Saturday Cycling – Touring Zhongliao

Biking Around Zhongliao
I woke up early on Saturday with the intent of cycling out to Zhongliao’s [中寮] Dragon and Phoenix Waterfalls [龍鳳瀑布]. The weather was cool, but quite tolerable once I hit the road. Regular readers will recognize the temple pictured above from the conclusion of my previous biking trip.
Biking Around Zhongliao
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My first stop was Shuangwen Elementary School [爽文國小], which is one of several schools rebuilt after the destructive 7.3 magnitude 921 Earthquake. After hitting the road again, I found the Longan Forest Bike Path [龍眼林自行車道]:

Biking Around Zhongliao
This is for drying Longan Fruit:
Biking Around Zhongliao
The deserted path had charming distance markers:
Biking Around Zhongliao
The path follows the Zhangping River [樟平溪], which was more or less followed all the way to the waterfalls:
Biking Around Zhongliao
I headed up a side route to Yuetaoxiang Farm [月桃香農場] thinking there was something interesting up ahead, but little did I know that all that was there were a couple cabins for vacationers, oh well, the workout was nice.
Biking Around Zhongliao
The side route up to Xiashuiku Farm [下水堀農場] was a much more visually rewarding distraction:
Biking Around Zhongliao
I was invited by a couple doing some work on the temple below for tea, unfortunately I had to decline because I knew I would chat for hours if a pot of tea was in front of me:
Biking Around Zhongliao
Next door was the Xiashuiku Ecological Farm [下水堀生態農場], which is probably more interesting when it is open:
Biking Around Zhongliao
Not to say the side route wasn’t worth it, the scenery made it all worthwhile:
Biking Around Zhongliao
Biking Around Zhongliao
Next stop was Qingshui Elementary School, the second school I visited which had to be rebuilt after the 921 Earthquake:
Biking Around Zhongliao
The very colorful Xinfo Temple [心佛寺] is on the way to the waterfalls:
Biking Around Zhongliao
Before long I was at the parking lot for the waterfalls, a kind farmer at the entrance gave me a couple bananas:
Biking Around Zhongliao
Biking Around Zhongliao
There’s a lovely raised wooden walkway to the waterfall… until…
Biking Around Zhongliao
…visitors come across the large section that was wiped out from the previous typhoon. The waterfalls are still accessible by simply walking across the large stones in the riverbed up to the concrete section of the pathway.

First stop is the Phoenix Waterfall [鳳瀑布]:
Biking Around Zhongliao
Followed by a short walk to the Dragon Waterfall [龍瀑布]:
Biking Around Zhongliao
There’s a lot of great wildlife around the area, I’ll be posting most of them as Daily Photos, but here’s one:
Butterfly
The trip home was rather uneventful until I made the boneheaded decision to take a different route back which was fine and dandy until I saw this sign which wasn’t very fun after becoming tired and running out of water:
Biking Around Zhongliao

4 thoughts on “Saturday Cycling – Touring Zhongliao

  1. Craig – I’ve been thinking the same.

    MJ – Thanks MJ, it was a great ride. I had to stop and rest twice while trying to get over that final hill, it was a really steep climb! During my second rest I had entertained the idea of calling Cathy’s sister to pick me up in her car and drive me down I was so tired. Luckily, shortly after the second rest I peddled to a point on the hill where I could actually see the top (that alone gave me the motivation and second wind I needed). It had taken me up to Pingding, after that it was all flat or downhill from there to Caotun and Jhongsing.

  2. Pingback: The Dragon and Phoenix Waterfalls « The Daily Bubble Tea

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