Over 1,500 acres in eastern Taiwan are dedicated to daylily cultivation. Known as jin zhen, meaning golden needle in Chinese, the flower is a delicacy and served as a deep-fried snack during the mid-autumn Moon Festival.

Taiwan: Where Every Picture is a Postcard

From fields of flowers to shrines and hot springs, there is a photo op at every turn on this island.

At every turn, Taiwan gave photographer Kounteya Sinha a chance to bring out his camera. Vibrant night markets and food streets sell an array of dishes from fresh seafood and local produce to frog legs and geese head. Small villages are almost model examples of a sustainable and simple lifestyle, while high in the mountains, the daylily farms are nestled between swathes of dense forests. The mountain jungles are filled with the din of crickets so loud that it is often difficult to hear the person next to you, and in a different part of the country similar mountains house sacred shrines connected by bright red bridges. These shrines seem to be looking down on this country of warm, simple people, a buzzing capital city and natural beauty that will surprise you.

 

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    Kounteya Sinha is a mountaineer, explorer and an urban nomad with a compulsive knack of running away from home since the age of five. After being a journalist for 16 years, his latest medium of storytelling is through images that he says nourishes his soul.

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