This morning I woke up early than I normal did because I wanted to see the sunrise over the lake. To a person like me who lives most of her time in the city jungle, it would be a precious chance to see this kind of natural scenery. But I was disappointed due to the overcasting sky. Well, I had to make the best of the day by enjoying the trip no matter how the weather was.
|Our room had a great view to see the lake.|
|Walking out of our hotel which was in the aboriginal village, there was a wharf for ferries crossing the lake and also tourist boats.|
|The air was fresh and there was no noise only the sound of the small waves.|
|The village still slept. Only the early birds and scenic hunters walked around on the wharf.|
|The most interesting thing about traveling was to meet locals or other tourists and share their life experiences. My husband and I came across a man fishing. We started chatting. He showed us his homemade bait.|
|According to the fish man experiences, he caught some fish more than 3kg (6.6 lb) in the lake. Normally he sold his catch to restaurants in the valley.|
|The view of our hotel on the corner on the left.|
|The street was very quite in the early morning. Usually it was filled with a lot of tourists who were looking for aboriginal souvenirs and food.|
Meeting the betel nut beauty.
My friends asked me about why there were a lot of neon flashing light on small stands along the streets everywhere in Taiwan. On the third day of the trip, I promised them I would find a one (they are called kiosk) for them to visit after my explanation. Actually, I didn't know the popular ones but my driver knew where to find one.
The neon lights indicated there were betel nuts for sale. Their major customers were taxi, bus or truck drivers or blue workers. The betel nuts would increase one's energy level or refreshing oneself by chewing them. That explained why those people like to chew betel nuts.
My friends asked me about when they would have the chance to try betel nuts several times during the trip. I kept telling them that "the most popular one was in Taichung. So, please be patient and wait." Finally, we arrived in Taichung to taste betel nuts and see the beauty selling them who were well known to the drivers.
|Taken by AnnThis is the betel nut trees that you can see on the country hill sides. Farmers took down original forests and replaced with betel nut trees. Because of its short roots, when it rains heavy it has caused many landslides in Taiwan.|
|Taken by Ann|
Receiving the betel nuts from the beauty, I saw her index fingers were stained black because of her job. There are two different kind of betel nuts made for the markets. One is betel nuts with mustard leaves and the other is without the leaves. Both contain lime paste. A lot of people suffered from oral cancers because of chewing betel nuts. Also, some foreigners who came to Taiwan for the first time didn't understand why the taxi drivers spitted blood and were still in business. They worked too hard. Actually, the blood was the juice of the betel nuts. Three of my friends tried both of the betel nuts. It was so interesting to see their facial expressions. My driver laughed hard and I reminded him to watch out for the traffic. I promised them fI would not post their photos on my blog. My husband and I were still afraid to try it.
See more betel nuts information, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betel_nut_beauty
|Taken by Ann & Ted |
Craving for American food
|Its food court can handle at least 200 people..|
|The big Buddha|
|The Monastery was built in the traditional Japanese architectural style. It is covered by a new structure preventing the Monastery from weathering.|