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Reference Point 1：天狗岩
Reference Point 2：道路建設紀念碑
Stage 2：Final Coordinate
The place where you are now is Taroko, one of the most famous tourist areas in Taiwan. People wander through the magnificent gorge and admire the magical creations of nature. However, what few people know is that a huge battle took place in the mountains next to the highway a hundred years ago. Let us now turn to the dark history and return to 1907, starting with the first clash between two nations.
In May 1907, the Qijiaochuan Tribe of the Amis tribe, who lived in the area of Ji'an Township, attacked the local Japanese police and army because they were dissatisfied with the treatment. The incident was called the Qijiaochuan Incident. Due to the lack of food which the Japanese blockaded, the resistance of the Qijiaochuan Tribe was quickly suppressed, and the aborigines of the tribe were forcibly deported to nearby tribes. The most important effect of this incident was that Sakuma Sama, the then governor of Taiwan, was very firm in his determination in continuing to suppress the aboriginal people so he began to plan to spend his influence this area.
Sakuma Somata had participated in the Mudansha incident, so he took a stance with suppressing the aborigines by force. After the plan was approved, he used powerful military means to suppress the aborigines in Taoyuan and Hsinchu. After dozens of fierce battles such as the "Battle of Mt.LiDong" and "Battle of Mt.Jiaoban," the Japanese finally turned their goals elsewhere — to The Tarku who had a lot of mountain resources. In May 1914, with the Governor himself personally accompanying the army to the headquarters in Puli,the clarion call of war was officially sounded.
This is a battle with an extreme disparity of power. Compared with the Tarku tribe, which has only 3,000 men, the Japanese army not only dispatched an army of 3,000 people, but also recruited more than 400 indigenous people and more than 15,000 civilians. The total number of people reached 30,000 on the Japanese side alone. On May 29, the Japanese army first attacked the Toboko tribe. Facing the offensive of the Japanese army, the Tarkus adopted guerrilla tactics to resist the attacks, which fortunately l slowed down the Japanese offense and wiped out many enemies by such sneak attacks. The most brilliant result was the successful ambush of the army led by Captain Tarashima at Slagu Qhuni on June 2, which successfully killed the officer. Unfortunately, due to the extreme disparity in equipment and manpower, the Japanese army soon attacked Karapao and Skahing in succession. Finally, on June 14,Kbayan,the largest tribe in the Taroko Gorge, was also captured, and the situation began to tilt towards the Japanese military.
On June 26, the Japanese commander Sakuma was sniped by ambushing indigenous people while patrolling a newly opened military road, causing him to fall off a cliff and be injured. Under the fierce and retaliatory attack of Major General Hiraoka Shigeru, who took over the command, the Taroko rebels suffered heavy casualties, and the leaders of the Kbayan Tribe, Xiraku Tribe and Bulowan Tribe were killed in succession. On June 29, the Japanese army occupied a commanding height called Mantou Mountain in Tpdu (today TianXiang), and set up artillery to control the entire Taroko Gorge. The outcome of the war was already determined. On July 4, the leaders of the Taroko shrines surrendered to the Japanese army, and the war officially ended.
After the war, the Japanese built the Hehuan Old Trail in the Taroko Gorge region, overcoming natural obstacles of the Taroko region. From then on, this main road and the cross-ridge road that spread to the mountainous areas like spider webs helped the Governor's Mansion firmly control this treasure house full of mountain resources. After more than a hundred years, part of this road still exists under the name of "ZuiLu Ancient Road", and has transformed into one of Taroko's most prestigious trails. If you come to visit this multi-cache, you will set foot on the branch line of Hehuan Old Trail-Mt.Haisu Guard Road, and be able to visit the rich and colorful historical relics left by different ethnic groups in this mountainous area over the past century.
Before going to visit, please try to search through this dark history, and answer the following three questions. Enter those three answers as one long string into the Checker to get the instructions for the first step.
1. During the rule of the ROC Government, many Japanese-style place names were changed to more Chinese-style place names. However, in the Taroko area, a place name named after a certain governor of Taiwan has fortunately escaped the fate of changing its name, and it is still used in the newly built facilities of the Forest Service Bureau. What is this place name? Please enter the standard Roman pinyin of the place.
