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Southern Taiwan
By Graham Finch - (contact)

The 26 and 200: skirting the coast

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Day 5 gave us the nice surprise of Route 26.

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Debbie's wearing her Christmas pressie shirt.

We continued along the number 199. It dropped us down to the Pacific Ocean, where it somehow transformed itself into the 26, another yet same narrow road. It skirted the coast. The sea looked very inviting. It was quite a scorcher, but a stiff sea breeze blew off the blue, keeping us nicely cool. There were few cars around.

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The 199 became the 26, which turned into the 200.

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It's customary to have auspicious red paper couplets above and on each side of doorways during Chinese New Year.

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Jialeshuei - which means somethink like happy water - it seemed was where tourists rented canoes and splashed about.

Later, the road changed its number to 200 and swerved and wiggled around a bit. This southern neck of the woods is famed for locations in a movie called Cape 7, a local production that was massively successful in Taiwan in 2008. It's a contemporary love story with some musical interest and Taiwanese humor that incorporates the island's Japanese-era past. Taiwan was a colony for 60 years, up until the end of World War 2, not long after which Chinese Nationist troops took over Taiwan. Anyway... the places where the film was shot have since become serious attractions and it was weird finding so many sightseers packed into what would normally have been sleepy villages. We ate dinner in one and then pedalled on towards Kenting, a resort regarded as the best spot for a beach vacation and the place I had been meaning to visit for years. As we rode closer, the traffic got busier.

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The view from Route 200.

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Sun, sea, sand and a cyclist.


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