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Saturday, December 2, 2006

Takeng (Dakeng 大坑)

For the first time in about a month, I was able to get out to Takeng today to do some hiking, and what a day I picked for it! Clear skies, warm temperatures (19℃ or 66℉ at the top) and friendly hikers made for a nice afternoon in the mountains. It took about 3 hours to do the loop up the No. 3 Trail, then along the ridge and down the No. 4, and back to the scooter.

A sign for a cafe on the road between Fengyuan and Takeng called the "Hsinching (Sincing) Center" 心晴センター. The interesting thing (for me anyway) is that the Japanese word for "center" is used - "sentaa" センター

Here's another interesting sign I came across on the way to Takeng:

A grasshopper バッタ I passed on the way up the No. 3 Trail:

Here's the view from the top of Touke Mountain, elevation 859 meters (2818 feet)...: a couple of panoramic shots:

A hornet/wasp スズメバチ on the ridge-top trail going towards the No. 4 Trail:

Views from the ridge-top trail:

Going down the No. 4 Trail:

Apparently, the large earthquake that struck central Taiwan on Sept. 21, 1999 stripped away most of the forest on this trail, leaving it exposed.

A last look back at the mountain I'd just climbed:

A grove of betel palm trees on the way back to my scooter:

Finally, a torii 鳥居, a Shinto shrine archway...located in front of a Taoist temple, surrounded by a cemetery, from which bad karaoke was blaring:

Welcome to Taiwan...

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