二十四孝山 24-Filial-Piety Hill

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Taiwan’s creative approach to naming natural objects always causes a smile to those of us used to more mundane methods of finding a suitable name!

Yesterday off we went to Yehliu to see the sights…. though I’ve been many times before, actually yesterday’s weather was the best yet ~ even if a thunderstorm was brewing in the distance and the sky was dark and threatening…

See the distant cruise ships going in and out of Keelung Harbour? 

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Up we went to the Yehliu Cape to find we were up on 24-Filial-Piety Hill.  What a delightful name eh?!  Just in case you’re wondering, 24 is a symbol of filial piety, named after ‘The 24 Paragons of Filial Piety’, a famous book of stories, each showing a son or daughter who was a good example ~ eg a son who entered servitude to pay for his father’s funeral, a son who lay down on the ice to catch carp for his stepmother, a son who wrestled with a tiger to save his father…. plus plenty more! 

Apparently just below the hill are 24 rocks, so what better name to give the hill?

Actually, there’s rocks ~ and people ~ in abundance everywhere!

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Came home via the Vietnamese restaurant where we bumped into some of our church members, so we shared a table and a meal ~ he is in charge of my new neighbours in the back yard, all those chickens and geese – so we had plenty to talk about ha ha! 

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Talking about their son, currently away at university ~ and it strikes me that he would be a good candidate for filial piety story number 25!

 

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