Travel Blogs from Hualien
I took the train to spend 3 days to Hualien County and I slept in a hostel. I visited Taroko Gorge by bus and the taxi thought that I spoke Mandarin.
... style bicycle, with a lightweight but sturdy frame, 700c road tyres and a flat handlebar. A dream to ride. But not all Taiwanese bikes are so good. This one was a heavy, clunky Moreno mountain bike. Still I managed to propel it forward reasonably well until I entered the Taroko National Park.
Taroko is ... Is .... Sorry. The Oxford English Dictionary does not contain enough superlative adjectives to describe the place. Imagine a rushing, cloudy river surrounded by smooth striated ...
... Check out the photos. There's a picture of the ranger and his patch. Behind him is the same view that is depicted on his patch.
So we started the morning against all odds of obtaining the permits. We pretty much had zero chance of getting the permits.
But a ranger appeared out of the blue to get the park permit and police permit approved, and to drive us to the trailhead!
How cool is that?? You can't make this stuff up!
My next stop after the Lantern Festival was the town of Hualien which is on the eastern side of Taiwan.
I remember arriving in Hualien in the early afternoon and not being sure what there was to see and do. I had chosen Hualien based on an in-flight magazine I had read during the flight to Taiwan. I knew that located nearby was Taroko National Park which had a highly regarded trail called the Zhuilu Trail and that the park was also ...
Left Guanziling after breakfast and drove to a nearby Fire and Water spring, a natural phenomenon where lit natural gas is spurting up through a hot spring, creating a fire on water effect. Random! Tried some honey water and a random root vegetable from a market then drove on to Alishen in the mountains on Highway 18. The idea was to drive along Highways 18 and 22, then passed Sun Moon Lake and on to Highway ...