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## Meet Kawabata-Bashi / 發現了川端橋

A cache by rudychung Message this owner
Hidden : 04/09/2011
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### Geocache Description:

This cache is a historical and geographical tour to a bridge, which is previously called Kawabata-Bashi.

The listed coords is just for pointing to this bridge, Kawabata-Bashi. It's not the coords of Final GZ.

Historical Questions:

Question A:
A lady writer has written an essay about this bridge called "Meet Kawabata-Bashi" (visit link). She told that the scenery of sunset on this bridge almost made her falling to her knees and praying. This lady has been a reporter, visited and lived at Taipei before. How many weeks have she spent to go around Taiwan as she has mentioned in this essay? The answer is A.

Question B:
This bridge is also very famous in one of Views of Zhonghe Township about moonlight reflection on the wave of the river underneath this bridge. How many famous Views are there around Zhonghe Township? The number is B.

Question C:
When this bridge is first built at year 1938, how long (in meter) is this bridge? The answer is C (3 digits). Hint: xx4 meters.

Question D:
The present name of this bridge is different, it is changed by a previous Mayor of Zhonghe Township. How many times have he won the election of the Major of Zhonghe Township? The answer is D.

Geographical Waypoints:

Now, let's take on some tour around this bridge. Please be very very careful for your safety when you walk or bike around this bridge. The traffic on this bridge is very very busy.

Waypoint E (N25 01.297, E121 30.989):
Please go under this bridge to waypoint E. You could find a wooden ruler mounted on one of piers. The purpose of this ruler is for measuring the water level of the running river. Normally, such kinds of rulers are made by painting or metals. But this ruler is made by wood, which is quite unique, now. If you watch this ruler close enough, you could still tell that those tree annual rings are still clearly identified on the ruler. There are digits on the ruler marking the height of water level. Please count those digits, what's the highest number? The answer is E (2 digits).

Waypoint F (N25 01.302, E121 30.988):
Now, please go upon the bridge to waypoint F. Be careful now to the traffic. There is a side walkway on the bridge. Please walk on it. Don't run into the car road. Here, you could see the present name of this bridge. In year 1971, this bridge have been maintained and a man signed the name for it. He is also the (F)th President of Republic of China. What's the number of F?

Waypoint E (N25 01.297, E121 30.989):
Please go under the bridge and back to waypoint E, agin. Please look for a sign as the photo below.

The text on the sign is...

三菱重工業株式會社



The number covered by yellow dot is G.

Waypoint H (N25 01.199, E121 30.972):
Now you could go under this side of bridge from waypoint G to waypoint H, where is the best location to looks closely to those piers of this bridge. Those piers look like letter 'm'. But looking carefully, piers of this bridge could be obviously separated into two types, 'n' and 'i'. The 'n' type is built at Japan-Ruled Age. The 'i' type is built afterward. Look cross the river, how many type 'n' piers which stands in the river and not painted in blue color? The answer is H.

Final GZ:

Now, enough sight touring. The final GZ could be calculated with these answers and numbers. Please use following equations to examine your answers and numbers...

(A + B + C + D) mod 7 = 3
(E + F + G + H) mod 7 = 4

where mod is modular arithmetic. If you're not sure what is modular, please check wiki page for more information.

You should come here at evening for a sunset. I believed that our lady reporter in Question A first met Kawabata-Bashi, here, at Final GZ.

N25 01.(C - A*4 - B*3 - D*8)
E121 31.(E*2 + F*2 + G + H - 1)

You can also check your coords of Final GZ on Geochecker.com.

Old Picture of Kawabata-Bashi from NTU:

Old Picture of Kawabata-Bashi from NTU:

Type 'n' Piers:

### 川端橋文摘

"我想我永不會忘記我對川端橋的第一眼！太陽正落在橋的那邊，血紅金黃，橋邊一片平陽土地，河水清澈，有幾個穿著花裙的女孩跪著在洗濯衣服，橋邊一輛牛車,緩緩而行。...我呆立不動,久久無言。"

"如果四圍無人，我可以跪下去感謝上蒼，因為他給我安排下這樣一個奇異所在，使我數週來狹隘的性情豁然開朗。"

"清晨涓夜,我就只想去看川端橋。煩惱時，也總是信步往川端橋走去。川端橋固然是樸素靜穆得令人可愛，同時也和我第一次見她時的心境有關，第一次見她時正值我窒息的無以自處，突然發現一塊新鮮山水，就覺得別有洞天。"

"就這樣糢糊的，虔誠的，我仍天天拜訪着川端橋。有時我如有所得，有時我如有所失。我總是徘徊在橋畔，想在這不知名的靈感裏，找回我失落了的東西。"

