Today was tour day. Dr. Po Chien Li graciously offered to take us around Taiwan and show us some of the sights.
The day started off a bit unusual, as I was seemingly adopted by an elderly Chinese couple from Toronto. I held the elevator for them at the hotel, and the rest is history.
After breakfast, I parted from my new Chinese parents and the group left with Dr. Li. We visited a famous temple in the morning, then headed out to the coast for a look at a small fishing village, a seafood lunch, and then up into the mountains to a village that used to be the center of gold mining in the region. Back to the hotel and another day in Taiwan is behind us. We have free time the next two days, before we leave for Vietnam.
Here we go, out to see Taiwan.
This is one of the famous temples in Taipei. It is still in active use.
Jimmy, at the temple. Jimmy is our go to guy for ordering food in Taiwan.
The gang posing with a ship in Bishan (literally: green sand) village.
More hamming it up in Bishan.
Some of today’s fresh catch. Our lunch was a cornucopia of fresh seafood, straight from today’s catch.
Here we are at the Gold Ecological Park in Jinguashi, a historic gold and copper mining town.
We took the opportunity to learn how to pan for gold.
Shanne got the gold fever and discarded her pan and began to rummage through the dirt with her hands. We had a hard time getting her away from the village.
That’s all for today. Check back tomorrow.