Today we’re on the Taitung Yuli-Changbin Highway day
tour, and this is Luoshan!
All Taiwan Tour Bus itineraries, include insurance,
pick-up and drop-off, wifi and audioguides in English
and three other languages. Sometimes you can get an
English speaking guide, too.
On the southern end of Hualien, Luoshan is just north
of Taitung and is one of the stops on this tour. Luoshan
is best known for being the first town in Taiwan to
adopt organic farming methods. The crops here are
In addition to using organic fertilizers, some farmers
alternate rice and soy beans to grow their own fertilizer.
How does this happen? Soy beans draw nitrogen, an
essential nutritional element for plants, from the
air and into its roots. The roots with the beads of
nitrogen stay in the ground after the harvest, and
voila, natural fertilizer.
Young soy beans are called “edamame,” and here when
they get older, they are harvested and often made
into soy milk or tofu with help from the nearby mud
volcano which bubbles methane gas and bittern, which
is seawater without the salt.
Usually bittern is made after the salt has been taken
out of seawater. This is natural bittern that you
can use after you let the mud settle. Bittern is a
natural coagulant for tofu. One of the really fun
things you can do here is make your own tofu.
I think this is my last episode on this show. For
six, seven, or was it eight years I’ve done this show
and it’s been amazing to see how tourism in Taiwan
has improved, how so much easier transportation has
become, how much cleaner it is and how much more fun
and interesting things have developed. I came back
to Taiwan 12 years ago thinking I would leave in 3,
but here I am now still and I think I just might stay
here for at least another 12 years. Taiwan is a wonderful
place to live and to travel. You should come.