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Photography – Bada Tower 小金門八達樓子

Bada Tower 小金門八達樓子

Bada Tower 小金門八達樓子
Bada Tower sits in front of Xizai Village in Little Kinmen, Taiwan. Sculptures of seven armed soldiers stand atop the fortified walls. In a battle against the Japanese at Gubeikou in 1933, seven Chinese soldiers of the Changcheng(Great Wall)troop fought and lost their lives in a die-hard defense of the base. In 1963 when the Great Wall unit was garrisoned on Lieyu, a recreation of the Bada Tower and statues of the seven heroes were installed to inspire future arrivals.

 

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Taiwan – Kinmen: Re-living Paradise in Service 金門探访《軍中樂園》拍摄场景

《軍中樂園》Paradise in ServiceOne of the places where you can get a glimpse of Kinmen 金門 during its military period is at Yang Zhai Old Street 陽翟老街. This was once a bustling street built in 1958 after the 823 Artillery Bombardment when 100,000 soldiers were stationed in Kinmen. After the army left, it was left derelict with only a few stores continuing to operate. Acclaimed Taiwanese director brought new life to this place by choosing it as one of the key scenes for his movie Paradise in Service軍中樂園, sprucing it up and returning it to its past glory. Plus – it’s an awesome place for photo-taking :)

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

A lot of effort went into 鈕承澤 Doze Niu’s latest movie – he spent 8 years conceptualizing the movie, 2 years preparing and 1 year filming it. Not to mention re-creating an entire street for the movie.Set in the island Kinmen, often seen as the most dangerous military base due to its geographical proximity to China, Paradise in Service follows the adventure of a boy who serves his military service in Unit 831 from 1969 to 1972, in preparation for a war that could erupt anytime. Through an unlucky lottery draw result, Pao (Ethan Ruan 阮經天), a twenty-something young man from Southern Taiwan has to serve the military in the remote and perilous Kinmen. Moreover, he is assigned to the Sea Dragon, a unit noted for the toughest physical training. It never occurs to Pao, however, that the greatest challenge in his military service lies not in the Sea Dragon but in Unit 831, a special task he is later appointed to… In this peculiar assignment, Pao vows to keep his virginity against all odds.
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Yang Zhai Old Street was re-stored to its former glory for the movie
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page 

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

The lonely and rundown street before restoration
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

The street after its facelift. Storefronts and shop signages were re-created, retro advertisements painted on walls, and the craziest of them all – the original cement flooring re-paved just for the movie, and removed after filming was completed.

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The man who made it all happen Doze Niu Cheng-Tse 鈕承澤
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

If the compelling storyline nor the director’s credentials didn’t motivate me enough to watch the movie – this scene from the movie certainly did…look at those pecs! :p
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

金东电影院 Jindong Cinema
This cinema was built in 1960 as a leisure venue for the military stationed there. The calligraphy of the signage comes with much heritage too – they were written by Yu Youren 于右任, a scholar of calligraphy and highly regarded as one China’s modern masters. The building has been gazetted as a heritage building.

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

This Military Post Office was created for the movie. The original location of this post office was further away.

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

One of the few shops still in operation. I am so digging the retro signboard!

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Fancy taking a photo at this photography studio?

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

This iced dessert shop 冰果室was really nicely done up. I can imagine the soldiers coming here to have an iced dessert to escape the blistering Kinmen heat.

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Interior of the iced dessert shop
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《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Main actors Ethan Ruan 阮經天 and Ivy Chen 陳意涵 running down the street in the movie. Don’t they look hot? :)
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

The interior of the shops were all decorated as close to the original back then, complete with Taiwan flags proudly flown.
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

As Kinmen was a military base, a number of shops sold military supplies like this one in the movie.
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

One of Kinmen’s iconic trades, mee sua making, re-created for the movie.
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Bookstore
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《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Long Ling Public Bath 龍陵浴室 was where the soldiers would come to take a hot bath in the past. Being at war, getting a nice bath was a luxury – which we have since taken for granted.

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I think I just spotted one of the actors in the movie, hello doggy! :D

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

The hairdressing and barber shops is an awesome place for taking photos. Kai shows us his moves here :D

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Interior of the hairdressing salon. Have you been to one like this before?
Image: Paradise in Service Facebook page

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Soft drinks were very expensive in those days, and you only got to have one (or shared with other kids) during festive seasons. I bet the kids must have leapt for joy like I did!

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Military-inspired murals and slogans painted on the walls

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

The slogan “Long live President Chiang” was re-created on the front of this Minnan-style residence

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

The movie has done something good for Yang Zhai Old Street – it has become a spot for visitors to take photos. The Kinmen county has also recently announced that 17 of the shops will be rented out for businesses to re-create the boisterousness of this street.

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Awesome backdrop for a Look of the Day :)

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Good job, Sir!

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Bookstore inspired by Chang Chun Bookstore 长春书局
The owner of Chang Chun Bookstore Chen Chang Du has written a number of books about Kinmen during the military period, and also played a part in the setting up of a 特约茶室 museum.

