15 Jan 2014 Kenting

Taiwan’s Land End… 
Matt: Exploring the scenic southern tip of "Ihla Formosa", the Beautiful Isle, thus counting (i) strangling banyan trees in the Kenting National Park, (ii) sand grains and shells on the pristine southern beaches, and (iii) farting tourists from mainland China in Hengchun’s schlocky souvenir shops.

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” 

"Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second." 

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." 

Save Taiwan!
"Taiwan must survive. It's not just democracy. It's not just five thousand years of culture. It's not just sweet-smelling hills and rivers like perfume. Nor is it cliffs like granite collapsing into oceans like glittering marble. It's not just a belief among the people that justice, goodness and morality are not just abstractions. It's not just clean air, so far. And clean water, for the most part. It's not just a rancorous media. It's not just that it is the only place in the greater Chinese world where people actually elect their officials. It must survive so that the 1.3 billion people of China have a role model.
Taiwan is the shining city on the hill. Perhaps that is why the Chinese Communist Party is so adamant about destroying its liberties. So long as Taiwan survives, the masses of China, chained in pollution and poor food, chained in lives of poverty and hell, chained to a dictatorial system that brainwashes them rather than heals them of the trauma of centuries of collapse, so long as Taiwan survives, something will exist that is so scary to the communist leaders that it will threaten their very survival. That something that must survive, to translate it into our language is: hope."

For Raoni, Tien and Ronja:
Ganz am suedlichen Ende von Taiwan befindet sich ein schoener Nationalpark mit abenteuerlichen Wanderwegen, einer abenteuerlichen Brandung und einem abenteuerlichen Atomkraftwerk. Der Leuchtturm von Eluanbi ist schon 131 Jahre alt und seine Kennung von Fl.(W)10s56m27M weist des Nachts allen Schiffen im Suedchinesischen Meer zuverlaessig ihren Weg, auch dann, wenn hier die wilden Taifune stuermen. - Welche Person in Eurer Umgebung erinnert Euch an einen Leuchtturm?
From Taiwan, with Love!

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