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  • Day36

    Hualien

    October 6, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Hualien is on the east coast right accross from Taichung. We thought it would be no more than an hour to cross this small country from west to east but the middle part is full of mountains without public transport (the advised way of travelling is hitchhiking) so we decided to go all the way back to Taipei and then continue on the other side of the country, still no more than 4 hours though.
    Hualien is where to stay if you want to visit the Taroko national park (which we did).
    On our second day we walked down to a park by the beach with massive rocks, it looked so cool and finally it was a bit more breezy there, as usual the weather was humid and we were so sticky. We saw some more beautiful, colorful temples and had some amazing wonton (Chinese dumplings) on the way home.
    Then we were back in Taipei for a day before catching our flight to the next adventure. Back in the same dorm hostel where we couldn't sleep last time. Well, the same happened this time. Do we need our comfort more nowadays? In Hualien we met a group of exchange students who said "It is great you are doing backpacking at your age!" maybe there is some truth in it... :D
    All in all Taiwan was great with fantastic nature, scenery, night markets, street food and Buddist/Taoist/Conficius temples, we are so glad we came.
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    Vera and Tom

    Temple in Taipei

    10/10/19Reply
    Vera and Tom

    Buddhist, Taoist and Confucion temples

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    Vera and Tom

    Street food: painting some sauce on swordfish sticks

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  • Day58

    The Southern most point of Taiwan

    November 26, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Woke up and as breakfast wasn’t included we got a selection of fruit and yogurt from 7/11 - our go to shop! Much healthier than our last few days breakfast.
    Decided to just head off and stop at any attractions along the way with no real plan and no end destination for now.
    First stop - the southern most point of Taiwan and a short walk to a viewing area.
    Second stop - lunch. A local restaurant with tasty rice, noodles, soup and Rog Pretty much had a plate of onions! Curly was adventurous and tried an asparagus juice - not as tasty as the food.
    Third stop - very much off the beaten track with Curly following a well mapped tip to a wild hot spring. We scrambled over some rocks and to the edge of the river to find a pool of hot water!
    Fourth stop - a random hotel with a hot spring. A bit of an eye sore from the outside but nice enough on the inside - especially for the price 8 quid a room. A quick dip in the hot spring and then to a traditional Aboriginal restaurant to try a selection of tasty meals.
    Before heading back to the room a quick stop off at 7/11 to pick up some post dinner sweet treats and tasty wine. Louis nearly stood on a snake on the way home - checked the picture online and turns out it was quite a dangerous one!
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  • Day60

    Birthday celebrations and a gorge

    November 28, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Woke up early to make sure we could get to the Taroko Gorge and access the hikes. Started with some presents for Rog and then a birthday breakfast on the beach!
    Checked out the tourist information centre to find out which walks would be possible. Turns out there were some nice trails with parking so we decided to start with them. Baiyang trail took us through the gorge with great views, dark tunnels and ending up at a water curtain where you could walk through some of the waterfall. Lots of Asian tourists offered us their poncho’s - even though we already had our waterproofs we put on the extra layer.
    Found a spot for a birthday picnic and a rest.
    Then attempted to find a wild hot spring - turned out to be quite a dangerous route down, which had been closed off to the public and we decided it was too risky so were sensible and gave it a miss.
    Instead found a short walk to see more of the Gorge and an opportunity to take some drone footage.
    As it was getting dark we drove back to our accommodation and went to the beach for birthday drinks and nibbles. Then back to the bar for more pizza, wine and beer!
    We then finished the night with drinks, cards and birthday cake on the terrace outside our rooms. Quite a lot of wine was consumed for the birthday celebrations.
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    Sally Le Poidevin

    Cheers! X

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  • Day179

    Les gorges de Taroko

    April 3, 2020 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Le voyage continue, tant bien que mal !
    Nous avons la chance de ne pas être confiné, et de pouvoir profiter de notre temps pour découvrir un pays extraordinaire 😍 . Puisque ce pays n'était pas prévu au programme, c'est une découverte d'autant plus intéressante pour nous, car nous n'avions aucune infos ! On a même des masques accordés à nos vestes 😎😷

    Nous avons donc quitté Taipei pour la côte est, avec un premier stop à Hualien près du parc national de Taroko. La ville est en bord de mer, proche des montagnes, avec comme à Taipei beaucoup de nourriture partout 🤤 Le rêve !

    Nous passons 2 jours dans le parc national, à visiter les gorges de Taroko qui sont magnifiques. Même s'il fait moche, les paysages restent très beau et l'eau est turquoise 🏞️. Nous passons pas des grottes, des tunnels, au bord de la rivière et même sous des cascades !!
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    Magnifique (les masques bien sûr!). Olivier

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  • Day35

    Taroko Gorge

    October 5, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Taroko is Taiwan's most famous national park and the gorge is the main attraction. Taroko means 'magnificent' and the landscape here really is.
    There is a bus which goes from Hualien, where we were staying, into the park and stops at different hiking trails and scenic spots so you can hop on and hop off. We started with the Tunnel of Nine Turns where we could walk along a path on the side of the gorge and look down to the river at the bottom. This part of the park was quite busy, we had arrived at the same time as a couple of tour buses, but the views were amazing and we were impressed with how well the Taiwanese look after their national parks. The information is really good and the trails are all really well maintained, quite different to some of the ones we visited in Europe.
    Next we went to Tianxiang to start a longer trail which wound around the mountain. Along the way we came across some pretty terrifying bridges, huuuuge waterfalls, long dark tunnels and a few cheeky monkeys stealing food from tourists. Fortunately, we didn't encounter any of the venemous snakes which the signs were warning about!
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    Vera and Tom

    To sum it up be careful of venomous snakes, monkeys with herpes, earthquakes and rockfalls.

