bookmark_borderIn Taiwan – Day 10

Temple

Since there were lots of things to see, we stayed for another day in Hualien. One of our agendas was to visit the ever famous Taroko Gorge. It is one of the must-go to spot if you are in Hualien.

Taroko Gorge (太魯閣: Tàilǔgé[1]) is an impressive 19-km-long canyon, situated near Taiwan‘s east coast. The area of the gorge is also identified as Taroko Gorge National Park (太魯閣國家公園; Tàilǔgé gúojiā )Wikitravel (link)

Taroko Gorge

It would take long time to reach to the said site if we were to opt for public transport. So, it is wise to hire a car as transportation of the day. Besides, I think it would be cheaper to rent a car/driver if you have more than 2 travelmates alongside with you. The guesthouse that we stayed in provided us with transportation throughout our stay in Hualien and so, the driver picked us up in the morning.

Wooden Bridge

But before that, we went to for a quick breakfast as we were told that our lunch will be quite late in the afternoon because of the hiking and sightseeing which will take us more to 4 hours to complete. I guess I don’t need to show you what we ate as I said before, the breakfast is the same like previous days.

Granite Mountain

Grasshopper

It rained throughout the night and hence, the day was rather cloudy and the road was slightly damped. We stopped at the entrance to take some photos before we proceed with our journey into the ‘forest’.

Winding Road

Waterfalls

We did stop quite alot and we did walk alot too. The driver left us at several spots for us to walk up the hill. Though it was tiring for most of us, the walking part was worthwhile as we get to see the nature and the rivers and the rocks. Hehe.

Cave

Our final stop was here. IIRC, it is called Cave of Water Curtain. To get to this spot, we hiked (or walked) for more than 30 minutes. Deep inside the cave/tunnel, there is natural (and cold but not as cold as the one in UK during winter) water flowing from above.

Clear Water

It was really refreshing and if you are crazy enough (like my travelmates), you can walk thru the gushing cold water and shower. Haha. Oh yes, you will get wet even if you have your raincoat on. The water was crystal clear and can be treated as drinking water.

Beef Noodles

Wantan

Ice Dessert

Dessert

We left the national park slightly after 2pm to grab our lunch. Instead of having our lunch inside the park, we opted to have it outside as recommended by the driver. Nothing to shout about except for the odd looking dessert whereby you can customise whatever you want to put on top of the ice shavings. We went back after the meal to take a rest before we headed back out for night market to search for dinner, which was like any other night market as they offer almost the same type of food. Hehe.

bookmark_borderIn Taiwan – Day 9

Taitung

We woke up early in order to get out of boring Taitung city as soon as possible. Our next pit stop was Hualien. To get there, we took a train via Taitung train station.

Sea

Upon reaching there, a guy was waiting for us at train station. He was the one who operates the guesthouse and he was there to pick us up and drove us to the guesthouse. That itself save us a couple of NT$ for transportation.

Bedroom

From the picture itself, that alone explains our backpacking lifestyle. LOL. We left our bags (yet still awe at the room we paid for) and left in search for our lunch. The very same guy took to us the a famous shop which serves noodles and rice.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Pork Noodles

Pork Meat Rice

Meatballs

Somehow, their beef dishes are good as of compare to Malaysia’s version. Maybe, it is the way they cook the beef meat that makes the dishes so tasty.

Bicycle Stand

Skies

Right after our heavy meal, off we went to the seaside. There, we rented bicycles so we could cycle along the coast while enjoying the sights. IIRC, we cycled almost 26 KM to and fro on that day itself and it took us more than 4 hours just to do that task.

Red Bridge

Sunlight

We went back to our guesthouse to have some rest and shower before we headed back out for dinner. The same guy took us to a shop in the city which is famous for their beef noodles.

Beef Noodles

And indeed, the beef noodles were good. The soup was full of flavour yet the meat wasn’t chewy at all. It was the best beef noodle I had throughout the Taiwan trip.

Tau Fu Fa With Peanuts

Dessert

As we all know, Taiwan is famous for their desserts and so, we walked a couple blocks away to get to a place where they sell desserts. We tried almost everything they have in their menu. We consumed at least 8 bowls of desserts per sitting.

Lala Jien

Beside the dessert stall, there was a stall that sells ‘Lala Jien’. It is different from what we have in Malaysia and it tastes rather weird as it is soggy yet sweet (because of the red sauce). Bleerghh…

Bowls

Anyway, after the dessert feast, we walked around and bought more snacks and happily munching away while waiting for our transportation to pick us up. Besides, it was late at night and we were pretty tired and so, we decided to call it a day.




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