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Sānyì 三義 is a mountain town well-known for wood carving and Hakka culture. Apart from that it is also home to the picturesque Shèngxìng train station 勝興車站 and Longteng broken bridge 龍騰斷橋.

Longteng Broken Bridge 龍騰斷橋

The ruins of a Japanese colonial era railway bridge in the hills of Miaoli, Taiwan.

Lóngténg Broken Bridge 龍騰斷橋 is a historic roadside attraction in the hills of Sānyì 三義 in Miaoli, Taiwan 台灣. More formally known as Yúténgpíng Broken Bridge 魚藤坪斷橋, it was originally constructed in 1907 during the Japanese colonial era, connecting Zhúnán 竹南 and Taichung 台中 along what is now known as the Old Mountain Line 舊山線. The bridge collapsed during the devastating 1935 Hsinchu-Taichung Earthquake but the ruins were never cleared away. Further damage was done in the 921 Earthquake in 1999. Several years later it was designated a historic site by the Miaoli County government and subsequently developed for tourism along with the former Shèngxìng Station 勝興車站.

Crazy Caterpillar

Crazy neon caterpillar in Shengxing.

I am not usually in the habit of photographing insects as I haven’t got a proper lens for that kind of work but this caterpillar was huge, easily as long as my index finger and a little plumper. It was just hanging out on the steps leading up to a restaurant next to Shèngxìng Station 勝興車站 in Sānyì 三義, doing nothing in particular as whole groups of people walked by and reacted with understandable shock and surprise.

Taiwan Bicycle Tour 2013: Zhubei to Fengyuan

Crossing into Miaoli county with the rosy afterglow of sunset on the horizon.

After taking it easy the day before I set out to ride south to Taichung 台中, about 100 km away. There were several sights I wanted to see on the way there so I wasn’t entirely sure I would make it with daylight to spare. In fact, I was quite sure I would not—I had been up late again, wrestling with insomnia, and was not ready to go until the early afternoon.