This former logging and coal-mining centre has changed little since Japanese times, and many streets and villages have retained their signature clapboard facades. The food is also varied, reflecting the diverse ethnic make-up of the residents: Hakka and Taiwanese as well as indigenous Taiya and Saisiyat.
Nanzhuang (南莊) is set in the foothills of the Snow Mountains, one of the most enchanting regions in northern Taiwan. There are only a couple of roads running through the region, so orienting yourself is not hard with a basic map. In essence, if you follow County Rd 124甲 as it makes a big loop off Provincial Hwy 3, you've covered most of Nanzhuang. If you take a side trip up Township Rd 21苗, you will have seen everything.