Dreaming in Octagons

The Lin Family Garden was built a long time ago, around the mid 1800s. It’s said to be the quintessential Taiwanese example of Feng Shui. Feng Shui, as I understood it was putting a bunch of mirrors around a house. Well, I am an idiot. Feng Shui is a philosophy that ┬áinvolves harmonizing oneself with the environment both in directional and naturalistic ways . Feng Shui literally means wind-water. In visiting this historic site, it was fun to try and detect what might be the more specific examples of Feng Shui. The garden does in fact have a natural movement, a sort of path that I found all of the visitors to follow without the use of signs or arrows, that allows you to see the entirety of the grounds, though large, quite easily. This was my favorite place we visited while in Taipei. The details of the grounds, the gardens and fountains, captivated me and found I could stare at them for long moments.

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