Taitung Private Tour Day 3: Unveiling Changbin Township’s Gems Only Locals Know 台东包车游第三天:寻访只有在地人才晓得的长滨乡美景

Time flies when we are enjoying ourselves. The same theory applies to day 3 of our Taitung private tour. Before we realised, it was almost 4 pm when we arrived in the northernmost township in Taitung County – Changbin Township. Situated midway between Taitung City & Hualien City, Changbin is blessed with a long scenic coast in the east, as well as a temperate & humid climate ideal for rice plantations. Thus the township’s main economic structure depends on fishery and agriculture.

美好的时光总是飞逝而过,而在台东最后一天的包车游也是如此。不知不觉,抵达台东县最北端的长滨乡时,已是接近下午4时了。位于台东市与花莲市的中间,长滨乡背山面海,拥有极长的海岸线,以丘陵山丘为主,热带季风的气候很适合耕种稻米。因此,乡内居民多以渔业和农业为生。

Most first-time visitors to Taitung would probably not have listed this rural township in their itinerary, as the 6-village township does not have many well-known tourist sights to boast of. However, my research online to find recommended Taitung sights off the beaten tourist path in Chinese language led me to discover this long stretch of road that looks like Chishang’s Mr Brown Avenue, but without the throngs of tourists. Thus, I made it very clear to A-Wei that we must visit this road, known as King Kong Avenue, by hook or by crook 😁. By now, you must be wondering, “what’s so special about this road?”

一般,许多初次到访台东的游客都不会把长滨乡列入行程里,因为这个有六个村的乡并不以旅游业为主,没有太多知名的旅游景点。不过,在网上查寻台东私房景点的过程中,我发现了这条如池上的伯朗大道一样的道路,只是少了众多游客的身影。所以,我告诉阿伟无论如何,我们一定要去这条叫金刚大道的道路!你现在应该在想,“是什么神奇的路非去不可?”

King Kong Avenue just looks so surreal
金刚大道一望无际的景色,好梦幻……

What you see in above photo, was the sight I saw taken by many Taiwanese bloggers, which drew me to put this destination on my must-visit list. Despite an overcast sky & rainy weather, I was very happy that the place still looked so surreal when we visited. Similar to Mr Brown Avenue, King Kong Avenue is actually a stretch of road surrounded by vast paddy fields. However, unlike Mr Brown Avenue that is situated inland lying beside the mountains, King Kong Avenue faces the Pacific Ocean & King Kong Mountain behind. A little pity it was not an ultra clear day, otherwise we would be able to see the distinct shades of blue of the picturesque ocean ahead of us where the clouds were in above photo.

上图所见,与我在许多部落格看到的图片大同小异,也促使我把金港大道列入必游名单。纵使天公不作美,梅雨一直下,但整条道路上所能欣赏到的景色依然这么梦幻。与伯朗大道相似,金刚大道是一条在稻田里的产业道路。不过,有别于伯朗大道被群山围绕的景色,金刚大道面向太平洋,背对金刚山,所以带来的氛围也有所不同。有点可惜当天天色灰暗,看不清楚眼前的海洋深浅分明的蓝色。

Strolling along the tranquil King Kong Avenue hand in hand 在金刚大道上手牵手散步去

Vibrantly coloured plots of paddy fields, so beautiful! 又是一大片绿油油的田园,也没有电缆的阻碍!

This is the place where the annual King Kong Marathon is held 这里是每年举办的金刚马拉松的场地

In addition, as King Kong Avenue is not along the typical tourist route in Taitung yet, it is visited mainly by locals & not big tour groups. There was only 1 other small private group that we saw during our time there, i.e. 2 cars on the entire stretch! If not for the rainy day, I would be tempted to even lie on the road to take more photos of the enchanting view here. It was also so much easier to take photos along King Kong Avenue without having to fight for space with other tourists. Too bad, we couldn’t catch a full view of King Kong Mountain given the mist that day.

除此之外,由于金刚大道不像伯朗大道那么的著名,多数只是在地人,或是像我们这样的散客包车游到此地参观,一般旅行团都不会到访这里。我们在大道参观时,就只看到另一辆车载着几名游客(听口音像是台湾人),所以整条康庄大道只有两辆车!如果不是因为雨天,地上湿滑,我很想躺在路中央赏美景拍照。😄没有拥挤的人群,拍照也容易多了。只是当天绵绵细雨,金刚山也害羞地躲在云层后不敢露面。

After soaking in the fabulous view at King Kong Avenue, we drove further up north to Jhangyuan Village, about 15 min drive away. In this small tribal village, nearby the left of Provincial Highway 11’s 75 km mark, a towering Noah’s Ark can be found on land –  Jhangyuan Presbyterian Church.

接着,我们继续北上往长滨乡最北方的樟原村行驶,离金刚大道只是大概15分钟的车程。在这个纯朴的小部落里,临近台1线75公里处的左方,有一座特别的”诺亚方舟“在岸上 —— 樟原基督教长老教会

The 3-storey tall church serves as a gathering place for the Amei indigenous tribe in the village. It is only open to the public for viewing on Sundays so we could only marvel at the interesting piece of architecture from outside. The original church building didn’t look like this prior to being destroyed by typhoon in 1979. Instead of restoring the church back to its original structure, the Amei folks decided to turn it into the shape of a Noah’s Ark in the Genesis.

这座三层楼高的教会是阿美族人聚集的地方,平常不开放,只有星期日开放让大家参观。所以我们也只能在教会外欣赏这座雄伟独特的建筑。原来的教堂在1979年受台风侵袭而受损,本来只是想整修教堂,但村民突发奇想,把教会改造成一艘大船,犹如旧约中的诺亚方舟。

The view from its main entrance looks somewhat like the magnificent Baxian Cave

To complete the look, Jhangyuan villagers added walls on the 2 sides of the structure, symbolising that the vessel is entering Jhangyuan Harbour to protect its people. Bright red-bricked totems were also installed around the church to signify the traditional tribal spirit would be passed down for many generations to come.

教堂两侧有围矮墙环绕,感觉好像船只要驶进樟原港口靠岸,守护在地居民。此外,在建筑外墙使用鲜明的红砖部落图腾,象征在地部落原乡精神永为流传。

It is not hard to know why Jhangyuan Presbysterian Church is considered as the landmark of Changbin Township with its majestically beautiful architecture. In fact, it is also known as Taiwan’s most beautiful church in the shape of the Noah’s Ark. I wonder why such a beautiful spot is not high on the tourist list of must-visit attractions? Nonetheless, I am also glad it isn’t so we didn’t have to fight for the best photo-taking spot with many others haha.

欣赏到气质这么独特的樟原基督教长老教会,也不难猜想它为何会是长滨乡的地标。樟原教会也是”台湾最美之诺亚方舟造型教堂“。我只是有点讶异,这么👍的建筑,为什么不是在游客在台东非去不可的榜上呢?但是,这样也好,没有太多游客知道,我们就不必争先恐后地找寻最佳的拍照位置,可以细细地享受这里的优美景色。

Leaving Jhangyuan Presbysterian Church also meant it was the end of our awesome adventure in Taitung County as we moved towards Hualian County for the next leg of the trip. Goodbye Taitung, I will definitely be back again to check out the charming county!

告别樟原基督教长老教会也代表我们在台东的奇妙之旅就此告一段落,继续启程前往我们的下一站 —— 花莲了。再见了台东,我一定会再回去探访你更多迷人的景色的!

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