“Coming to Taiwan Five Times in Two Years and
Spending More Than A Million [NT] Dollars, 84-year-old Hubert
Watched All Taiwan’s Birds”
May 15, 2006/95-5-15
Swinhoe’s Pheasant! I have no more regrets in my life,” said
Hubert, “after finally watched all 15 endemic species and
subspecies birds in
Taiwan.” Hubert MacKenzie is an eighty-four year old Canadian,
British Columbia, and he came to Taiwan five times in two and a
half years, spending more than a million [New Taiwan] dollars.
All of this was
for bird watching!
Canadian and Australian birders to
Taiwan this time, Hubert saw endangered Little Forktail in
Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area, Lanyu Scops-Owl and Black
Paradise Flycatcher in Orchid Island (Lanyu), White-whiskered
Laughingthrush in Mt. Hehuan Recreation Area, and Mikado
Pheasant—a bird that he always dreamed to see—in Alishan National
Forest Recreation Area. He was much luckier than on four other
visits to Taiwan.
“I’m already old,” Hubert said with complicated feelings, “and who
knows if I can come back here next year? Anyhow,
I really got more than I expected during this trip. I saw every
bird I wanted to see in
and I even visited the only bird temple (The Sansia Zhshih Temple)
in the world!”
He observed the bird temple thoroughly with guide-commentators,
and he thought the temple was like a
museum, housing numerous stone carving columns related to birds.
“You have plenty of
materials, and now what you need is only a useful map that
these treasures.” Hubert thinks that The Sansia Zhshih Temple has
architectural and aesthetic importance, and it would be
descriptions of these bird carvings, so that people who do not
know much about birds can also enjoy this bird festival.
Tsu-Sze (Zhshih) Temple, San-Hsia
beautifully designed Tsu-Sze (Zhshih)
Temple, located in San-Hsia (Sanshia), Taipei County, is more than
two hundred years old. It was originally built in 1769, destroyed
by an earthquake in 1833, rebuilt in the same year. Japanese
soldiers burned it down in 1895, and it was rebuilt in 1899. The
temple we see now was rebuilt for the third time in 1947 because
of nearly total decay of the original temple. One third of the
rebuilding work is still going on.
Tsao-Yin, the “Tsu Sze Yay” in Chinese, which means “God of
Tsu-Sze temple,” was a native of Henan province in mainland China,
migrating to Chuan Chou in Fukien province with his fellowmen.
His image was enshrined in the temple, and Fukien people showing
respect for his exploits regarded him as the patron saint. The
temple memorializing him was built here by people migrating from
Chuan Chou and settling in Taiwan.
whole temple mainly consists of three materials; stone, wood and
copper. For example, stone makes up the lower portion of this
temple, including the columns, and wood makes up the upper
portion. Copper was used for protection as the wall or the gate.
Wooden portions of the ceiling were assembled without any nails or
glue. According to the blueprint, the total number of columns
should be 156; 122 columns have been built now. The carvings
consist of flowers, birds and other creatures, gods and Chinese
1947 to 1983, a painting artist, Li Mei-Shu, supervised the
rebuilding process of Tsu-Sze Temple, contributing greatly to the
amazingly delicate art distributed throughout the whole temple.
structure of the temple was designed and built by the descendants
of Chen Yin-Ping, the famous conventional architect in north
summary, the Tsu-Sze temple, a symbol of the combination of
conventional folk religion and art, created by numerous workmen
and artists, is representative of the best blend of eastern art
Lee Kai-Rui; translation by Juan Shau-Chiu