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Pingtung: Expect the Unexpected (Part two of two)

If you haven’t read part one yet,  read that first. Kenting’s position at the tapered tip of Taiwan island means that unlike most elsewhere in Taiwan (where getting lost might lead to a quick life ending or lengthy life changing experience), this far south most sensible hikers should be able to find their way within sight distance of either the Taiwan Strait or the Pacific Ocean within a few hours of hiking in any direction but due north. Once we’d left the cars behind, Misalu’s choice of footwear made perfect sense, as we found ourselves walking through a high plain grassland, dry in some places and muddy in others. “We will not walk too far,” Misalu said. “Only to the edge of Taiwan, that’s all!” We hiked along the windswept grassland that could have passed for the Scottish Highlands, save perhaps for the large patches of tropical jungle plants with…

A Fine Pair – Siraya National Scenic Area and Chiayi City

A few days spent exploring Siraya National Scenic Area, one of Taiwan’s newest NSA creations, matched with a day in the quiet, history-rich city of Chiayi, is time wisely spent.   Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo Hot-spring bathing at Guanziling Are there certain sounds that set off a wave of happiness in you? When I was a boy, two of my favorites were the jingles of the “chip man” and “ice-cream man” as they drove truck and bike, respectively, up the street where I lived. One of my favorite Taiwan sounds is the recorded chime you hear on High Speed Rail trains before stops are announced. To me this is the sound of adventure, and an HSR ride is a bit of a miracle: You hop on a train in a big, busy city (Taipei for me), and have just closed your eyes for a nap when the chime…

Old Industry, Natural Wetland, Strong Liquor, Religious Center-Riding the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Dashu Line

Text: Owain Mckimm Photos: Aska Chi “Drink the water of Dashu,” goes an old Taiwanese saying, “and you’ll ever be thin and beautiful” – a fine reason, if any were needed, to visit this pleasant riverside Kaohsiung City suburban area in southern Taiwan. Most visitors to Dashu are, however, not concerned with such cosmetic foibles, and instead flock to the area with a more spiritual motive – to pay homage to a Buddhist holy relic held at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center. Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center Stop I – San-He Tile Kiln Our first stop on our trip to Dashu (大樹) is the San-He Tile Kiln (三和瓦窯), a near century-old ceramics factory nestled in the Old Railroad Bridge Education Wetland Zone (舊鐵橋溼地教育園區). The factory’s three imposing brick kilns, one of only two sets of large-scale traditional kilns in Taiwan still in use, are the last remnants…