The Temples + Tombs of Nantou Taiwan

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We headed to Nantou, in the county of Nantou, the second largest county in Taiwan. On the main drag, vendors line the street.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

These carnivorous plants were interesting.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

And so was this wasp nest.  The wasps were long gone, however.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

There are little private temples all over Taiwan, and this one was next to some kind of repair shop.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

One vendor was selling miniature plants.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is what we came to see – the famous Paper Dome.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

What?  That’s not paper!

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

We walked around to the rear to see the paper structure.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

These columns and seats are made of paper.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

But I cried “foul!” when I saw the chip-board ceiling.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

The rear sides and entire back are opened up.  The outer building protects the paper structure from the elements, obviously.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is a wider view.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Behind the Paper Dome is some interesting works of art.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

The dome itself is not paper, but plastic sheeting.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This sheeting gets pretty hot, so it’s cooled with spraying water.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

I thought this Japanese looking bell looked interesting, so I took a shot of it right after someone rang it.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Next to the building is a lily pond.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

With lots of little fish.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Speaking of fish, this heron caught a nice one in the river beside the Paper Dome.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

After we had enough of the Paper Dome, we walked back to the car to head toward our next destination.  Before we go there, let me just say that had I known just what the Paper Dome really was, I probably wouldn’t have gone to see it.

Stacks of Taiwan Beer crates, full of empty bottles, can only mean one thing: we’re at the TTL Brewery in Nantou.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

There are huge vats basically right out in the open.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

We went inside the main building and found it to be a madhouse of vendors selling all sorts of things.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

I don’t know why, but flavored eggs are a big deal in Taiwan.  There was no shortage of them here.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Hui-chen wanted to take a tour of the place, so we went upstairs and took a look.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is the beginning of what turned out to be the shortest tour I’ve been on.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

That’s right – a liquor urn tunnel.  Don’t ask me – I have no idea.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Before we hit the tunnel, there were several examples of classic liquor urns designs from the past.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Then we entered the Liquor Urn Tunnel.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Looking back from the end.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Around the corner are some examples of ingredients used in the factory to make the various liquors and beers.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This old-fashioned liquor cart was cool.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is the Liquor Urn Tunnel from the outside.  The urns are held in place by pipes.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

One last look….

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

“The House Of Drunk Experiencing” is supposed to give people a feeling of being drunk, by having them walk on a tilted surface.  I didn’t try it to see how authentic it felt, though.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

The above 2 shots are of deceptions of old style liquor urns used in the past.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

HC wanted to by some wine for cooking purposes.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

After the tour, we took a look at this listing of all the local spas and HC pointed out her selection for our next spa.

  • Photos by MJ Klein