Luoshan, Hualien

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 mainly rice.
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.
 
台灣觀巴 花東縱谷之旅

今天我們參加了台東玉長公路南環線一日遊,現在我們來到了羅山!
所有台灣觀巴行程都包含保險,接送,無線上網和四國語言的語音導覽。有時候還能請到一位英語解說員喔。
羅山在花蓮的南端,非常靠近台東,是這次行程上的一站。羅山最有名的是成為台灣第一座有機村。這裡的農作物主要是稻米。
除了使用有機肥料,有些農家會將黃豆和稻米輪作,讓黃豆產生肥料。為什麼黃豆會產生肥料呢?黃豆的葉子會將空氣中的氮吸收到自己的根部。黃豆採收之後,它的根部和氮就留在土裡面,成為天然的肥料。
年輕的黃豆是毛豆,黃豆收成之後,可以做成豆漿或豆腐,製作豆腐需要泥火山的幫忙。因為泥火山冒出來的不只沼氣,還有鹽滷。
通常鹽滷是海水裡面的鹽分去除掉之後剩下的成分。泥火山從地底下帶出來的鹽滷,在泥巴沈澱之後就可以用了。鹽滷可以拿來當天然的豆腐凝固劑。來這裡有個很好玩的東西,就是體驗做豆腐。
這應該是我在這節目出現的最後一集了。我主持這節目七八年的過程中,看到台灣觀光不斷的進步,交通變更方便,環境更乾淨,好玩和有趣的東西不斷的增加。12年前我回到台灣,想說3年後應該會再離開,沒想到我沒有走,我想至少還會再待個12年吧。台灣是一個非常好居住,非常好旅遊的地方。大家要來喔!