Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lunar New Year 2011 in Taiwan- Day 2 : Hualien & Taroko Gorge

Trail carved out of rock
Notes from Day 2

On Day 2 we ventured south to Taroko gorge. Here is a run down of everything we did:
  • Woke up at 7am to catch the train from Taipei to Hualien
  • Took a 30 minute cab ride (total cost around $30CAD) to the entrance of Taroko Gorge National Park
  • Began hiking just after noon along the 10km Sakadang Trail, leading to the Wujianwu aboriginal reserve and aquaduct
  • Bought some woven bracelets and headbands
  • Hiked a second trail- the Changchun Shrine Trail (Eternal Spring Shrine Trail).
  • On the trail visited the Changguang Temple and hiked up to the Taroko Tower.
Pictures from the Hike after the Jump!
  • Went back to Hualien by bus and ate dinner at the Green Hotel Restaurant (near the train station; English menus but terrible food)
  • Drank some Taiwan Beer and watched the fireworks until our 9:40pm train departed for Taitung.
  • Arrived after midnight in Taitung and took a terrifying 30 minute cab ride blasting 140km/hr along the coastline with 5 people packed into 4 seats to arrive at our final destination in Dulan.
  • Arrived at BBH Dog Backpackers Hostel (click for more information), owned by Kai and Party and their dog Koh-ma
  • The 5 of us had a big room to ourselves with bunkbeds!
  • Kai and Party helped us to confirm our Green Island Ferry for the next morning, and told us that they had booked us in a hostel owned by their friends there too.

Changchun Shrine Trail

Super blue water in the gorge

Playing in the river bed

Roads carved out of the rock


BBH Dog Backpackers Hostel: Amazing!

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