Hengchun has a bit more history than most other parts of Taiwan. It was fortified at the end of the Ching Dynasty, as part of their bid to "lay claim" to Taiwan. The city walls were built after 1874, in response to the "Mu Dan Incident" involving an altercation between a group of Japanese nationals and local aborigines. 恆春相較於台灣其他地區來說有較久的歷史. 這座古城蓋於清朝末年, 在日本人跟原住民之間發生牡丹社事件後, 在1874年以後完成城牆建設.
Pictured above is the South Gate of the city. This is in downtown Hengchun. During the Ching Dynasty, this gate would have been connected to other gates by a wall that encircled the city. There are similar gates in Hsinchu and Tainan. 上面是恆春的南門. 南門位於恆春市區. 清朝的時候這些城門都有城牆連接鞏固城內安全. 新竹市跟台南市也有這種城門.
This is a closer look at the South Gate. I would have loved to walk up to the top, but there is no way to do this. A small placard near the entrance explains the history of this gate in Chinese and English. 這張照片可以更近地看到它的樣貌. 我那時候很想爬到上面去, 可是沒辦法. 城門前面有中,英文牌子介紹這個城門的歷史.
The sections of the wall that once encircled the city are still intact on the other side of Hengchun. Many tour buses stop through here, but it isn't that crowded. The weather was very nice that day, and it was a good place for a walk. 恆春的另外一邊還可以看到部分城牆. 很多遊覽車會停在這裡, 只是人並不多. 那天天氣很好, 很適合散步.
This is in the same location, looking in the opposite direction. 同一個地點, 從不同的方向看過來.
A view of the mountains from the city wall. I don't know of any trails in the area, but I'm sure there are a few. It looks like a great area for hiking. I've also heard of a triathlon that passes through here, though I have never joined it. 從城牆上看到的山景. 我不知道這附近有沒有步道, 看起來滿適合爬山的. 聽說恆春也舉辦鐵人三項賽, 可是我還沒參加過.
I knew what this thing was but now I have forgotten! Don't go in there unless you like snakes! 我忘了這是做什麼用的了. 不喜歡蛇的人不要進去.
This thing with all the poles is used for a local festival. Apparently they tie ropes to the metal girders, and everyone climbs to the top. 這個東西是當地盛典使用的. 看起來好像很多人會利用繩子爬到最上面.
|Upper Left: Plaque Explaining the "Incident," Upper Right: Monument Erected by Japanese expeditionary force, Lower Left: Memorial for the "Incident," Lower Right: Mudan Train Station.|
Oh, and if you visit Hengchun by car I would highly recommend driving into the mountains along highway 200 from Hengchun, or along highway 199 from Che Cheng. You can even do a loop around both highways, and it's a pretty drive. Near the Mudan Township Office, off highway 199, there is a memorial for the "Mudan Incident." It isn't exactly awe-inspiring, but it's definitely historic. 你如果開車去恆春的話, 建議你從恆春開公路200線或從車城開公路199往山區, 你也可同時走這兩條路繞一大圈. 這附近的風景很漂亮. 在199上, 靠近牡丹公所有一個牡丹社事件的紀念牌. 它雖不是美的讓你目瞪口呆, 卻是實實在在的充滿歷史感.
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