Promisedland Resort & Lagoon
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... of a few things we were doing.
The rock in Taroko gorge is mainly marble, and the visiting points all have pretty names, as is the Chinese style of naming things - Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, and the Tunnel of Nine Turns. We visited all of these, and more, as well as the scenic town of Tienhsiang. Swallow Grotto is the name for a steep wall with thousands of small pockets where the swallows used to nest. At the Tunnel ...
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.
We arrived in Hualien on the east coast (middle) by train without a hotel booking expecting to be able to find something along the beach front. However, there aren't many on the beach, as the beach really isn't the highlight of this place. Ended up in the main part of the city instead in a lovely hotel. The ocean front has a break wall all along it to protect the city from storm surges. So, there really isn't a beach to go for a dip. Mark was expecting ...