Established in 1673 (the 27th Year of Emperor Yongli of Southern Ming Dynasty), Tianhou Temple at Cihou is the oldest temple in Kaohsiung City.At that time, a fisherman from Fujian Province, China floated to Cihou during a typhoon and discovered this lovely place for fishing and settlement.He traveled back home and invited other villagers to come across the Strait.These people relocated to Cihou with the statue of the sea goddess Matsu from Meizhou Island.Through the fundraising efforts of the local gentlemen, a Matsu temple was built later for the worship of the Guardian Goddess.
The Tianhou Temple consists of two main halls and two side halls.Although it has been renovated for numerous times in history, the carvings inside and outside the temple, the clay sculptures and fragmented ceramics are well preserved in its classical elegance.The Tianhou Temple mainly worships Matsu, which is also known as the “Matsu Temple” or “Matsu Palace” by the local people.The temple has a large number of religious followers all year around.Being the first Matsu Temple in Kaohsiung City, it has been classified as a third-class historical site by the government in 1979 (the 68th year of the Republic of China).
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.Text by Steve Smith.