On the Mountain Road—Scenery and Serendipity


2017 / April

Cathy Teng /photos courtesy of Jimmy Lin /tr. by Jonathan Barnard

In an era when subway systems and bike-share schemes are all the rage, buses keep plugging along in their own low-key, unpretentious manner. While high-speed and even traditional trains may get you to your destination faster, buses feature the densest network of routes, reaching almost every settlement in Taiwan. 

Once representing the very lifeblood of Taiwan’s economic development, buses are so ubiquitous as to be easily overlooked. So let us reflect upon how each bus is a repository of humanity and human sentiment as they journey to their far-flung destinations, allowing travelers to enjoy the scenery at an agreeable speed.

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