One of the first rural townships you will stumble upon if you decide to take a trip from Kenting up to Taipei along the east coast of Taiwan in Manjhou township.
Stop by here if you have time - as most of east side rural townships it has much more untouched old buildings and will get you more feeling of how real Taiwan - not polished for tourists one like you would find in Alishan, looks like. As a matter of fact, one of the scenes for Cape7 movie was made here, in one of those old buildings. More on Cape7 movie here.
Once you see the sign of Manjhou, it's already a reason to stop, because there are one of the first gorgeous eastern Taiwan coastal area landscapes waiting for your camera:
It won't be so much cars there if you come and regular weekend - it was dragon boat festival time when I made this picture.
Once you are in a township, numerous old buildings appears just in front of you. Eastern Taiwan is really much more intact as in terms of nature as also for living & culture. Some says (me also sometimes), it looks more poor than Western and Nothern areas.
Southeast coast as seen from Manjhou township in June 2009.
It will be harder to find such houses in Nothern Taiwan.
Unfortunately, they are dissapering fast and become replaced with such faceless block houses scattered all over in island in rural townships.
Kids play ball in one of backstreets in Manjhou.
Eastern areas (this in fact is still south part of Taiwan - belongs to Pingtung county), really are maybe not that rich as those in Nothern Taiwan, because here are much less factories and people make living most by farming. Ironically, the sign on this quite poor outlook house offers "money on credit".
Farmland in Manjhou.
I also tried to drive up on one of those small mountain roads.
It was worth to do it - below video in my opinion is not so worth for a view - but just listen a sounds!! You will never ever hear something in noisy - terribly noisy Taiwan's cities like Taichung, Taipei or any else bigger. 24h per day, motorcycles will drain your nerves system driving again and again - well, that's city life. I could not stop listen that: