waterfalls and other scenic wonders in Dong Pu
-- By Lishea Zheng Translated
by Mei Lee
With the arrival of winter, a visit
to a hot springs is suddenly very tempting. One attractive
option is located in Dong Pu, at the entrance of Yushan
(Jade Mt.) National Park, where one can also enjoy waterfalls,
swinging bridges and the Bunun Aborigine culture. From
Taichung, taking New Central Cross-Island Highway makes
it a convenient one hour and 40 minutes to get there.
If you leave in the morning, you can
stop and visit Nantou county's Jiji (Chichi), Shuili,
and Xinyi before finally arriving at Dong Pu. Go to
Sweetheart Valley and the Rainbow Waterfall in Dong
Pu's backyard for a chance to see the real rainbows.
Taking the steps by the Sheng Hua Hotel (049-270-1851)
will take you along a route that allows you to experience
plum trees trails, Rainbow Bridge and campers' favorite
Fountainhead Hot Springs(049-2701841). A round trip
takes approximately two hours. However, you will need
four hours to visit the Fuzi Cliff, in the Yushan foothills,
and Yun Long Waterfall.
After you experience this natural beauty,
it's time to visit the Bunun Aborigines in Dong Pu and
other communities like Wang Xiang, Jiu Mei, Luo Na and
Xin Xiang to experience the cultural features of the
tribe. You can also access Dong Pu's Aborigine sites
via a fun, exciting trip across a majestic, newly-built
bridge by the visitor center.
Various hot springs promotions make
visits even more attractive. In December, Hotel Tilun
Tonpo Spa (049-270-1616) has promotion packages for
NT$2,700 (weekdays) and NT$3,700 (weekends), which include
a double room, sumptuous morning and evening meals,
hydropathy room, outdoor spa and children's hot springs.
Every weekend, they offer nightly tours, a dumpling-stuffing
DIY session, and guided tour to the Rainbow Waterfall.
The log cabin courtyard-style Da Gu Lan Farm (049-270-1000)
has become well-known thanks to Chien-Ming Wang . Another
establishment, opening on Dec. 1, is Cicadas Place (049-270-1809),
featuring authentic, Japanese-style ambiance.