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Second trip to Smangus

Xiuluan (Tunan) Primary School in Xinzhu County, Taiwan

On Saturday I went on my second trip to Smangus. The weather was perfect and it was a great day to travel in the mountains. This time I travelled with my NCCU classmate Sandy and her husband. Sandy has worked as a primary school in some of the villages in this area. We stopped at Xiuluan Primary School (秀巒國小) where she used to work on the way.   

Atayal language lesson at Xiulang Primary School in Xinzhu County, Taiwan

Here you can see an Atayal language lesson on the notice board at the school. "Lokah su ga?" is Atayal for "How are you?"

Road to Smangus in Taipei County

The road into the mountains goes up and up. This is one of the better made sections of the road!

Lunch at Smangus, Xinzhu County, Taiwan

We got to Smangus in time for lunch. During this visit I just wanted to learn more about the life of the people living in Smangus rather than more about the tree stump case. I was able to get some good background information. 

Cabbages for sale in Smangus, Xinzhu County, Taiwan

The lady here was selling cabbages for NT$25 per jin (~0.6kg).

Peach blossoms and mountains in the background at Smangus

The peach blossoms have come out and they can be seen all along the road to Smangus. Peaches and cabbages are the two main agricultural products of Smangus. 

Hiking trail through bamboo forest in Smangus, Taiwan

We had time to walk part of the way along the path to the old tree. It was a chance to appreciate some of the different forest types and vegetation in the area. There is some amazing bamboo forest there. 

Wood carved bear in Smangus village, Taiwan

This wood carved bear is one of several large wood carvings in the village. It was great to go back there again. 

*Click on any of the photos above to see a larger version. I will add more photos to the Smangus set at flickr.

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Comment from Sascha
Time 6 April 2008 at 8:48 pm

The picture with the old tree look impressive!

Comment from cfimages
Time 7 April 2008 at 7:53 am

Good report and photos. How are you liking the new camera?

Comment from David Reid
Time 7 April 2008 at 9:09 am

Craig, the new camera is fantastic. It is really a delight to use.

Comment from Nikki
Time 8 April 2008 at 12:41 pm

goregeous pictures David!

Your website is amazing by the way, lets me see the beauty of Taiwan! I check it daily now =)

Comment from David Reid
Time 8 April 2008 at 4:46 pm

Nikki, thanks a lot for your kind words. I really appreciate it.