[ 淡水八里 ] Bali and the Museum of Archaeology


[ 漸層的八里夕陽 ]
That sunny Saturday, we went to the left bank of Bali. It’s quite different from what I imagined from the name but the oceanside park was spacious and a nice space for family activities; the museum of archaeology was interesting although not really stuffed with enough fascinating things; the street where you can buy all the good snacks was crowded with people; and the nightview of Danshui across was spectacular. This is another…

item from my list of things to do / places to go in Tw for 2009. We got the one day pass that enables to take the bus from Guandu (關渡) to Bali and other surrounding places for 4 times in a day, 2 trips on ferries to/from Bali to Dashui (淡水) & the admission to the Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology for a total of $110 TWD.

 

Across the water is Fort San Domingo in Danshui. Unfortunately the beach in Bali is quite messed up & it can get a bit smelly at some places. But you can still see people fishing here.

The Shihsanghang Museum of Archaeology was one of the places that I wanted to go in Taiwan in 2009. I’ve always heard about it but never really understood why it was named so and what it was for. Apparently, there is an important archaeological dig in the area where they found the oldest remains of the neolithic era of Taiwan. The face beside the name of the museum is actually from a vase-like container that is one of the treasures of the museum.

The exterior of the Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology.


The other side of the architecture. It’s suppose to look like the back of a whale.


There was a special exhibition on the prehistoric stone tools found in Taiwan. It also has a basic introduction to the field of archaeology, the myths surrounding the occupation related to this field, the scientific aspect of the studies and how the methods are utilized to facilitate people’s studies and understanding of the prehistoric civilizations on this island.

 

Most of the items in this museum are replicas, which makes the museum a bit superficial and more for educating people who know nothing much about archaeology. One of the feelings you’d probably have after visiting this pretty museum is that there wasn’t much to see. But displays like this one shows you the kinds of signs that were shown back in the days of excavation to warn people not to remove any item from the site without authorization.

 


Artifacts from the excavation sites.


Showing how archaeological fieldwork in action and scientific way of digging and documenting.

 


Comparing the conservation and protection of artifacts and the diagnosis of a patient. I thought that was kinda funny. :p

 


One of the characteristics of this building – 一線天
This is the stairs down from the exit from the highest viewing platform.


A long stairway that is a bit claustrophobic but it certainly has its character.


View of the surrounding park from the museum.


The architecture of the museum. This part is called the “Whale Dune”.

More information on the museum, you can check out their website at http://en.sshm.tpc.gov.tw/


One of the nearby streets. I thought this old building stood out from the rest of the concrete buildings.


Coffee/Tea/Drink Shop outside of the museum. There are lots of places like this around Bali. But not a lot of them have this huge coffee cup as their working table.

 


We walked along the left bank of Bali when the sun was setting. The tides were out so the cute little fishing boats that are often seen in Danshui were beached here.


I love how the sky, mountain and buildings reflect on the water.


Across from the rocky beach is Danshui (淡水).


On the short ferry ride from Bali to Danshui.


We went to a restaurant called 92 水鳥 (Simply Tapas) in Guandu (關渡) for dinner. It’s definitely not one of those places you’d see on the streets on your way back to Taipei.  I thought the ambience was nice but the food was just so-so for the price range.


One of the courses we had was the Seafood paella. But somehow I thought the best ones I ever had is the one in Sevilla, Spain.

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