Hualien Charming City Hotel
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Before to leave, Rachel and I decided which places to visit during our short trip in Taiwan. According to the National Geographic book of Taiwan, Taroko Gorge was a must-see. Then Rachel emailed to Sr Rosa Wang and my birth parents prepared us a visit to Hualien.
On July 27, I packed my bag and I took the subway to Taipei Main Station. …
... the Yangtze River Three Gorges and so Taroko for me was just a stop en route to Taipei in our original non-D&V affected itinerary. We had planned to do a trip from Kenting to Alishan Mountain range, followed by Sun Moon Lake and then Taroko finishing up in Taipei. The plus side to this change was I got a bit more time in Kenting whilst poor Lizzie was bed ridden. On a even more cool note....check out my Life of Pi (Lizzie produced) "mash-up". Cool eh. Naturally ...
We took a bus to Taroko national park. I got yelled at by a very drunk, very old Taiwanese man for wearing my earphones (at least I think thats what his beef was) and we arrive at the Park.
The geography is pretty awe-inspiring. Marble mountains rise, seemingly, straight out of the riverbed and tower above you. Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of water in the river at the time, and what was there was very grey ...
... Taiwan west to east, across the mountain ranges that give Taiwan it's backbone. The time was mostly spent in tunnels, but what we did see was hilly, green and lush vegetation. After crossing the mountains, the train headed north. Four and a half hours later, we arrived in Hualien and were glad to stretch our legs.
Our hotel was just a couple of blocks from the train station. The hotel was basic but had a lovely friendly receptionist who helped ...
... shouting Go! Go! and honking horns, it really did spur me on and even though the road was a killer in places with yet more bloody hills to contend with the Kms slowly ticked by ticked until I arrived back at the mouth of Taroko gorge where I'd cycled to twice before from Hualien, it really felt like being back on home turf and I knew it was only 20km back to my hostel, although I was knackered and glad to have completed my Taiwan cycle tour I was a little sad in a way that it ...