Taitung Private Tour Day 3: Soaking In Chenggong Township’s Wonders (II) 台东包车游第三天:成功镇热门、私房打卡景点通杀(II)

The rain was still going strong after we had our lunch & prepared to leave Chenggong Fishing Port. Nevertheless, the tour had to go on. Just a 10-min drive up north, was our next destination – Pisirian.

午餐后要离开成功渔港时,雨势丝毫没有减弱的迹象。既然老天爷想怎么样不在我们的控制范围,就不要去烦恼了吧。仅10分钟的车程往北走,我们就抵达下一个景点——比西里岸

Pisirian is a simple Amis tribal village and its name means “goat-herding” in the tribal language. Located along the scenic East Coast, Pisirian used to be home to countless goats in the tribe. Now, with many of the younger generation leaving the village to work in other big cities, goat husbandry is no longer the main source of livelihood for the tribe. While we didn’t see live goats when we arrived, there were a number of driftwood goat installations displayed on the raised platform along the coast. They looked as if they were guarding the safety of the tribe.

比西里岸是个纯朴的阿美族部落,有放羊的意思。位于风景怡人的东海岸,比西里岸以前是以饲养山羊为生的部落。随着时代的变迁,越来越多年轻一代离乡到外地打拼,部落已看不见羊群。到达比西里岸时没有看到活生生的山羊,反而是看到布满四周的可爱木作羊群,看起来好像在海岸守护着部落。

The view at the raised platform along the coast was beautiful, even though it was a gloomy day. On a clear day, one could see the famous Sanxiantai vividly on the right side of the platform, just a quick 5-min drive down south of the tribal village. If your eyes are sharp enough, you may have spotted its iconic arch bridge in the bottom right pic of my above collage. We didn’t go there as renovation works were ongoing at the bridge.

爬上梯级,虽然是雨天,但仰望大海与天空形成的优美景色,还是让人心旷神怡。如果是晴天,往右边看,就能欣赏到著名的三仙台,因为比西里岸只离三仙台约5分钟的车程。想考验自己的眼力吗?看你看不看得到上图右下角里的三仙台的地标——波浪形的跨海步桥。因为现在步桥正在维修中,所以我们没去探访三仙台。

Thanks to the local community development association, the declining tribe has seen a rise in popularity in recent years because of their continuous efforts to liven up the village again. Besides the lovely driftwood designs, famous pictorial book writer – Jimmy Liao was invited to illustrate 11 awe-inspiring murals in different corners of Pisirian. The murals feature the 2 main characters from his picture book, “One More Day With You”. Because of Jimmy’s reputation, Pisirian is now 1 of the favourite tourist destinations in Taitung for fans who come all the way here to admire his illustration works. We didn’t have time to check out all 11 murals though, below are the pretty murals we admired.

由于社区发展协会的积极打造,原本平淡无奇的部落重见新气象,显得生气勃勃。除了有布满四周的可爱木作羊群外,还有和交通部观光局东部海岸风景区合作,开启了与知名几米品牌的合作。几米作品中《走向春天的下午》的小女孩背影分别彩绘在部落的11处角落。因为几米的知名度,使比西里岸成为台东知名的旅游景点。游客来到部落寻访11处角落的漂亮彩绘的同时,也可以进一步发觉纯朴部落的美好。但由于时间有限,我们无法寻访所有11处角落,只能欣赏到以下的几处彩绘:

Next, just 10 min up north on Provincial Highway 11 from Pisirian, we arrived at a cute little place of worship in Yiwan, known as the Card Church.

接着,从比西里岸北上台11线10分钟的车程,是一个坐落在宜湾部落的小巧可爱的卡片教堂

According to both driver guides (Mr Wang & A-Wei) we had for the 3 days, there are many churches in Taitung, of which many are creatively designed. This was because back in the 19th century, many Christian missionaries who came to Taitung to preach to the indigenous tribes offered a lot of help in terms of providing medical, education & moral support for the impoverished people. A lot of these indigenous folks began to believe in Christianity after receiving assistance from the missionaries, giving rise to the construction of many churches in the county.

听3天的司机导游汪先生和阿伟说,台东县有许许多多的教堂,而且好多教堂的设计都很独特。这是因为早在19世纪时,很多国外的医生传教士到台东进行行医宣教工作,在经济贫困的年代,为在地居民在教会里提供许多医疗、教育及精神上的支持与协助。在地居民也因而开始信仰基督教,从而促使许多教堂的建设。

Cute Card Church in Yiwan
可爱的宜灣卡片教堂

Construction of the Card Church was completed in 1953 in the Yiwan tribal village to meet the increasing number of devotees in the village. Unfortunately, the main structure of the church was destroyed in a typhoon in 1974. Card Church’s current design resembles a mini Gothic-style church with a cross & angelic sculptures on the rooftop. Walk to the side of the church & you will find that the building main structure is almost as thin as a piece of card. As the church looks like a design out from one of those scenic postcards, it was thus named as such. In 2003, the fairy tale-like church was designated as a “Historical Architecture” by the Taitung County Government.

由于信众日渐增多,家庭聚会场所已容纳不下参加聚会的信众们,所以卡片教堂于1953年建成,让宜湾的信众们能有个可聚会的礼拜堂。很不幸的,1974年的一场台风摧毁了原本教堂的本体。现今的教堂仿佛是迷你的哥德式建筑,在屋顶的尖端和大门两侧设有十字架和天使雕饰。绕到建筑的侧面可以发现原来教堂的正面结构如一片薄薄的卡片一样,所以被称为卡片教堂。2003年,台东县政府指定犹如童话世界里的卡片教堂为“历史建筑”。

As word got around, the unique church is now seeing an increasing number of visitors who flock here to capture that picture-perfect moment in Taitung. The church is open to visitors all year round, but not allowed to enter to check out its interiors.

随着越来越多游客知晓这座东海岸线上有建筑特色的教堂,宜湾部落也成为不少游人探访的景点,只为了拍下那优美的风景线。教堂外全天开放给游客参观,但不得入内。

After taking a few shots outside the church, it was the end of our tour in Taitung’s largest township – Chenggong. Interesting fishing town with rustic charm that I will remember for a long time!

在精致小巧的卡片教堂外拍照留念后,我们也得离开台东县成功镇了。这个台东最大的渔港乡镇,散发着简单纯朴的魅力,是个令人难忘的好地方!

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