Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Bizarre and Unexpected on Kinmen Island, Taiwan

Chen Qing Ji Yang Lou Mansion


As I travel in Taiwan, I always come across what I call the bizarre and unexpected. Bizarre being defined as, “very strange or unusual, especially as to cause interest or amusement.” The Chen Qing Ji Yang Lou mansion on Kinmen Island, Taiwan falls into this definition.

Expression over entrance "Union is Strength"

This mansion obviously belonged to a wealthy family many years ago, but now it has fallen on hard times. It is this rundown condition that makes it so unique and “bizarre.” It even has a tree growing out of the second story!

Should it be restored? Restoring it would certainly change how it looks, but it would lose its uniqueness that photographers seek and tourists admire. No, keep it the way it is. 

Among all the debris, a portrait of Chiang Kai-shek 

Getting there: Jinsha Township, Kinmen Island, Taiwan. GPS coordinates 118.44292, 24.485801

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