On visiting Taipei and Taiwan in general, you really get a sense of how connected with nature and humanity it is here, with beautiful parks teeming with wildlife and a broad array of human past times and expression, the central train station wall was packed with picnicking muslims. There are temples dotted around between the Churches and occasional casinos and tourist attractions, subway stations and government buildings are open with a minimal level of security, I feel people are given the opportunity to be responsible, and in return they are responsible, to a higher degree, I feel, than I have seen in the UK and Beijing, the effects on people is evident.
Here is the subway station, Daan Park, the area outside has been made into a sitting area with garden, a water fountain creates a very peaceful sound to relax in, there are a few cafes next to it, but the level of expense and consideration is amazing, considering the low profitability of those businesses, it is very much a free space for the benefit of the public, seeing and experiencing these kinds of spaces, really fills me with an appreciation towards the authorities that sees the benefit in helping people be happy.
I was attending an afternoon Qi Gong class, which I discovered through meetup.com, thanks to the teacher Yuli Qian for the lesson, if your in Taipei, you can join the class here. I have been practicing Qi Gong for some time and find it is great for energy and keeping everything ache free, normally I use this free video, but the class I took with Yuli was very interesting, a different style from what I am used to, plus she taught us some theory, a few basics about TCM, traditional Chinese medicine, I hope to learn more in the future, I do prefer the focus on prevention rather than cure.
Right next to where we had the class was a small lake, and in the middle of it was an island, perching on trees there was hundreds of herons. I’ve never seen so many, they are surprisingly noisy, when we retreat to nature for some quiet, we sometimes quickly discover that it is as noisy as the city streets, just different types of sounds, our neighbours with fur, feathers and scales in conflict, cooperating together and consuming, many parallels with us humans.
Thanks for reading, Sam.