When visitors arrive in Taiwan, many think the buildings look ugly - some stained by the weather and in need of painting, others run-down high-rises.
But in the past few years, the island has begun to cherish its original architectural beauty, especially homes and temples built by early Chinese settlers from the 1600s to 1800s.
Large sums of government and private money have been poured into restoring old mansions, temples and even ordinary family homes.
This is partly because Taiwan is trying to attract tourists - who like cultural relics. A similar trend is happening in other Asian countries which had demolished old structures in their rush to develop.
Taiwan's situation shows the task is challenging, but doable.
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