I had the opportunity to spend a morning in Jiji [集集] during in an unprecedented Friday off work. Jiji is located in Nantou County and was the epicenter of the destructive 7.6 magnitude 921 Earthquake in 1999. During the weekend the small town swells with tourists, but during the week the town is very quiet and pleasant.
Zhongxing Junior High School [中興國中]
This morning I embarked on a bike route which runs through Jhongsing Village [中興新村], Nantou City [南投市], Jhongliao [中寮], Jiji [集集], and Mingjian [名間]. I’ve been on this route once before with the parents of one of my students, they were more accustomed to this kind of riding so I let them set the pace. We didn’t stop for pictures during that trip, because I didn’t want to slow them down. This time I just had the company of myself so I had plenty of time to stop for pictures like the entrance of Zhongxing Junior High School [where Cathy went to school], which was rebuilt after the 921 Earthquake.
Our first stop was the Jiji Weir in Linwei Village. The purpse of its construction is to preserve water coming from the upper reaches of the Zhuoshui River for irrigation of farms in central and southern Taiwan. If you get as excited as I do for 3D models of dams and waterways… then you are in for a treat: