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The Taiwan Photographer

Greetings! You have arrived at the old personal blog of photographer Rich J Matheson. I am no longer posting here. If you are looking for my professional site, please go to The Taiwan Photographer.

Ba jia jiang, General Gan

General Gan is at rest, so is this blog. Please go to my new blog: The Taiwan Photographer

There is a large archive of information about Taiwan here so I am leaving this site public and searchable and will continue to respond to any questions about posts.

Xigang Baotian Gong Temple Festival

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang — 西港玉敕慶安宮駕前吉善堂八家將, Baotian Gong, Temple Renewal, Xigang District, Tainan, Taiwan

On September 19th (this year’s moon festival) Xigang’s newly built Baotian Gong was opened. I spent the day photographing the festivities… Read more at the Taiwan Photographer Read the rest of this page »

Guangjiang Shou on cover of Topics

Taiwan Culture

Guanjiangshou

Photograph of Guanjiang Shou performing at the annual Akau Mazu’s Cup Divine Guardian and Sacred Officer Competition in Pingtung used for the cover of Taiwan Business Topics. Read about it here:

‘LIFE OF TAIWAN’ WEBSITE LAUNCHES

‘LIFE OF TAIWAN’ WEBSITE LAUNCHES

Dane'efu

Dane’efu is excited about the launch

On February 24, Taiwanese people around the world celebrated when Ang Lee, who was born in Taiwan 58 years ago, won a second Best Director Oscar, this time for Life of Pi.

Now, on May 7, 2013, comes a new website introducing the scenery, cultures, history and cuisines of Taiwan. Life of Taiwan (http://www.lifeoftaiwan.com) has more than 150 pages of information about the East Asian island.

Tuntex Skytower (85 Tower), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Tuntex Skytower (85 Tower), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

“International arrivals have been growing for the past decade, and we think Taiwan’s tourism industry will enjoy a big lift thanks to the success of Life of Pi, which was made right here in Taiwan” said Mark Sinclair, founder and CEO of Formosa Services, the Taiwan-based startup behind Life of Taiwan.

“We’re providing high-end tailor made tours targeting professionals and their families. There is no safer place to travel than Taiwan and as everyone who has been here knows, the Taiwanese are a very special people.”

The website covers everything from Taiwan’s aboriginal tribes and their festivals to the island’s diverse and vibrant religious culture. Gourmands can read about Taiwan’s tastiest foods, while outdoors types will discover that Taiwan has more than enough mountains, rivers and dive sites to keep them busy, plus hot springs where tired muscles can be soaked at the end of a tiring day. And if they’re not already aware of Taiwan’s treasures, birdwatchers and other kinds of ecotourist will find the website’s description of Taiwan’s spectacular natural diversity engrossing.

Chihsi plaque bearers. Kai Lung Temple, Jung Shan Road, Tainan City, Taiwan

Chihsi plaque bearers. Kai Lung Temple, Jung Shan Road, Tainan City, Taiwan

The website is gorgeously illustrated with photos taken by Michelin and Asian Geographic photographer Rich J. Matheson. Rich specializes in images of religious events and Taiwan’s aboriginal groups; his work can be seen at http://www.thetaiwanphotographer.com

The text was written by Steven Crook, author of three books about the island – Keeping Up With The War God (2001), Dos and Don’ts in Taiwan (2010) and Taiwan: The Bradt Travel Guide (2010). Steven is currently updating his Bradt guide for publication in spring 2014. Links to many of his published articles can be found at http://crooksteven.blogspot.com

Sandimen, Pingtung County, Taiwan

These Aboriginal women have just heard the news

For further information feel free to contact us on contact@lifeoftaiwan.com or call +886 6 2088173.

Interview with Reality Abroad — Part Two

Taiwan Aboriginal Dance

Taiwan Aboriginal Dance

I was interviewed by Alan for Reality Abroad, a travel website aimed at helping travelers see a country from an insiders viewpoint. He asks questions about Taiwan and photography. Here is part two. The podcast can be listened to or downloaded at Images of Taiwan-Reality Abroad.

Bombing Handan 炸寒單

Bombing Handan (炸寒單) is an important folk event held annually in Taidung during Taiwan’s Yuanxiao festival (元宵節) Read more about Bombing Handan

Bombing Handan Festival, Taidung, Taiwan

Bombing Handan Festival, Taidung, Taiwan

Podcast Interview with Reality Abroad

I was recently interviewed by Alan for Reality Abroad, a travel website aimed at helping travelers see a country from an insiders viewpoint. He asks questions about Taiwan and photography. The podcast can be listened to or downloaded at Images of Taiwan-Reality Abroad.

Moonworld landscape, Erliao, Tainan, Taiwan

Moonworld landscape reflected in blue pond, Erliao, Tainan, Taiwan

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Cloud Sea Sunset

 Cloud Sea Sunset

Magnificent cloud sea display on hwy. 14 from Hohuan Mountain

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Alishan Tea Field

Alishan Tea Field

The sun rises over an Alishan Tea Field

The sun rises over an Alishan Teafield

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