Some of the best travel experiences may come as a surprise, when one does not know quite what to expect. My encounter with the Kaomei (高美) Wetlands, near Taichung (台中), came as just such an experience.
Despite its size – in terms of population it's one of Taiwan's ten largest cities – and economic importance, Changhua (彰化) isn't a leading tourist destinations.
Lugang (鹿港) in Central Taiwan is rightly known for its traditional architecture and stunning temples. Most of its inhabitants, of course, live thoroughly modern lifestyles, and the township has its share of factories.
Changhua's Great Buddha Statue may well be Baguashan's (八卦山) most famous attraction, but by no means could it be counted as the area's only interesting site.
Baguashan (八卦山) is a great mass of hills and valleys that covers 22,000 hectares of west central Taiwan. To see everything it has to offer would take months; the more places you visit, the more you realize just how much there is left to see.
From the top of Baguashan﹝八卦山﹞, about 30 minutes south of Taichung, a huge statue of the Buddha watches over Changhua﹝彰化﹞ City. The black statue, visible above the many downtown high-rise buildings, is truly magnificent.