The stretch of national route 184 between the towns of Meinong and Liuguei in Kaohsiung County rates as one of the more scenic and interesting stretches of road in southern Taiwan.
Taiwan is an island with more than its fair share of natural curiosities, but nowhere on the island is there as intriguing a selection of geological oddities as the southern counties of Kaohsiung and Tainan.
I once believed that the hot springs of one area were much the same as those of another, and that when you've seen one, you've seen them all. It seems I was mistaken.
In this era of high-speed trains, it seems odd to recall that a rail network originally built to haul sugarcane used to be one of Taiwan's major transportation systems.
Beside route 37, a busy road linking the towns of Tianliao (田寮) and Gangshan (岡山) in Kaohsiung (高雄) County, a temple stands set back from the road, fronted by a large car park and a flight of steps.
The town of Yanchiao (燕巢), just off freeway one in Kaohsiung County is (apart from its curious Chinese name, which means "swallow's nest") a thoroughly unremarkable southern Taiwanese town: