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  • Phone:+886 928 804 983
  • Address:No.2, 14th Neighborhood, Simakusi, Yufeng Vil., Jianshi Township, Hsinchu County 31343, Taiwan View on Map
Hidden stealthily within Hsinchu's Jianshi Township are the Smangus, otherwise known as God's Tribe. They are the highest-elevation Atayal tribe in Jianshi Township. Because Smangus did not have access to electricity for a long time, they were also called "the darkness tribe". During an Atayal era long, long time ago, MaKus was the head of his family, so the later tribe and descendants were named "Simakusi" or Smangus, in his honor. The Smangus are filled with an Atayal vibe and style. The traditional wooden cottages are all personally built by the inhabitants, and the tribe's Xinguang Elementary School is an authentic forest elementary school. The uncomplicated wooden classrooms and innocent children allow visitors to experience simple happiness. The whole tribe of Smangus shares resources together, so travelers visiting should contact the service center so that they may help arrange accomodation and meals. Accomodation will be in wooden cabins, divided into rooms and suites. At night, the mountain temperatures will rapidly plummet, so even if one is visiting during the summer, be sure to bring warm clothes. Hot water in the bathrooms will be provided from 6pm to 10pm. A Chinese-style breakfast can be enjoyed at the Elegant Bamboo restaurant. For lunch and dinner, travelers can head to the cafe for simple meals, although the options there are limited and a single meal costs 350 NTD (price as of July 2014). Open cooking is prohibited within the tribe, but underneath the Elegant Bamboo restaurant, there is a supply station  where snacks and instant noodles can be bought. Smangus possesses rich and abundant forest resources, with the most well-known of them being the giant tree area. According to rankings released by the Forestry Service in 1996, the second and third largest giant trees are all located within the giant tree area of Smangus. It's around 5.2 km from Smangus to the giant tree area, and it'll take around 4 to 5 hours on foot for a round trip. The trail difficulty is not high, and the slope is gentle. It's definitely worth a trip when visiting Smangus. Along the way, the Silifu Waterfall can be encountered; the waters of the creek can also be played in. Koraw Ecological Park's ecological resources are quite plentiful and include a primitive forest; its located 1 km from the Smangus tribe. For more Smangus tourism information, please consult: 


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