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China: Mainland Blogger’s ironic review of shabby government buildings in Taiwan

Categories: East Asia, China, Governance, Politics

Blogger Lv Se De Shou Cang recently ran a photo journal [1] titled ‘A look at some of the administrative buildings in Taiwan’, which has also generated interesting comments. (All pictures cited from the blog)


The Special Investigative Unit

The corruption scandal and the conviction of Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian [2] have become such a public affair recently. It  provoked great curiosity in the team which investigated this case, the Special Investigative Unit. In fact, the building that houses the SIU is a decrepit structure built during the Japanese occupation [3]. It looks so drab that many passersby simply do not know that this is the home of the famous, tiger-beating [4] SIU.


When I see the photo of Taiwan’s Executive Yuan [5], the executive branch of the government, I really don’t know what to say.


This is Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan [6], the so-called parliament, where we sometimes see fist-fights [7] erupt on television.

It is quite obvious that what this blog is really about is not just a photo tour, but a thinly veiled criticism of many of mainland China’s government bodies and public officials’ extravagant work and life-styles. Even though there is not a single word in the blog directly flagging this intent, comments below show that almost everyone quickly understood.

Here is a sample [8] of some of the comments, many of which are masterfully sarcastic.


The public servants across the strait, you should all embrace our great cause so that you can enjoy our splendid offices and luxurious Audi transport.


After seeing Taiwan’s stinginess, we have gained such a strong sense of our own splendid accomplishment!


Even our township government [9] buildings are more embellished than these.


This makes me so sad and shed so many tear! The Taiwanese people are living in such a hell. We must liberate them!


Government elected by people is so much different! I remember once one a business trip to Nanjing [10], a French friend of mine passed the government building of Yuhua District and was startled: what is this White House look-alike structure used for?

Incidentally, the district-level [11] (the second lowest level) government building the last netizen spoke of looks like this:

Yuhua District Building