Jhongpu Rural Township is certainly varied and undeniably interesting. Han Chinese have been living here since 1661, drawn to the area by reliable water sources and fertile soil. Agriculture - betel nut in particular, most noticeably in the southern half of the township - is still a mainstay of the local economy.
The first stretch of the main road to Alishan, Taiwan Highway 18, passes through Jhongpu. The Wu Feng Temple is one attraction, the China Folk Customs Village another. Highway 18 meets Taiwan Highway 3 just north of Jhongpu Town. Highway 3 soon starts to climb into the hills, to Jhonglun Hot Springs and eventually onto Zengwun Reservoir.
Given the number of dead-end roads to obscure waterfalls, and scenic valleys like Shihnung, exploring every nook and cranny of Jhongpu Rural Township would take much more than a weekend.