Chulu is about twenty minutes north of Taitung City, on Highway 9. 初鹿村位於台9線, 離台東市區開車二十分鐘.
The two most famous places near Chulu are the Yuan Sen* Botanical Gardens and Chulu Ranch. Neither place will blow your mind, but if you're in the area they're somewhat interesting. The building in the picture above is in Yuan Sen Botanical Gardens. 初鹿附近最有名的景點是原生應用植物園跟初鹿牧場. 這二個地點不是很好玩, 可是算有自己的特色. 上面照片裡的建築物在原生應用植物園裡面.
Those visiting Yuan Sen can either pay an entrance fee or purchase and entrace fee/meal combo. The meal consists of hot pot and a few other things. If it's your first time visiting, I'd suggest paying extra for the meal. The hot pot isn't awesome, but it does offer the chance to sample many of the edible plants grown on the premises. 來原生的觀光客可以買門票或買餐劵(包含門票). 餐點是自助式火鍋跟其他食物. 我想第一次來的遊客應該買餐劵. 火鍋不是很棒的那種, 但是你可以吃到植物園裡種的蔬菜.
Yuan Sen Botanical Gardens is also not a bad place to sit down and enjoy the view. On a sunny day - provided it's not too late into the summer - lounging around here can be very relaxing. 在原生坐一下欣賞風景也不錯. 除了夏天出大太陽的時候, 晴天來這裡很舒服.
This is looking south, toward Taitung City. The mountains here aren't as dramatic as ones seen further north, but the view isn't bad. 往南邊的台東市看. 這附近的山沒有北邊的那麼高, 可是風景還是不錯的.
Don't forget to check out the plants while you're here. There are guided tours available, and I've even heard one of the guides stammer his way through an English tour. I applaud this guide's bravery. 在這裡的時候別忘了參觀植物園的部分. 這裡有導覽的服務, 我也看過一位導遊用英文介紹植物園裡的植物. 我覺得那位導遊很勇敢.
Further up the hill from Yuan Sen Botanical Gardens is Chulu Ranch. The thing that sucks about Chulu Ranch is that they charge an entrance fee, and what you'll find inside Chulu Ranch really doesn't justify the fee. The above picture was taken from behind the parking lot. 在原生植物園的上坡處是初鹿牧場. 初鹿牧場最爛的部分是他們收門票, 初鹿牧場內部設施真不值得它的門票票價. 上面的照片是在停車場後面拍的.
On my visit I was surprised to find new buildings. As you can probably guess, these new buildings are really just excuses to sell things. Chulu Ranch definitely looks a lot better now, but it's hard not to feel disappointed by it. 我這一次發現了裡面有新的建築物, 你應該可以猜到蓋新建築物的理由就是賣東西. 現在的初鹿牧場比較好看, 可是我還是一樣對它感到失望.
Behind the buildings is a petting zoo. Some of the animals here, like this donkey, look happy. Other animals here look sad. 建築物另外一邊有一個動物園. 裡面有的動物像這隻驢子一樣看起來很開心, 有的卻看起來很悲傷.
The main view into the East Rift Valley. Yuan Sen Botanical Gardens is down the road to the left. 花東縱谷的風景. 前面那條路往左邊就可以到原生植物園.
If you trace your way back down the hill, and follow the road to the botanical gardens even further down, you'll end up in Shanli, a small town in the middle of nowhere. This picture was taken not far from where the Shanli Dump used to be. Yes, as pretty as it is there used to be a dump in this area. 如果順著原路下坡, 順著植物園的那條路走, 你可以到山里, 一個小小的村莊. 這照片是在停用的山里垃圾掩埋場附近拍的. 你剛看的句子沒錯, 以前這個美麗的地區也有垃圾場.
The most famous thing in Shanli is the train station. It's becoming increasingly popular with tourists. 山里最有名的景點就是火車站. 越來越多的遊客來這邊.
As you can see from the sign, Shanli is only 8 km from Taitung Station. Feels a lot farther away though. 從照片中看出來, 山里離台東車站只有八公里. 其實這裡感覺離台東市很遠.
This picture was taken from the viewing platform next to the train station. I walked through the town and didn't see a single other soul there. Maybe they were busy in their fields? 這張照片在車站旁邊的觀景台拍的. 我走進去村子裡, 但沒看到什麼人. 可能他們在自己的農田裡工作.
A local church. Either local Christians built another one or they moved away long ago. It's right up the hill from the train station. 當地的教堂. 當地的信徒蓋新的或搬走了吧. 從車站出來一下子就到了.
And this is "downtown" Chulu. Besides Yuan Sen Botanical Gardens and Chulu Ranch, there's really not much to do around here. 這是初鹿市區. 除了原生應用植物園跟初鹿牧場之外, 這附近沒有什麼好玩的景點.
But I did want to mention the Palan (Archaeological) Site, which is just a bit southwest of here. The site itself isn't exactly impressive, but it offers a nice, short hike with a good view if the weather's good. When I was there last weekend the weather wasn't good, which is why there aren't any pictures of it here. 我也要提一下西南邊的巴蘭遺址. 這個遺址不是很壯觀, 可是天氣好的時候可以輕鬆地爬上去欣賞美麗的風景. 我上周末在那裏時天氣不好, 所以文章中沒有它的照片.
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*"Yuan Sen" is how they spell it. In Chinese the name sounds more like "Yuan Sheng." All other spellings used here follow those seen on local signs.