Of course, there were several other groups that performed that night.
We heated up the rocks, placed our food under them and then destroyed the mound. This way the rocks were in direct contact with our foil-covered food and directly heating them. We then buried the entire shebang and allowed the food to cook.
After dinner we explored the cultural center a bit.
This is an old rice threshing machine.
We lit a fire under the lanterns and let them fly off.
Later in the week, we went to the Shilin night market in Taipei. Our job was to practice our Chinese while ordering food. Note: we are all wearing the same shirt so the SIT staff could keep track of us.
There were many interesting items at the night market...including chicken butt. I actually ate that.
We also visited the Lin Family mansion in downtown Taipei. It is the only large private garden left in the city.
The gold pot in the picture was filled with incense. It is important to note that it was about 95 degrees and the folks in the center of the image are standing in direct sunlight with that smoke wafting right into their faces.
As holy as it is, the temple was surrounded by buildings