Because our work was complete, we had a day to explore. We all wanted to see the Lotus Pond, so we took off early in the morning to find it.
It did not disappoint.
It was absolute heaven for a girl who likes cement amusements. This is the back end of the Tiger Pagoda as seen from the Dragon Pagoda. In the inside of one of the two beasts, there's a wider space where an old woman has a card table set up to sell you things, but she mostly ignores you and watches the Chinese Oprah.
Swallows will give you an idea of scale here:
This cement fellow is a fish food dispenser. Both the turtles *and* the fish really like the food.
On the inside of the dragon, this is what you see:
This handsome fellow was the main attraction. I'd seen him on Flickr, and was very happy we got to see him in person.
Across from the pagodas, as I said, was a beautiful temple. Here were some of the beautiful items you could purchase, I assume, as a tribute for a loved one. Feel free to correct me.
A man was selling corn by the side of the road, and it was beautiful. He had a brush made out of husks that he used to brush salted water onto the corn. Yum!
Our last stop by the Lotus Pond was down a little alley where we saw a small neighborhood shrine. The people who lived there showed us their well and laughed at us. I think they were trying to convince us they still used the well, but we're pretty sure they do not.
This caricature of the mayor of Kaohsiung, decked out in Year of the Tiger garb, was here and all over Kaohsiung.
More to come.