The Wildlife and Scenery Near Fa-shing Buddhist Temple, and the Temple Itself

By Charles Wetzel


A Rusty Millipede (magnified)
These millipedes are common in Taiwan and are venomous, so don't touch one. If it bites, it'll probably hurt!


Fa-shing Buddhist Temple

The primary focus of this photo essay is the wildlife (flora, fauna, and fungi) of Shoushan (a mountain) near Fa-shing Buddhist Temple, but first, allow me to introduce the temple itself. Fa-shing Buddhist Temple was completed in the Republic of China Year 59 (1970). Its "sun cap" reminds many people, including the Chinese, of a Muslim temple or a stupa from Myanmar or Cambodia. In the year 65 (1976), an addition was made to the temple — a reading area to serve as a "laboratory" for people to learn about Buddhism.

The construction of the temple was an arduous process because of the slope of the mountain. The building was specially constructed to utilize the slant of the mountain. It was largely constructed with volunteer labor.

The temple is also famous for another reason. A former vice-president injured his hand when a box containing a bomb blew up.


This is a snail from East Africa known as achatina fulica. It is a highly invasive species and is not native to Asia, but has spread rapidly and is also known to contain a parasite. It has been eradicated in North America. Its initial point of introduction to China and the areas surrounding Taiwan was Xiamen on the mainland. This particular snail (the one in the picture) was actually much larger — it was nearly as long as my hand!


A Bamboo Grove
Nothing much to say, it's just an ordinary bamboo grove. Looks nice, though, doesn't it?


I wasn't sure if this was a grasshopper or katydid, so I looked it up, and it turns out grasshoppers have shorter "horns," like this one. So it's just a grasshopper.


This is the "mottled tortoise beetle." It's a beautiful golden bug found throughout Southeast Asia (including Malaysia). It flew away right after I took this picture. Good thing I got a picture!


This is some kind of polypore fungus.


I don't know what kind of flower this is, and can't be bothered to look it up despite its beauty, but if you know, feel free to let me know.


Once again, I can't be bothered to find out what kind of flower this is, but it sure looks nice, doesn't it?


Small Red Fruit of Some Kind


I knocked myself out trying to use Google and Wikipedia to figure out what kind of bug this is, but failed. If you know, please let me know.


They look like tiny lemons and limes, how cute. I wonder what they are.


Some Nice Yellow Flowers


This is Chenrezig, someone from Tibetan folklore.


If you don't know who this is, what are you doing reading photo essays on Asia?


No Idea

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