National Geographic : 1950 Feb
Poor Little Rich Land-Formosa Beyond the Tanshui River, Chikoutai's Rice Fields Gleam Like Panes of Glass This lonely village in northern Formosa is inhabited by aborigines of the Taiyal tribe. It seems largely paddies when seen from this trail winding down the steep valley side from Chiaopanshan to the footbridge faintly visible at lower right. But along the edges of the fields rising in tiers from the river are 80 houses, largely made of bamboo, which shelter some 400 Taiyals (pages 146, 153, 160, and 176). land, Government offices here were closing at 1 p. m. because of the August heat. While our request went slowly from desk to desk for approval by various officials, we had plenty of time to look around Taipei.* Taipei Travels Largely by Muscle Most of the swollen city's 439,793 people seemed to be riding bicycles, rickshas, or bi cycle buggies called pedicabs. Jeeps and sleek American cars carried a minority. Wealthy Chinese, chiefly Government officials, had brought Cadillacs, Mercuries, Buicks, Chrys lers from Shanghai and other mainland ports. Chic nylon-stockinged Chinese girls with permanent waves and high-necked, tight fitting, slit-skirt dresses rode bicycles or pedi cabs to work in paper-piled Government offices. The city has a few buses but no streetcars. Except for pedicabs, which often darted about with little regard for the rules, traffic moved on the right-hand side. Chiang Kai shek in Formosa, unlike General MacArthur * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "I Lived on Formosa," by Joseph W. Ballantine, Janu ary, 1945; and "Formosa the Beautiful," by Alice Ballantine Kirjassoff, March, 1920.