While you are watching the 3 episodes of Taichung Special, you may ask how can they complete the 7-challenges in 3 days?

After the almost-failed-to-complete-all-challenges trip, DigitalRev TV crew came up with the best itinerary which may help you to plan your next photography trip to Taichung

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Day 1

Sunset: Gaomei Wetlands (高美濕地)

Address: Coastal area of Qingshui, Taichung City (台中市清水區大甲溪出海口)

Guomei Wetlands

Night: Yi Zhong St night market (一中夜市)

Address: Yucai St., North Dist., Taichung City (台中市北區育才街)

"Where did the crew go for food?"

Modern Toilet Restaurant (2/F, No.101, Yi Zhong St., Taichung City)

便所主題餐廳 (台中市一中街101號2樓)

Modern Toilet Restaurant

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Day 2

Morning and afternoon: Sun Moon Lake (日月潭)

Address: No.599, Jhongshan Rd., Yuchih Township, Nantou County(台灣南投縣魚池鄉中山路599號)

Sun Moon Lake

Night: Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市)

Address: Across Fengjia Road and Fushin Road, Xitun Dist., Taichung City (台中市西屯區逢甲路及福星路)

Fengjia Night Market

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Day 3

Morning: Rainbow Military Village (彩虹眷村)

Address: Ln. 56, Chun’an Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung City(台中市南屯區春安里春安路56巷)

Rainbow Military Village

Afternoon: Jing Cheng Streets (精誠街), 

Address: West Dist., Taichung City (台中市西區)

OR Taichung National Art Museum (國立臺灣美術館)

Address: No.2, Sec. 1, Wuquan W. Rd., West Dist., Taichung City (台中市西區五權西路一段2號)

"Where did Kai and Alamby have their drinks?"

Mojo Coffee

Address: No.22, Jingcheng 6th St., West Dist., Taichung City (西區精誠六街22號)

Jingcheng Streets

Keep this itinerary for your next Taichung photography trip. Click here for detail of Taichung package in Cathay Holidays

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Taichung Moments IV

This photograph was taken by the crew of DigitlRev TV. This photo has shown us the difference between to keep and to demolish. Mr. Wong, a Hong Kong-borned retired soldier living in the Rainbow Military Village, started drawing on his own wall from 2008 and later to the other houses in the village. His drawing brings the village colors and changing its fate from being demolished by government.
From Mr Wong’s own blog:
“I wish to preserve the rainbow-liked memory of this little village by this free but priceless method. Welcome to visit the Rainbow Military Village”
To visit the special village, Stay tuned for Friday’s DigitalRev itinerary and to learn more about the crew’s experiences in Taichung 
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Taichung Moments IV

This photograph was taken by the crew of DigitlRev TV. This photo has shown us the difference between to keep and to demolish. Mr. Wong, a Hong Kong-borned retired soldier living in the Rainbow Military Village, started drawing on his own wall from 2008 and later to the other houses in the village. His drawing brings the village colors and changing its fate from being demolished by government.

From Mr Wong’s own blog:

“I wish to preserve the rainbow-liked memory of this little village by this free but priceless method. Welcome to visit the Rainbow Military Village”

To visit the special village, Stay tuned for Friday’s DigitalRev itinerary and to learn more about the crew’s experiences in Taichung 

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I had just visited Taipei (literally means north of Taiwan, capital of Taiwan) one month ago, and almost right after I came back to Hong Kong I learnt from a text message that we’ll go for a shoot at Taichung (literally means the centre of Taiwan) sponsored by Cathay Holidays! I had just came back from Taipei and now I’m going to check out another city of Taiwan too! 

Of course I tried not to think of the idea of a “free holiday”. Well, basically it wasn’t. It was an interesting experience, filming Taichung. As the videographer for DigitalRevTV, I thought I’d talk a little bit about the gear I used. 

