Photographs and Information about Taiwan's Culture, Nature and People by Rich Matheson

Jiashen to Shiaolin

We drove into Jiashen with some food for the villagers who are still in Namasia  today. The road is rough from Jiashen to Namasia, so the supplies will be carried the rest of the way on Friday. It will be transported by blue truck convoy or, possibly, a jeep club from Taipei who volunteered for the job.

We dropped the stuff off quite early in the day, so had some time to drive in to Shiaolin.

I was struck by two things. One, how good shape the road was in.

Most of the repairs of damage caused by Typhoon Kalmaegi earlier this year were still intact.

The second thing that struck me was how horrible Hsiaolin was.

It was a very large landslide.

Having driven that road regularly for ten odd years and nearly weekly for the past three, I have never seen one quite that big. Up the South Cross Island Highway however, there have been a number of that magnitude.

But nothing compares to this as it landed right on top of a village causing massive loss of life.

Will post some pictures soon.


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