKING SPELENDID AND YOUR TRIP I HOPE WILL BE GOOD .FIRST TIME SEEN YOUR VLOGS HERE BUT REALLY YOUR EYES IS JUST OUT OF BOX NOBODY CAN CHALLENGE YOU FOR CREATING A GOOD COLLECTION OF IMAGES AND VLOGS AS WELL .FIRST TIME I HAVE COMES ON THE WEBSITE BUT AS I READ YOUR VLOGS ABOUT YOUR TRIP I WAS FEEL JUST CREATIVITY IN THE MIND WHAT I CAN DO FOR MY NEXT VLOGES ..I THINK IT CAN BE GO YOUR ONE OF THE BEST TRIP IN YOUR LIFE YOU HAVE WRITTEN HERE SO MANY THINGS . I DON'T KNOWS HOWS KIND OF FOOD YOU HAVE MENTION HERE BUT JUST SEEN HERE I WAS EXCITED TO HOPE EAT THESE TYPE OF FOOD ..
FIRST TIME I AM GOING DEDICATED TO ONE OF THE MY BEST PANTING FOR YOU WHEN YOU SEE THE IMAGE DEFINATLY YOU REMEMBER YOUR CHILDHOOD ..THANK YOU20160720060658.jpg

I am new to steemit , I love travel

Your posts are always full of information!
Thank you!

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hi dear, thank you so much, I hope you learned something!

I am @abdt i am new here in your

Blog

i have seen your blog and i am looking you are interested in travel i suggest you to travel in pakistan here many of the best places for travel picnic

You are awesome

I can imagine how fun this trip. I hope i'll be there in next year :) thank's for sharing

It is a very pretty place. So I want to take a lot of pictures!

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As you can see, I took a lot of pictures because of how beautiful it is! :)

很特別的地方呢,有機會必須去去看

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是呢,非常有意思的地方^^

Thanks for taking us on a guided tour of Sun moon lake very vice and love your Steem shirt by the way @sweetsssj ! Those buildings in the villages were so colorful and what a creative style he had, just beautiful! And I loved your DLive Video, it looks very misty or foggy there, even the inside of the buildings are very colorful and what a treat to have band playing music at the end! thanks for sharing my friend ! as always upped earlier by auto now resteemed! will do the same into my @momskitchen blog!😀💕✌👍💕

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dear Karen thank you as always! My new steemit t-shirt finally! I still like the old logo!!

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Awe ! you are very welcome @sweetsssj ! I like the old logo too!💕✌👍

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I am currently addicted to Steem Monsters! and actually just created some really cool images I will be using in my Steem Monster posts and also entered them in a art contest to win some Booster Card Packs, its so much fun, have you joined the Craze yet @sweetsssj !? My goal is to get at least one really awesome legendary Gold Cards!👹👺👾👿

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I actually haven't yet, but it looks so interesting, where can I find out more?

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✔ Check out my art contest post , it has all the links to different websites for Steem monsters right under me sitting on the Lady bug lol! you can also chack out the creators of Steem Monsters blogs @aggroed or @yabapmatt ! ☑ Heres the link: https://steemit.com/steemmonsters/@karenmckersie/5-steem-monster-images-i-created-art-contest-entry

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😀💕 Hi @sweetsssj ! Heres the 3 sites to check out all about Steem Monsters ! I appreciate all you support right now, my friend !: thanks
👺👾 Steem Monsters Contact Information: 👾👹
Official Account: @steemmonsters
Website: https://steemmonsters.com
Discord: https://discord.gg/CAFJRjY

first of all thank you for this sorts of amazing tour you share your amazing......
Mam if your are a tourist and you want to visit Pakistan then i can guide you....
I mean guide your tour in Pakistan ......if you are interested then contact me....or i will..
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i am waiting for your next post.....................

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Hello @sweetsssj you are so cool and beautiful. Your stories are so real and bring good memories.
Your pictures are full of excitement and quality.

Have a nice time:))

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hey kinglypalace, thank you!

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Yes dearest friend, thank you too for the great work

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wow!! Seems like you really have seen how the heaven looks like .....😊 nice place to visit for sure.

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Haha, well that would be quite the heaven to be in with all those colours right? Something from Disney or Pixar maybe??? :)

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yep! perfect fairy tale world.

I dont know if you notice meimei, but those painted walls fits perfectly with your makeup, your clothes, your personality :)

You are like a little chameleon.

I dont know if its an optical illusion but how high can you jump on this pic?

:)

I like the stories from your posts, somehow we go back in time and we learn some history also. Like it.

888 meimei

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Haha you notice some really funny things, I just thought I would try to blend in some how and strike a pose?

dear @sweetsssj, really great journey and superb images, each and every time you find something new and your share style is excellent. are you use HD camera for this images? nice colourful click.