"其後我還是卜居在水源之濱，每晚在橋畔閒步，每晚看太陽西墜，依然有一股我第一次和她見面所感的熟悉情緒，發現了川端橋後，我再也不感到寂寞。"


"這兩排白眾雙燈不正像北海上的金鱉玉崠橋嗎?我不免也就鍾情於川端橋了。不過，我所要說的還不止這些，我將永生難忘的，該是川端橋下，我的這一段水裏歲月。"

"川端橋沒給我多少詩情畫意，在川端橋畔我並沒發掘靈感的淵泉。但是，在川端橋下我拾回了逝去的年華。在川端橋下，我不知老之將至。"


"她跟著流水的方向抬頭向上看，呀！川端橋西面是通紅的半個天！太陽是金黃黃的一個大輪子，就要沉下去了。...她不常看見落日的情景，但是他還記得那次在北海的白塔頂上所看見的落日，比這沉靜多了，也是這麼依各黃橙橙的金輪子，徐徐得沉下，沉下，終於沉到她的視線所不能及的下面去了。"


"在那个时候，大人都以为街底的那座大桥就是莹桥，于是我们这些小孩子也都跟着叫顺了口，莹桥莹桥地叫了许久，一直到开学了，要上桥头去坐车了，才发现公共汽车站牌上写着说是川端桥。"

"此刻你如果跟我提起川端桥，我就会想起我站在河堤上等车去上学的那些清晨。我刚刚通过插班考试考进了北二女初中部二年级，不认得班上任何一个同学，还继续和香港的同学们写信，雪梅和根弟回信的时候都很惊奇地写着：『想不到啊！刚刚在初一的地理课上读到了台湾的淡水河，浊水溪...你现在竟然真的住到淡水河旁边去了。』"

"她也在操场边陪着我，几天之后，终于把跌得舆青脸肿的我教出来了。我们第一次出游就是在水源路的河堤上，准备经过川端桥直奔对岸。当我们嬉笑着骑上桥时，夕阳让淡水河变成一面闪着金光的镜子，桥又直又长，风迎面吹来，把我们的白衣黑裙吹得鼓胀起来。"


"我一定不肯，告诉她说，我家离这里，可说是一水之隔，过了川端桥，就几乎到我家了。而且我也带了雨衣。晶晶又说了一句洶气话：『很远哟!你现在要从台北县回到台北市去呢！』我笑笑拍拍晶晶的头。"

"我原可以自己走过川端桥回家的，巧的是刚好来了一辆车，我便随着两个乘客上去。只有两站就到家了，我可不要跑到车尾巴的空座位上去受颠簸，就站在车掌小姐的旁边。车上的乘客很松，人们不像白天那么瞪起眼睛，聚精会神的，预备和 "今天的生活" 打一仗的样子。"

"这是一辆破车子，响得厉害，它也是 "拖着疲惫的身子" 吗？车过川端桥，我从车掌小姐的窗子望出去，天空辽阔，远处的山上缀着点点闪烁的灯光。"

"到了水源路,我被川端桥西的夕阳迷住了，下了车，慢慢地推着，直向那红透半个天的方向走去。我把车停在桥畔，走上桥去，看水中荡漾着金色的鳞波。我倚着桥栏杆，心随波逐流，心中乱哄哄的，不知道想什么，轻波中时时显出不同的面孔"


"業中揉了好幾次眼睛，才隱隱約約看到川端橋，隱約在河面上。橋的兩旁不時有瀑布似的大水向下傾倒。他的心智已被這猛烈的碑勢嚇住了，全天下似乎只有他一個人挺立在風雨中，他沒有膽量過橋。可是風呼雨嘯中，波浦湍激中，他似乎又聽到他的妻子在叫他"

"老蕭慢慢地發動著車子，一寸一寸地移向搖晃顛飯的川端橋，車上眾人都屏住了呼吸，只求蒼天給予一絲憐憫，不要把一車人掀到淡水河中去。"


"那座看得见落曰的川端桥，那家铁道边天摇地动的四川馆，还有那间 "美而廉"，如今已不存在了，但我的老爸爸和老妈妈还在。用心为孩子母亲的童年到她十三岁失去父亲就结束了，我到写母亲的传才发现，我的童年从来没丢过,它一直在那儿。"


Svany TM vf ng n fnsr cynpr jvgubhg pne genssvp naq nobhg gra zrgref uvtu.

Ovt Fcbvyre:
O=8, P=304, Q=3 (N vf abg tvira)
R=94, S=5, U=7 (T vf abg tvira)

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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