For the video shooting of course I have the usual 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm f/4L, and Azden wireless mic. This setup works extremely well for us, but besides the planned shooting we will still have a lot of fun and I want to document all of them. That’s why I’ve also picked a Panasonic GH2 with a 7-14mm f/4 lens. GH2 is well known and loved by many videographers. I set it to shoot 1080/24p, but left everything else full auto so I could just pick it up, turn it on and shoot. The built-in mic worked unexpectedly well. Face detection and auto focusing worked well 90% of the time, which is enough for these “candid” behind the scenes style shooting. The 7-14mm lens focus silently, with widest end equivalent to a 14mm in full frame, it is great for shooting anywhere, in the plane, taxi, and even no need to check framing when holding it in one hand and shoot all three of us in those Blade Runner style Taiwan night markets.

I have to say, the GH2 is surprisingly the most exciting and very special shooting experience. 5D is amazing, but capturing those little fun moments won’t be possible when I have to focus manually in tight space and ask everyone to check mic level. With the GH2 I’m able to just pick it up and shoot correctly focus and expose HD video instantly, I’m amazed by the m4/3 concept all over again, since I first got my Olympus E-P1. On a holiday, I think it is better to have something that is light and performs well.

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Lok Cheung - aka Lok C - is the cameraman for DigitalRev TV. 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Taichung Moments III

This photograph was taken by Lok of DigitlRev TV.  This picture appeals to us because of the colours, balance and human interest.  All good photographs tell a story, and Lok’s image certainly has a tale to tell … bringing to life the dynamic streets and night markets in Taichung.
In Lok’s own words:
“I like this photo because it captures the energy of life in Taichung city.”
Want to know more and see the places visited by Lok? Simply click here for details.
Stay tuned for Friday’s story and to learn more about Lok’s experiences in Taichung 
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Taichung Moments III

This photograph was taken by Lok of DigitlRev TV.  This picture appeals to us because of the colours, balance and human interest.  All good photographs tell a story, and Lok’s image certainly has a tale to tell … bringing to life the dynamic streets and night markets in Taichung.

In Lok’s own words:

“I like this photo because it captures the energy of life in Taichung city.”

Want to know more and see the places visited by Lok? Simply click here for details.

Stay tuned for Friday’s story and to learn more about Lok’s experiences in Taichung 

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The very small amount of knowledge that I had of Taichung before the trip was of the wedding photographers who shoot some pre-wedding photos with some of the Taichung landscapes as a background. Taichung includes a large area around the city - Taichung city and Taichung county merged in 2010 to form one special municipality, which means that as well as the urban areas, there are some brilliant sights to be seen outside of the city. 

The best way to get to some of these places are: drive; get a taxi; get a driver for a day. We chose to let someone drive us to these places. On the day we went to the wetlands, it was a crazy race between us and the sun, with us trying to get to the location before the sun sets. Well, I say “crazy race” but we weren’t going that fast even though we were in a taxi and despite all those cliches about the way taxi drivers drive. One thing that you really have to consider is the time that it takes to get to the location and then add a bit more time just in case there’s traffic. It was a bit of a manic rush for us unfortunately, and the tide was coming in fast by the time we set up the tripod and camera. There were lots of people still playing around by the time we left, so I guess it’s not that dangerous, but it’s probably best to do these things in good light and be clued-up on these things so that you can get back in one piece.

We also had a local friend who took us around some places too. We got to see Sun Moon Lake, which is one of the places that people come to visit when going to Taichung. There were quite a number of tourists here and there, but the scenery is quite stunning. It was a shame the weather was not on our side that day, which mean that the mountains were cloaked in this horribly dull white mist with clouds that covered a huge part of the sky. It’s not great for the photos because you get a boring diffuse light with just a huge block of whiteness in place of the sky. Still, it didn’t make it any less of a memorable day, which started off with us visiting some aboriginal villages in the mountains.

I used a Canon 5D Mark III with a variety of wide-angle zooms (17-40mm f/4 was my fave) and this setup worked a treat. I took along a Mafrotto tripod also, but you know, carrying this stuff around all day is tiring. It doesn’t feel heavy when you hold it for a short while, but walking round and taking four Canon L lenses, a DSLR and a tripod around for a whole day is not fun. You can get away with just taking one lens with you, and I think that is all you need. Photography should be fun, especially when you’re traveling. The Canon 5D Mark III and 17-40mm are enough. Even smaller and lighter would be better.

