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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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  • 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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  • Day14

    Taroko Gorge(ous)

    December 7, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    This is the first time in Taiwan that we've spent two nights in the same hotel, so it was a pleasure not to pack bags this morning. Our driver suggested switching the next two days around to avoid the weekend crowds, so today we will do a number of short hikes in Taroko Gorge National Park.

    Taroko Gorge, also known as Marble Gorge, is an 18km chasm carved out by the Liwu River. There are multiple walking trails, some along narrow paths high above the river, others in tunnels carved into the rock almost at river level.

    We did a few different walks today and covered about 10km in total. On the Swallow Grotto walk we were required to wear hard hats - hopefully the rock falls were going to be small ones!! I'll let the pictures tell the story....
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  • Day13

    The bridges of Hualien County

    December 6, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We left Taitung at our regular 9am after a spectacular breakfast at the Sheraton buffet. First stop was the Museum of Prehistory, a very detailed exhibition of Taiwanese history and culture from the beginning of time, which took us close to 2 hours to go through.

    We drove most of the day through the pineapple and tea growing area of the East Rift Valley, a widem flat valley between two distinct mountain ranges. The rivers are almost dry at the moment, so they are doing lots of maintenance work in the river beds. We stopped at a lookout on the Luye Plateau, which overlooks the valley on three directions.

    Lunch was a Taiwanese bento box in the town of Chuhshang, the rice growing capital of Taiwan, followed by a detour for a short hike to see Nanan Falls. This was followed by a much longer walk in Yushan National Park, a 3km return trip to see a waterfall, which included crossing the pictured suspension bridge.

    On the way to Hualien for the night we stopped at the Tropic of Cancer Marker, then Hualien Sugar Mill - a former mill site, but now only a tourist outlet that sells good ice cream!

    We arrived at Hualien well after dark, booked into our hotel and headed straight to the night market for tea. They have moved this one off the streets and given it a permanent home in a park, so the lack of having to avoid scooters made it a rather sanitised affair! (it was more like sideshow alley at the royal show than a traditional Taiwanese market, with mostly games of chance and fried food stalls).
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  • Day258

    Taroko Nationalpark

    April 18, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Eis vo de beliebtiste Touristeziel in Taiwan und ned ohni Grund :). De Taroko Nationalpark esch es wunderschöns Wandergebiet. Da chinesischi Touriste ned gärn laufed esch mer sobald mer echli vo de Hauptstross wäg esch au zimlich allei 😅.

    Ich bi mit zwoi Kollege vom Hostel los und mer händ planed de hinder Teil vom Park z erkunde und de am nöchste Tag vo vore ahzfo. Es esch voll ehn schöne Park und es hed eifach alles: Ehn wunderschöni Schlucht, Wasserfäll, riesigi Summervögel, tropischi Pflanze und und und.

    Leider esch üse Wandertag früehziitig beänded worde. Es hed es Erdbebe (6,1) gäh wo Erdrütsch im ganze Park usglöst hed. Vom Bebe sälber händ mer nüt gmerkt aber mer händ de Erdrutsch ghört und sind mega verschrocke. Ned ohni Grund. Ahnschinend send grad ehn Kurve hinder üs es paar rächti Felse uf de Wäg kracht und uf ehm Wäg wo mer am Morge gmacht händ send zwoi Lüüt verletzt worde. Mer sind denn ca. 2 h uf ehmene Parkplatz festghocked währeddem sie die beide verletzte (uf sehr unprofessionelli Wiis) abgholt und d Stross grumed händ. Mer send alli ächt froh gsii esch üs nüt passiert.
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  • Day259

    Hualien

    April 19, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    De Nationalpark esch höt us verständliche Gründ gschlosse und ich ha ehn Tag zum d Stadt ahluege. Leider geds do ned so viel z tue. Mini Kollege sind beidi scho wiiter - ich has Hostel aber no ehn Nacht buecht.

    Woni googled ha was ich so chönnt mache hani usegfonde dass die Stadt vorallem bekannt esch för gmüetlichi Kaffis. Ich bi also höt zwoi Kaffis go usprobiere und muss säge sie sind ächt härzig. Ich bi au no chli ziellos dord Stadt gloffe, ha min morgig Tag planed & Tagebuech gschriebe. Im Gross und Ganze esch mer aber zimlich langwilig 😂. Ich hät viel meh lust das schöne Tal ahzluege 🤷🏼‍♀️Read more

  • 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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  • 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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  • Day198

    Hualien

    October 12, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Étape à Hualien avant et après le parc. Ville côtière avec un super marché de nuit où l'on passe nos soirées adossés au seul bar ^^. Vodka taiwanese à 60 degrés et bières pas chères accompagnées de poissons grillés.
    On rencontre un vietnamien et des habitants de Belize vivants à Taïwan avec qui on finit le samedi soir dans les bars de la ville. Pas de chance le lendemain c'est réveil tôt pour aller voir des dauphins. Et avec 2 mètres de houle ça risque d'être compliqué mais tout se passe finalement ce qu'on ne peut pas dire de certains ^^.Read more

  • Day59

    Heading North up the East coast

    November 27, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Left our accommodation and headed towards a surf open, in search of some surfer dudes!
    On the way we stopped at a tourist attraction where the water in the stream appeared to flow upwards. Sampled some local fruit and coconut juice. Curly created some excitement by setting off the emergency alarm in the toilet thinking it was the flush.
    Found the surf competition and watched a few heats before heading off.
    Tried to find what we thought might be a sheltered bay for snorkelling but the winds were a little too high. Instead walked out and around the small island.
    We then made the long journey further North so we could wake up close to the Taroko Gorge.
    After some great driving by Louis we arrived at our accommodation at Manbo beach. Our rooms weren’t quite ready so we had a beer at the bar. The hosts provided lots of complimentary tasty snacks. After checking out our rooms we went back to the bar for a pizza and some more beers.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hualien, 화롄 현, 花蓮縣

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