My Favorite Wiki Vacation Pictures: Taiwan 2009

I’ve been uploading vacation pictures to WikiMedia since 2015. I call some of my vacations Wiki Vacations, because I go to places with an explicit intent of taking pictures, processing them afterwards, and then uploading them to WikiMedia, for use on Wikipedia articles. I don’t actually know how other Wikipedians refer to this mode of vacation. But I do know the official definition of WikiBreak, nicknamed Wikivacation, means almost the opposite.

Regardless of the terminology, I do find the experience rewarding. As reported earlier in Some of my Most Popular Pictures, time spent getting good, useful pictures for Wikipedia is more than made up by seeing some of these pictures widely distributed online, with or without credits. Here I posted a few of my favorite Wiki Vacation pictures. Not all of them are well appreciated though. But it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This is from my trip to Taiwan in 2009. Hey, it’s on the first result page of Google image search.

CiSingTan Bay with the Central Mountain Range in the background, in Hualien County in Taiwan 中文: 七星潭位於花蓮縣新城鄉,緊靠著中央山脈。

CiSingTan Bay with the Central Mountain Range in the background, in Hualien County in Taiwan

This is from the same place a few moments later.

CiSingTan Bay with fixed-net fishing operations close to shore, and the Central Mountain Range in the background, in Hualien County in Taiwan

CiSingTan Bay with fixed-net fishing operations close to shore

And this picture ended up serving as the banner picture for this very same website.

A strange stone sculpture I found

A strange stone sculpture I found

Formosa Express, a five-star tourist train, races sedans running alongside it on highway in Ji’an Township.

Formosa Express, a five-star tourist train, races sedans running alongside it on highway in Ji'an Township, Hualien County, Taiwan

Formosa Express, a five-star tourist train, races sedans running alongside it on highway

A picturesque roadside cemetery with the Central Mountain Range in the background.

Zuocang Cemetery in Hualient City, Taiwan, with the Central Mountain Range in the background

Zuocang Cemetery

Spectacular view of the Taroko Gorge on the Central Cross-Island Highway.

Spectacular view of the Taroko Gorge on the Central Cross-Island Highway in Taiwan

Spectacular view of the Taroko Gorge

Biking uphill on the Central Cross-Island Highway.

Biking uphill on the Central Cross-Island Highway at Taroko Gorge in Taiwan

Biking uphill on the Central Cross-Island Highway at Taroko Gorge in Taiwan

Magnificent building at Tzu Chi University.

JingSi Hall in Hualient City, Taiwan

JingSi Hall

Garden of the Generalissimos, part of the Cihu Mausoleum of Chiang Kai-shek.

Garden of the Generalissimos, part of the Cihu Mausoleum of Chiang Kai-shek i

Hundred after hundreds of status of the same guy

Garden of the Generalissimos, part of the Cihu Mausoleum of Chiang Kai-shek i

It’s a strange sight indeed

Green algae on rocks at ShihTiPing (giant stone steps) coastal area.

 Green algae on rocks at ShihTiPing (giant stone steps) coastal area in Taiwan

Green algae on rocks

Same place, but slightly different perspective. Look at those two crazy dudes in the background.

 Green algae on rocks at ShihTiPing (giant stone steps) coastal area

Green algae, plus two crazy dudes in the background

Maybe I can better explain it by showing the same scene from yet another perspective.

Rock fishing at ShihTiPing (giant stone steps)

Rock fishing at ShihTiPing (giant stone steps)

Two seconds after the above picture, this is what happened to me, standing on a relatively tall rock.

ShihTiPing (giant stone steps) coastal area in Taiwan

This is probably a tourist-killing spot

I’ve already touted the watermelon on this article. Now’s time for the Elephant ear taro by a mountain road to shine. Check out the first page of Google image search result.

A multi-story-high statue of Guan Yu at Jinguashi.

Multi-story-high statue of Guan Yu at Jinguashi

Giant Statue

A stray dog at the same place.

Stray dog

Stray dog

Houses built on a hillside.

Citiscape view of the Xindian City in Taipei County, Taiwan

Citiscape view of the Xindian City

Waste containers at the National Theater at the Liberty Square.

I took this picture because I thought the background was great.

A firefighter of Taipei City Fire Department in a hydraulic platform during a fire drill.

A firefighter in a hydraulic platform during a fire drill.

Farmers painted a water buffalo using flowers.

Farmers paint a picture of a water buffalo using flowers at FuLi Town by the Huatung Highway

Picture of a water buffalo at FuLi Town

It is easier to recognize the water buffalo from this angle.

Farmers paint a picture of a water buffalo using flowers at FuLi Town by the Huatung Highway

Water buffalo

Interesting scene at a night market.

Night market in Hualient City

Night market in Hualient City

Beautiful residential community.

A residential community in Hualient City

A residential community in Hualient City

Bicycling for recreation is very popular.

Bicyclists tour through the FuLi Town

Bicyclists tour through the FuLi Town

The end.

About Xinhai Dude 辛亥生

The name Xinhai Dude 辛亥生 is a pun in Chinese, as it means both “he who was born in Xinhai” as well as “he who studies Xinhai”. I had an ambitious plan to write something about the great Xinhai Revolution of 1911, thus my blog https://xinhaidude.com. But after an initial flurry of activities the initiative petered out. One day I will still carry it through. But for now, this website has turned into a conglomerate of my work on various topics of interest to me, including travel pictures, RC model airplane flying, ice skating, classical music composition, science fiction short stories, evolution and atheism.
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