Trip To Dongpu: Part I

Photos by MJ Klein

Trip To Dongpu

Recently Hui-chen and I took a trip to the hot-springs town of Dongpu.  I posted all the photos on flickr, but I haven’t had time to blog on the trip yet.  We had a great time, driving through mountains shrouded in mist.  It was a nice relaxing weekend for us.  We began our trek in Nantou….

Trip To Dongpu

Here we see the first shot of the Nantou countryside on our way to Dongpu.  Please note that these photos are geotagged.

Trip To Dongpu

This is a shot of my GPS showing the altitude profile we were driving on the way.  Notice the elevation of 355 meters.  Before we reached our destination, this would read in excess of 1,000 meters.

Trip To Dongpu

We drove through some areas that I can only describe as “quaint” and very Taiwanese.  You have to see for yourself to understand what I mean, but so many places here just look cool and interesting.

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

We drove past banana fields.

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

We passed by the famous Shueili Snake Kiln but we didn’t stop.  That’s another trip and another story.

Trip To Dongpu

This is one of those “shots from the car” that can never do justice to the real scene.  Just another vast flood plain like we have here in Taiwan.  Awesome looking in person.

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

On our way, it began raining, and in some places, quite heavily.

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

Nothing like slowing down and becoming a menace to navigation just so you can wave “hi” to your pal!

Trip To Dongpu

But, it was worth the long drive, traffic and rain for views like this.

Be sure to check out the Dongpu Photo Set for more photos.

Trip To Dongpu

The opening photo was no fluke.  We drove mountain roads like this for quite some time.

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

It’s hard to imagine living in Taiwan, but one way you can try is to click on these photos and view the large version.  The ride up to Dongpu was an event in itself!

Trip To Dongpu

Be sure to check out the Dongpu Photo Set for more photos that couldn’t be included here.

Trip To Dongpu

These small towns always amaze me.  The first thing I think of is “how do these people earn a living?”  If I could figure that out, maybe I’d move to one of these beautiful locations!

Trip To Dongpu

Finally, we crossed a lovely bridge and entered the Dongpu community.

Trip To Dongpu

This is a school in the downtown area.  Dongpu is very small and one can walk the entire downtown area easily.

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

Trip To Dongpu

The perfect spot to take photographs with a Nikon D80 and jacked up colors!

Trip To Dongpu

We saw lots of construction work going on.  I hope that Dongpu isn’t developed to death, like so many other nice places in Taiwan.

Trip To Dongpu

This is our hotel, and the end of Part I of this series.  In the next part, we’ll show you walking-around shots of Dong-pu at night, and of course, some food photos too.

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13 comments

    1. Sandy » thanks for your kind comments (i took care of that little typo for you). the unfortunate aspect is that my dad’s health is not going to improve. 🙁 that’s the inevitability that we’re preparing for.

  1. MJ, I hope your trip as going as well as can be expected. I am thinking of you and Hui-chen in this difficult time. I hope that the time you have left with your father are full of good fond memories of the great man he must have been to raise a son who he must be very proud of.

    I go back to the article you wrote about the billy cart or go-cart he built for you. This is a great picture of you both and post. I enjoyed reading it again.

    All the best MJ and take care mate.

    Brunty

    Bruntys last blog post..No Weekend, Teacher’s Seminar in Isaan Thailand.

  2. Great pictures, very atmospheric! I’m looking forward to the rest of the trip report. Like you, I also often wonder how people make a living in those small towns. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything by not stopping at the Shueili Snake Kiln – unless you’re really interested in the history of ceramics in Taiwan, it’s an overrated tourist trip.

    Kaminoges last blog post..???????

    1. Ashish » this was one that i was going back to finish, and then the blog had some problems and i got sidetracked with that issue. so, now i’m back to it! i’d love to take a bike up there on a car carrier, but i wouldn’t want to ride it all the way there!

    1. owshawng » we didn’t go to the cherry place, but we did buy some oolong tea, which Nantou is know for of course. HC loves cherries so i’m going to have to ask her about that one. thanks, it’s good to be back.

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