Trip To Dongpu, Part III

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Photos by MJ Klein

Before I forget, my Nikon D-80 just came back from the shop on Thursday, and all seems very good.  I used it to take the shots for the Ghost Month piece over the weekend.

In our last installment, I left you with this photo:

Dongpu, Part 2

We spent some time photographing this bridge before we took off to head back home.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

The cable anchors were artistically decorated.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

Viewed from the road, the artwork lined up perfectly.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

Some people don’t like open spaces in bridges.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

I wish I didn’t happen to know the sheer strength of a stainless steel 6mm bolt, either.  The gray box is a light that comes on at night to light up the brigde (see the previous article in this series).

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

This is the view straight down on the left side of the bridge.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

And this is the view straight down on the right side.  Stop thinking about those small bolts.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

After checking out the bridge we headed back down the mountain.  Around the 1,000 meter mark, we found this little “camping” place.  The sign said camping so we had to check it out.  As soon as I saw the karaoke machine, I understood.  We won’t be camping here anytime soon.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

We passed over the bridge shown in the first article and headed back on the windy route.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

Along the way, it was raining very heavily.  We stopped at one of the larger Farmers’ Markets.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

There are several cooperatives that help local farmers market their goods to the public.  The quality of the goods is excellent and the prices are competetive.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

This is a tea master who introduced us to some oolong tea from a small farm in Nantou.  No matter what you’ve read about spring tea this year, I can tell you that it’s very good.  This year’s crop leaves little to complain about (unless you want people to think you have tasting super powers).  We bought two bags of 2008 spring tea from this supplier and the tea is excellent.  I’ve sampled spring tea from several tea farms this year.

Trip To Dongpu, Part III

We walked into the next building and found one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen:

Trip to Dongpu, Part III

A highly detailed relief map of the area!

Trip to Dongpu, Part III

Trip to Dongpu, Part III

Trip to Dongpu, Part III

Around the perimiter are placenames and photos.  You press the button on the placename and the place lights up on the map.  Cool!

Trip to Dongpu, Part III

As you can see, the map is quite large.  And as you can also see, there wasn’t a single person interested in it except us.

Trip to Dongpu, Part III

After playing with the map for awhile, we got back on the road.  We were met with rain for more than half of our return journey, which took approximately 4 hours.

Articles in series Dongpu:

  1. Trip To Dongpu: Part I
  2. Trip To Dongpu: Part II
  3. Trip To Dongpu, Part III
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6 comments

    1. andres » i wish i had gotten more information on the stuff we did during the return trip, but discovering things for yourself is the fun part anyway. you’ll like getting up to Dongpu, the drive through the mountains, the elevation and the feeling you get being high up, etc. once you get there you can have a relaxing soak in the hot springs. not bad and not expensive at all. thanks Andres.

  1. MJ,

    Great photos and commentary. I really enjoy visiting Taiwan vicariously through your blog. You seem to capture the real heart of the nation. Thanks.

    DWu

    1. DWu » thanks very much. i certainly do have fun traveling around with my wife and taking photos. Taiwan is a fun country. take care and thanks for your comments.

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