|Guanmiao Rest Area, Tainan|
I had three days off this weekend, so we went on a trip. Our primary goal was "Janfusan Fancy World" 劍湖山世界 in Yunlin 雲林, but we also wanted to go to Taichung 台中 and the village in Yunlin where my wife is from.
|Freeway Toll Booths|
We left Taitung 台東 on Saturday morning, and drove straight to Janfusan Fancy World. It took us about six hours. From Taitung we drove south to the Southern Cross-Island Highway 南迴公路, and from there we crossed the central mountain range to Ping Tung 屏東, on the western side of the island. After reaching Ping Tung, we drove north until we reached the Jung Shan (#3) Freeway 中山高速公路.
|Entrance to Janfusan Fancy World|
From the Jung Shan Freeway, it's easy to get to Janfusan Fancy World. We got there a little after lunch, and the place was traffic-free. We spent the remainder of Saturday in the amusement park, and afterward found a place in Dou Liou 斗六to spend the night.
|Douliou Old Street|
From Dou Liou we went to Tsao Hu 草湖, which is the village where my wife grew up. Tsao Hu is not far from the Taiwan Strait, in Luen Bei Township 崙背鄉. We had lunch with my wife's grandparents, her parents, and other family members, I got extremely drunk, and after lunch we drove from Tsao Hu to Taichung.
|Rush Hour in Tsao Hu|
Our arrival in Taichung was the most unpleasant part of this trip. They were fixing the sewers around the freeway exit onto Jung Gang Road 中港路, and we had to fight our way through one of the biggest traffic jams I have ever seen.
|Cosmetics Counter, Taichung Sogo|
After battling traffic for eons, we found a place to park, and then met friends for dinner. I am always happy to see old friends in Taichung. They took us to a restaurant near Sogo, and I thought the food was great.
We spent Sunday night in a friend's apartment, and drove to Kaohsiung's 高雄 Dream Mall 夢時代 today. We walked around, had lunch, and then began the remainder of our drive home. It was a good trip, even though I could have done without the traffic.
History in the Making
Yunlin County 雲林縣