Wishing Tree in Tainan, Taiwan

Wishing Tree in Tainan, Taiwan

Walking through Tainan, I encountered a wishing tree. I’d never seen a wishing tree before, let alone a wishing tree of this size. Little wooden plaques hung all around its trunk. I can’t read Chinese so the individual and assembled letters were cryptic to me, but each plaque was scribbled with a wish to someone or something, somewhere — like letters sent from the post office of Hope & Thought.

The sign says "ruyi" or "as you wish", referencing a sceptre in Chinese folklore that symbolized good fortune

The sign says “ruyi” or “as you wish”, referencing a sceptre in Chinese folklore that symbolized good fortune

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18 comments

  1. This is so wonderful! There is something about not being able to read the wishes that makes the tree that much more special – mysterious. Almost like a secret wishing well or wishes upon a star, wishes when you blow the candles out on your birthday cake. There is something about wishes that almost lend themselves to privacy. Love it!

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    1. Buongiorno Rochelle! Thanks so much for the kind words and for following me! Wow, that’s really cool that Maldives Dreamer named me as a favorite! Thanks for letting me know and for doing such a great interview with her. It’s really cool to connect with a blogger who has such passion for one specific place in the world. I hope to get to Maldives this year or next year since it’s only four hours from Singapore. Wow, Sicily! I’ve never been but my friends honeymooned there and had a lot to say about it. I look forward to reading more through your blog. Thanks so much for the comment and connection. Enjoy your weekend! ~Kelly

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      1. Thanks Kelly! Your blog look wonderful too. I am seriously getting addicted to travel blogs and I’m enjoying interviewing some of my favourites on my ‘blogging around the world’ page which has been so great! In fact I now have way too many interviews to sort through!
        Sicily is a great place for a honeymoon, great food and plenty of romantic scenary.
        Look forward to keeping on contact.
        Regards
        Rochelle

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