Taiwan boasts many cultural designs and details that can only be noticed when you look closely.
A foreigner in Taiwan recently made this observation when he discovered a manhole cover in Taichung, decorated with beautifully painted trees, a river and a sunshine.
Two Chinese characters, Lyu-chuan (綠川), on the cover can be seen indicating the name of the canal that flows through Taichung City.
The social media user revealed that he found the colorful “street art” by accident, but questioned why one of the three trees was painted yellow, and not green.
Others quickly replied and answered that the original picture which the design was based on had more vibrant colors, and the lighter color was to distinguish distance.
Another commented that the manhole was actually not a sewer drain but rather a utility hole, as the Chinese character for “electricity” (電) could be seen.
A social media user from Japan added that though Japan has numerous colorful manhole covers compared to Taiwan’s rare appearances, he appreciates “any country that tries to incorporate art into even mundane things.”