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... br> The lunch was actually very good, with about 8-10 dishes that we all shared, chop sticks only of course. Some of you might actually have been proud of me for my daring approach to the meal - tried almost all of the dishes, including the crab meat, white fish, shrimp, and weird soup - all beautifully presented with elaborate sauces, etc.
We stopped at about half a dozen places to view/take in the gorge. One of the nicest was where ...
Stopped and got my police permit, hiked 500m of the Shakadang trail that was open, Jhuilu Old trail, Swallow Grotto, then to the Waterfall curtain/Baiyang Waterfall trail... returning with stops at the status and temple at Tienhsiang plateau, pavillion at Cimu Bridge, Yeli pavillion, and Eternal Springs shrine.
Rest day and organizing my vietnam vist and my next move... was thinking Sheipa national park to climb Pintian, but the hostel there is full for the taiwan birthday national holiday and a taiwanese guy said the climb is not so special, so will skip it and head back to Taipei. Asked the hostel girl where I could find a buffet, and there was one about 15min away, so ate there two times for a 80NT buffet of 3 vegetables plus rice and a pork chop.
rented a scooter for $500, will get it for $300 as a second day for Taroko.
Today took it over the Sapadong to do a river trace for a couple of hours!
Then rode south to Liyu Lake, the old historic village of Lintianshan, then over to ride the quiet 193 Country road back to Hualien to complete the loop... probably my favorite road yet.
... here, but the sea is dead flat. So, the surf they talk about along the east coast must be only when there is a typhoon nearby. The main reason we stayed here for 4 nights was to go to Taroko gorge. We got another day pass on the buses, and caught local buses to a few different places along Taroko gorge throughout the day. It is a truly amazing spectacle of a narrow gorge with high marble cliffs on each side. The river at the bottom of the gorge ...