October 2015 Taiwan trip of Martin Jay Grumet

Saturday October 10, 2015 I was originally scheduled to fly from Boise to Taipei via San Francisco on United Airlines.  With the BOI-SFO flight severely delayed, I was rebooked for BOI-LAX on United, and LAX-TPE on EVA Air.  I arrived at Taipei/Taoyuan Airport the morning of Monday October 12, 2015.  From there I took a taxi to Taipei Main Station. (It cost about ten times as much as a bus, but I did not want to risk missing my train reservation.)  I took the Puyuma Express to Luye, Taitung County in the southeast, a 4 hour train ride.  I returned to Taipei from Taitung aboard the Tarko Express.  October 23, 2015 I flew from Taipei/Taoyuan to Boise via San Francisco on United.
Most of my pictures were taken with a Canon G7x. I also brought a waterproof Canon D30, which I used for the pictures at Butterfly Valley. A few tripod shots were taken with a Promaster SystemPRO T525P Carbon Fiber Tripod with Manfrotto XPRO ball head.
Clicking on the 600 pixel photos will bring up a version that is 2000 pixels wide.

Saturday October 10, 2015

 
Los Angeles International Airport

 
Los Angeles International Airport

Monday October 12, 2013

 
Taipei/Taoyuan International Airport


Taipei Main Station


Aboard the Puyuma Express to Luye


Hualien from aboard the Puyuma Express


Hualien Station from aboard the Puyuma Express


Puyama Express stop at Luye Station, Taitung County, before it goes on to Taitung Station


Luye Station


Jiafeng, Beinan Township, Taitung County


Longtian, Luye Township

Tuesday October 13, 2015


Luye


Luye


Luye


Luye


Luye Station


Luye

Wednesday October 14, 2015


Cigarettes in market in Luye.  In Taiwan the cigarette packs are required to display frightening pictures.
If you do not think the pretty girl looks frightening, look at her teeth at high resolution.


Tuo-Shen Farm, Siwei, Luye Township


Longtian


Banana grove, Longtian.  The bags on the bunches hold insecticide.


Longtian


Longtian


Luye


Luye


Luye

Thursday October 15, 2015


Longtian. Laya (huntsman) spider, probably female.  These spiders are not aggressive, and they do not have venom harmful to humans.
They are capable of giving a harsh bite if threatened.  If you see a female carrying what looks like a white pillow, that is her egg sac.
She may have a low threshold for feeling threatened, so do not bother her. These spiders hunt insects, and are considered helpful.


Longtian.  Laya (huntsman) spider, probably male. 


Luming Bridge over Luye River, Yanping Township, Taitung County


Luming Bridge over Luye River


Taitung


Taitung Station


Taitung Station


Taitung


Outside Inn, Taitung


Outside Inn, Taitung


Outside Inn, Taitung


Taitung


Taitung


Luye Shrine, Longtian


Luye Shrine, Longtian


Luye Shrine, Longtian


Pineapple field, Longtian


Pineapple field, Longtian.  Looking east to Mount Dulan, which is between the Rift Valley and the coast.

Friday October 16, 2015


Jiafeng. Golden silk-orb weaver spider with web high up between two cypress trees.


Taitung Station


Taitung Station


Outside Inn, Taitung


Outside Inn, Taitung


Seaside Park, Taitung


Seaside Park, Taitung


Seaside Park, Taitung


Bird's Nest, Seaside Park, Taitung


South entrance to Taitung Forest near Bird's Nest.


Bird's Nest, Seaside Park, Taitung.  After dark it is illuminated with lights that change colors.

Saturday October 17, 2015


Mifong, Beinan Township


Luye River. Near Mifong and Jiafeng, Beinan Township, but the banks are part of Yanping Township.


Luye Highland


Luye Highland


Luye Highland


Luye Highland


Luye Highland. Beinan River at the base of the mountain. At right the Luye River runs into it.


Luye Highland. Glider ramp overlooking the Luye River


Luye Highland


Luye Highland


Luye Highland


Luye Highland


Luye Highland


Luye Station


Luye


Luye


Longtian


Longtian, housewarming dinner.

