We didn't have specific plans for this trip. We just played it by ear on the east coast in Taitung county. I decided to visit this small aboriginal town of Dulan because of its well-known and humorous name to common people in Taiwan. Dulan which is Atolan in the Amis tribe language means walls built by stones. But it is not the reason that made it so well-known in Taiwan.
The pronunciation of Dulan has made it famous. Du is a verb which means poke. Lan refers to male sex organ in Taiwanese language. Dulan means poke male's sex organ which infers to being unhappy, dislike, and other meanings, like againest someone's opinion etc. It is folks' way to express their feelings toward somethings or someones whom they dislike.
If you come to visit this place, you might be surprised why there are so many vendors selling school bags. To my understanding, it is because of the printed characters of Dulan on the bag.
|Dulan Mountain is 1,190 meter high. The trail is about|
3,792 meter long. The elevation at the start of the trail is about
600 meter high.
|We walked about 5 minutes and I gave it up|
because we just brought one bottle of water and
didn't have breakfast. It would be a miserable
hiking experience. We have to be responsible for
|Coming down from the trail entrance, we had |
a better view to see the city of Taitung and the
|A fishing port|
After visiting the trail entrance, we drove to the town center of Dulan. I spotted the sign of the Dulan Archaeological Site. The entrance was near by the police station. We followed the sign driving on a one lane wide road to reach the site. First we arrived at the stone coffin (sarcophagi) area. Parking was not available on this one land road. We decided to pass this site and move on.
|It was a small town and there was no traffic on the road.|
We stopped our car and took this photo that reminded me of
Mirror Lake in the Yosemite National Park in the United States.
|I followed this trail to the stone wall area.|
|There are three standing stones around this area. Archaeologists|
believe that the function of these stones severed for ritual
|This road reminded me of the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin.|
|This was the Ice Age Trail in July in Wisconsin.|
|We were led by the trail to this Moonlight Inn. We were surprised|
by the wonderful surrounding environment.
|On a clear day, visitors can see two offshore islands which are Green Island |
and Orchid Island. The view was fantastic.
|The Moonlight Inn is a two story building. It doesn't offer accommodation. |
It offers some desserts and soft drinks. The first floor offers a space
for the local artists to display their artworks.
|The second floor was the scene for filming the movie The Moon Also Rises|
in 2005. It preserves the scene and is open to the public. The admission is free.
|They were all dentists. The girl in the middle was practicing|
her English songs with her guitar. It was nice to listen to her
beautiful voice and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
|The trail indicator was a little bit far away from the main road.|
Visitors had to find their way to the Moonlight Inn and then
they could study this map.
|The history of the factory|
|This is one of its spaces releasing to the store owner who sells|
local artists artwork and other neat stuff.
|These handmade bags are his creation with really good quality work. He and|
his wife also sell some fresh French pastries. It tasted good. They normally are at
the sugar cane factory on Sat and Sunday with other artists.
It does not matter how the outsiders think about Dulan as a town or an improper language, I think the importance is to attract people to visit this place and then fall in love with this place. They will change their stereotype of thinking. It is a different way to promote the city. Welcome to visit beautiful Dulan!