Xia Bin Lang is a village at the north end of Taitung City's "green tunnel." Almost everyone there is a member of the Beinan Tribe. It's also located to the east of Highway 9, in Beinan Township. 下賓朗村位於台東市綠色隧道的北邊. 也是卑南鄉, 台9線的東邊. 大部分的村民是卑南族.
This roadside altar is in Xia Bin Lang. I assume most of the Beinan Tribe members there are Christian. Their church was closed down - odd to see on a Sunday morning - but maybe there's another church in the area people go to. 這是下賓朗路邊的祭壇. 隔壁的教堂禮拜天早上關著門. 不知道為什麼. 我猜想這裡的大部分村民是基督教或天主教信徒. 可能社區裡還有其他的教堂.
Xia Bin Lang is fairly closed off from other communities. You can get there from Highway 9, and there's another, smaller road that leads to it from Beinan Mountain, but aside from that it's somewhat insular. 下賓朗離其他社區比較遠. 你可以從台9線進來, 這裡也有可通往卑南山的農路. 這裡感覺很鄉下.
That's Beinan Mountain to the left. A lot of sugar apple farming goes on up there. To the right, outside the picture, is the "green tunnel." 左邊是卑南山. 很多人在那裏種釋迦. 照片右邊邊界外有綠色隧道.
Xia Bin Lang is not far from this intersection. A lot of tour groups stop at the yellow and black building, but if I were you I wouldn't bother with it. The Amis Tribe has better outlets in other places. 下賓朗在這個路口附近. 很多旅行團會在黑黃色的建築物裡停留, 可是我想不用去了, 阿美族有比較好的.
Further north is the Old Bin Lang Train Station, not far from Bin Lang Elementary School. It's kind of cute, but not especially memorable. 比較北邊, 靠近賓朗國小有賓朗舊站. 它有點可愛, 可是不是很有趣.
This is the view in the other direction. That road in the background is a weirder, more interesting alternative to Highway 9. No idea what these stone things are. 往另外一邊看, 後面的那條路也可以走到台9線. 我不知道前面的石頭是什麼東西.
This is near the entrance to the Old Bin Lang Train Station. I guess you could call this "downtown" Bin Lang, even though there's nothing for tourists in this area. 在賓朗舊站的入口附近. 這裡大概算賓朗的 "市區," 可是沒什麼好玩的景點.
This is further north, near that "weird road" mentioned above. 更北邊, 靠近上面介紹過的那條路.
One of thousands of sugar apple trees. I have the feeling this is the best area for growing them. 釋迦樹超多. 我想這裏應該是最適合種釋迦的地方.
This canal (river?) feeds into the Taiping River further south. On the other side of the canal the road leads deeper into the Coastal Mountain Range. 這個水溝 (小溪?) 流到南邊的太平溪. 水溝另外一邊的小路是往海岸山脈.
That little rivulet is all the water passing through here now, but when the typhoons arrive this will be a raging torrent of water. The change can be scary. 現在溪的水很小, 可是颱風來的時候會變很多. 有時候很可怕.
This is from another road that goes all the way to Yuan Sen Botanical Gardens. There were signs indicating an "ecological ranch" around here, but we couldn't find it. 這裡是往原生植物園的小路. 附近的路牌說有 "生態農莊," 可是我們找不到.
This picture was taken from the other side of the valley, near Dong Cheng Elementary. There's a prison in this area, and also a few local attractions that are only worth visiting if you're really bored. Nice view though. 這張照片是縱谷的另外一邊, 在東成國小附近拍的. 這個地區有監獄, 還有些你無聊時可以去的景點. 風景很不錯.
This was taken from the same spot, looking west into the Central Mountain Range. Yes, more sugar apple trees. Sugar apple = big money. Some farmers in this area are surprisingly wealthy. 這張照片在同一個地方拍的, 看過去是中央山脈. 又是釋迦. 釋迦 = 賺大錢. 這個地區有的農夫很有錢.
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