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.
Here you can see an Atayal language lesson on the notice board at the school. "Lokah su ga?" is Atayal for "How are you?"
The road into the mountains goes up and up. This is one of the better made sections of the road!
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.
The lady here was selling cabbages for NT$25 per jin (~0.6kg).
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.
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.
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.