2017年10月21日 星期六

What's (Probably) Going On in Taitung 最近台東大概發生的事

I like to stay abreast of local current events, but reading through the local news can get repetitive.  Taitung is a relatively uneventful place, and after studying the local news for a while you start to see patterns.  我想持續關心當地發生的事情, 可是有時候一直讀台東的新聞有點無聊.  台東是個平靜的地方, 觀察台東地區的新聞一段時間後會發現它的固定模式.

For this reason, and out of a desire to "take a break" from the local news this month, I offer my list of what probably happened in Taitung this week.  所以我這個月不想提台東的消息.  我寫我"猜想"台東"可能"會發生的事情.

And next month I promise to get back to the REAL local news.  What follows below is pure speculation.  我下個月再繼續回到台東"真的"新聞.  以下的內容都是我自己臆撰的.


The library at Taitung University.  台東大學的圖書館

1. The County Magistrate gave someone an award for something agricultural.  While he presented the award many, many pictures were taken.  縣長頒獎給農民.  縣長頒給獎狀時一定有人拍很多照片. 

2. Roads were washed away by recent heavy rains.  And yes, traffic was stalled as a result.  下大雨之後, 大概很多條路發生了土石流,   當然因此也到處塞車.

3. There were traffic accidents.  A bus hit a car, or two buses hit each other, or someone got drunk and drove their scooter into an oncoming train.  可能發生了車禍.  公車撞汽車, 或是公車撞到遊覽車, 也可能有人酒後騎摩托車撞火車.

4. Someone got too close to a river during the recent rains and drowned/disappeared.  It was probably in Lu Ye, or somewhere else close to the mountains.  也可能在鹿野或其他山區, 有人因為接近日大雨而溪水暴增的河流而死亡或是失蹤.

5. There was a marathon, or there will be a marathon, or there was and will be a marathon.  And any and all marathons weren't planned that well, and were probably inconvenienced by the weather.  The same goes for any triathlons that might have/will have occurred this week.  可能最近舉辦了馬拉松, 或是將要舉辦馬拉松, 還是兩種都有.  其中或所有的馬拉松大概缺少完善的計畫, 天氣因素也可能讓參加馬拉松變得不方便.  這些情形也可能發生在這個星期的鐵人三項賽吧.


Seashore Park 海濱公園

6. Crops were destroyed.  By the heavy rains, of course.  大雨當然影響到很多人的農作物.

7. Trains were delayed, either because of heavy rains or traffic accidents.  大雨可能造成車禍或火車誤點.

8. The police busted someone over some KTV-related thing, maybe selling drugs, or prostitution, or selling drugs to prostitutes who later sold them back at an unfair price.  警察在卡拉ok抓到壞人.  可能是跟毒品有關, 或是跟賣淫有關, 還是人把毒品賣給妓女, 之後妓女再把毒品以高價賣給客人.  差不多是這樣子吧.

9. Somebody's house fell down because of the wind.  With all those old aluminum shacks around, it was bound to happen.  可能強風把房子吹倒了.  那麼多舊鐵皮屋當然會有這種事情發生.

10. The world kept turning, people were born, other people died, and the Earth continued to revolve around the sun.  Unless you believe in some strange religion/philosophy.  In that case, I guess some or all of those things never happened.  地球不停地運轉, 有人出生有人死亡, 地球仍然繞著太陽運行. 除非你相信其他奇怪的思想或是宗教.  在那樣的前提下, 可能某些或全部的這種事情完全沒有發生過!


Yuan Sen Botanical Gardens 原森植物園

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2017年10月18日 星期三

Taitung 台東 to Fangliao 枋寮, According to the South-Link Line 南迴線 and My Faulty Memory

Taitung in the upper right, with Fangliao in the lower left (both red).

Taitung 台東.  This is where I live.  I live not far from the train station, near Bao Sang Junior High School 寶桑國中.  Taitung can be very "country" at times, but I still like it better than any other part of Taiwan.  I could see myself living in Taipei, I could see myself living in Tainan 台南, but I doubt I'll move away from Taitung anytime soon.

