Saturday, September 28, 2013

Taiwan: Henchun Chuhuo - A Real Gas

We drove back north across a "mountain pass" (as the Taiwanese call it) and stopped at Henchun Chuhuo ("releasing fire" in Mandarin), a place where  natural gas seeps to the surface and results in visible flames.

Despite the dire warning signs, illegal vendors at the top apparently sell "popcorn, sweet potatoes, and eggs" for do-it-yourself cooks.

When we were there, an entrepreneur was busily involved with cooking potatoes or at least something wrapped in aluminum foil and shaped like potatoes. Our guide, Bill Wang, told us that the police probably weren't too interested in pursuing such trivial crimes.

No, it's not exactly Yellowstone or New Zealand's Rotorua but it was mildly interesting.

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