Thursday, March 30, 2017

East Rift Valley and East Coast of Taiwan

My husband has posted a lot of pictures of this area with some good description of what we saw.  So to to for that information.  This was a long car ride with much less walking and practically no stairs!  We drove to the top of a mountain to a hotel that was named Far Glory - also owned by a conglomerate who also own a lot of other things in this area - most of those things named Far Glory this or that.  But we went up to see the view of the Rift Valley - so here it is:

Next we drove a little further to get a view of the Pacific Ocean.  The day is overcast - so pictures not so good.

And a shot the other direction just to show how they are trying to use all the useable land for farming. If you blow it up you can see some cultivation in the lower left side of the picture.

As we were driving our tour guide, Alisha spotted a field of sun flowers.  How could we not stop at this photo op!

We stopped at several viewpoints along the coast.

Another location - I could imagine all the grandkids having a blast here - while their parents cringed.

No sheer drop offs - just lots of sharp edges and places to fall.

More shots of the water - One spot the water was coming from two different directions that caused some interesting swirls!

Our guide took the obligatory picture of us in front of the attraction.
As we drove on I saw some rice fields and asked Alisha to stop.

There were some stands alongside the road selling bamboo shoots.  They peel them and you buy them to cook with.

In this last photo he is holding a vegetable that is unique to Taiwan - fiddle head ferns.

Alisha next took us to see some forests.  She pointed out some trees and said they were Beatlenut trees.

Later she showed us how to identify where you can buy the end product.  It is almost like tobacco snuff that you chew, but has a little high to it.  The problems it can cause the user are about the same as tobacco use.  Plus you have the problem of them spitting it out in the streets.  There were signs in some of the metro cars warning tht beatlenut chewing was not allowed!
She then showed us an area where the Japanese had started growing and processing cypress trees when they had control of the country.  Called Morisaka, it is mostly a tourist spot now.  They use some of the buildings to house the wooden sculptures that have won prizes over the years.  Here are a couple of samples.

And last - a typical street scene we saw on the drive.  It seems all of Asia is plaged with many wires poluting the view.

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