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Chinese Field Trip to Taiwan
2018-01-22

 [SCIE web news, Jan 22nd, 2017] December 29, 2017 marked the long-awaited commencement of the very first field trip organized by the Chinese Language & History Group. The destination, Taiwan, is home to many monuments, museums and Taoism/Buddhism temples, which the students are familiar with during the course of their Chinese Language & History lessons.


 

Unlike traditional tour groups (albeit for shaving cost and shaving cost only), we traversed the island from the southern tip of Kaohsiung, all the way to the northernmost major city Taipei with a stop in Hualien. After just two hours of flight, we landed at Kaohsiung. After a quick break at the airport, we had already activated our SIM cards and exchanged our Yuan for New Taiwan Dollars. Next stop: Former British Consulate at Takao. It was the first diplomatic facility on the island established by foreigners, and couple of statues based on historic events are displayed. According to our tour guide, even an embassy for the British have considered Fengshui when their original owners built them. Later we visited the Sizhwan Scenic Area nearby. Looking down upon the gorgeous National Sun yat-sen University under the sinking sun, many students drew their cameras and slammed on their shutter buttons.

 

 

We drove to Kenting the next day to visit the Kenting National Park. Few students got books and homework from their backpack. Kenting was once considered the southernmost point on the island, and the beacon tower’s flash was once called “The light of East Asia”.

 

 

We visited the Liu He night market in Kaohsiung and enjoyed the magical southern Taiwan deli.





We departed for Taichung at dawn on the third day and saw quite a few ancient architectures along the way. One of which was the “South Taiwan Confucius Temple”. My friends prayed to the academic Gods about their schoolwork. The Sun and Moon Pond that we visited later in the day was spectacular in that every Chinese child had learnt the tale of the lake from elementary school. Jiufen town was our next destination. It’s situated high above, so we’d have to climb a few steps in order to visit it. The town was not very big at all, only a few streets, though the natives here are wonderful.

 



The miniature town is full of cats and dogs, even the homeless ones are completely unafraid of strangers. At the iconic station, we all got onboard the little train and released heated lamps into the thin air. Our teacher Margaret even wrote on the memorandum board with a felt tip pen.The following day in Taipei is the highlight for anyone looking for a modern lifestyle. The Forbidden Palace and the Eslite bookstore are all well documented tourist attractions. Of course, as a Chinese History group, we’d have to visit the Forbidden Palace first.

 


 

The three most precious items in the Forbidden City collection is the Mao Gong Ding, Fei Cui Yu Bai Cai, and Dong Po Rou Shi. After seeing these exhibits, we scattered out to make the best use of precious time in the Palace Museum.

 

It was the last day eventually. Even though the trip is only for a few days, and even looking past the pounds we gained, we’d all have to leave. In the duration of this trip, we learnt a lot about Chinese History, and became more interested in the development of the Chinese culture.

 

(Report/David Zhu; Photos/Margaret, Arron)

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