A netizen posted an article and photos on one of Facebook’s public sites on Tuesday to thank a group of auto mechanics students and teachers for their help with fixing his car which had a flat tire at the remote community of Simakusi (Smangus) in Jianshi Township, Hsinchu County.
The netizen’s car had a flat tire at Simakusi, nicknamed the "Tribe of God," which is located 1,500 meters above sea level. When he didn’t know what to do, his big break came when a group of Nangang Vocational High School Auto Mechanics students and teachers, who happened to be touring the same community, came to his aid. They immediately set out to work, using tools to take off the wheel and fix the puncture.
“Thanks to their help, we were able to leave Simakusi and come back to our warm home,” the netizen said, adding that “The best scenery of Taiwan is its people.”
Another netizen made a comment to praise the Auto Mechanics team for “putting into practice what they have learned in school.”
Although Hsinchu County is not far from Taipei, visiting Simakusi is no day trip as the village is one of the most remote settlements in Taiwan. After getting off National Freeway No. 3 at Zhulin (Zhudong/Qionglin) Interchange, it is still a 60-kilometer, three-hour drive along winding mountain roads. The last 16 kilometers require almost an hour, as the road is narrow, with hairpin turns.
There are several trails to hike around Simakusi, the most popular being the one that leads to a group of nine cypress trees that are thousands of years old. It is a walk of about 5.2 kilometers from the village to reach the trees.