The Digital Cowboy 

Taipei, Taiwan 

In July 2002, Schiffman went to Taipei, the capitol of Taiwan to provide training for the company's new distributor, Aten. He took 2 guided tours of the city the day before he returned to the US.

Schiffman's Aten hosts. Right to left, Managing Director Sonny, the waitress, niece Ami, Ami's mother, Schiffman.

 

General Chiang Kai-shek was the founder and first President of the island country.

Chiang Kai-shek's tomb near the center of the city.

Chiang Kai-shek's tomb.

The Honor Guards at the entrance to Chiang Kai-shek's tomb.

Changing of the Honor Guards at Chiang Kai-shek's tomb.

When Chiang Kai-shek and his loyalists fled the communist mainland, they brought many of China's art and historical treasures, not to mention the financial treasury and as many arms and weapons possible. The art and historical treasures are displayed at the National Museum.

This jade carving is more than 4,000 years old, believed to be the oldest carved jade art in the world.

Another tour stop was at this Temple.

The evening tour began with a tea ceremony, a delightful experience of an ancient Asian custom.

Schiffman purchase a package of Oulong tea, "the best tea in the world". In his later travels,

he learned every tea shop in the world claims to sell "the best tea in the world".

The next stop was this Shrine. Typical across Asia and particularly with the Chinese, smoke, noise

and light are used to call spirits attention to grant prayers, wishes and blessings.

The tallest building in Taiwan is the Taiwan 101. It's height ground to roof is 449.2 m (1,473.75 ft). 

The observation deck is on the 101st story or floor.

The final stop was "Snake Alley", a street bazaar where various genuine and counterfeit goods can be purchased.

In many shops, barkers call out claims of a medicinal concoction as they mix a batch before the audience.

The mixture includes the charming and sacrificing of a live snake, whose blood is the main ingredient of the potion.

Although technically illegal, the barkers sell their wares every night to enthralled tourists and a few locals.

No photography of the act is allowed. Schiffman was feeling fine and declined to partake.