Joel's Taiwan Odyssey: My Day in Southern Taiwan, with the High Speed Rail
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September 17th, 2008 – by: joeldeafnation
Weng Ching Wen( 翁靜雯), a Deaf native from Taipei City, and Lam Heung Ling (林�'玲), a Deaf visitor from Hong Kong, agreed to join with me for a day trip to Southern Taiwan, and help me with the Chinese language through interpreting for me with the local Deaf natives. We decided to take some Business Class seats on the THSRC, due to the special rates for disabled people. Why not grab it as a great opportunity, we reasoned. The compartment had very nice seats, like as if you were in business class on a plane. Coffee, tea and snacks were served. The ride was smoother than I expected, especially when we were going at 180 miles per hour!
After the ride down, we met Weng Chung Ming (翁崇銘) and his wife, Tsai Chien Fen (�"�倩芬) at Zuoying Station (高鐵左營車站), in Kaoshiung ( 高雄).
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We went through several barns as they set up each group of pigs; mothers usually get litters of 10-20 babies. The young pigs are moved to the next barn over after they become 10 weeks old.
Next, they took us to a world-famous place nearby which specialized in pig leg meat (豬腳大王). It was very interesting! We resumed our trip to Khaohsiung Wharf, which is best known for harvesting world-famous black tuna and other types of tuna. I walked around the wharf, mingling with lots of people bringing tuna from their boats to the pier to be prepped and then sold to the best bidders.
After the great tuna meal, it was time for us to take a 90 minute long drive down to Kenting (墾丁), a city in the southern part of Taiwan. Kenting is known as a popular beach area, located next to Taiwan’s tropical region. We stopped by Starbucks for cold drinks, and then went on to Eluanbi Park (鵝�'�鼻公�'), which is on the southernmost tip of Taiwan ( 台灣最南點), to see the Eluanbi Lighthouse (鵝�'�鼻燈�"). The lighthouse is one of the few historical fortified lighthouses in the world. We also went through one of the most beautiful places in Taiwan, the Kenting National Park ( 墾丁國家 公�'), which included stops like Longpan ( 龍磐), Fongchuesiha (風吹砂), Gangkou ( 港口), and Hengchun Ancient Town ( 恆春古城).
We returned to Kaohsiung for their nightmarket before catching our train back to Taipei. We got off at a street corner, and we realized that we needed to go to the bathroom. Some local deaf people were sitting in the café above the street, and saw us signing “WC”, for washroom. They waved and got our attention. It was a hilarious moment for all of us. We chatted a little, and the locals were stunned by my being able to use some Taiwanese sign language. They were thrilled to have had the chance to communicate with me.
Then it was time for us to go through the nightmarket! I saw a vendor selling some wheatgrass drinks. She squeezed some pure 100% wheatgrass juice into a cup for me; the juice felt so great going down. We kept on, walking through countless food stalls. The group and I picked one stall for our dinner, ordering some noodle soup made with shrimp, prawn, fresh noodles and vegetables. After the dinner, I grabbed one more cup of wheatgrass juice, instead of coffee. It was a delicious way to end my day in Southern Taiwan, as we caught the train back to Taipei.
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