A Ride to Luchang 鹿場 A Village in the Clouds, Nanzhuang, Miaoli, Taiwan

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Luchang 鹿場 is translated as “Deer Field”.

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A high-altitude village that sits atop a 916-meter above-sea-level mountain. It is located in the mountainous and stunning  Nanzhuang, Miaoli, here in Taiwan. A haven for Cyclists, Mountain Hikers, Travelers, Adventurers and Nature Lovers.

Cycling up to this place reminds me again of the movie, “Warriors of the Rainbow” / “Seediq Bale”. A Taiwanese movie that’s based on true historical events.

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Luchang 鹿場

The Fairy Valley 神仙谷 can be seen below.

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Perhaps, this spot was once, one of their hunting grounds, hence the name “Deer Field”. I’m talking about the Atayal 泰雅 people to be specific, a certain group of Taiwan Aborigines here in Miaoli.

Aborigines have been here thousands of years before the arrival of Han Chinese people. Guess what? They’re actually related to Filipinos and to other numerous  Austronesian people like the Malays, Indonesians, Maoris(Hawaii & New Zealand), etc.  To Filipinos, our closest genetic relative are the Amis People of Taiwan. This is also strongly supported by the genetic studies that have been conducted before.

How did their ancestors manage to get up to these heights? And most importantly, how did they travel from country to country? They didn’t have advanced pieces of machinery before!

According to a BBC documentary, many of our ancestors were highly skilled sailors. A  certain man that they interviewed could even effectively navigate just by only looking at ocean waves! Others stare upon the heavens and rely on the stars for navigation during the night.

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There were also land bridges before and were washed away when sea level eventually rose due to global climate change. Perhaps, this definitely explains how our ancestors efficiently and effectively traveled from island to island. Do you have any other theories? Feel free to leave your comments at the end of this post.

 

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Atayal people Aparrel in Luchang

Their apparel has a striking resemblance to that of our  Cordilleran brothers in the Philippines. I took this image upon arrival in Luchang. If you’ve been to Baguio City in the Philippines or in the Mountain Provinces, you’ll instantly notice the striking similarities of their clothing. *(I took the image with permission from an elderly resident).

Cycling all the way to Luchang

If you’ll cycle your way all throughout Luchang village, then  I would have to remind you, that this is not a  run-of-the-mill ride.  Ascents in here are not ordinary.  Perhaps that’s the main reason why some cyclists don’t really frequent this place.

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The way to Luchang is the same one that leads to Fairy Valley.

Fairy Valley Restaurant in Nanzhuang

Fairy Valley Restaurant


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Fairy Valley Falls in Nanzhuang, Miaoli

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Fairy Valley in Nanzhuang

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You just have to get past the spot where this waterfall is located. Go straight ahead and it would take you approximately 30 minutes via bike before finally arriving in Luchang Village. Be informed that there’s no bus that passes through this route. I haven’t spotted any that goes all the way to Luchang, unlike in Xiangtian-hu.

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Hiking trails can also be found in this area. The famous one is in Jialishan. I once attempted to climb this point on my bike and eventually reached the starting point of the hiking trail. But I don’t completely advise cycling up to this point because the road is not yet specifically developed for Cycling. And in case you’ll decide to move along, then proceed with caution.

One thing more, the last time I went to this place, I was chased by a pack of dogs. Perhaps, there were five of them. They’re at least domesticated, but then they’re still dangerous. So, if you’re planning to hike to this trail, then you’d rather ride in an enclosed vehicle such as a car or a van. The road is a bit narrow too, but still good and safe enough to accommodate small vehicles.

During my ride to Jialishan, I also passed through an area where a landslide actually occurred. An isolated building that resembles a mini-museum is actually abandoned due to the rubble that landed on its roof. But in spite of that, the best part was when I actually witness right before my eyes a sea of clouds(image below).

I still regard this event as the best ride of my life. It always reminds me of the quote, ”Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you”.

En route to Jialishan.

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As I push ahead on my way to Luchang, I spotted these:

bon-bon

This is my first encounter with such plant. It is planted in front of a house. I don’t know what it is called, so I’ll just call it “bon-bon” because it reminds me of the adorable Moogle with a fluffy sphere on its head in Final Fantasy video game.

 

 檳榔, Betel Nut.

Betel Nut Trees in Sanwan.The main ingredient of檳榔 (nga-nga in Filipino).

 

Papaya Saplings

Papaya Saplings along the road.

 

 

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Papaya Trees

Papaya Trees in Nanzhuang.

 

Sakura Trees

Sakura Trees with Rice field in the background.

 

Check out my post on Yongheshan Loop,  Sanwan.

 

Kiat-kiat or Mandarin Orange

Kiat-kiat or Mandarin Orange in Nanzhuang.

 

Pitaya/Dragon Fruit plants

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit Plants.

 

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Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area Rock

Pink Wild Flowers.

A field of wildflowers In Nanzhuang.

 

bike ride to Luchang

Near this spot are the Hanging Bridge, Nanzhuang Old Street, and Nanzhuang Visitors’ center. Further right is a Family Mart convenience store.

 

Mural depicting the Atayal People.

A large Mural depicting the life of the Atayal People.

Mural of Taiwan Aborigines

Mural of Taiwan Aborigines that is displayed beside the road that leads to Luchang.

 

A sign in Nanzhuang with combined Mandarin and Native Languages, Saysiyat is another group of Taiwanese Aborigines. “potngor ila” is referring toThe Heavenly Lake or The Xiangtian Lake.

 

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to Shensian Valley

Get past ahead of Shensian Valley in order to arrive at Luchang.

 

Camping out in Nanzhuang.

Hanging Bridge in Nanzhuang. There are spots in here where tourists can literally camp out.

 

Balay in Native Taiwanese

This sign roughly translates as “Song of Static Camping Site”. What really caught my attention is the native word “balay”. In my native Filipino dialect, “balay” means “house”. I somehow spontaneously felt a connection.

 

Newly made barrier in Fairy Valley

A newly paved road and a newly made protective barrier for motorists and cyclists. You will certainly pass along this point right before arriving in Fairy Valley.

 

Senshian or Fairy Valley

Lovely, isn’t it?

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Inn in Luchang

A Bed and Breakfast Inn @850 meters above sea level in Luchang 鹿場.

 

Luchang Village

Luchang @ 850 meters above sea level.

 

Luchang Village Inn

Tourists can camp out here. They literally set up their tents inside.

 

Luchang Village

Luchang @ 916 meters above sea level.

 

Ginger in Luchang Village

Ginger grown in the mountains.

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Medicinal concoctions in Luchang

Medicinal concoctions for sale. Rattan wine for reducing uric acid and a certain kind is intended for blood pressure regulation.

 

(perhaps)Spices in Luchang.

I really don’t have an inkling of what these really are, but they’re definitely for sale in Luchang.

 

Atayal's Women's dress

A traditional Atayal woman’s dress.

 

Atayal's Artwork

Atayal’s Artwork in Luchang Village.

 

 

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Luchang Village in Nanzhuang

Luchang. A Village in the Clouds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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