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hello dear! Thank you so much! Yes, quite a while ago I decided to upgrade my camera gear to get the best possible shots, it's been a really good learning experience and I'm looking forward to finding new styles!

I love to read this story , but it took very long , but very sweet story , and would love to read many more such stories but little shorter , thank you

Upvote my comments and reply

As excited as you were to see that gold horse, I promise you were not half as excited as I was when I saw it :)

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I took the picture with you in mind :)

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I wish that were true lol :)

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I find it hard to look at gold without worrying about your tastes in precious metals these days!

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You flatter me:)

你好吗?客官渴不渴,有没有去 @laodr 老道茶馆喝口热茶啊?如果不想再收到我的留言,请回复“取消”。

我的眼里只有红烧肉233

YOU LOOK SAO SO SO SOSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET SUCH KIND OF GIRLS FOR LIFE PARTNER.

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aww thank you nasir :)

那以红色为主的背景很炫目,有机会必去看看

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是呀,一看就是花了很多心思^^

@sweetsssj, 您好。我之前在6年前都是在旅游业。而且经常带团去台湾。但是你也知道带团去台湾,所有的时间和行程表都被限制时间和地点。想要逛久一点也不能。所以我读了你的文章关于一些美食的时候,真的好怀念台湾的美食。我去的彩虹村都是有一位“铁钢人”帮我拍照。 真的好喜欢你的分享。

Wow, look so beautiful. I hope someday can go there too. If i read that story, you have a completely journey for writing about that place. Thank you for share a great journey. Fabulous.!

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my pleasure kemal, again, thank you for coming along !

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You welcome my dear friend :)

Very good post, excellent and beautiful pictures, that good when you can share some of this I hope to visit some day, at least trip and met through your post, thanks for sharing upvoted and followed

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hi cplaza02, really appreciated, thanks!

Very Interesting. Thanks for this detailed Post! :-)

Wow your travel blog is very popular!

Nice video & place , at the same time you're a good writer. Wow!

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thanks facttechz, it's been 2 years now, so i've had a lot of practice!

Good job for another travel post! I wonder what's the taste of their food. They look somehow interesting.

🌈彩虹眷村好有爱啊……喜欢喜欢😍🍓

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谢谢哟,喜欢就好呢^^

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You always bring to us your exciting stories packed with beautiful places and foods that are irresistible @sweetsssj Best regards :)

我2000 年的时候随学校去那里跨千禧年演奏,那是地震后不久,见证了那满目疮痍的灾区... 还有我们到了日月潭,但是不能下去,因为多数建筑物已经东歪西倒... 非常非常痛心.. 非常震撼!毕生难忘。

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哇,那段经历和记忆一定是不同寻常的,如果能记录下来一定是非常珍贵的!

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嘿!是十八年前耶!我接机十八岁噢!那时没有手机照相,不然一定很震撼!

I went to Taipei in 2014 for Chinese New Years, and its such a wicked country!! Thank you for giving me a glimpse back to this beautiful Island. I'm proud to be a quarter Taiwanese! :D And can't wait to go back! You sure have an eye for capturing the culture with your photography! Cheers from Norway

Que delicia... te felicito por cada viaje que realizas..

OMG, these places are just awesome, I would like to visit at these places in near future.....
Thank you so much for the tour dear @sweetsssj :-)

Good look

Yes i want go to be with you. @Sweetsssj.

Nice to meet you again and I loved the history of how those military villages were formed in Taiwan, very important as it was forming and creating and another thing to listen to live music is the maximum regardless of the culture of each country, music is art . Success friend greetings from my Venezuela

greetings @sweetssj you write really good in yours blogs,em a newbie gonna really follow your writing style

I went to Rainbow Village the other week and posted about it!! Its a lovely place isnt it? Yet to do Moon Lake yet.

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Ohh, livinguktaiwan, you are ahead of me ! I will have to check that out! Moon Lake visit was slightly disappointing because the weather wasn't very good that day, but I imagine it would be beautiful if the skies are clear and sunshine is out!

@sweetsssj you are one of the greatest traveler of the modern times. Your travel logs and narratives are always excellent. I wonder how do you write so big post here! It is simply mind-blowing.
Certainly, your posts are full of knowledge, information and entertainment. Kudos to you!

wow amazing ♥

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thanks imransoory!! :)

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So much colour! I guess the world isn't black and white after all 😃

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Hi dear, thank you!

I love your post, you give sense to good taste and we are happy with your smile and the landscapes, thanks

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hello dear, thank you so much! I will do my best to keep bringing this to you and everyone who enjoys it!

What an amazing adventure!

@sweetsssj Your Blog Is Good Awsome Good information Sharing @rabiagilani I am New User On Steemit plz Help me my Rep 41
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