Photos by MJ Klein
Hui-chen and I took our good friend David on a whirlwind trip to the east side of Taiwan. I thought I would share some photos of that trip. East Taiwan is completely different than the west side of the island and there are many interesting things to see there.
In 2002, I visited an attraction called “Water Running Uphill.” This is what it looks like:
It certainly looks as if water in this trough it running uphill, doesn’t it?
SPOILER: If you don’t want to know if the water really does run uphill or not, I suggest that you not continue reading this article because I will provide scientific proof one way or another!
From the lower perspective, looking up, again the water sure does look like it’s running uphill.
Further up the path we notice the same angle.
Backing away, it’s still difficult to tell what’s going on exactly.
This is Hui-chen looking at the water running uphill. To my eye it looks as if she is tilting to one side a bit. Could that be the answer?
I decided to dispel the myth once and for all. It’s impossible for water to “run” uphill on it’s own by the force of gravity. So, in reality the water must really be running downhill, but how to prove it?
The proof is right there in front of everyone, in the form of light poles that are installed vertically. When one simply aligns the camera to show the pole in a vertical position, then it becomes very clear that the water is running downhill and not uphill. This is a classic example of an optical illusion, and as these things go, it’s a really good one! When standing on the sidewalk, one assumes that the sidewalk is more or less level (due to the lack of reference) so the water trough appears to be going uphill. Nice!
In our next article we’re going to take a look at a very famous bridge in Taiwan. Be sure and give us your rating below, and thanks for reading!