Luchang 鹿場 is translated as “Deer Field”.
A high-altitude village that sits atop a 916-meter above-sea-level mountain. It is located in the mountainous and stunning Nanzhuang, Miaoli, here in Taiwan. A haven for Cyclists, Mountain Hikers, Travelers, Adventurers and Nature Lovers.
Cycling up to this place reminds me again of the movie, “Warriors of the Rainbow” / “Seediq Bale”. A Taiwanese movie that’s based on true historical events.
Perhaps, this spot was once, one of their hunting grounds, hence the name “Deer Field”. I’m talking about the Atayal 泰雅 people to be specific, a certain group of Taiwan Aborigines here in Miaoli.
Aborigines have been here thousands of years before the arrival of Han Chinese people. Guess what? They’re actually related to Filipinos and to other numerous Austronesian people like the Malays, Indonesians, Maoris(Hawaii & New Zealand), etc. To Filipinos, our closest genetic relative are the Amis People of Taiwan. This is also strongly supported by the genetic studies that have been conducted before.
How did their ancestors manage to get up to these heights? And most importantly, how did they travel from country to country? They didn’t have advanced pieces of machinery before!
According to a BBC documentary, many of our ancestors were highly skilled sailors. A certain man that they interviewed could even effectively navigate just by only looking at ocean waves! Others stare upon the heavens and rely on the stars for navigation during the night.
There were also land bridges before and were washed away when sea level eventually rose due to global climate change. Perhaps, this definitely explains how our ancestors efficiently and effectively traveled from island to island. Do you have any other theories? Feel free to leave your comments at the end of this post.
Cycling all the way to Luchang
If you’ll cycle your way all throughout Luchang village, then I would have to remind you, that this is not a run-of-the-mill ride. Ascents in here are not ordinary. Perhaps that’s the main reason why some cyclists don’t really frequent this place.
The way to Luchang is the same one that leads to Fairy Valley.
You just have to get past the spot where this waterfall is located. Go straight ahead and it would take you approximately 30 minutes via bike before finally arriving in Luchang Village. Be informed that there’s no bus that passes through this route. I haven’t spotted any that goes all the way to Luchang, unlike in Xiangtian-hu.
Hiking trails can also be found in this area. The famous one is in Jialishan. I once attempted to climb this point on my bike and eventually reached the starting point of the hiking trail. But I don’t completely advise cycling up to this point because the road is not yet specifically developed for Cycling. And in case you’ll decide to move along, then proceed with caution.
One thing more, the last time I went to this place, I was chased by a pack of dogs. Perhaps, there were five of them. They’re at least domesticated, but then they’re still dangerous. So, if you’re planning to hike to this trail, then you’d rather ride in an enclosed vehicle such as a car or a van. The road is a bit narrow too, but still good and safe enough to accommodate small vehicles.
During my ride to Jialishan, I also passed through an area where a landslide actually occurred. An isolated building that resembles a mini-museum is actually abandoned due to the rubble that landed on its roof. But in spite of that, the best part was when I actually witness right before my eyes a sea of clouds(image below).
I still regard this event as the best ride of my life. It always reminds me of the quote, ”Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you”.
As I push ahead on my way to Luchang, I spotted these:
Atayal’s Artwork in Luchang Village.