Kangle 康樂.  I'm not really sure why they keep this stop open.  Maybe a lot of people ride the train to the Prehistory Museum 史前博物館?  It's over on the other side of RT Mart 大潤發, and there's not much around there except fields.


Royal Formosa Hot Springs.  Kinda doubt those are her kids...

Jerben 知本.  Jerben is where all the famous hot springs are.  The Royal Formosa 老爺, "Toyugi 東遊季," "Dongtair 東台," and many others are all here.  I've been to them all, and I can tell you that The Royal Formosa is where you take people you want to impress.  If you want to save a few NT, however, A Ya Wang ㄚ一丫旺 is probably your best option.

Jerben also has the Forest Recreation Area 森林遊樂區, a sadly overlooked local attraction.  The views from the upper trails are beautiful, and it's a good place to learn about local wildlife.


Just another day of flooding in Jerben.

But you know the sad thing about Jerben?  Every time a big typhoon comes through they get the worst of it.  Their roads get washed out, their hotels fall down, and their businesses suffer as a result.  The hotels get by, but it's not a good place to open a small business.

Taimali 太麻里.  Taimali (which I usually spell as "Tai Ma Li") is a town and a township.  The train stops in "downtown" Taimali, a place which is uneventful, if scenic from certain angles.  Near the train station a road leads up Jin Jen Mountain 金針山, the most famous attraction in that area.  But you'd really need a car or scooter to enjoy that place, and even then it would have to be early in the morning to be worth your while.  It's somewhat pretty when the trees and flowers blossom, but there are more impressive mountain retreats in Hualien 花蓮.


View across "downtown" Taimali to the Sunrise Park.

Down the other way (down the hill) there's Taimali's Sunrise Park 日昇公園.  Like Jin Jen Mountain it is somewhat pretty, but it's a dangerous place to swim, and there's little shade.

South of "downtown" Taimali you'll find the Three Sisters Beef Noodle Restaurant 三姊妹牛肉麵.  This, I think, is probably the most profitable tourist attraction in that area.  It's good, if slightly overpriced.


Jin Feng hot spring.  Who knows what it looks like now?

There are also hot springs "around the corner" (up the Tai Ma Li River) in Jin Feng 金峰.  But these hot springs are VERY small, and are often washed out by whatever typhoon is passing through.  Most people just go down to the river and put their feet in.  It's a far cry from Jerben.

Jin Luen 金崙.  After Jerben, this is Taitung's biggest hot spring area.  It's a funny little town with funny little hot springs.  I've been to most of the hot springs around here, including "Beautiful Beach 美之濱," "Eastern Sun 東太陽," and even that creepy saltwater one next to the cemetery.*


The "Dainty" hot spring in Jin Luen.

This area is NOT convenient from Taitung City, but it has a much quieter, more local feel.  Many of the small hostels around here would, I think, be interesting places to say.  I've had many good times in this place, though I expect a lot of their business will start to fold with Highway 9 now bypassing that town completely.

Loongxi 瀧溪.  Also referred to as Daxi 大溪.  I don't know why it has two names, but I suspect that Daxi is the name most people use.  I've driven into this town a couple times.  All I remember is a cement plant across the river, and an aboriginal village behind that.


Trail in Dawu.

Dawu 大武.  This is the last train stop before you start heading into the mountains that separate east from west Taiwan.  Despite the number of restaurants I've never had a good meal in Dawu, although the trail around the hill in the center of town is kind of interesting.

There are many good seafood restaurants south of there, in Shangwu 尚武.  Shangwu also has Jin Long Lake 金龍湖, which can be a nice walk if it's not too hot.


"Beautiful" downtown Fangliao.

Fangliao 枋寮.  What is there to do in Fangliao?  I really have no idea.  I've driven or taken the train through there a thousand times, but in terms of tourism potential it seems like a dead zone.  I found a few local sites on Google, but nothing that has me on fire to go there soon.

But Pingtung 屏東 can be uninteresting that way.  Kenting is chock full of stuff to do, but most of the townships north of there are either farming country or an industrial wasteland.

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*These hot spring resorts don't have English names.  I'm inventing them!