Day-trip to Neiman District, Kaohsiung

A day-trip to the hinterland of Neiman District was an eye-opener to the truly authentic culture in Taiwan.

The touring experience was overwhelmingly enjoyable and educational. It’s a kind of cultural visit one don’t get to see in modernized Taipei in north of Taiwan. Songjiang Battle Array is one of the featured itineraries.

Neiman is a rural district in Kaohsiung, about 42km south from Tainan Train Station. We started our journey at 7.30am.

Our first visit on the itinerary bring us to the local farm producing dried preservatives, mango pickles and coffee.

The small farm is owned by the low-land indigenous tribe. Olden days photos with framed portrait of indigenous people are displayed on the upper shelves.

Traditional farm owned by low-land indigenous tribe.
Traditional farm owned by low-land indigenous tribe.
Portrait of woman dressed in fashion of indigenous costume.
Portrait of woman dressed in fashion of indigenous costume.
Tour guide and narrator presentation
Tour guide and narrator presentation

Next on the list, we traveled to the guava farm plantation. We didn’t have the chance to pick any fruits. The rain deterred our planned activity, albeit, the overall experience for this trip turned out to be very successful.

Farm owner prepared sliced guava to welcome us.
Farm owner prepared sliced guava to welcome us.
An unripened guava fruit.
An unripened guava fruit.

On this trip, we had a rare chance to meet up with the another farm boss producing tail flower (Laceleaf). This can be organized because the owner was very friendly and welcoming.

Tail flower farm in nets-enclosure. That's the farm boss. Very friendly guy!
Tail flower farm in nets-enclosure. That’s the farm boss. Very friendly guy!
Tail flower bouquet, ready for shipment.
Tail flower bouquet, ready for shipment.
Closed-up of red tail flower bouquet
Closed-up of red tail flower bouquet

Visit to traditional temples in Neiman District.

Traditional temple in Neiman District
Traditional temple in Neiman District
Main hall of temple with a big incense burner.
Main hall of temple with a big incense burner.
Temple altar and religious worshipers.
Temple altar and religious worshipers.

One of the famous culture less seen in modern days is its roadside banquet. Neimen was once famous for training banquet chefs to serve in wedding parties and birthday celebration in the past.

A lunch buffet.
A lunch buffet.

We learn to make mango prickles.

learning to make mango prickles
learning to make mango prickles

One of the must-see and experience when traveling to Neiman is to visit the house of Songjiang Battle Array.

Songjiang Battle Array, drummer
Songjiang Battle Array, drummer
Songjiang Battle Array, The Flag Leader
Songjiang Battle Array, The Flag Leader
Songjiang Battle Array, The Long Pole stunt
Songjiang Battle Array, The Long Pole stunt

 

 

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North DaWu Mountain. On Descending

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North DaWu Mountain. On descending. Foggy scene.

Part of the returning trail. An hour more to go before reaching the trail-head to end our strenuous hike. Rocks are mostly sedimentary.

Path has lots of debris and pebbles. At times, slippery when going down slope. The trekking pole serves a good support for better balancing.