[ Pointy Mountains! ] HsinChu South East Back Road Ride Part 2 竹東翻山越嶺騎之二

[ Pointy Mountains! ] HsinChu South East Back Road Ride Part 2 竹東翻山越嶺騎之二

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HsinChu South East Back Road Ride

BeiPu to Jade Emperor’s House

After our short BeiPu stop, we continued our HsinChu South East Back Road Ride towards south into the REAL mountain areas.

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Another traditional Hakka road-side washing station!

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To the mountains!

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Another ruins.

In the middle of the road was BeiPu cold spring 北埔冷泉, a public spring with cool temperature.  Not very useful in this weather though…

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Notice the stone arrangement in the creek!

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BeiPu cold spring. The yellow, not clear color was natural from the minerals.

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After passing sold spring the road became quite steep, heading towards Jade Emperor Temple on WuZhiShan (Five Fingers Mountain ).

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Random American-style house in the middle of nowhere…

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Right toward the temple!

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Entrance welcome sign.

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This was not mist, but smoke from firecrackers!

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Jade Emperor Temple.

The down hill road was quite steep and directly dropped toward an intersection, so be careful not to pass your safety speed limit!

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Route #122 to Mountain Road Entrance

Passing through WuZhiShan we cut through the mountains and connected Route #122, the road towards the entrance of Shei-Pa National Park‘s GuanWu Visitor Center. For this HsinChu South East Back Road Ride we won’t go up to the center but just scouting the mountain road entrance.

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Narrow road with cliff mountains, Route #122 was a bit too uncomfortable to me. Great views though.

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Just like Local #60, Route #122 passed through many aboriginal communities, and you could see many aboriginal theme structures and churches.

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Entrance to Say-Siyat aboriginal people’s Pas-ta’ai ritual ground.

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Great pointy mountains here.

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Is this natural?

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Under-construction hillside protection.

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Soon we reached the end of Route #122. From here was the starting point of mountain road towards Shei-Pa National Park.

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Reaching the end of Route #122.

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Time to return!

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Memorial for a big typhoon hit.

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Zhang Xueliang Former Residence

Not far away back at the end of Route #122 was our HsinChu South East Back Road Ride’s last main point of interest:  Zhang Xueliang‘s former confinement residence in Taiwan, at Qing Quan aboriginal community 清泉部落。

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“Qing Quan”

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Mr. and Mrs. Zhang.

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The confinement house.

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Local TaoShan Elementary.

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After the visit we began to head back.

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The new tunnel opened in this October (2017)!

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Passing through some wall arts at a village!

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Back towards BeiPu and Back

As we approached the end of Route #122 we turn left onto Local #39 toward BeiPu, and then followed the road back.

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More Persimmon!

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Back to BeiPu.

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Now the crowd appeared!

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Getting some Lei-Cha 擂茶!

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Also some Hakka pastries!

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Passing reservoir again!

Click Here for Part 1!

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