Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hua Lien and Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

Yesterday, the colleague and I went on a day trip to Hua Lien, which is situated on the East of Taiwan and approximately 2 1/2 hours from Taipei Train Station.

We arrived in Hua Lien at around 11 and was immediately whisked away by the bus driver/ cum tour guide to start our day tour.

Our first stop was to the chi sing tan beach. Somehow, in the past couple of weeks, I've seen so many lovely beaches (Costa Del Sol in Spain and Casablanca in Morocco), but never had the chance to stay long enough to enjoy the sea breeze and clear waters! This one is no exception.

This one had no sandy beaches but all rocks. But yesterday's weather, after all that rain in Taipei was just awesome for a day trip!

After spending about 1/2 hour at the beach, cam whoring, taking pictures of the surroundings, we made our way to lunch as a small little restaurant nearby the Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園), which will be the highlight of this trip. It was originally established, (the gorge i mean) in 1937 by the Governor General of Taiwan and till this day remains one of the most famous tourist spots.
After a very healthy lunch of 'wild' vegetables and meat/fish/ eggs, we left for the gorge at 1pm.

We were told that this place, the entrance into the gorge, is the perfect spot for pics, yeah, so u go, picture taking again.

Haha, it gets kinda scary when you see signs like this all over!

Amongst famous sights we visited were tunnel of 9 turns and swallow's mouth.

After a while, all that walk actually becomes a bit tiring and the sights get a bit boring. Nevertheless, it's a good experience and worth all that travel to get some fresh air, away from the busy city and be close to nature.
EZ Tour had some promotion going about and we paid about NTD2500 (RM250) for two people, which is kind of like a buy 1 free 1 for weekends! Great deal eh!
Oh well, it's 10 am on a Sunday morning and here I am in the mood for a little blogging. Thinking of today's plan for now..adios!

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