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Taiwan

Taiwan is an island country. It's surrounded by water on each side. The Philippine sea to the southeast, the East China sea to the north, and the Taiwan strait to the east. It's located southeast of China. The population is 23,300,000. The land area is 13,974 sq miles. The GDP per capita is $37, 700. The official language is Mandarin.

Mt. Yushan is also known as Jade mountain (translated) or Mount Yu.It was also called Mt. Morrison by the English in the past. It's the highest mountain in Taiwan and it's also the fourth highest mountain on the island. The park in which the mountain is located is called Yushin National Perk and it's Taiwan's largest and least accessible park. The mountain's peak is 12,965 ft. above sea level. The first picture is a view of the mountain range.

The National Revolutionary's Shrine was built in 1969. It was built in Taipei and it is dedicated to the war dead of the Republic of China. The temple is built on Chingshan mountain and overlooks the Keelung river. The architecture is similar to that of Bejing's Forbidden City. The temple holds the spirit tablets of about 390,000 war casualties. Similar shrines are located all over Taiwan. The second picture is the entrance to the temple. The final picture is the main temple.

The building's here are very colorful and culture rich. The outshine those of Peru or New Guinea.

Mt. Yu

Mt. Yu


Temple

Temple


Main Temple

Main Temple

Posted by JPalmer15 11:38 Archived in Taiwan Comments (0)

Papua New Guinea

New Guinea is an island north of Australia, surrounded by numerous bodies of water, including the Bismarck sea, to the northeast, the Arafura sea to the south, and the Caram Sea to the west. I'm visiting the southern half of the island, Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea is a country in Oceania. The population is about 6,310,150. The land area is 178,703 sq miles. The GDP per capita is $2,500. A few close bodies of water are the Coral Sea, the Solomon Sea, and the Gulf of Papua. The main language is English, Tik Pisin, and Hiri Motu.

While the northern half of the island was claimed as German territory, the southern half was left alone until 1904, during WWI. After WWI, Australia was given control of the island, and on Sept. 6, 1975 Papua New Guinea became independent from Australia. However, unlike most other countries, their break was peaceful and they still have strong ties with Australia.

Mount Giluwe is the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at 14,327 ft. The mountain is located in the Southern Highlands province. The original volcano at the site formed roughly 650,000-800,000 years ago. The first westerners to climb the mountain were a pair of brothers, Mick and Dan Leahy. They named the mountain, but another man said he'd spotted the mountains first and named them Minaret Mountains. However his claim was he had veiwed them from the east, never actually climbing or touching the mountain, so his claim fell through and the mountain's retained the name Leahy gave it. The first picture is a lovely view of the mountain range.

Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea. It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua and was established in 1873. The area was occupied by a people called the Moutan before the English colonized it. On Feb. 20, 1873 an English captain named James Moresby claimed the land for Britain and named it after his father, Fairfax Moresby calling the inner reach Fairfax Harbor and the other Port Moresby. However, no Europeans settled there until ten years later, when the southeastern part of New Guinea was annexed to the British Empire.

This place is much less colorful and seems a bit less like a touristic place than Peru was. I did enjoy my travels here, but I preferred Peru's beautiful buildings to these buildings. The view from the top of the mountains was much different from the one at Machu Picchu as well.

Mt. Giluwe

Mt. Giluwe

Port Moresby

Port Moresby

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Peru

Machu Picchu & Lima

Peru is a country on the western part of South America. It's bordered by Chile on the southern side, Bolivia, Brazil, and Columbia on the east side, Ecuador on the north, and the South Pacific on the east. The population is 30,000,000. The land area is 496,225 sq miles. The GDP per capita is $10,600. Some of the rivers in Peru's are the Urubamba, the Mantaro, and the Amazon.The official language spoken is Spanish.

The Incas created and maintained a vast empire of Pre-Columbian America. They dominated a large territory, which included Ecuador, part of Colombia, the northern half of Chile, and the north-west part of Argentina,and extended from Bolivia to the Amazonian forests and Peru. However, in 1532, Francisco Pizarro and his brothers landed in Peru, and killed booth crown princes. Claiming the territory for Spain. Peru declared independence in 1821, but Spain did not recognize the declaration until 1879.

Machu Picchu was an Incan emperor's estate. It's located on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley. It was built around the beginning of the 15th century. It is often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas" and is one of the most well known places of the Incan past. It is surprisingly well preserved, for a 15th century city. The reason I chose this place is because I've heard about how beautiful the ruins were and how magnificent the view was. I wanted to see this place for myself. One of the pictures below is a view of Machu Picchu.

Lima in the capital of Peru. Lima is located on the coast of Peru, not too far from the ocean. I chose this place because in my travels, I want to see a known tourist attraction and the capitol of whatever country I visit. This place is interesting to me because It's so bright and colorful. It's much different from the Inca ruins I just visited. While in Lima I visited a particular place called the Saint Francis Monastery. This church was completed in 1774 and it's architecture is a beautiful example of the style of Spanish Neoclassicism. The church and convent are a part of the Historic Center Of Lima. It was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1991. The picture below is the entrance to the church. The bottom picture is a birds eye view of Lima.

Saint Francis Monastery

Saint Francis Monastery

Real Machu Picchu

Real Machu Picchu

Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

Posted by JPalmer15 12:29 Archived in Peru Comments (0)

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