Let’s Call it Beautiful

Rocky Mountain Sixty of Fu-Hua Lian

Rocky Mountain Sixty of Fu-Hua Lian

This absolutely stunning postcard from Taiwan comes from Hsiang Yi. This is a scene in Hualien County, which apparently attracts a great number of tourists each year, as the hill is covered in orange day lilies during August. This scene is also apparently the reason that the Portuguese originally named the country Formosa, which means “beautiful.” Boy were they right. The area was originally called “Kilai,” which the Japanese immediately changed, as it sounded like “I hate it” in Japanese. I’d have changed the name too if I were them. Thanks a bunch for this great postcard, a true contender for my Top 10.