Fun from Sun Moon Lake to Checheng

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
With this all-in-one pass, you can ride the ropeway
get on a boat and ride the bus.
Our first stop is a place where walking around makes you feel like you're walking on a waterbed.

These all-in-one passes are quite convenient and can save travelers hundreds of NT.

So here we are at the Peat Soil Basin, just two stops from Shuishe Visitors Center.

Hey you guys are going to sink!

It's said that the peat soil here is tens of meters deep and tens of millions of years old.

You Jhao-min, Guide:This used to be all peat marsh, all water underneath. In order to use the land, farmers put 30 centimeters of soil on top of it. Later, grass started growing, and we walk on it, it feels like the ground is moving.

Supposedly aside from Sun Moon Lake, there are only two other places with geologic formations like this - the Netherlands and Myanmar.

Now we're getting back on the bus and going to Shuili, home of the snake kiln since 1927.

Lin Kuo-long
Shueili Snake Kiln Owner
When my grandfather first came, no one lived in this area. But he thought it was good (for pottery) so he decided to move the whole family over here.

In its heyday, there were eight pottery factories in Shuili, and all but this one closed down when clay pots were no longer in demand. Now this place is run for cultural preservation.

Lin Kuo-long
Shueili Snake Kiln Owner
These holes here are for wood to be passed through to fuel the fire and to control temperature. Let's go through there.
So this was for firing pots this big?
Yes. We've been firing them for 85 years now.
And this kind of kiln is from Fujian, you say?
Fujian, China.
In the old days, there were no water towers in the countryside. Every family needed a clay vat. It held a day's worth of water for cooking, drinking, laundry and bathing. In times of war, we made clay air raid shelters during the Japanese occupation for soldiers to hide in.

Anything ceramic, from bowls to underground vessels in which soldiers hid, was made here. These days the wood guzzling snake kiln is fired only once a year so that it doesn't deteriorate. But they also have modern kilns to fire the work of visitors who want to try their hand at wheel throwing.

There are other off-the-beaten-path places like this near Sun Moon Lake, many of which are easy to reach via public transportation. On your next trip here, you might find that there is more to the area than you originally thought.

日月潭水里車埕遊

主持人翁郁容
這一份最新的悠遊券可以讓您在日月潭搭纜車,可以上交通船,還可以搭巴士。我們第一站要去走起來像水床一樣的地方。

來日月潭,記得先買好套票,能讓您省上好幾百塊,很划算。

這裡就是距離水社遊客中心才兩站的頭社,下車稍微散個步就到活盆地了。

小朋友
這樣等一下你們會沉下去啦

但也別只顧著玩,順道來了解一下這數十公尺深,千萬年形成的特殊泥碳土。

導覽員:游釗敏
它本來裡面就都是泥沼,下面都是水。我們這邊的農家為了要種植,在上面鋪了30公分的泥土。上面就長了很多草,所以我們在上面走的時候,就感覺它是會動的。

據說這樣的地質,日月潭外,全球只有荷蘭和緬甸有。

現在我們要繼續搭巴士到在1927年成為一個蛇窯之家的水里。

水里蛇窯窯主林國隆
我祖父來的時候,這裡沒有人住的地方。所以我祖父來這裡看的時候,他就覺得這地方是好的,就決定從南部那邊搬過來了。

水里窯業從1927年在這裡開始,曾經最多有過八家蛇窯廠,但陶甕逐漸被淘汰,窯廠也跟著歇業。現在只剩這家,不過是為了文化保存而經營。

水里蛇窯窯主林國隆
旁邊這裡一個洞一個洞,這都是投薪洞,是丟木材進來燒的,調節溫度的。我們從那邊鑽過去。
所以以前都是燒這麼大一個甕的?
對,已經燒了85年了。
所以這種窯是從福建過來的?
中國福建。
在農業社會時代,鄉下生活是沒有水塔的,所以每一個家庭都要一個陶缸,陶缸支撐一天吃飯的水,一天洗衣服的水,一天洗澡的水,都靠那一缸。防禦的時候,我們更做了一個防空缸,是在日治時代,可以讓軍人躲在裡面,戰爭用的缸。
只要是陶製的,從碗到防空缸,都從在這裡生產。現在這些好木材的蛇窯,現在一年只燒一次,就只是為了保存。不過遊客來的時候,還有現代的窯燒DIY作品,要不要試試看手拉坯呀?
在日月潭周邊有許多有趣的地方,而且可以利用大眾運輸。下一次來日月潭,您可能會覺得這裡好玩到讓人出乎意料。