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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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  • Day16

    Taipei 101

    December 9, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Our last day in Taipei together, so we made an early start (9am is early for Taiwan - nothing usually opens until 11am, but then goes late into the night). We booked online last night to visit Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world (with the second fastest lift in the world... both thanks to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai!).

    Coming early was a good move as we were up very quickly with plenty of room to move around, but the weather wasn't on our side and visibility was rated as poor (non-existent was closer most of the time!). But the star of the show is the Tuned Mass Damper, a 660 ton ball of steel which is suspended over 5 floors between levels 82 to 87. It's designed to absorb and counteract the buildings movement during high winds and moves up to 1m during a typhoon.

    It had started to rain lightly as we walked to a local craft market, but they were still setting up... at 11.30am... so we had a bagel, found a cache, and caught the MRT back to our hotel.

    KT, DC and Chris are flying home tonight so we finalised bag packing (DC had plenty of space which KT was pleased to fill!), and we escorted them to the MRT station to catch the airport train.

    We continued via a couple of caches toward Ningxia Night Market, which was mostly food stalls, and very busy, then wound our way back to the hotel via a decent coffee at Starbucks (which says something about the quality of coffee in Taiwan!)
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  • Day9

    From Lugang to the Sun (Moon Lake)

    December 2, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    First stop of the day was Lugang Township, formerly the busiest port town in Taiwan, where we visited a temple and had a walk around the old town. On the way we sampled the local specialty, shrimp monkeys (deep fried mud shrimp, eaten whole including head and legs).

    On the way out of town we drove through a rural area, past a traditional cemetery and stopped at a Shell Temple in Fuxing Township. It's a little-visited labour of love that took one man 20 years to build, covering his own temple inside and out, with sea shells (all but 2 of the temples in Taiwan are privately owned, by individuals or not -for profits organizations)

    The drive to Sun Moon Lake was mostly on raised freeways and through tunnels, so we made good time, arriving in time for a shuttle boat cruise - a fleet of boats visit 3 ports around the lake and you hop-on and off at your leisure.

    Sun Moon Lake is the most popular tourist destination in Taiwan - we counted 30 tour buses in one of the car parks, mostly from mainland China (although the Taiwanese government is actively promoting tourism from other east Asian countrtries to minimise their reliance on China if the political situation deteriorates).

    Tea was in the night market again, but as it's not a major city, it was starting to shut down as we walked back to the hotel at 7.30pm.
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  • Day15

    Coast Road to Taipei

    December 8, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We began the day visiting Liyu Lake, for a paddle boat ride and visiting a Japanese temple, both on the outskirts of Hualien. Then we began the journey to Taipei.

    There's only one road from Hualien to Taipei, and it spectacularly hugs the coast for the first part of the journey, then goes inland through multiple tunnels (the longest being 12.9km), before hitting freeway into the city.

    We broke up the journey with a bento-style lunch box, and we arrived in Taipei at 5pm after a long day driving. After farewelling Steven we checked into our hotel and went for a walk in search of tea.
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  • Day18

    Taipei bikes and gates

    December 11, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We set our sights on a series of caches in the Erchong Floodway today, which contains the longest bike track in Taiwan (20km), as well as 68 sports grounds (we saw 2 baseball fields and multiple basketball courts) . We caught the MRT to Sanchong Station in the hope a bike rental place would be open, despite the drizzling rain, to save us a lot of walking in the unimaginatively named New Taipei Metropolitan Park, aka Erchong Floodway.

    As luck would have it, just across the road from the station Fun Bike was open. We rode the park for close to 3 hours, for a total of NTD$112 (AUD$5) and 10 caches. We were the only bikes we saw all day, so not sure if they even covered wages!

    We caught the MRT back to our hotel, grabbing a pork, rice, cabbage and tofu bento box for lunch on the way.

    Our afternoon walk was to the North Gate of the Taipei City Walls. Taipei was a walled city from 1884 to 1895, at which time the Japanese colonial rulers destroyed it when they redesigned the city. In 1945, when Taiwan was handed back to the Chinese, they rebuilt five of the gates. The North Gate is the only one done in the original design.

    We finished the day with an evening walk to the Presidential Palace (you need to book 3 days in advance online to go inside) and 228 Peace Park (in memory of the massacre of Taiwanese citizens after handover), and tea in another shopping strip (spicy pork and spring onion pancake and mango milk).
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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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  • Day245

    Sun-Moon-Lake

    April 5, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Ehn super Tagesusflug vo Taichung! Mit ehm Bus ca. 2.5h de Bärg deruf fahre (dor ehn wunderschöni Palme/Bambus/Högel Landschaft), dobe es Velo miete, um de See ume fahre und weder zrug id Stadt.

    Scho im Bus bin ich näb ehmene chinesische Tourist ghocked wo sich härzig um mich kümmered hed. So hed er zum Biespiel wo de Busfahrer öbbis dure gseid hed (wahrschinlich bitte ahgurte), kontrolliert ob ich au joh ahgurted sig. Er hed welle mit mir rede und hed eifach ned chönne begriefe, dass ich ihn ned verstoh au wenn er doch ganz langsam und dütlich chinesisch redt 😂. Dank sim Victorinox Täschli han ich ihm wenigstens chönne z verstoh gäh dass ich us de Schwiiz chäm, do hed er sehr freud gha. Er hed denn au sin Selfiestab füre gnoh und hed es paar Föteli mit sinnere westliche Bekanntschaft welle mache 🤷🏼‍♀️.

