Last weekend (25/11-26/11) I went on a trip with some of my friends to Pingtung/Kenting. Although it was my second time going there but I was surprised to see so many different things which I had never thought of.
Our journey started from Tainan Station, since there are no direct train to Kenting, our tour company has arranged a car for us from Koushiung; Xinzuoying train station. Here we meet our driver(Xiaoqi). She is one fun loving lady. From there she took us to kenting. It took us two and a half hours to reach there, but with the company of friends and good music, it felt like it got over in a flash.
At first we arrive at Hengchung, where we first visited at Leshan Eco Con. This store sells many local products and I was amazed to see this place as it has many toys, food and Skulls. Not sure if they were original or they have been carved but they definitely picked my Interest.
Our next stop was a Hike. we had no idea what kind of hike it was, so of us were hesitating to take it, as most of us hasn’t been on a hike before, but at the end every one of us decided to take it. We were told that we would follow the trail that school children used to take it during the Japanese occupation in Taiwan.
At first our Hike doesn’t seem very hard but the more we went into the forest we realized it was not easy for those school children and for us. It took us way longer to finish our Hike, although it was something I really like. Our tour Guide Mr. Chang showed us toys which children use to play with and it will definitely not consider safe in this times. Our tour guide showed us how they use to make traps for birds and small animals. Like shooting needles through a hollow bamboo stick, although we just tried to shoot wet tissues from them. On our whole journey he taught us how hard the life was back in the days and how kids use to set up traps for their meals and how hard it was for them. He also made us rings with leaf and showed us how to call eagles through a leaf whistle then there was pinwheel and other toys too.
After the hike we were really hungry and exhausted. Now it was the time for lunch. Although I wanted to eat some meat at that time but with our surprise, we have been taken to a small restaurant in the hills. My first impression was not so good about this place but when the food arrived I was stunned by the taste of this local cuisine. I will say I wanted to taste some meat but this was even better. It’s called Yu-Lai-Gu, although I was not sure what it was and how it will taste but was amazing. Later on we were told it’s something very similar to see weeds but its grown on land next to their shop. Later on the shop owner showed us his farm and told us how to grow them.
After stuffing our self with Dumplings and yulaigu, now it was time for some local tea. Our next stop was a local tea field to pick up some tea leaves. We were told it was not a native tea and around 200 years ago it has come from china. Also they were not sure what kind of tea it was since it’s been so old but they say it’s probably a mixture of oolong, black and green tea which is a special blend tea of kenting and surprisingly very expensive. After seeing and picking some leaves from garden, we went to see the processing process of these leaves. There they shoed and taught us how they process the tea. Later they even gave us there tea to taste and with that some delicious and some green tea bread.
It was already dark by now, so it was time for us to go see our hotel. The hotel was super nice with big beds and comfortable bathrooms. After taking rest for couple of hours, we decided to go see the Kenting street (it was not organized by the tour company). There we went to eat Thi food and later went to drink some beers and around midnight we went back.
The next morning, we had to get up early for breakfast and for our first activity. After having breakfast at 8 we went to sea. Our first activity for Day 2 was Canoe on the sea. This was my first time to canoe out on see and as I am not a good summer I was a bit scared, but with two instructed by my side I felt an ease. After being debriefed for an hour and practicing on the beach, now it was time for us to take our canoe to the see, but before that we had to flip our canoe and get back on it. It was one of the most difficult job for me as I am not a good swimmer it took me at list 5 try to get back on it, but it was fun.
After spending couple of hours on see, now it was time for lunch. For our lunch we didn’t had to go very far. Our lunch had been arranged in a community where latter we were taught how to make Tofu. After making Tofu we went to put hermit crab on the beach, as they always have trouble finding home. That was our last activity on this trip. Later that evening company dropped us at the koushiung train station and from there we came back our home.