'History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme' - Mark Twain.
A gallimaufry of random China history and research interests
Friday, December 26, 2008
Christmas in Taiwan IV - Indian Laurels
One of the nice things about Taipei is the Indian laurel fig tree, or Ficus microcarpa if you prefer, or perhaps more commonly banyan trees. They're still everywhere and in parts of the city provide lovely canopies along streets. Apparently they are officially the 'city tree' which is interesting as I didn’t know cities had official trees and to be honest I'm not quite sure why they should? I don’t have anything particularly interesting to say about Indian laurel fig trees and their proliferation across Taipei except they make the city look nice!
As someone who divides their time pretty evenly writing about China now and China back then this seemed like a place to throw all the interesting bits that fall through the cracks somehow and never get used anywhere else.
It's basically the stuff that doesn't get used in my writing about modern China or in the books I do about old China - i.e. probably of little interest to anyone but me and therefore ideally suited to an obscure blog up a dark cul-de-sac of the Internet.