Day-trip to Neiman District, Kaohsiung

Songjiang Battle Array, The Flag Leader

Last updated on July 5th, 2016 at 02:53 pm

A day-trip to the hinterland of Neiman District was an eye-opener to the truly authentic culture in Taiwan.

The touring experience was overwhelmingly enjoyable and educational. It’s a kind of cultural visit one don’t get to see in modernized Taipei in north of Taiwan. Songjiang Battle Array is one of the featured itineraries.

Neiman is a rural district in Kaohsiung, about 42km south from Tainan Train Station. We started our journey at 7.30am.

Our first visit on the itinerary bring us to the local farm producing dried preservatives, mango pickles and coffee.

The small farm is owned by the low-land indigenous tribe. Olden days photos with framed portrait of indigenous people are displayed on the upper shelves.

Traditional farm owned by low-land indigenous tribe.
Traditional farm owned by low-land indigenous tribe.
Portrait of woman dressed in fashion of indigenous costume.
Portrait of woman dressed in fashion of indigenous costume.
Tour guide and narrator presentation
Tour guide and narrator presentation

Next on the list, we traveled to the guava farm plantation. We didn’t have the chance to pick any fruits. The rain deterred our planned activity, albeit, the overall experience for this trip turned out to be very successful.

Farm owner prepared sliced guava to welcome us.
Farm owner prepared sliced guava to welcome us.
An unripened guava fruit.
An unripened guava fruit.

On this trip, we had a rare chance to meet up with the another farm boss producing tail flower (Laceleaf). This can be organized because the owner was very friendly and welcoming.

Tail flower farm in nets-enclosure. That's the farm boss. Very friendly guy!
Tail flower farm in nets-enclosure. That’s the farm boss. Very friendly guy!
Tail flower bouquet, ready for shipment.
Tail flower bouquet, ready for shipment.
Closed-up of red tail flower bouquet
Closed-up of red tail flower bouquet

Visit to traditional temples in Neiman District.

Traditional temple in Neiman District
Traditional temple in Neiman District
Main hall of temple with a big incense burner.
Main hall of temple with a big incense burner.
Temple altar and religious worshipers.
Temple altar and religious worshipers.

One of the famous culture less seen in modern days is its roadside banquet. Neimen was once famous for training banquet chefs to serve in wedding parties and birthday celebration in the past.

A lunch buffet.
A lunch buffet.

We learn to make mango prickles.

learning to make mango prickles
learning to make mango prickles

One of the must-see and experience when traveling to Neiman is to visit the house of Songjiang Battle Array.

Songjiang Battle Array, drummer
Songjiang Battle Array, drummer
Songjiang Battle Array, The Flag Leader
Songjiang Battle Array, The Flag Leader
Songjiang Battle Array, The Long Pole stunt
Songjiang Battle Array, The Long Pole stunt

For more information on this tour, please refer to Rural Travel

Yue Lao from Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple

Last updated on March 13th, 2015 at 12:07 am

One could seek deity Yue Lao from Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple for help, if your love life or marriage is rocking the boat with suspicious affair relationship from the unwelcoming third party.

This temple, also know as State Temple of Martial God, was built during late 17th century. It is to delicate Guan Gong, the heroic Chinese general, who fought battles during Eastern Han Dynasty. He is also the god of justice, loyalty and courage.

Because martial art exists as the cultural significance in this temple, how could Yue Lao be a weaker deity to loose sights and ignore those disharmonious marriage who are in desperate need to resole break ups?

Deity Yue Lao residing in this Martial Temple serves two purposes to help married couples and those singles in love.

Not only he could tie the red string of fate for singles finding new love, he also believe to have more powerful capability of getting rid of mediocre blossom and flirtatious swingers causing marital unfaithfulness or infidelity.

Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple (祀典武廟, Wu Dian Shi Miao) is located at No.229, Sec. 2, Yongfu Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan City

Deity of Yue Lao holding a walking stick. Red strings of fate lying in an entangled manner in this 3 sauces.

Offering of of fresh fruits and flowers at the sacrificial altar.

Believers of Yue Lao make their love request and roll a small slip of love wish in this tiny bottles. It hangs on this board located at the side wall of the small temple.

This huge drum mounted atop of the temple hall is out-of-reach to anyone. The worshiping troops use it for ceremonial rituals and festive seasons. The stick is handled mechanically.

You would be amazed to see such a humongous size actually comes from East Asia. Not the one in Guinness World’s Records, yet, still big enough to fill your sight with awe.

Along the way to Yue Lao temple, you will see this legendary bladed-weapon erected majestically in the courtyard.

This is the replica of the Green Dragon Crescent Blade use by the deity Guan-Gong.

The weapon is so tall that you couldn’t reach the tip of the blade, and so heavy no ordinary people could carry it.