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The Most Beautiful Temple in Taiwan

The first time we ever visited Taiwan, we only had 5 days to see some of the highlights this country had to offer. So, we decided it would be best to just explore the capital, Taipei. It poured rain every single day we were there! However amazingly, we had an awesome time! The people were extremely nice, the food was very delicious, and the tourist attractions were definitely worth a visit. We told ourselves, if we ever wanted to teach English in a different country besides Korea, we would do it in Taiwan. After our one year World Trip, we made our dream come true by living in Taiwan for a year.

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Now, after visiting the various temples throughout the country, I definitely think the Mengjia Longshan Temple in Taipei, is the most beautiful temple in Taiwan. This temple is an excellent example of Taiwanese classical architecture that has southern Chinese influences. The first time I saw it was during our initial trip to Taipei and the temple looked gorgeous among the crowds of people holding colourful umbrellas.

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The intricate designs inside and outside the temple make it very special. The rooftops of the temple are decorated with various serpents and animals.

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The main shrine inside the temple is highly ornate and thus beautiful. Devotees pray to both Buddhist and Taoist deities at this temple.

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Lanterns are hung within corridors that have extensively elaborate carvings on the ceiling.

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There are unique and beautiful fountains and waterfalls found on the outdoor grounds of the temple.

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Video: Crowds of worshippers gather at Mengjia Longshan Temple during the Lunar New Year.

Climbing the Great Wall of China One Step at a Time

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The Great Wall of China is a collection of walls that served to protect the Chinese Empire and were used for border control purposes. In Beijing, the “Badaling” section of the Great Wall is one of the most gorgeous and well preserved parts. Thus, despite it being very touristy, we decided to climb this very scenic section of the Great Wall. Many tourists opted to ride the cable car to the most popular area of the “Badaling” section. However, we wanted to experience what it would be like to hike up the Great Wall.

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It takes a lot of strength and endurance to climb the Great Wall. I have to admit, it wasn’t easy for me. I had to take a lot of breaks along the way. There were a lot of steps and they were steep. However, hiking up the Great Wall was worth it because we were able to avoid the crowds and enjoy the beautiful scenery in peace.

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Once we arrived to where the cable car dropped tourists off, as we expected, it was teeming with crowds. The Great Wall is one of China’s most attractive tourist sites, with over millions of people from around the world visiting each year. The crowds however, did not deter us from enjoying this majestic structure. It was breathtakingly beautiful. After spending the day at the Great Wall, we mustered the strength to hike down it instead of riding a crowded cable car!

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