Photos by MJ Klein, including FOOD PHOTOS
After a very pleasant drive of a few hours, we arrived at our hotel. We wanted to check out Dongpu because of the many hot springs resorts in the area. All the hotels feature hot spring water.
We had to park underground in the basement parking garage. To get there, we had to ride in a car elevator. I’ve had the pleasure of taking several such elevators in Taiwan.
Still going down! We parked the car and headed across the street to our room.
The room featured a whirlpool spa (with a stocking filter hanging off the spigot) and….
A clear glass shower stall. One has to wait for hot water for some time because the hot water comes from the hot spring, some distance away. The wait was several long minutes.
We put our stuff in the room and went out for a walk around.
That’s the main entrance to our hotel at the right.
Dongpu is a nice little town, and looks cool at night. It literally is cool, being 1,000+ meters up in the mountains.
Notice the old spelling of the town in English. There are a few paths and trails on can take, but it was too late to go anywhere except on the main roads.
There is a nice map showing local attractions.
A few places had fish tanks outside, with small signs identifying the species in the tank.
We took a walk to the edge of town just to see what was there.
The mountains look great in the evening too.
Off in the distance we saw this lighted suspension bridge.
We got a bit closer to the bridge and decided to turn around and go back to find a place to eat.
It was getting quite dark by that time. That’s Hui-chen in front of me.
One last long exposure shot, thanks to a fence post, and we walked back into town.
Yeah, it’s time to eat! We passed some place selling these lovely tomatoes, and it just made us even more hungry.
This sure looks like a sturgeon to me.
The tank in front of a restaurant beckoned us inside.
A lovely tofu dish.
This is san-bei rabbit. San-bei means “3 cup” and this is a common dish in Taiwan. It was great.
There were bikers in the restaurant that had passed us on the road earlier. They had been riding some big bikes and that sure looked like fun. Also there was your typical bunch of immature people pointing at me and calling me names, but we had a good time anyway.
On the way out I snapped this shot of 2 fish together. The speckled fish sure looks like a Taiwan Trout, a species I did not know about until I visited an aquarium in 2002.
After dinner, we headed back to our room and enjoyed the spa. Spending time in hot springs always makes me sleep very well.
The next day we went and took a look at that bridge we saw the night before. In Part III I will show you the bridge and some sights along the way back home, but I will leave you with this photo until then: