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Taitung

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8 travelers at this place:

  • Day11

    Dulan - South East Coast

    October 5 in Taiwan

    Originally Dulan wasn't in our plans, but after meeting some people yesterday it quickly got on our to do list. So here we are. It's a small town on the coast line and so far it's been great. We are staying in quite a "cool" hostel and for our late lunch we went to a Vietnamese restaurant. Oh my goodness I wish I was back there, the food is just soo yummy and sooo fresh, I really miss it. We both ordered a seafood rice noodle salad and it was just to die for.

    Having barely walked today we wandered to find a swimming pool that was recommended. The sea was really rough so I don't think there will be any sea swimming here! When we got to the pool it was quite late and looked pretty dirty so we decided to just chill out on the benches, watched the crashing waves and get some fresh air 😊

    After reading our books for a while we wandered back towards the town. Today was a day of grumpiness and not really wanting to make decisions if I'm honest. So when asking Will what he wanted for dinner he didn't say a word and instead walked me straight to a Fish and Chip restaurant. He walked straight in and ordered 2 fish and chips which was 4 time the price of a normal dinner and said "Well if I can't do anything in this place I'll just eat everything!" We had a bit of a giggle while eating our chippy tea and then on our way home we bought a beer from 7-11,went back to the dorm and read our books for a bit.
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  • Day13

    "R&R" and Haulien

    October 7 in Taiwan

    As expected the home brew mead and beer were ridiculously strong. We were both up all night unable to get any rest and our hostel was particularly noisy last night. We were so restless we both got up at 7:30am and headed down for some breakfast. I went back for a lie down after and then we got on with our day around 10am. Feeling achy and shattered we decided to get some well deserved R&R with Alex. However, as usual our R&R never works out.

    We went in search for the local waterfall. If I'm honest I should stop having high expectations when people say we must visit the waterfalls. First we got completely lost in the baking heat and ended up walking for 1.5 hour and then when we got there it was tiny! It had a small shallow pool of water that we all decided to have a bathe in. It was sooo refreshing after sweating refusly again on our walk there.

    After an hour me and Will headed back to the hostel for a quick shower and just made it in time for our bus to our next destination, Hualien, which is on the east of Taiwan and is where everyone stays to visit the Taroko Gorge. (If you are reading this please can you pray for good weather for us?! Much appreciated!)

    On arrival we checked into our hostel and ate a delicious bowl of wonton and rice noodle soup for dinner. Will was so hungry he ate two! The ladies were all at the front of the restaurant making the wontons as the orders flew in. It was super impressive.

    Finally, we are feeling much better in Taiwan, I think we are starting to get into the swing of things. What a difference being in the countryside has made.
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  • Day12

    Mount Dulan

    October 6 in Taiwan

    We have finally found a mountain that we can hike!! After an amazing night sleep neither of us rushed to get out of bed as we assumed it would be as cloudy as yesterday. On getting out we realised it was really sunny so we made some peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches and headed out.

    Challenge #1 - Getting along the main road (halfway to the trail)
    The trail started about a 2 hour walk from where our hostel was and we had no mode of transport. It was time to try and hitch hike. Luckily we saw a Chinese tour bus on the main road so we asked the driver if he would take us along the main road which would take us half way to the trail. He happily agreed!

    Challenge #2 - Getting to the start of the trail
    The next section was a very steep winding road that ideally we wanted to hitch hike on again. On the way we met Alex, from our hostel, who had attempted to bike up but her chain had completely bust so ended up joining us. Unfortunately the only passing traffic would have been other walkers and as it was quite late we didn't pass any so we ended up walking the whole way up. After over an hour we finally got to the trail head woohoo!

    The forest track was really pretty with views over the coast but oh my goodness within about 5 mins of walking we were all soaked to the bone in sweat. The humidity and heat was unbearable! Even our shorts were a darker shade, it was disgusting I must admit. Luckily all 3 of us looked as bad as each other so we just kept going. It was pretty steep the whole way ascending up 1100m from the coast line. It felt like we were making no progress. Every 0.5km marker was more of a disappointment than encouragement, but we got there in the end... It got so foggy when at the top. And there was absolutely no view at the top. Oh how I wish we had a chainsaw and we could have just chopped off the top of the trees!

