Lin Mansion in Banciao. There is an exuberance of colors and detailed carvings. This is typical for southern Chinese architecture. The farther from the austere capital Beijing, the more colorful and fancy the designs.
But behind all the symbolism and aesthetics, I also notice the practical impact of this tall building. Like in the Lin Mansion, it feels noticeably cooler inside. It provided welcome relief to the hammering heat Taiwan experiences unabashedly every summer. And there are no electric fans or air conditioning.
spring 2012 Alishan High Mountain Oolong.
It is my island of spring freshness represented by my green Cha Bu. Smelling the dry leaves transports my to 1600 meters high! The crisp air I breathe is filled with with flowers and green grass.