26.5.17

Taipei Zoo


After a visit to Taipei 101, we headed to the Taipei Zoo. I did not read any information about the Zoo but only how to reach it.  But it turned out to be a fantastic experience. We saw many animals, from local to international. Yes, there are animals which only exist in selected countries. Among all, I like most the Koala bear which is unique and from Australia.


The visit began with butterflies of different species. The most impressive is decay food was put openly and it was common to see butterflies laying on the deteriorated fruit to suck the nutrients.  It is actually a bit scary.  Not only butterflies were attracted but grasshopper and other insects too.


I don't know where to start as there are many different animals.  Let's start with those lonesome ones. Appreciate them with your eyes.  I trust no description is needed.



Apart from the big and obvious ones, there are owl, eagle, bird living on their own.  But no nice shots taken.  Let's move on to those gregarious animals.  Some shots many show only one animal of the specie but they were actually in groups.

Crab-eating Mongoose
 

Malayan Tapir
Formosan Serow
   
Red Panda

  


 

We spent some nice hours there. As we still planned for Maokong, we had say our sweet goodbye to the cute animals and took the cable car at the other end of the Zoo to the next destination.


14.5.17

Yehliu Geopark 野柳


It was the seventh day of our trip in Taiwan.   We went to Yehliu after visiting a few Japanese houses. There are a few ways to visit Yehliu. One is taking a coach from the Taipei Railway station.  We took a shortcut, took the same bus (Gwanghwang 1815) at Taipei City Government Station.  Frequency is every 20 minutes.  We were lucky that the bus came very soon and we could arrive in less than an hour.  We got off the big street and walked towards the Yehliu Geopark.  On the way were boats and numerous seafood restaurants.



The time we visited was the Labour Day holiday in China. So, loads of Chinese tourists.  The purchase of tickets did not take much time since lots of ticket windows were opened.  We passed through some artificial rocks and then reached the geopark area.  All natural rocks in different shapes shaped by erosion.


Yehliu Geopark is divided into 3 areas.  You will see the mushroom and ginger rocks in the first area.  Present there are also the candle rocks and ice cream rock.

Yehliu Ice Cream Rock




Presence of mushroom and ginger rocks is found in the second area. But tourists' attention is mainly the Queen's head. Crowds of tourist were queuing up to take a photo of the Queen's head which rumour said that the head will fall apart one day. But in my opinion the fairy's shoe and carp rock are more beautiful and look more real. Not far away stand a cute princess. Which one do you prefer?



Marine Bird Rock

The third area is wave-cut platform located on the other side.  One side of the platform is close to steep cliffs and the other side angry waves.  If you are not in rush, follow the path to go up to the hill to enjoy the nature, birds, butterflies and a panoramic view of the park.








Tofu Rock


We were lucky with the weather. No strong sunshine and we escaped the rain, either when having our snack or in the coach back to Taipei.

6.5.17

Mudec Museo delle culture


Mudec is built on the site of the old Ansaldo factory in the Tortona area of Milan. It is a meeting place for cultures and communities.  Mudec is dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the cultures of the world.  It focuses on the relationship of these cultures with the city of Milan. 



I was very impressed with the design at the entrance. The sides of the staircase were dark.  It leads to the bright. Once ascending to the top, you will see light permeating through the numerous curvy windows. The whole space is united as one but also separated by openings taking through to the different sections / exhibitions.

 

At time of our visit there was the exhibition of Homo sapiens. It is about the human evolution. It started with two hundred thousand years ago when the Homo sapiens moving from a small valley (now Ethiopia) to colonize the whole planet and lived with other human species.  It led to the diversity of populations and cultures of nowadays. 


We visited the permanent exhibition, free.   It shows various heritage objects from different old cultures throughout the globe.  Very old stuff from China, Japan, Peru, New Guinea, etc. were shown. Below shows some of my favourite from the entrance down to the end of the exhibition.  Be quick to visit this part.  It will be free up to end August 2017 only.


A lot of the exhibits are cute.  A man drinking wine with special ornaments such as a big necklace and a strange hat with an animal head.  Some of them look very modern.  Quite a few number of the exhibits reflect the importance of fertility in the old world which human beings were fragile and threatened by disease and death. Survival and extension of life were essential.


Walking across the first floor we could see an exhibition of modern fashion but seems no longer available now.  It is named Crafting the Future: Stories of Craftsmanship and Innovation. Eyes opened.  All beautiful stuff!  Though you may not dare to put them all on you.


Address: via Tortona 56, 20144 Milano