A large boulder stands beside county route 122 at the trailhead of Ruitai Old Trail, inscribed with the words "hao han po" (好漢坡), which, roughly translated, means "slope of the heroes."
In modern day Taiwan, Wu Feng (吳鳳) is a controversial figure. Many say that his life story has been exaggerated and manipulated, and others believe that he never even existed.
Chiayi County is promoting its southern coastline as a destination for birdwatchers, and late last year they invited more than twenty reporters -- including this writer -- to tour a number of birding sites.
It is something of an irony, but just a few kilometers from southern Taiwan's most famous seafood market, there's a conservation area that's dedicated to the protection, rather than consumption, of sea creatures.
Every year in the spring, thousands of religious pilgrims make the long trek from Taichung (台中) County to Chiayi (嘉義) County--and back again--in honor of the goddess Matsu (媽祖).
At the heart of Chung Cheng University's (中正大學) leafy 132-hectare campus is a large and picturesque lake.