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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Puli, Wushe & Cingjing Farms, Taiwan (浦里/霧社/情境农场)

A drive around the Central Mountain Range of Taiwan:

Puli (埔里鎮) in Nantou County is the geographical centre of Taiwan, and an important gateway to the renowned Sun Moon Lake. Destroyed in the 1999 earthquake, the this agricultural town was rebuilt and today boasts an impressive Buddhist monasterial complex - Chung-tai Chan Monastery (中台禪寺) - and the paper Dome, an eco-tourist educational centre. We had a nice Hakka meal in the town centre and spent some time at the enormous monastery, before heading for Wushe and the Cingjing Farms.

Wushe (霧社) is a small highland town which was centre of a major anti-Japanese tribal uprising, the Wushe Incident of 1930, which has since then become the subject of a box office film, Seediq Bale, in 2011. Founded as a Japanese model highlands garrison town, it is today a highway stop where tourists stop by briefly at the Wushe Uprising Memorial Park.

Cingjing Farms (清境农场) - an vast area along a mountain highway resettled in the 1950s by Yunnanese anti-communist guerrillas and refugee Kuomintang soldiers based in northern Myanmar and Thailand. Once a pioneer agricultural region that resemble the settlers' mountainous old homeland, it is now a booming tourist attraction and highlands resort region. Many urban Taiwanese come here to experience the cool climate, try Yunnanese cuisine and stay in hotels built in fanciful pseudo-European architectural styles.







































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