Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Friday, October 10, 2008

Merry Christmas

Kent Mathieu, over at the Taipei Air Station blog, reminded me that he recently posted an article about a book called "Dragon Hotel." The book was published in 1969 and it talks about the same place that Sarj's Christmas card came from.

Sarj provided these great images:

Here's a Christmas card I saved from the Dragon Hotel. Manager Johnny Huang was a friend of mine.


titojohn said...

It's ironic, but when I read this posting I had just finished reading "Dragon Hotel" by John Ball for the umpteenth time. I have a first edition I have had for nearly 40 years. I drag it down off the shelf every once in a while, and reminisce about old Taiwan.


sarj said...

Is the story about this Hotel ? Let me know, maybe I'll read it.

titojohn said...

I don't know if the book is about the actual Dragon Hotel, but this is a quote from the author's notes:

"This book is not a novel. What you will read in the following pages is real and happened just as it is set down here.

This is an account of a visit to free China, but it is not a travelogue. To me it is an adventure story; if you think otherwise, then it's a safe bet that your don't know the Dragon Hotel. If perhaps you've missed this enlightening experience, the best I can do is to record the facts--you take it from there."