I went on a trip to Pingdong (屏東) recently. My main destination was the town of Hungchwun (恆春) in the far south, but I made a side trip to a small town in the mountains called Sandymun (三地門) first. Sandymun, despite being a small town, is actually a pretty famous tourist destination, with tons of busses pouring into it every weekend.
Here we are in front of Pingdong train station. This trip was a little before the recent elections in Taiwan, so there were still posters all over the place. I wonder if this guy is a Beatles fan?
...Aaaand here we are! That was fast! (It wasn't actually, but I didn't take any photos on the way, so I have no existing proof that I didn't just teleport straight from Pingdong station to Sandymun.) This is a restaurant up on a cliff above the main town. It's called "Jew Gow Foang Way Tsahn Ting" (居高風味餐廳). The food is pretty good, but the views are amazing.
Look at the view from this toilet! Best toilet view I've ever seen.
Some sort of bird.
A cat, pretending to be dead, as cats often do.
There was a praying mantis too!
And here's the church I came to see. It's called "Dah Wah Dah Wong Church" (達瓦達旺教會). Even though it's up in the mountains, the area it's in is still quite accessible. It used to be even higher up in the mountains from what I understand. A bad typhoon took it out though, and it was rebuilt from 2008-2011 in its current location. It's an impressive building, and the first black church I've ever seen. (Churches usually are white, or natural stone color, right?) Here's a link to a blog about churches in Taiwan. There's not a lot of information, but the photos are better than mine, and they have some photos of the congregants dressed in their traditional clothes, which is kind of neat.
Here's the view from in front of the church.
The building is surrounded by artwork like this.
Ignore my shadow. I wanted to show you the curly patterns.
People in this area traditionally built houses with stone, and this has been reflected in the columns here.
Here are some pictures from inside. This was just after Christmas, so there was still a nativity scene.
A collection box. Neat!
Here's the design out on the ground in front.
A coffee bean. This area produces coffee. I stopped at a cafe in the area and saw this.