Monday, January 24, 2011

The American Adventure of Kaohsiung


Not my photo. You've seen my photos


Located in the historic district of Zuoying, Lotus Lake is the American Adventure of Kaohsiung.

A misleading comparison that's bound to be meaningless unless you were ever unfortunate enough to visit the now-defunct American Adventure theme park in Derbyshire, England that also consisted of tacky attractions dotted around the shores of an artificial lake.

That's not entirely fair though - some of these pagodas are pretty nice if you ignore the childish bits, AND THERE ARE TURTLES.


Lotus Lake
(蓮池潭)



West bank



Confucius Temple



This would be nice without the English. Like Corfu



Pleasing bridge



Shang-ti Kung: Supreme Emperor of Dark Heaven.
Look on his technicolor statue, ye Mighty, and despair!



Shang-ti's rock hard army. A bird in the hand...



...Is worth a beak for a gob



Spring and Autumn Pavilions
(Pagodas, surely? Or is Wikipedia lying to me again?)



Doesn't exactly have the intimidating effect intended when it's wearing that



Congratulations, it's a Siddartha!



Turtle 'n' son (or daughter). It was so great to see them swimming around the lake.
I hope I don't accidentally eat one when I randomly order food, that would be awful



Splashy turtle fun. Makes you wish you were in there too (or is that just me?)



Dragon and Tiger Pagodas.
Abstract names, sure, but we can presume they had a more opaque meaning once; now lost in the mists of time... (1976)



Beasts spew forth humans



Confucian statue and guard



Pleasing shaft



Through the circle window



Through the octagon window

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