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... amazingly simple highly worth it. With a number of strategic stop offs [ahem] at 7/11s along the way, and some opportunities for some scenic pictures we finally rolled up to Hualien (the major city near Taroko Gorge) at around 5pm. Our hostel was nice and although in a dorm, we were lucky enough to have a 4 person room all to ourselves. Whilst nice, the room was a little like a hospital ward by which I mean we had a hospital style curtain to section off our beds ...
... but it was still a remarkable place. I'll attach some photos which will do a much better job at explaining that area than I can.
On another note, I had the BEST wontons I have ever had in Hualien. They were handmade and in a delicious soup. It was the Holy Grail of Wonton soups. To borrow the Masterchef lingo - all of the elements were perfectly executed. Mmmmm now i'm thinking about soup again.
Until next time.
... left us feeling that the place is a bit neglected. Which is a shame because it is popular for a good reason; it's natural beauty really does speak for itself.
After we eventually made it back to Hualien, we went back out for dinner to the delightful vegetarian buffet of the previous evening. We had a great meal and again picked up takeout for lunch the following day. We prepared to check out the following day for our next destination - Taipei, again!
... the busy capital of Taipei, this was after another day cycling in heavy rain and made more interesting by getting hit three times in busy traffic in Taoyuan! once by a taxi and then by two scooters! I'd made it almost all around Taiwan without incident and then got hit three times in 5km! I spent a few days in Taipei again meeting up with people I'd met around Taiwan, so enjoyed a few sights I missed first time round including a visit to Maokong and enjoyed an afternoon in a ...
We travelled across miles and miles of beautiful coastline, neighbouring the mountains, all barely touched by man (just basically made safe to walk around), in all its natural beauty. Our first stop was Xiao Yeliou (Small Yeliou). This coastal nature preservation area is adjacent to eroded limestone rocks... Which were quite hard to get to because of all the fallen trees from the typhoon. On a good day, one can see Green Island, ...