|After 2 nights at Sun Moon Lake we were set to move on to Tainan. As how we are going to travel for the day, we actually do have a firm plan. We will tackle it step by step.|
|First like getting up on this small bus with all our stuff to Shuili where we hope to catch a train form there to down south.|
|Fortunately there were no other passengers beside us our luggage were all over.|
|Here we were at Shuili Station GPS : 23.818153, 120.853477. Our intended itinerary was to visit Tropic of Cancer Marker hence we have to disembark at a station before it and that would be Dounan.|
|The train does not go straight to Dounan and have to change train at Ershui.|
The train does not go straight to Dounan and have to change train at Ershui.
|Moving towards down south somewhere already southern part of Taiwan.|
|Transit at Ershui Station|
二水車站 GPS : 23.813142, 120.617991
|Finally we disembarked at Dounan Station|
斗南車站 GPS : 23.673173, 120.480513 to start cycling.
|We were back on the cycling trail of Route 1 where we will be passing by Dalin and Chiayi.|
|Still on the cycling route we were attracted by this shop selling mutton in a restaurant 日日興現宰羊肉爐 No. 590, Section 3, Yanping Road, Dounan Township, Yunlin County positioned at GPS : 23.632061, 120.468106|
|I am not a fan of mutton but this mutton steam boat was awesome. We ate it with beehoon (rice vermicelli) and it went very well with it.|
|The five of them enjoyed most as far as this steam boat delicacy is concerned.|
|Meeting more friendly local as we cycled the trail.|
|Then there were sound of Chinese processional music with gong and drums in front of us. We could slowly catch up with a crowd as the music got louder.|
|It was a celebration of a local deities' birthday with a procession of striking traditional costume and loud music.|
|The main attraction was this modern parade of ten over sexy pole dancers on top of moving jeeps.|
|We could not resist ourselves but to stop and witness this special occasion.|
|The procession seen at the junction of Route 1 and Dongrong Road, Minxiong Township|
with a GPS : 62123.557321, 120.433510
|One of the many groups of fierce looking deities on the parade.|
|We later stopped briefly at an art center in Minxiong or known as Chiayi Performing Arts Center|
嘉義縣表演藝術中心 GPS : 23.544113, 120.433205
|We were only passing by the western fringe of Chiayi.|
|Then we arrived at Tropic of Cancer Solar Exploration Center|
北回歸線太陽館 at GPS : 23.454101, 120.416105 which was one of our to visit list when we were planning the trip in Malaysia.
|Here we were at the World's Tenth Landmark of Tropic of Cancer.|
|One for the album.|
|After 33km we headed for Shuishang Station|
水上火車站 GPS : 23.434006, 120.399628 to catch a train to Tainan. Shuishang to Tainan is at least 90km away.
|Nothing pleases her than taking a train ride.|
|It was dark when we arrived at Tainan and a tough time picking a place to stay especially on a weekend. Eventually we checked into an old hotel called Fuh Dih Hotel 富第大飯店 GPS : 22.999024, 120.210513 for NTD1,200 per room.|
|Our dinner at Xiao Hao Chau Hot Pot Restaurant 小豪州沙茶爐中山店 No. 111號, Zhongshan Road, West Central District, Tainan City GPS : 22.994545, 120.208079|
|Another steamboat meal after being enticed by the crowded restaurant in Tainan. A restaurant well established with a pretty long history behind it. Check it out at how-chou.com .|
The route from Dounan to Tainan after a train ride from Huili.