I often take a ride around Bagua Mountain on my scooter. There is a very large complex there where old soldiers live out their days washing their t-shirts and staring out at the highway. It is actually a sad place (for me). These silent old gentlemen, who gave what was needed, are now sitting in the shadows-pretty much forgotten. This old fellow had a burning cigarette in his mouth and was fast asleep. I was relieved to see him wake as the burning tip approached his mouth. I think this is something he is quite accustomed to. Don't forget these guys.
Just a short train ride from Changhua is the beautiful Checheng. I often go there just to drink coffee and take in the overwhelming green of the adjacent mountain. Yes, it really is that green-even in winter. I will usually go there during the week when there is hardly anyone around. To have all that to yourself is a special feeling.A lot of my Taiwan friends say it's too boring there, but I feel that we don't always need to see, hear and smell the hustle and bustle of the typical tourist areas to enjoy ourselves. Sometimes just a cup of coffee and a green mountain is enough.