    I began talking to a Taiwanese youngster on the way down who was so lovely and modest about his English. He spoke fantastic English and just kept apologising saying how terrible it was.

    On the way down we were really hoping we could find a car to hitch hike, this time with the added difficulty of taking a broken bike too. But our prayers were answered just as we got to the end of the trail a pickup truck pulled up and Jen Jen helped us ask the owner if he would take us back to town. He said yes!!! What an amazing guy! So me and Will jumped in the trailer and we soon arrived back at the hostel.

    In desperate need of a shower, we all washed and then headed to the Vietnamese restaurant for a well deserved dinner. In the evening we bought beer from the 7-11 and then went to watch a local band play at the now abandoned sugar factory. It was great fun and we tried the local beer, oh my goodness it felt strong. After the band ended we sat and chatted for a while and then eventually headed home to bed.

    I don't know what was in that beer but I've been up all night! Hope I feel OK in the morning.
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  • Day10

    Taitung

    November 27, 2017 in Taiwan

    Heute sind wir in der Früh von Hualien nach Taitung mit dem Zug gefahren. Dort angekommen stellte sich die Frage wie wir zum Hostel kommen. Nachdem wir einen Bus gefunden hatten der in die Nähe des Hostels fährt sind wir einfach Mal eingestiegen. Und ich glaube der ganze Bus wusste wo wir raus müssen nur wir nicht. Aber umso besser dass und 20 Taiwanesen dann gesagt haben dass wir jetzt raus müssen und tatsächlich nur noch 100 m bis zum Hostel. Ein sehr schönes Hostel mit einem super Zimmer.
    Nachmittags sind wir dann mit einem Tandem durch den angrenzenden Park gefahren, vorbei an Seen und durch den Wald.
    Nachdem wir alles gesehen hatten sind wir dann noch zu einem alten Bahnhof und dann auch schon zurück ins Hostel.
    Pause mit Bier und Zigarre.
    Abends sind wir noch Essen gegangen. In dem Restaurant hatte jeder Tisch seinen eigenen Wok mit Suppe und konnte sich die Zutaten bestellen... Sehr lecker.
    Zum Schluss noch ein bisschen im Bett liegen und fernsehen.
    Morgen geht's weiter nach Kenting.
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  • Day13

    Sanxiantai

    May 11 in Taiwan

    Der heutige Tag bestand vor allem aus Autofahrt, da wir heute an die Ostküste und wieder weiter in den Norden hoch nach Hualien gefahren sind. Insgesamt etwa 6 Stunden. Zwischen drin haben wir einen Stopp an der Drachenbrücke Sanxiantai gemacht. Ein wirklich wundervoller Ort und mein absoluter Lieblingsort der ganzen bisherigen Reise. Seht einfach selbst, denn mehr gibt es vom heutigen Tag nicht zu erzählen.Read more

  • Day5

    There's a small island lying near Chenggong which is accessible by a 8-Arch-Bridge. For some reason we set feet on this island at 30something degrees temperature, scorching sunshine and without sufficient water. Within minutes our clothes are soaked with sweat. Nonetheless we walk through a snake-inhabited cave and find ourselves on top of the island next to a lighthouse. The Pacific coastline of Taiwan stretches out in front of us.

    In Taiyuan Valley some nasty monkeys conquered the scooter and tried to steal our stuff. As I approached them, their leader snarled at me aggressively. Hell, i thought monkeys were cute!

    In Taitung area we take a narrow mountain road offering incredible views of the East Rift Valley. Taiwan has many faces, this is one of them.

    As the sun sets around 5:50pm, we drive some more 3 hours in the dark. The fullmoon lights the dark parts of the road.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Taitung, 타이둥 현, 臺東縣

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