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Synapticism

An experiential journal of synchronicity and connection

Mailiao 麥寮

Màiliáo 麥寮 is an small township along the western coast of Taiwan in undeveloped Yúnlín 雲林 county. It is mainly notable for being home to an immense industrial plant located on an island just offshore.

Taiwan bicycle tour: Lukang to Budai

An abandoned home in the Changhua countryside
An abandoned home and fallow field in Changhua county.

On the sixth day of my round-the-island bicycle trip I set out across the Chianan plain, a desolate expanse of countryside littered with rice paddies, fish farms, salt pans, the occasional factory or industrial plant, and small, unremarkable settlements. My destination was Bùdài 布袋, a fishing town in Chiayi 嘉義, where I planned to catch a ferry to Penghu, a group of picturesque islands in the Taiwan Strait, the following day.