Around Cheng Da

Sorry I’ve been a hideous blog mistress when it comes to updating.  My trusty laptop Fawkes-Buckbeak fell prey to the black screen of death and since then I’ve been hopping between shared computers, which didn’t have ready access to my archives of pictures.  Of course once I fell out of the habit of posting, it required some catching up to figure out what I’ve posted and what I haven’t from what is now over a year ago’s worth of reminisces and images.

So here are some images from National Cheng Kung University (Cheng Da or Cheng Gong Da Shuei as my personal romanization goes…), taken in the summer of 2008 (eeks, time flew!) while I was trying to study Chinese.

The view from the covered space between buildings where students could be found practicing skits, dancing, or Tai Chi in the shade.  The entrance gate is at the end of that long vista.

The pond in front of the foreign languages department with its lovely red bridge.

The bridge had very shallow steps.

Sparrows were lined up on the railings.

Rock formation on the little pond island.

A palm that lost to a typhoon and gravity.

A curious mushroom.

Another rock formation on the island– some of the white ones are worn corals, I think…

An old gate to the campus.

I don’t know why the paving stones have a semi-circular placement.

A stone sculpture on campus.


5 Responses to “Around Cheng Da”

  1. 1 Tim
    December 7, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I find it depressing that Taiwan has house sparrows.

  2. 2 Tim
    December 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I take it back! It’s a Eurasian Tree Sparrow! You can tell by the cheek patch. I feel better.

  3. February 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hi there!

    Nice photos!

    I think that gate was built at least a couple of centuries before the first university in Taiwan. It was one of the gates of the Tainan city wall.



  4. February 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the link/info, Scott!

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