2. In the Taroko War, the Japanese used to commemorate the soldiers who died in the war and named nearby landmarks after the war ended. Those who died in the Taroko War were no exception. Please find the landmark named after the soldier who had the highest military rank and died in this war, then enter the altitude of this place 1XX5 meters.
3. On the Zhuilu ancient road mentioned above, in fact, the surname of the main excavator of the ancient road is engraved on the rock wall outside the tunnel entrance somewhere. Please indicate who this excavator is, and enter his surname in Japanese Roman Pinyin into Checker.
Stage 1: Musui Monument
In 1914, after the Taroko War situation initially stabilized, the Japanese Second Defense Team, which was stationed near Musuishe, led by Captain Hideo Akutsu, held a ceremony to pay tribute to the dead soldiers near Musui Tribe. And using local natural boulders as materials, a monument was built. After decades of silence, it was found again in 2012. There are also large-scale relics near this stele, such as the large-scale bark, which can be visited by the way.
In addition, there is a well-preserved floating bridge near the loyal soul monument. When the road passes through low-lying land, in order to maintain the comfort of the road, soil barriers or stacked stones are usually added to form an embankment-shaped soil or stone bridge, which is called a floating bridge. During the Japanese Occupation period, many ancient roads, such as Pasnanavan Old Trail or Hehuan Old Trail, have quite beautiful floating bridge remains. After more than a hundred years, the bridge still performs its original function without collapse or accumulation of water, which shows the solidity and progress of the project at that time.
The given coordinates are the location of the Monument. Please observe the surroundings carefully and find out the names of the two dead soldiers who are most closely related to this stone monument. Add the strokes of their surnames for a total of 3A.
Reference Point 1: Tengu Rock
On the way from the first stage to the second stage, you will pass this place. Tengu Rock is a rock protruding from the edge of a cliff. In a book published during the Taisho period, a photo of an aboriginal person standing on this rock was included, and it was marked "Hualien Harbor Hall's Famous Item." Later, as the times changed, the legend of Tengu Rock was also lost in history, and it was only discovered by climbers in 2015. Even after more than a hundred years, the landscape of this place has not changed much.
Reference Point 2: Road Construction Monument
This place is a group of ruins that can be visited by the Final Stage.
During the Taroko War, due to the high terrain and relatively high altitude, the Japanese army stationed three squadrons here with artillery units. At the same time, in order to haul the artillery, they also raised horses at the Haisu Mountain, which was called a horse farm. Nowadays, the fern sea near Haisu Mountain is the former horse farm. As the war situation stabilized, the garrison built the Haisu guard road in 1915. This road started from the confluence, passed through the Mt.Haisu station and the Bachigan station and extended to the Lotus Pond. Then in 1930, the army withdrew and the Mt.Haisu detachment was transformed into a police officer station. After adjustment, it is the main relic we saw. The buildings where the Mt.Haisu police officer was stationed at the site have disappeared, leaving only some traces of human life in military trenches and wine bottles.
Near the station is the road construction monument. This monument was made of cement and was carried along the road from the foot of the mountain, which shows how much the Japanese people were attached to this road at that time. It’s worth mentioning that one of the builders of this road, Mr. Shinichi Asai, also built many military installations across Taiwan, such as the Keelung Fortress Headquarters listed as historic buildings in Keelung City and well-known historic buildings in the south of Taipei. The mansion of the military commander is his masterpiece.
There is also the ruins of the Mt.Haisu cemetery near the residence. Most of the Japanese military and police who died in the Taroko War were buried here. There were originally more than one hundred tombstones in this area, but due to the national government rule, the veterans who reclaimed here hated the Japanese and threw the tombstones down the valley, so there are only four tombstones that can be seen today. Two are near the cowshed camp, and two are on the edge of the racecourse. You can drop by if time permits.
Stage 2: Final Coordinates
In the final stage, you must use the treasure map I attached to find the coordinates.You can get the treasure map and part of the coordinate of starting point after solving three questions above;The red star on the map are the final coordinates.