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    Julie Boyle

    Yikes!

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  • Day49

    Taroko National park

    October 28, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Had our first taste of congee for breakfast with a mix of nuts and dried fruit for toppings. Our tour of Taroko was unfortunately all in Mandarin but the guide kindly google translated to us how long we had at each stop and a couple of girls on the tour could speak English. The tour was amazing. We went to the Cingchui cliffs which dropped into the tropical blue sea, Changchun (Eternal Spring) Shrine, had lunch in the town, saw large cast iron bridges, walked carefully over a 10 people max suspension bridge, visited trail heads, stood on observation platforms, walked through the East entrance arch gate, walked round the tunnel of nine turns and finished the day at the beach.Read more

  • Day6

    Hualien

    October 15, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Lichter bei Nacht

    Endlich hat sich auch die Mitschlepperei der Pullis gelohnt. In Hualien wehte am Abend ein kühles Lüftchen so dass wir doch ganz froh über die langen Arme warem. Ps: Die Dumplings auf dem Nightmarket sind so lecker.Read more

  • Day77

    Taroko National Park, Taiwan

    June 8, 2015 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Met z'n drieen ( Melati, Vir en Sab ) gaan we naar een nationaal park. We huren hiervoor scootertjes en crossen met de scooters het hele park door ( haha.. dit was de meest luie manier om een nationaal park te zien, dat hebben die Taiwanezen toch goed aangelegd. ) Als echte budgetreizigers huren we de goedkoopste scooters en dat zijn ook gelijk de kleinste. Dus we passen nog net ( lees eigenlijk niet ) met z'n tweeen op de scooter. We rijden langs prachtige valleien met grijze, witte en groene marble stenen. Ongelofelijk mooi om te zien. We doen tussendoor wat korte hikes om toch ook de afgelegen stukken te bekijken. Uiteindelijk worden we zo zelfverzekerd op de scooter dat we het aandurven om azie stijl, met alle backpacks naar het station te rijden. Sab d'r knieen komen voor het stuur uit en Virgil zie je haast niet meer tussen alle tassen.Read more

    Aaaahw zo leuk, samen met mn broer... vond het een geweldige tijd!!! Lobi!!

    6/14/15Reply

    Scooter selfie xD

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    Jullie zijn geweldig! Zal het niet vergeten! Kus

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  • Day18

    Maandag 25 november 2019

    November 25, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Taroko staat vandaag op het programma: voordat we vertrekken kregen we een uitgebreid ontbijt geserveerd van onze gastheer. Wat een bijzonder aardige man: iedere keer als we aankomen of vertrekken staat hij klaar voor een praatje en ons veel plezier te wensen.
    Op naar Taroko: we rijden na een half uur het natuurpark in en maken kennis met het wegverkeer in het park. Een hele ervaring en goed opletten op het busverkeer. Er zijn namelijk smalle weggedeeltes waar voertuigen elkaar moeten passeren echter door overhangende rotsen en de hoogte van de bussen is hier niet overal ruimte voor. Met klamme handjes kiezen we er voor om niet helemaal tot het einde door te rijden. Maar wat een grote hoeveelheid aan bussen en dan is het nu geen eens hoogseizoen.
    Enkele keren gestopt om van het uitzicht te genieten. Terug naar het beginpunt waar we gaan voor een van de langste trails in het park, circa 4.5 km. Hoe mooi het is is moeilijk te beschrijven. De voettocht gaat door een deel van de kloof en om iedere bocht is weer iets anders moois te zien. Wat een natuurgeweld! Is het niet de kleur van het water, of de door de rivier uitgesleten marmerrotsen, dan is het wel alle vegetatie die hier groeit. De onderwaterwereld is mooi maar dit heeft zeker ook wat, helemaal in combinatie met het geluid van het stromende water op de achtergrond. Al met al een mooie ervaring die we niet hadden willen missen: niet alles gezien maar absoluut genoten.
    Aan het einde van de middag terug bij de homestay staat gastheer Arthur ons op te wachten en serveert fruit en koekjes. Hierna nemen we een verfrissende douche omdat we niet helemaal okselfris meer zijn.
    s’ Avond Italiaans (vegetarisch) gegeten: morgen staat de terugreis naar Taipei gepland. De laatste etappe van onze vakantie.
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  • Day48

    Taiwan

    October 27, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Arrived in Taiwan at 4am and made our way over to Taipei main station for our train; we were happy to find all the metro signage in English. Due to Pride weekend, every hotel was full, so we couldn’t stay in Taipei and instead headed straight to Hualien. As the trains are super-efficient we were still too early to check in so took a wonder down to the coast and into town, where everything was closed. For dinner we hit our first Taiwanese night market, which was packed and there was so much food to choose from, mainly snacks but also a few places with plastic seating. The market also had a highly enjoyable light art show.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Hualien, 화롄 현, 花蓮縣