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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hsint'ien (Sintian) 新田

The weather in early November in central Taiwan can be very pleasant at times, and this morning was a good example. The sunny sky and warm (but not hot) temperature combined to make my first visit in about a year to Hsintien an enjoyable one. Located in the adjoining town of T'antzu (Tanzih) 潭子 just a short scooter ride away, the trails aren't very challenging, but are still fun to walk on. T'aichung (Taijhong) 台中 and Tantzu were both covered in haze, so distance shots were out of the question today, but I did manage to get these pictures:

A small stream in the morning light, and a Buddhist icon, all that's left of a small shrine (Taiwan's mountains take a beating from Mother Nature).

The geologic forces at work are visible in the side of a mountain, while a lot of effort (and money) has been put into building a wooden arched bridge that leads nowhere.

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