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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #40 on: 30 December 2010, 01:29:12 »
More cactus.

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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #41 on: 30 December 2010, 01:30:12 »
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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #42 on: 30 December 2010, 01:31:38 »
More nice flowers.

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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #43 on: 30 December 2010, 01:33:04 »
Maybe some of my friends who know flowers can help name all the flowers in this thread. Anyway, I will update the names later if I can find out more.

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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #44 on: 30 December 2010, 01:34:54 »
The final section of the pavilion has many orchids. This one looks like a funny monster face.

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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #45 on: 30 December 2010, 01:38:00 »
The beginning of new life.

And the lifeless duck.

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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #46 on: 30 December 2010, 01:44:18 »
At the end of the Pavilion of Future, we saw the line for the Pavilion of Angel Life.

It turned out that this pavilion just have a very short film (and uninteresting in my opinion) of flowers, nature and animations. Then the audience were led to a large lifestyle showroom. A big shop, in other words.

The photo here shows part of the short film. I thought this was the introduction to something more substantial. Perhaps I was expecting too much to see a Hollywood type production?!

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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #47 on: 30 December 2010, 01:55:50 »
As soon as we got into the Expo site, we went for the tickets to get into 養生館 Pavilion of Regimen. For me this is a very interesting show of the best 盆景 (miniatures trees imitating much larger and older trees, or Bonsai, the Japanese term now well known in English.)

Out of the 100 or so 盆景 displays in the pavilion, about 36 were more than 100 year old!!

The collection, upkeep, and maintaining a 盆景 display is a trans-generation project, or the owner better able to find someone who can appreciate the 盆景. One of my friend told me that his dad used to have some nice ones, but none of the children were interested in keeping and taking care of the 盆景. Thus his dad had to give them away.

Anyway, this one in the courtyard is the oldest at about 550 years old!

Just imagine it began its life even before the Qing dynasty, 450 years older than the Republic of China, almost 300 years old when Queen Victoria ruled the world, about the same age as Leonardo da Vinci!!!

The 2nd phote shows details of the trunk. Old tree indeed.

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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #48 on: 30 December 2010, 01:59:03 »
I took pictures of the 盆景 as well as the info about them. I will update the info later. Now just the photos.

Anyway, it's pretty amazing that trees like the one in the 2nd photo is still alive and well.

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Re: Taipei 台北遊 (Dec-2010)
« Reply #49 on: 30 December 2010, 02:02:41 »
I like to see 盆景 but I don't remember seeing lots of this style before. This style essentially exposed the inside of the trunk, then twist and manipulate to the required form.