Sunday, October 12, 2008

Card #10, All Aboard the Taiwan Train

This postcard depicts a train station in Taiwan. The sender, d00115, comes from the city of Taichung in central Taiwan, which literally translates into "central Taiwan." Very creative. Taiwan has had a very long and chaotic history. For instance, I was unaware that the island had its own aboriginal peoples, but in fact, it did. It was colonized by China during the Qing dynasty in the seventeenth century. It experienced a period of Japanese colonial rule in the late nineteenth century, but the Republic of China more or less "relocated" to Taiwan when the Cultural Revolution occurred in mainland China in the mid-twentieth century. While I found all this information very fascinating, I'm embarrassed to admit that I was even more excited that bubble drinks were invented in Taichung at Chun Shui Tang teahouse (this is uncited information on Wikipedia). I received this card September 24 after 9 days of travel.


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