Saturday, November 10, 2012

柴山/Monkey Mountain

I actually had a whole day free today for the first time in a long while, so I took advantage of it to get a lot done.  I thought I'd write about my trip last week to Monkey Mountain in Kaohsiung as well.

Even though Monkey Mountain is fairly close to the center of Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second biggest city, it's totally covered in trees and full of monkeys.  We went there by getting the subway after getting off the train down to Kaohsiung, then getting on a bus.
Check out Kaohsiung on a map.  The big green blob in the west part of the city bordering the ocean is the mountain.
In front of the park area is a temple.

Buddhist flags
Welcome to monkey mountain!
After climbing for only a couple of minutes, we see our first monkeys.

The monkeys here are obviously very used to people.  Actually, it creeped me out a bit.  It strikes me as kind of dangerous.  Wild animals that are not afraid of people are bad news.

And here we are at one clearing.  It was kind of hazy on this day though.  It's hard to tell, but we're looking right at central Kaohsiung here.
This strange looking flower is the Konjac flower.  It's used in East Asia to make a gelatin for use in food.  I believe it's also colloquially known as "Devil's Tongue".

This are reminded me a lot of walking around in the woods in northern Okinawa.  The rocks are the same kind.  This area must have been under water at some point, with lots of coral reefs that later became these rocks.


This is the top of the mountain.  We're looking at the sea here, not that you can tell with all of the haze.

My obnoxiously bright shoes.

After walking down off the mountain, we took a bus back to the subway.  I saw this gate on the way.
This is a photo from inside Formosa Boulevard Station.  It's the station where the two subway lines in Kaohsiung meet, so they made it extra pretty.

On the way home we stopped for a bit at the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery.  It's a museum about sugar refining now.  We were all pretty tired already, so we didn't look very carefully at everything, but I have some neat photos of trains and art made out of old machines.

That's it for my trip last week.  It's my second time to Kaohsiung, but I still haven't even seen any of the center of the city.  I'll have to do that next time.

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