Last weekend, I went to Taipei with a friend. We visited many places, but I want to introduce two locations that impressed me deeply – Tamkang University and Jiufen. They are both places you shouldn’t miss.
We visited Tamkang University first. Their campus is not big, but it is a distinctive school. We entered Tamkang campus from “Overcoming Difficulty Slope”, a steep slope made up of 132 stone steps. We were tired when we had reached the top, but we were still excited. There is a meaning to the slope; it symbolizes “difficulties and hardship”. The slope tests whether students can persevere and overcome difficulties.
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The Chinese Palace- style Classrooms in Tamkang are famous. They are modeled on Chinese classical palaces, with black roofs and red walls. They have become a symbol of the school. I thought it would be really special to study here. There is a Chinese garden behind the Chinese Palace-style classrooms, with a tiny waterfall, pool, Chinese gazebo, and many flowers and tussocks. I really envied the students at Tamkang such a restful and unique learning environment.
The next spot we went to was Jiufen. Jiufen is in the mountains of Ruifang. In early Taiwan, it development into a town because of the gold rush, but when the gold ran out, Jiufen quickly went into decline and, for a while, the town was mostly forgotten. In 1989, a popular movie, A City of Sadness, was filmed in Jiufen. The movie attracted many tourists to Jiufen. From then on, it became a famous tourist attraction. An anime movie, Spirited Away, was also filmed in an antique tea shop in Jiufen. Because I love that movie, when I heard the news from tour guide, I was excited.