There are many entrances to Cafe Road 175 . It's actually quite convenient when you come from Guan-ziling.
Continue on to County Road 172 and make a left turn when you arrive at the road sign "Nan-liao Ponkan."
Entering County Road 175, you'll see road signs along the way made from different eras that read either "Dong-shan Cafe Road 175" or "Cafe Boulevard 175."
There are 20 some cafes on this 20-kilometer Cafe Road. We think that the scenery here is the main selling point.
If you like to embrace nature, the hillside view is very beautiful along the way。
The City Government also set a brown road sign at every cafe entrance.
Situated south of Tropic of Cancer, Dong-shan is between 500 and 800 meters above sea level. It's one of the three major coffee plantations in Taiwan along with Hua-shan, Yun-lin and Wu-he, Hua-lian.
Coffee crops in Taiwan were on the decline for a long time due to expensive labor relative to the rest of the world until recent years.
Take Gan-yuan Cafe that we picked as an example, it gives you the rare opportunity to see coffee trees inside the orange orchard.
Due to the higher elevation, we came across the mountain mist floating from the seaside. The view was quite delightful. We ordered Latte and the local Dong-shan Coffee. The aroma was very special.
Continuing on to county road after leaving Gan-yuan Cafe, you'll arrive at Fu-you Temple. Make a right turn to go downhill. You can head toward Jing-liao once you get back to the ground via Dong-yuan Village.
Happy Rice Village
Jing-liao is perhaps the most famous village in Taiwan due to the movie Happy Rice. The movie scenes taken place here documented the difficult times the Taiwanese farmers and agriculture faced. These farmhouses and farm fields became a tourist attraction.
From Provincial Highway One, turn left onto Municipal Road 82. You'll arrive at the main entrance to the village once you pass a highway culvert. It may come as a surprise that there is a church designed by an architect in this small southern village.
This is the work of German architect Gottfried Bohm. It was his very first architectural work overseas. The silvery pyramid contrasts with the traditionally simple and unadorned brick farmhouses in Taiwan.
這是德國建築師Gottfried Böhm 的作品，是他在海外第一件作品。 金字塔銀色造型，在傳統紅磚紅瓦素樸家屋的台灣農村中，形成強烈對比。
Across from the church is the Wu-mi-le Rice Cafe remodeled from the office of Irrigation Association. This rice cafe sells Grade A Rice produced from Jing-liao, snacks and drinks.
You can get some snacks like the peanut milk and green bean soup that we ordered. Immerse yourself in the rural village atmosphere. Sit inside the tatami room and look outside the window to admire the church roof, or enjoy the food under the trees in the backyard!