Still, we didn’t have all the time in the world, so luckily I didn’t have to carry it for so many days. However, I have to say: the landscapes in Taichung are worth visiting if you like that kind of thing, it’s just a shame we didn’t have the time to go see some other places. Spend a bit more time to explore the surrounding areas of Taichung, as well as the city, and you’ll surely be rewarded with a thoroughly rewarding photographic experience. Big thanks to Cathay Holidays for making this happen!


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If you want to visit what Kai and his team did, please click here for more detail.

 

All About Kai
Kaiman Wong — known as Kai W — is the main presenter for DigitalRrev TV. He is also an avid blogger, camera enthusiast, photography addict, painter of things in shades of pink and magenta … and much more!

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Taichung Moments II

This photograph was taken by Kai of DigitlRev TV. We love this image because it is superbly composed and exposed. Many landscape photographers (even the good ones!) often seek a perfect balance between horizon and foreground. But here, Kai has bravely placed the horizon and sky only in the top fifth of the picture — allowing the flowing lines of the grass and the reflected sky in the water to lead the eye towards the horizon and salmon-coloured clouds. 
In Kai’s own words:
“Something wonderful about Taichung is that there are many places where one can take beautiful landscape photographs. I like this photo because because the interesting light was disappearing fast and the tide was coming in, so I didn’t have much time to think about the shot.”
Want to know more and see the places visited by Kai? Simply click here for details.
Stay tuned for Friday’s story and to learn more about Kai’s experiences in Taichung 
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Taichung Moments II

This photograph was taken by Kai of DigitlRev TV. We love this image because it is superbly composed and exposed. Many landscape photographers (even the good ones!) often seek a perfect balance between horizon and foreground. But here, Kai has bravely placed the horizon and sky only in the top fifth of the picture — allowing the flowing lines of the grass and the reflected sky in the water to lead the eye towards the horizon and salmon-coloured clouds. 

In Kai’s own words:

“Something wonderful about Taichung is that there are many places where one can take beautiful landscape photographs. I like this photo because because the interesting light was disappearing fast and the tide was coming in, so I didn’t have much time to think about the shot.”

Want to know more and see the places visited by Kai? Simply click here for details.

Stay tuned for Friday’s story and to learn more about Kai’s experiences in Taichung 

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"The trip to Taichung was a remarkable experience and — thanks to Cathay Pacific Holidays — Digitalrev TV had the opportunity to visit this idyllic place and shoot a series of special videos."

"This was my first trip to Taiwan, so I was really looking forward to visiting different locations. Although it was a short tip, we managed to pack in a tight shooting schedule and and met some friendly people along the way."

 

"Taichung is probably best known for its stunning landscapes, and  I couldn’t wait to visit places such as Sun Moon Lake and the Wetlands. Photos from the Internet and travel guide-books already look great, and the  views we experienced were really spectacular."

 

"If you ask me which part of the trip that I enjoyed most, I would choose the night markets (not only for the shopping), but the vibrant culture and the people you see there."

'One thing that I really appreciate about Taiwanese culture is their relaxed lifestyle; at places like convenience stores or street-corner cafes, you can always find nice seating  outside to enjoy a drink, and have a chat.”

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A little tip when travelling to Taichung at this time of year: always bring an umbrella and  (for the ladies) rain boots!

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If you want to experience what Alamby and her team saw, please click here for details.