    Dobe ahcho han ich för öbbe 5 Franke es Velo becho und ha mich uf de Wäg gmacht. Reini Fahrziit sig 2.5h aber es heig viel Sehenswürdigkeite unterwägs esch mer gseid worde und so esch es denn au gsii. Ich has am Afang scho fast bereuht wells so deruf gange esch 😂. Es hed sich aber eidütig glohnt. Ned umbedingt nur wäg ehm See (do hämmer deheime grad so schöni) aber au wäg de Landschaft rundume. Ich bi dor tolli Bambus/Palmewälder gfahre, ha wildi Affe und Tempel gseh.

    Zmittag gässe ha ich ih ehmene mega härzige Restaurant wos es zimlichs Züg um mich gmacht händ. Ich ha Riis mit gchochtem Gmües bstellt und bi drum grad mit ihd Chochi gnoh worde, dass ich cha zeige weles Gmües ich wott 😂. Wo ich es chlises Fläschli z Trinke bstellt ha esch sie extra schnell ih Lade näbedra eis go poste und nach dem sii mich beobachted hed wie ich mich mit de Stäbli abmüehe (au wenn ich s Gfühl ha ich chiengs inzwüsche ned schlächt) esch sie mer go ehn Gable bringe.

    So han ich ehn tolle, sportliche Tag ih de tropische Natur gha mit unvergässliche Begägnige.
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    Sandra Krummenacher

    Jöhh sind das liebi Mänsche...so schön😍..schön zghöre das es das no gid

    4/6/19Reply
    Mirjam Suter

    So härzig 😊

    4/6/19Reply
    Larissa Krummenacher

    😂 😂 😂 De met de gable esch super

    4/7/19Reply
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  • Day249

    Kenting Nationalpark

    April 9, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Ich has ah die untersti Spitze vo Taiwan gschafft - ih Kenting Nationalpark. Mis Hostel esch grad vor ehm Nationalpark in Henchung gsii. Ich ha vo det us ehn Roller gmieted (also es 50g fahrends elektro Ding) und bi die ganz Küste abgfahre 😊. Ich bi vorhär no nie Roller gfahre und bi drum scho chli stolz gsii hani das trout. Es esch au de perfekti Ort gsii zum üebe. Es hed chum Autos gha aber d Strosse sind sehr breit und super usbout gsii 😁. So bin ich vo schöne Stränd zu Klippe und Waldwägli gfahre und ha de Tag mega gnosse! D Ussicht esch werklich eifach unglaublich schön und einisch esch ehn riisige Aff (ned nor so es mini Ding wie mer überall gsehd) vor mer über d Stross gsprunge 😃.

    De nöchsti Tag esch ehn chiller-Tag gsii 😅. Ich ha viel Gläse und chli mit de Lüüt im Hostel gredt. Wos am Obig chli abküehlt hed bini no durs Stätdli gloffe bis zu ehmene chline See und uf ehm zrugwäg öberd Stadtmuure. Im Hostel hani de Engländer weder troffe wo ich scho sit Taipei känne und immer weder überall triffe well mer zimlich die glich Route möched. Es esch au s erste Hostel gsii wo ich anderi Backpacker troffe ha siit Taipei. Mer sind denn also alli no chli vor ehm Hostel ghocked, händ Bier trunke und Reisetips ustuscht.
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    Markus Bütler

    Sehr schön und wenn Der Töfffahre spass macht häd din Pappi no zwe i minere Garage

    4/12/19Reply
    Irina K

    Hihihi glaube weniger dass mer eso fest gfallt 😅 do bini viel ehn z grosse Angsthaas 😂

    4/12/19Reply
    Sandra Krummenacher

    So muetig😉🤗 und wunderschön die Bilder👍😘🌴

    4/12/19Reply
    Louise Arber

    So cool war es schwer zum schalten oder war es ein Automat? Ich kann auch nicht Töff fahren😂🙈👍🏻also bewundere ich dich sehr für deinen Mut

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  • Day247

    Tainan

    April 7, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Ich ha min Summer zrog 😍. Tainan esch bekannt för alti Tempel, guets Ässe und heisses Wätter.

    Wo ich ahcho bi bini go d Gägend rund ums Hostel erkunde. Det heds ehn grosse Märt mit allem Mögliche gha. Ich ha öbbis Zmittag gässe und bi denn go ehn Tempel ahluege. Nacher bini mit ehnere frösch zuebereitete Papaya Milch nomol chli dor de Märt und ehn typischi alti taiwanesischi Stross gloffe und denn am Obig go Nudle ässe.

    De nöchsti Tag hani in An-Ping verbrocht. Det heds ehn alte Hafe, weder ehn Märt, ehn Park und Stränd gha. Ich ha de ganz Tag det verbrocht und bi sehr viel gloffe. Woni zrug is Hostel cho bi heds Personal grad ehn Grillparty uf ehm Parkplatz verahstalted und da ich de einzig Gast gsii bi händs mich au grad ihglade 😊
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    Sandra Krummenacher

    Oh ich wott so farbigi Lämpli😍

    4/8/19Reply
    Mirjam Suter

    Hesch du wieder gern papaya? 😏

    4/8/19Reply
    Irina K

    Nor wenn sie werklich grad frösch gschnitte werd 😂😅

    4/9/19Reply
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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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    Sandra Krummenacher

    Mir sind alli sooo froh um dinne super Schutzängel😍

    4/19/19Reply
    Louise Arber

    😱hab sorg und ich gebe dir recht Sandra Danke 😇

    4/19/19Reply
    Sandra Krummenacher

    Zum Glück dere näb üch🤣🤣

    4/20/19Reply
    Irina K

    Er hed mis scho au welle 😉

    4/20/19Reply
     

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