Day One of our recent trip to the Maolin National Scenic Area.
We went to "Du Mama" thinking that it was a restaurant. Turned out to be a shop selling indigenous-style food, they were making jinafu when we stopped by. Were very friendly people. The food was OK, but I think lot of food stuff prepared by indigenous people is quite oily and we have been eating quite a lot of indigenous food lately. The Majia Visitor Center is just a visitor center, but the location is nice. You can walk to a waterfall there, which we didn't. At Majia there is also an indigenous park, which we didn't enter. No idea if it's any good. We were at the entrance on a weekday and not a single soul was entering or exiting. Then we went to Rinari, where the people of the village of Haocha, which was destroyed by a typhoon (Morakot?), found a new home. The village is still quite new and ultra-clean. I have seen really dirty indigenous villages and also some really clean ones. This must be the cleanest. The people there are very friendly and visitors have the option to stay in private homes (real "homestays" not just by name; the kids of many residents are working in the city, so there are many spare rooms available for visitors). We paid something like NT$1,000 per person. The dinner was nice too but did cost NT$300. It's not a big tourist attraction, but we had a nice afternoon there. We didn't have time to go to Sandimen, Wutai or Dewen (which was recommended to us). Need a bit more time to do that.