Jiji

Today we’re in Jiji, Nantou County, and the theme of this trip is “tunnels.”
To get to Jiji, you can take a train. The Jiji line starts at Ershui Station, which is in Changhua. You can pay by tagging on and off with an Easycard or iPass.
Railroads in the very beginning were built to transport not people, but resources. The Jiji branch line was first built for transporting sugar canes, then it was widened for camphor, bananas and building materials for a dam in the 1930’s during the Japanese occupation.
The dam at Sun Moon Lake was built to generate electricity, and the scale of the construction was huge and the local office anticipated that the emperor would visit, so they built a station house for this stop on the railroad.
This is Jiji’s famous “green tunnel,” on both sides of the road are camphor trees. These were planted in 1940 when Japan celebrated the 2,600 year of its founding. Each household was asked to plant three trees, and camphor being the valuable and native resource that it is, was the tree of choice for Jiji residents.
At the stop after Jiji, you’ll find the Shuili Snake Kiln, our other tunnel.
Because from far away it looks like a snake, that seems to have just had a feast, people called this kind of kiln a “snake kiln.” Another reason for the name is, in Taiwanese the counter for long objects has the same sound as “snake,” and the counter word later became mixed with the reptile and the name stuck.
Jiji might not sound like much. But it's not just a small town with lots of banana snacks. It’s amazing culturally and historically. I had so much fun learning about what camphor trees were used for, how the station house was built, why it was built and about the snake kiln and the people it served. The green tunnel is beautiful and the stories are so interesting. You should come!

 
鐵道之旅 南投集集漫遊趣

今天我們來到南投縣集集鎮,這次的主題是:隧道。
大家可以搭火車到集集,集集支線的起點在彰化二水。購票,其實用悠遊卡或一卡通刷上刷下就好了。
鐵道最早都是為了運送原物料,而不是民眾。集集支線一開始主要運的是甘蔗,1930年代日治時代再拓寬,當時是為了運送樟樹,香蕉,還有建設水壩的建材。
建造日月潭的水壩時為了水力發電,為這一件公共建設的規模非常大,當地的官員預測天皇很有可能會來巡視,所以必須建造集集車站。
這堿O集集有名的綠色隧道,隧道兩旁都是樟樹。這些都是在1940年,日本慶祝開國2,600年時種下的。當時每一戶人家都被要求種3顆樹,因為集集這堨H前都是樟樹,加上有經濟價值,因此家家戶戶都栽種了樟樹。
集集的下一站是水里,這埵陶D窯,很像一條隧道。
因為從遠方看起來像一條吃了大餐的蛇,當時民眾把這種窯命名為「蛇窯」。另外一個說法是,數長條狀的量詞「條」聽起來像台語的「蛇」,後來就變成「蛇窯」了。
很多人可能不知道集集很有趣。這堣ㄔu有香蕉而已,集集的文化和歷史很豐富。我來這邊學到樟樹的作用,當初車站怎麼蓋的,為了什麼而蓋的,還有蛇窯如何讓生活更美好。集集的綠色隧道好美,故事好豐富。大家要來喔!