Photos by MJ Klein
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….
Here we see the first shot of the Nantou countryside on our way to Dongpu. Please note that these photos are geotagged.
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.
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.
We drove past banana fields.
We passed by the famous Shueili Snake Kiln but we didn’t stop. That’s another trip and another story.
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.
On our way, it began raining, and in some places, quite heavily.
Nothing like slowing down and becoming a menace to navigation just so you can wave “hi” to your pal!
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.
The opening photo was no fluke. We drove mountain roads like this for quite some time.
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!
Be sure to check out the Dongpu Photo Set for more photos that couldn’t be included here.
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!
Finally, we crossed a lovely bridge and entered the Dongpu community.
This is a school in the downtown area. Dongpu is very small and one can walk the entire downtown area easily.
The perfect spot to take photographs with a Nikon D80 and jacked up colors!
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.
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.