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Trip Start Feb 04, 2010
Trip End Feb 21, 2010

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

We were on the move again - the next destination was Hualien ( pronounced Walien). We were going to travel to the city to meet our tour which was going to take us to Taroko Gorge. The trip to Hualien was truly spectacular, I was told - I was asleep due to the fact that I was feeling really ill.

We meet our tour party at the station and quickly discovered that the entire tour was in Mandarin with no English at all. At this point, Fred became our translator. Quite frankly, the scenery that we was saw over the next 6 hours didn't need much translation - it was simply magnificent. I finally understood why the Portuguese named Taiwan 'The beautiful island'.

 The first stop on the tour was to the Seven Star Lagoon. It has rough seas and the sea bed drops sharply so that are not many water sport enthusiasts. This doesn't stop the lagoon from being a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike. The warm Pacific Ocean laps a sandy beach. This entire scene is hugged by a range of mountains. Simply spectacular!!! If you think that I am exaggerating, just look at the pictures. We couldn't help but wade into into the ocean and after we picked up stones from the beach. 

The industry of Hualien is stone production specifically granite and marble. The river simply bring semi - precious stones to the riverbed for picking. The perfect production factory is the Taroko Gorge but since it was declared a national park, all stone manufacturing was ceased along with hydro-electric power generation. I am usually not at a loss for words but I am not going to even attempt to describe the natural beauty of the area. I can simply say that every corner I found a more beautiful landscape to capture. As one among us said: Taroko-gorgeous!!!!! 
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Alistair on

These pics are lovely!!!!

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