Day 6: Exploring Magong City, Taiwan

[If you haven’t been keeping up with my travels, you can check them out here!]

I had a nice relaxing morning (again) while Nick and Liv were at work, and then we went to Molly’s for brunch!  It was DELICIOUS!  I got French toast with honey (no syrup in Taiwan – the travesty!), french fries, eggs, and sausage (much sweeter than in the states).  And there was a FORK.  Yay for Western food!

Then, we went around Magong City.

Four-Eyed Well

Four-eyed well

“Four-eyed well was probably dug in the Yuan Dynasty, when the  Lower Street villages were densely populated and moved to  Upper Street. Since people cannot live one day without water, when ancestors reached the  Upper Street, they must have dug this well first as a source for water and for public use. This Four-eyed Well is about three meters deep and two meters in diameter. There is a stone slate covering the well opening, leaving four circular openings to retrieve water, such peculiar design structure is what gave it its name. (Source)

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One of the few OLD two-story houses with coral and plaster walls

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One of the older streets in town, decorated with Chinese lanterns.

A temple crammed between 2 buildings.

A temple crammed between 2 buildings.

The oldest temple in Taiwan - it is currently being restored.  You can see the paint has been stripped off, and they are beginning to repaint it.

The oldest Matsu temple in Taiwan – it is currently being restored. You can see the paint has been stripped off, and they are beginning to repaint it.

Another view of the reconstruction of the Matsu temple

Another view of the reconstruction of the oldest temple in Taiwan

The bakeries here are pretty incredible.  This is Donutes.  Check out the variety!

Snack time! The bakeries here are pretty incredible. This is Donutes. Check out the variety!

After we went home and cooled down for a bit, we went back out so Nick could teach me how to drive the scooters… I was dreading this and had been able to put it off for a few days.  I did alright… at first…

"I don't wannnnnaaaaa. I'm gonna break something or someone!"

“I don’t wannnnnaaaaa. I’m gonna break something or someone!”

"Ok, I got on it.  Is that enough?"

“Ok, I got on it. Is that enough?”

"Woo hoo! I'm going! WAIT, HOW DO I STOP?"

“Woo hoo! I’m going! WAIT, HOW DO I STOP?”

"Now you want me to turn?? Can't I just keep going straight til I get to the ocean?"

“Now you want me to turn?? Can’t I just keep going straight til I get to the ocean?”

And then, a little bit later, I ran into the brush.  I apparently can (kinda) turn left, but not right.  Maybe we’ll try again today…

For dinner, we went to “The Loving Hut” – a vegetarian restaurant where a video of an… interesting… belief group of some kind was on the screen.  I ordered pumpkin dumplings and then traded with Nick for his pumpkin noodles.  Thankfully, their friend could speak Chinese and requested a fork for me.  I was about to have a messy encounter with chopsticks!

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Then, we went to check out the Xiying Rainbow Bridge – an awesome walking bridge in Penghu.

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With Nick & Liv & friends at the Rainbow Bridge

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4 thoughts on “Day 6: Exploring Magong City, Taiwan

  1. We saw the old two story house as well. What is cool about it that part of the wall is coral, part is plaster over coral and part is brick. Quite the contrasts. We never did get to the vegetarian hut. The slow turns on the scooter the first time were actually quite hard. Did Nick tell you I fell on the scooter once when out on my own on it? You can tackle it! You are not the only one for whom it is hard.

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  3. Hi Emmelyn,

    it’s really interesting reading you & Nick & Liv’s blogs, and see how our islands are from your eyes. just a note, i’m not sure if the temple is the “oldest” in taiwan…it’s the oldest Matsu Temple for sure, but don’t know if it’s the oldest overall.

    Matsu is the sea goddess, most people in Taiwan believe in Pagan Gods.

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