Wild Taiwan

A lady of leisure writes about wildlife in Taiwan.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

2014 day 5 日月潭, 伊达邵市集, 九族文化村

Weather was grey and everything was shrouded by clouds. So we changed our itinerary and went to sun moon lake instead.

At least we were beneath the clouds. The ferry brings us to the opposite side where there is a buddha and a place that sells 阿婆茶叶蛋。 It was supposed to be one of the best eggs boiled in tea leaves. However, since it was so crowded, we decided to stay on the catamaran and go to the next stop which leads to the old street 伊达邵市集.

This stall is famous for its deboned drumstick filled with glutinous rice. The chilli is really something, not for the faint-hearted. Next to it is a deep-fried prawn that has been stretched and packed with cucumber, wasabi and spices. I preferred the prawn to the drumstick.

There were many street food stalls. Some had long queues. One stall had only the cook and the one who packed the fillings. It was a deep-friend bun that has lots of vegetables packed within. Both the cook and the packer were so busy so each customer has to pay his or her own money, get the change, get the plastic bag and collect the bun. All DIY. I presume the stall holder is sharp enough to know that people paid for their buns or not.


To get to this aboriginal village, one has to take the cable car. By the cable car station are ginkgo trees. It is the first time I see live ginkgo trees. The leaves have turned to a golden yellow hue due to winter.

Sun moon lake was formed artificially by two lakes. During the Japanese occupation, they raised the water level so that both lakes merged together and it was meant to be a reservoir and hydro-electric plant. http://www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw/English/AboutSMLEng/Historical/Historical02.htm

the Tao tribe (they must have had alien encounters in the past :-))

I must say the replicas are very well made. Some of the chieftan's house were moved to this village. Others were replicas.

The 9 tribes were represented and we could see the different styles of buildings. Each tribe has a chieftain's home, granaries, chicken coops and shamans in action. Very interesting. 

Unfortunately, many of the tribes are going extinct. Their population size is on the decline and much of their traditional knowledge has been lost. Such a pity.