Monday, May 13, 2013


So I was looking through some of the photos on my computer, and I realized I hadn't ever posted the photos from my trip to Sitou a couple of months back.  Oops.  Well, here they are.  Sitou is a park up in the mountains in Nantou prefecture.  It's one of the more accessible and heavily trailed parks, so it's pretty popular and busy on the weekends.  If you're looking for solitude, it's not a great place to go, but it is quite beautiful, and people who want to do casual walking rather than serious hiking will be please with what it has to offer.
 On the way up to the park, there's a local elementary school.  The school has a design much like an old Japanese school.  I wasn't clear on whether or not this design actually dates back to the Japanese period or not, but either way, it's a pretty campus.

 Not only is the school very Japanese-looking, but there were even pink flowers in bloom when we got there.  They remind me of sakura, and maybe they are sakura, what do I know?

 As you can see, a lot of tourists stop by the school just to see it.


 The sign on top has a monster who is the mascot of the theme park at the entrance to the nature reserve.

 And here we are at the Japanese monster theme park at Sitou.  The theme park is at the entrance to the actual park area, so if you have bratty kids who don't appreciate the wonders of the natural world, you can probably just drop them off here where they can play with the monsters.
 And here we are in the park.  Like most highland areas of Taiwan, there is a lot of rain here, so everything is very green.  The climate is also a bit cooler than the coastal areas, so the forest looks more like one you'd see in an area of higher latitude.
 Some parts of the park are just trails through the woods, some are paved roads, and there are also some areas with manmade structures like this bridge.  Like I said, it's not an isolated, natural area that you have to hike to, so it's much more accessible than most mountain areas.

 There were a bunch of colorful birds hanging out here.

 One of the inns in the park.  This one was named "Bamboo House" and was very pretty from this angle.  However, we later saw it from the other side and realized that it was just a concrete structure with bamboo affixed to the outside (and only to the front side at that).  Originally we thought it was an actual bamboo structure.  *Sigh*  Broken dreams.

One of the bridges in the park.
I'm not sure why I don't have more photos from this trip, but that's it.

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