Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Old Caoling Tunnel reopens for bicyclists
My travel story last week.
The Old Caoling (草嶺)Tunnel on the Northeastern Coast is reopening in August, and if you're a bicycle rider,you're may like like it. The once longest tunnel in Taiwan has been renovated to accomodate hikers and biker alike. Visitors enter on the mountain side and exit 2.7 kilometers later on the Pacific Ocean side to a breath-taking view. FTV's Michella Jade Weng found it a great way to experience Taiwan's railway history on a bicycle.##
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This is the Old Caoling Tunnel in Fulong, Taipei County.
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It's the tunnel that's sang about in the folk song "Diu Diu Dang."
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When you're riding in the tunnel, you can hear these train whistles (we've installed), so you get this feeling that you have to move aside to let the train pass.
The Old Caoling Tunnel was one of the most important tunnels in Taiwan nearly a hundred years ago.
Michella Jade Weng:
This tunnel is a class three hisotrical site. It was built by the Japanese in 1921. You can still feel on the walls the coal left by the steam trains from then. And at that time, it was the longest tunnel in Taiwan and the most difficult to make.
Touching the coal dust feels like coming in contact with almost a century of railroad history.
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On the other side of the 2.7 kilometer tunnel is the Pacific Ocean. On a nice day, you can see Turtle Island from here.
It's like we've just gone through the tunnel of time.
The tunnel's scheduled to reopen on 9 August. To get here, you can take a train to Fulong Station and then rent a bicycle. It's a nice way to experience Taiwan's railway history, on two wheels.
Michella Jade Weng, Formosa TV, Fulong, Taiwan.
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The famous Fulong lunch box is something you can try when you're there. It's not exactly the best tasting lunch box on the planet, but it's OK and it's fun. When you go to Italy, you have pasta. When you go to Fulong, you have Fulong lunch box.
More pictures here.