Talk about getting to the end of the line. 2 hours up from Kaoshiung, change at Er Shui, hop on colourful train to Long Chun, and commute the rest of the way by bus (NB: entire line is scheduled to reopen after Feb 2011).
Che Cheng is a pretty town where busloads of geriatrics pour through the last stop on the line. It’s got great mountain views, fresh chilly air and pretty timber structures. The last being a result of their legacy as a logging town.
But when the last tourist leaves, Che Cheng becomes a quiet, idyllic town best for a draught of beer on wooden benches as the sun goes down.
It’s great for a day of staying over. Because in the frosty morning, heaps of actors, directors and winsome models crowd the old streets to film and photograph the next big idol drama or photo shoot.