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.
On the way to Nantou City, this bridge is for bicyclists and scooters only:
I saw many other bicyclists along the way, here a group passes me [for the time being] while en route to Jhongliao:
Some government agencies, charities, and individuals build monuments and parks to honor the victims of the destructive 921 Earthquake… Others, name a betel nut stand after it:
A clear river in Jhongliao:
The yellow brick road of Jhongliao:
After Jhongliao it’s up and down hill from there:
Almost to Jiji, finally flat terrain again:
A field of flowers greet me:
I’ve never seen this town with so few people! In a couple hours there will be about a thousand times more people standing in front of Jiji Train Station taking pictures:
It’s been about a year and a half since I last visited the station, the town is quite pleasant before 9 o’clock:
After the train station I headed to the Endemic Species Research Institute [特有生物研究保育中心] and strolled around its ecological park while waiting for the butterfly garden to open.
Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela
I went to the museum here a couple weeks ago with Cathy, but we didn’t do much walking in the park outside because it was raining lightly and the mosquitoes were bad.
I wish the Grey Treepie [Dendrocitta formosae] would have posed for a few more shots. It’s a wonderful creature with a splendid voice.
As usual, it started getting pretty hot around 10 o’clock when the butterfly garden opened, so I took only a few shots that I am yet to sort through, but here’s a sneak peak of a couple of 大白斑蝶 [(literally: Big White Spotted Butterfly)Idea leuconoe clara]:
A quick ride past the Jiji Weir:
On the way to Tsu-Nan Temple [紫南宮]:
And a quick stop to the temple’s $38,800,000 NT “bamboo shoots” bathroom [紫南宮筍型休憩設施]
After resting in the shade for a few minutes I returned home after passing through Mingjian.