Sunday October 18, 2015


Longtian


Night market, Taitung


Night market, Taitung


Tianhou (Matsu) Temple, Taitung


Tianhou Temple, Taitung

Monday October 19, 2015


Luye Elementary School, Mount Dulan in background, with summit covered with cloud.


Luanshan Communication Road over Beinan River, from Luye Township side.
Across the river at right is the village of Luanshan.


Beinan River from Luanshan Communication Road bridge, Yanping Township, Taitung County


Luanshan Communication Road bridge over Beinan River, Yanping Township


Luanshan, Yanping Township


Luanshan


Luanshan


Luanshan Communication Road, Yanping Township end


Butterfly Valley, Yanping Township


Luming Creek, Butterfly Valley, Yanping Township


Luming Creek, Butterfly Valley, Yanping Township


Luming Creek, Butterfly Valley, Yanping Township


Luming Creek, Butterfly Valley, Yanping Township


Luming Creek, Butterfly Valley, Yanping Township

Tuesday October 20, 2015


Jiafeng. Golden silk-orb weaver spider. In a new, lower web after the earlier one was destroyed by the wind.


Aboard the Tarko Express, preparing to leave Taitung Station for Taipei


Taroko Arch Bridge over the Liwu River, north of Hualien, seen from Tarko Express


Taroko Arch Bridge over the Liwu River


North side of  Taipei Main Station


Taipei, Tai Yuan Road. The paraphernalia is legal as long as it is not contaminated by marijuana.
In Taiwan simple possession of marijuana is punishable by ten years in prison.


Lan Ting Hotel


Tai Yuan Road and Lan Ting Hotel


Tai Yuan Road across from Lan Ting hotel


ChangAn W Road


From pedestrian bridge north of Taipei Main Station


South side of Taipei Main Station


Shin Kong Life Tower seen from south of Taipei Main Station


Taipei Main Station, upstairs food court

Wednesday October 21, 2015


Tai Yuan Road looking north from roof of Lan Ting Hotel


Tai Yuan Road looking south from roof of Lan Ting Hotel towards Shin Kong Life Tower


MRT at Taipei Main Station


Taipei MRT


Sun Yat-Sen Memorial and Taipei 101


Sun Yat-Sen Memorial


Sun Yat-Sen Memorial


Taipei 101 from Sun Yat-Sen Memorial


MRT station entrance, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial


North of Taipei 101


North of Taipei 101


Taipei 101


Taipei 101, tickets for elevator to Observatory


Taipei 101, indoor observatory.  Outdoor observatory was closed due to light rain.


Taipei 101 Observatory


View from Taipei 101


View from Taipei 101


Taipei 101 Observatory


Super Big Wind Damper, Taipei 101


Taipei 101


Super Big Wind Damper, Taipei 101


Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101


Memorial wall in Taipei City Hall Plaza to a 1999 international conference of city representatives.  Participants from the USA there were:
Councillor Chris Bell from Houston, Texas
Assistant Deputy Mayor John Lee from Los Angeles, California
Councilman Alan Cody Williams from Phoenix, Arizona
Mayor Marion Barry, Jr from Washington, District of Columbia


Sun Yat-Sen Memorial.  It was closed all day, and this was taken through the glass door.


Taipei Dome


Far East Hospital, New Taipei City


Taipei Main Station

Thursday October 22, 2015


Shandao Temple


Shandao Temple


Shandao Temple


Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial


Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial


Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial


Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial


Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial


National Taiwan University Hospital, new building


National Taiwan University Hospital, old building


National Taiwan University Hospital, MRT station entrance


Taipei Bridge over Tamsui River to New Taipei City


MOS Burger near Taipei Bridge MRT station


MOS Burger near Taipei Bridge MRT station


FamilyMart on Tai Yuan Road, across from Lan Ting Hotel


Downstairs food court in Shin Kong Life Tower


Underground Taipei City Mall


Passage from Taipei City Mall to Main Station

Friday October 23, 2015

 
Taipei/Taoyuan International Airport

 
Taipei/Taoyuan International Airport

Some possibly useful links

Taiwan Railways Administration Timetable Information
Taipei Mass Rapid Transit
Lan Ting Hotel, Taipei
Outside Inn B&B, Taitung

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