All About Alamby
Alamby Leung is the project coordinator of DigitalRrev TV. She is also a photographer and musician.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Taichung Moments

This photograph was taken at night on the streets of Taichung by Alamby of DigitlRev TV.  What we like about this photograph is that it’s one of those “magical moment” street photos.  A boy bends down to tie his girlfriend’s shoelace … the red Chinese characters on the shop’s security grille, the neon lights, night shadows and the crowd walking by … a simple story told well.
In Alamby’s own words:
“This was a snapshot I took at Yizhong Night Market on the evening we arrived at Taichung. We just happened to walk past this lovely couple and the scene caught my eye. No technique or staging, it was just a simple click on my iPhone to capture a touching moment in a memorable city.”
Want to know more and see the places visited by Alamby? Simply click here for details.
Stay tuned for Friday’s story and to learn more about Alamby’s experiences in Taichung 
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Taichung Moments

This photograph was taken at night on the streets of Taichung by Alamby of DigitlRev TV.  What we like about this photograph is that it’s one of those “magical moment” street photos.  A boy bends down to tie his girlfriend’s shoelace … the red Chinese characters on the shop’s security grille, the neon lights, night shadows and the crowd walking by … a simple story told well.

In Alamby’s own words:

“This was a snapshot I took at Yizhong Night Market on the evening we arrived at Taichung. We just happened to walk past this lovely couple and the scene caught my eye. No technique or staging, it was just a simple click on my iPhone to capture a touching moment in a memorable city.”

Want to know more and see the places visited by Alamby? Simply click here for details.

Stay tuned for Friday’s story and to learn more about Alamby’s experiences in Taichung 

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"I love eating, it’s something I do a lot of when I go on holiday : between experiencing the culture and seeing the sights,  I spend as much time as I can enjoying local culinary delights.  So when we were presented with the opportunity to take a trip to Taiwan, my ‘food radar’ started to go crazy!"

"This was my first visit to Taiwan and I had heard a lot of my friends talk about how brilliant the food is there. Most of them went to Taipei, so I didn’t know too much about Taichung — the city we visited — before the trip. Well, I can tell you the food in Taichung is top drawer — and my liver is probably as rich as a bit of foie grois now!"

Colours Of The Night
"The night markets in Taichung are sublime: beautifully vibrant and full of variety. It’s quite amazing to be there on a weekday night at midnight — surrounded by people of all ages drinking bubble tea and dining on street snacks; the aroma of freshly-cooked food hangs in the air, offset by the ‘scent’  of smelly tofu (as it is affectionately known in this part of Asia)."

"Hong Kong is often called ‘the city that never sleeps’, but Taichung gives it a run for its money: the street markets in Taichung are still open and doing business long after we  return to the hotel for our beauty sleep!"

"Even after midnight you can see people — lots of people — strolling around and riding on scooters, the preferred mode of transport in town. Quite often you will see entire families and their dogs riding on a single scooter!"

"There’s no doubt that Taichung is an intriguing city with  plenty to see and do. Not only is it a treat for the taste buds, it is also a visual feast — with enough street life going on to keep travel photographers content day and night."

"There is something unique about Taichung city — a certain je ne sais quoi. Perhaps it has something to do with the Japanese influence ( Taichung was once a colony of Japan): Areas of Taichung resemble parts of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Then there is the inherent sense of humour in some of things and places in Taichung (the toilet restaurant was quite amusing). It’s a very lively place and the people are so friendly. It has left me with a very positive feeling towards Taichung and Taiwan, and it’s a bonus that I had my camera to document the entire experience."

If you want to see and experience the same things as Kai and his team, please click here for details!

All About Kai
Kaiman Wong — known as Kai W — is the main presenter for DigitalRrev TV. He is also an avid blogger, camera enthusiast, photography addict, painter of things in shades of pink and magenta … and much more!

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Exploring Taichung

For our Story Of The Month, we sent a  DigitalRev TV crew on a film trip to Taichung in Taiwan: a place blessed by breathtaking scenery and plenty of things to see and do. Kai, Lok and Alamby will share their impressions through their photographs. Want to know more and see the places visited by the film crew? Simply click here for details.
Stay tuned to learn more about DigitalRev’s trip in words and pictures!
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK : Exploring Taichung

For our Story Of The Month, we sent a  DigitalRev TV crew on a film trip to Taichung in Taiwan: a place blessed by breathtaking scenery and plenty of things to see and do. Kai, Lok and Alamby will share their impressions through their photographs. Want to know more and see the places visited by the film crew? Simply click here for details.

Stay tuned to learn more about DigitalRev’s trip in words and pictures!

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