Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Short Visit to Green Lake (Bitan) Late 1960s

Our visit to Green Lake today, courtesy of Jack Hornbeck, Taipei Air Station - 1966-1969

You may want to view previous posts of Jack's Photographs,  HERE and  HERE

The Chinese characters on the wall announce deep water area.

This large stone outcropping is the top of the stone that warns of deep water.


A family out for a day of fun on Green Lake.

 The photos above were all taken from this bridge.

This photo was taken in May 2011. 
Refurbished and updated, the bridge is still in use today.

Move back and forth between the 2 photos above.  Lots of changes in 45 years!

A few minutes after I took this photo, I biked to the left up the river, where I got caught in a summer thunder and lightning gully washer storm.  The only cover I could find was under a large tree where a group of retired school teachers were also standing.  We waited out the storm and were all soaking wet because of the wind driven rain, our umbrellas were useless that afternoon.  The storm went on for what seemed to be an hour before before the heavy rain slowed.  I jumped on my bicycle and headed for my apartment which was a few miles away.  My visit to Green Lake that afternoon was a day to remember

Another photo taken from the bridge, looking upriver in the 1960s.

Lots more color photos from John soon.


Wg said...

Thanks so much! Love the then&now pics, tho sad to see the high rises.

titojohn said...

During the early 60s my friends and I used to go to Green Lake in the evening and rent a boat. We would have a small party on the boat, under the stars and such peaceful surroundings. I think the negotiated rate for a taxi to Green Lake from the Club 63 was 40NT (1USD) back then.

TC said...

The bridge in the old photos is the second version of the bridge. The first one was heavier and with one lane. It would accommodate carts and other vehicles as it was the only bridge across the river in the area for a long time. The second version was for pedestrian traffic only and you can see that it is divided into two separate lanes, coming and going. It was replaced in the mid-1990's by the current version, one lane, with a light plank construction. I live in one of those high-rises on the other side of the bridge, and I love walking across it twice a day to and from work. When the wind is coming down from the mountains it just washes the dirty city air away in the most refreshing fashion. A few of those covered boats are still around, possibly rowed by the same men, as they are, like the boats, quite old.