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Hungry? You can try Qun Ying Lou 群英樓, a traditional Kinmenese reataurant just nearby.

《軍中樂園》Paradise in Service

Come by to visit when you are in Kinmen, and don’t forget to watch the movie! :)

陽翟老街 Yang Zhai Old Street
Tel: (082) 324 174
Address: 金門縣金沙鎮光前里陽翟1 號

Getting There
By Bus
– Take Bus No. 18 or 31 from Sha Mei Bus Station 沙美车站. Alight at Yang Zhai 陽翟车站stop .
By Car
1) Jin Sha Station 金沙车站 -> Huan Dao Dong Lu 环岛东路 -> Yan Zhai Gong Che Ting 陽翟公车亭 -> Make a left turn and you are there
2) Jin Cheng Shi Qu 金城市区 -> Huan Dao Bei Lu 环岛北路 -> Gao Keng 高坑 -> Turn right into Gao Yang Lu 高阳路 -> Turn right at Huan Dao Dong Lu Yi Duan环岛东路一段 into Yang Zhai Gong Che Ting陽翟公车亭 -> Make a left turn and you are there

軍中樂園Paradise in Service
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/paradiseinservice
Website: http://www.paradiseinservice.com/

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Taiwan – Golden Party in Kinmen 金色派對High翻金門

金門酒廠2014金色派對Kinmen held its 3rd Golden Party 金色派對 on 26 July at Hou Hu beach 后湖沙灘 as part of the county’s month-long summer beach activities 夏艷金門海洋風活動. The beach party (free admission) organised by Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor attracted many local residents and tourists who came to have a fabulous summer chillout with family and friends. No expense was spared to make this event a success, such as the unique pyramid-shaped stage 金字塔, inviting the country’s top DJs, pyrotechnics, as well as giving out LED bracelets and cocktail tasting for visitors. There were also activities suitable for kids such as spectacular sand sculptures, waterplay areas and clam digging. It was definitely a great way to beat the summer heat!

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谢谢金門酒廠举办那么棒的活动! 干杯!
Cheers to Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor for organising such a fab event, thanks for the invitation! :)

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I think the entire population of Kinmen came. The queue went on and on…

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年滿18歲者體有机会驗情趣多樣的金高調酒風味
Visitors were treated to cocktails specially concocted with the county’s specialty Kaoliang liquor. The uncle definitely looks very pleased :)

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Bartenders conjuring up a mean cocktail with Kinmen Kaoliang

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Trying to masquerade as a hot babe 辣妹

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Kids enjoying clam digging

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Kids having fun at the water play area.

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Even doggy pals got into the fun!

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Representatives from Kinmen Country and Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor activated the crystal ball and got the party going!

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There were really cool light and fire performances

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The sound-activated LED bracelets given out by the organiser lit up with each music beat.

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I want his visor!!

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LED light performance

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The dancers were really hot! I felt like a red onion beside them.

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Everyone starting to groove to the beat.

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These hot-blooded boys must be really happy with so many hot babes around

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And your shorts are tinier than my granny underwear…I hate your washboard abs too! *jealous*

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金門酒廠2014金色派對

She-devil spotted.

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Taiwan’s top female DJ Cookie lending some klout to the event

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DJ Cookie

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I think she just earned a new fan. :)

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Spotted a lady dancing away at the back, thoroughly enjoying herself. Afterall, it’s not everyday you get to go to a beach party in Kinmen.

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Something tells me she must have been a party queen in her younger days…

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Father-and-son bonding

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More pyrotechnics!

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Girls engrossed with the performances

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And then we had bubbles!

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It was definitely a full house, or should I say full beach.

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玩high到跌破眼睛

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Show me the light

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Brothers & sisters unite!

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It wasn’t like the other beach parties I have gone to where the participants were all hard-partying youngsters; everyone in the family had fun, not to mention exercise with all the dancing!

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I felt peckish after all the ‘exercise’ and headed for the food stalls

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She sells seashells on the sea shore
All sorts of shells, the perfect snacks to go with liquor

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Oooh my fave – Taiwanese sausage!

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A sea of cheerful-looking sunflowers where visitors could take photos at

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There were also a number of giant sand sculptures depicting Kinmen’s military history.

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I know these two gentlemen…

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金門酒廠2014金色派對

Move over selfie – sandfie is the new thing haha

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金門酒廠2014金色派對

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How life-like is this? Awesome!

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I ended my night with a cocktail…well, maybe 2 ;)
Not many things in life are free, so I am sure the residents appreciated this annual event which brought the entire community out together at night to have fun. The numerous varied activities also meant that there was something to interest everyone. I wish I had the time for clam-digging, so I will be looking forward to my next summer. :)

Visiting Kinmen? This map of Kinmen will be useful for you (Source: Kinmen County website).
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Taiwan – 金门 Kinmen under the Stars

風獅爺文物坊

風獅爺文物坊 Feng Shi Ye Heritage Square
Admiring the night sky against traditional Min Nan architecture in 金门 Kinmen, Taiwan. I felt like I travelled back 200 years in time. What a great getaway from the busy, urban landscape.