2018 / October
Ivan Chen /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Robert Green
Our visit to Taiwan’s Northeast Coast begins with an interview amid majestic scenery. Standing next to the large window of her second-floor office, Chen Yu Fang, principal of Bitou Elementary School, introduces the surrounding landscape. To the left, wave-cut rock platforms slope toward the sea below the Bitou Cape Trail. To the right, the Longdong rock-climbing site and Longdong Bay can be seen in the distance, as well as the Sandiao Cape Lighthouse even farther afield. “From the second-floor classrooms the students are treated to seascapes that change by the day due to the endless variations of the sunlight and the clouds,” Chen says.