Saturday, November 8, 2008

Ali Shan Taiwan Photos

I took a holiday weekend to Ali Shan in Taiwan. It was very touristy, lots of stuff to buy in shops. There is a lot of fruit and other Taiwanese snacks to try. There is also the Forest railroad and lots of places to hike.

Photo of Taiwanese fruit called mountain tomatoes.

Forest in Ali Shan Taiwan.

Dead Cypress tree in Ali Shan. These trees are thousands of years!

Photo of a boy cooking Sausage in Taiwan.

Bamboo Forest in Ali Shan, Taiwan.

Tourist trolley for Ali Shan sunrise tour.

Staircase on trail through mountains in Ali Shan. This is for sustainable tourism. The tourists walk on the stairs instead of on the pathway to lessen soil erosion.

Sunrise at Ali Shan peaking over the mountains. I didn't think it was very impressive, but I guess it is a big thing to wake up at 4 am and go to see the sunrise here in Taiwan.

River in Ali Shan

1000 year old eggs. These are a delicacy here. They are eggs which are formented in horse pee, covered in hay and buried. They turn black afterwards and have a very strong taste.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Taipei Photographs

Fat Fat Restaurant in Taiwan.

Bus signs, Taipei, Taiwan.

escalator signs in Chinese.

Japanese style tea pots.

Power plants in Taiwan.

Taipei power plant.

Gate to house in Taiwan.

Lack of sidewalks in Taiwan. This has been really frustrating for me. I can hardly walk down the streets here because they are so crowded or there are no sidewalks. Places like this seem prime for being run-over my motor scooters.

Taiwanese snacks.

Taiwan Photographs, MRT Subway, National Palace Museum, Night Market

Here are photographs from the National Palace Museum, the Taiwan National Theater, The MRT Taipei subway, and Night Markets.

Lion Sculpture guarding the National Palace Museum, Taiwan.

Interior of the National Theater, Taipei.

Inside of the National Theater, Taipei, Taiwan.

Food Stand in Taipei Food Market serving traditional Taiwanese food, dumplings, noodles, etc., Taiwan.

Taipei clothing Market at Hou Shan Pi. Everything is super cheap here. There are racks of clothes in front of every store where things cost about $3 USD each. They wear really fun clothes here.

Handicapped seats on the Taipei, Taiwan MRT subway. These blue seats are reserved for pregnant, disabled, and elderly people. I can't believe it, but no one will sit here on a totally packed train.

Photo of MRT Subway, Taipei, Taiwan.

Crazy White Girl doing flips on MRT.

Outside of the National Palace Museum.

Photo of National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.

Taiwan Photos, Funny signs and Food Stalls

I haven't updated this thing in so long. Sorry about that. I am in Taiwan now, avidly trying to photograph everything. Here are some photos from riding the buses in Taipei and food stalls in the night markets and on the street. For more about my journey in Taiwan visit

Street food vendor cooking egg dough in Taipei.

Traditional style Chinese straw hat and umbrellas

Photos of egg dough. Delicious.

Food Stalls at Taipei night market.

Hello Kitty Wine. I did not know this existed. How can Hello Kitty promote wine? Are there 10 year old girls out there buying this?

Big sculpture of a Chinese frog with coin in mouth.

Sign about Bird Flu on Taipei City bus.

Blue Restaurant with swings for seats! They serve good pasta too!

A Buddha Stupa.

Signs on the bus.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mayan Ruins in Mexico, Palenque Photos

These are more photographs from the Mayan ruins in Palenque.

Mayan Pyramids in Palenque

White tourist taking photographs in Palenque, Mexico.

Tunnels inside the pyramids in Palenque. These tunnels lead to the chambers where various noble people were entombed.

This is a crazy VW bug I saw in the streets of Palenque, Mexico. It is for a burger place and it has a huge chicken on the roof.

Here are the waterfalls in the park in Palenque, Mexico.

These are Mayan houses.

Monkeys! There were a few howler monkeys swinging through the trees in Palenque.

Path in Palenque.

Photo of Mayan houses.

Mayan hieroglyphics in Palenque, Mexico.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Palenque, Mexico Mayan Ruins Photos

Photos of Mayan Ruins at Palenque, Mexico. If you want to visit the ruins you can stay in the city of Palenque which is a few kilometers from the park. This is a quaint little Mexican village. You can get a hotel room for two people for about $20USD if you bargain with the hotels. To get to the Ruins there is a public bus that goes there. It costs 10 pesos ($1 USD) for the ride. When you enter the park you have to pay a National park fee of a few dollars and they give you a bracelet. You also have to pay $4.50 USD (45 pesos) for an entrance fee into the Ruins.

Mayan pyramids at Palenque, Mexico.

Mayan temple at Palenque, Mexico.

Stairs leading up to Mayan Temple at Palenque.

Photo of the main plaza and the pyramids at Palenque.

Mayan temple at Palenque.

Stairs leading up the pyramids at Palenque.

Buildings of the Palace of Palenque.

This square building is typical for Mayan architecture seen in Palenque. It is not really present in architecture in other Mayan sites.

Stucco mask hieroglyphics in Palenque.

Stelae scultpure of a man at Palenque.