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Arrived Wednesday

Thursday : changed hostel, walk around ..north .. old Taipeiho use, CKs old house (now a park) ..The Palace Museum (good Tour)... Snake Alley Night market, busy atmospheric Longshan Temple

Friday : walk around.. Peace Park ..228 Museum ..Taiwanese oppressed by mainland governmentTaiwan Museum, SunYat Sen Memorial.. night markets guided by Cheri

Temple pic


Saturday - Visited Aborigine Museum with Cheri ..internet research
Taiwan is not Chinese ? I just went to this really good indigenous museum in Taipei. indigenous museum

Everyone in the world talks about Taiwan being reunified with China, because it's an island 100Km from the Chinese mainland it's naturally part of China.

But the truth is different the Chinese speaking people didn't settle until 300 years ago. Wheras the indigenous people have been living here for 7000 years. The island is very much part of the Polynesian Islands. It's thought that is the first place the tribes came to from the Asian mainland then they went on to populate many many islands like Phillipenes, Hawaii, Easter Island and New Zealand etc.

There are still 12 tribes of 200,000 people here.

The island was controlled by Japan for 70 years then shortly after the end of WW2 there was a civil war in Japan between the communists and KMT. the KMT escaped to Taiwan. So since then the island has been controlled by Han people from central China. They repressed the indigenous and other Chinese and made them speak Manadarin Chinese etc, but it seems now respect for the indigenous is coming back strongly.

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