Each year the high school students at CAIS have the opportunity to go on a trip of their choice to learn about another country and experience various cultures. This year some went to Eastern Europe, Yunnan China, Cambodia, Okinawa Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan, plus there were Team building excursions in Hong Kong for those not going on the longer more expensive trips. Blaine was fortunate to be able to go to Taiwan with 25 grade 7 & 8 students plus three other teachers.
|The island of Taiwan is located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The island is about 348 km long and 144 km wide. It is very mountainous with lots of vegetation. It was formerly known as Formosa, and has bounced back and forth between China and Japan and the allies, and it's now called the Republic of China. Many Hong Kong people believe China will get it back, it is just a matter of time.|
|The team left Hong Kong on April 15th. At the airport.|
|The one and only shopping area of Jiufen!!|
|Two of the other teachers with Blaine at the entrance to the long winding street which is the shopping area.|
|This is a block of caramel with peanuts embedded in it. They shave it off with a plane and put it in the soft wrap with ice cream and fold it up like and envelope and enjoy!|
|These next two pictures are at the end of the market street looking down into the valley.|
Next was Yehliu Geopark , a small peninsula that contains wild and crazy looking rock formations.
Because the rock layer of the nearby seashore contains limestone, it is subject to sea and wind erosion. The kids are standing in front of one called the Queen's Head.
It is filled with mushroom shaped rocks, candle rocks, and fossils,
|One of the teachers at the park.She is a science teacher from Australia.|