"All the fishing boats have returned to the harbor and well prepared for embracing the strike of the typhoon and now the wave is getting bigger...," said news corespondent. This kind of news was very common when a typhoon appeared to hit Taiwan. It was also time for me to learn about harbors' locations in cities or counties from typhoon news. Chenggong Harbor was one of the harbors that I had learned from the news.
This was the first time that my husband and I stopped in the fishing town of Chenggon on the East Coast taking a leisure travel day. When we arrived in the town, lunch time had past.We drove a few blocks and found the seafood restaurant which was indicated or recommended in our GPS system. When talking about eating in Taiwan, some western travelers, perhaps I should say my husband, can't understand Taiwanese eating philosophy, such as waiting in a long line just for gourmet food etc.
Almost each city or town has its special or famous food in Taiwan. The food became popular because the town or city is located in an agricultural center or a seafood market and the main sources of the food are directly from this area. Sellers emphasize the freshness and good quality of the food and special ingredients and taste of the food which attracts visitors to visit their stores.
|We were lucky that the restaurant still open. We didn't have to suffer|
from staving and have the chance to taste good quality food.
|Fresh fish were from the local fisherman's wharf.|
|The shrimp were very fresh and delicious.|
|After lunch we drove to the seaport just to walk around. Some|
vendors tried to sell us fish. Unfortunately, we didn't plan to
go back home in Taichung right away. So we couldn't buy
and take any seafood with us.
|This was the first time that I saw a spiral shell with the meat. I was |
|I don't think I will eat puffer fish in my entire life, even just to try a |
small piece to taste it.
|Walking around the market, some fishermen|
had already displayed their catch on the ground
and were awaiting the auction to start. People were
walked around to look at the catch selection.
|I asked people all kinds of questions|
but I had never remembered the names of
the fish that they told me. I remembered the tag
with each group which listed the fisherman's name,
how many fish and how many kilograms.
|I had no idea about these fish. I only knew|
they were from the Pacific Ocean near Taiwan.
|If this fish was over 7 kg about 15lb, it would be exported to Hawaii|
for restaurant fish fillets. These three were under weight for
exportation, so they remained in Taiwan for domestic consumers.
|This fishing boat just returned back to the harbor.|
|People were curios about what kinds of fish |
and how many it brought back, so the pier was
filled with many curios people like me.
|Many fishermen from Southeast Asia|
were hired to do this job.
|The fish were covered with ice was for the sashimi market, so it |
required a colder environment to keep more fresh.
|The knife was an interesting subject to me.|
It probably served for moving baskets and
|Buyers gathered together and got ready to bid on their targets.|
|This was another view of the entire harbor from the Chenggong Police|
|There were many well paved bicycles trails|
along the east coast. We were on one of these
bicycle trails to enjoy our afternoon watching
fishing boats in the rough ocean.
|On the way back to our hotel we did another|
exploring in a small town which was not popular
at all. We drove onto a small road through
some housing area and arrived on this beach.
|This woman rode her motor scooter on the firm sandy beach|
which was surprising to us. OH! how my husdand wanted his
motorcycle here now to enjoy this sand beach.
|The rice paddy was right next to the beach which I didn't see quite |
often on the west coast.
|I was falling in love with this scenery which made me think |
about moving here.
|Enjoy my life with the peace and the sunset|
sensation on the beach.