Destruction by typhoon Morakot - sad sights

Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Hotspring Hotel in Baulai

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

On Saturday, 31., we left the village at about 10:15 am and walked about 1.5 hours back to where we have parked our car.

The main part of the day we drove North, on country-road 185, visiting the old, but well restored Spanish Christian basilica Wan Chin in the village Wan Chin. From there we went further North on roads 27, 27 minor ( because 27 has almost completely been destroyed by typhoon Morakot. ) and then 20 ( the Southern Cross Highway ), which is also mostly destroyed on the Western side and can only be driven until Taoyuan village.

On the drive I realized that most of what I wrote a year ago when I walked around Taiwan and visited this area is not correct anymore - such is the extend of the damage. The hot-spring village Bulao is no more functional as the hot-spring has been destroyed and covered. When we then decide to continue to hot spring village Baulai we have to drive in the dark over damaged roads and through the river bed. A few hotels are still open, but all are operating low key. One up the mountain shall still be fully operational. Most hotels near the river have lost or damaged their outdoor hot-spring facilities, which were placed scenic beside the river. When we arrive one of our group has the tears rolling - she says because it is so sad to see the huge damage to the nature and the people; she is absolutely right and I feel the same, especially as I had experienced all this area on foot. We stay at one resort in Baolai with in-door slightly warm hot-spring tubs. We then decide for a good indigenous dinner - and bull's eye; great food ( at all standards and especially for the money ) and a great conversation with the boss. It's on the river side and uses bright colors and has some tables at the side with plants and flowers.

On Sunday we drove back to Kaoshiung and stopped at Meinung, a Hakka town.
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