Eastern Taiwan – Day 4: Hualien Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge

Tours are fun, tours show you everything you need to know and tours start really early. So today, we woke up early again for our Taroko Gorge day tour in Hualien.

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Throwback to 18 Feb 17

The Journey to Taroko Gorge

This morning, we had our breakfast at the cafe in our hotel. The spread was adequate and the food was quite tasty. They even served the apparently famous Donghe bao zi – their meat and lotus bun, which was pretty tasty. After which, our tour guide picked us up from our hotel.

A 40 mins ride brought us to the Ch’ing-shui Cliff where we alighted to take photos of the gorgeous blue ocean and cliff. There were lots of tourists and very understandable as the view was simply stunning, even though it was quite a cloudy day.

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge
Ch’ing-shui Cliff,清水断崖

Taroko Gorge

Another 20 mins drive took us to the entrance of Taroko National Park where we all alighted to take proofs that we have been here.

Taroko Gorge
Entrance to Taroko National Park

It’s really incredible how they managed to build a tunnel through the Gorge. The tour guide told us that they used to manually dug through the rocks but modern day technology has allowed mankind to drill through nature with the use of huge drills.

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge
Gate of Taroko
太魯閣牌樓

Following which, we had our toilet and morning coffee break at Chang Chun Ci where we had simple coffee and kuehs.

Taroko Gorge
View of Eternal Spring Shrine (長春祠, Changchun Shrine)

Taroko Gorge

After our energy boost, we were driven to start our Swallow Grotto Trail and Tunnel of Nine Turns Tunnel (tunnel-ception!). The whole trail was about 4 km and our bus and tour guide were waiting at the end of the trail.

“Sights along the trail include the Indian Chieftain’s Profile Rock (印第安酋長石), potholes (壺穴) along the cliff face, swallows darting in, out, and around the caves, ultimately leading up to the Jinheng Park (靳恆公園) and Jinheng Bridge (靳恆橋). Walking from the Buluowan-Swallow Grove Trail to the Jinheng Bridge takes around 20 minutes. Due to frequent landslides and falling rocks, it is advised to wear a safety helmet, available for free from the park.” -information from guidetotaipei

HAN-dy tip: Keep walking, because the views are worth it.

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge

Lunch

Okay! Beautiful sceneries filled our eyes and memory card but not our stomachs! Finally, we went to Taroko Tianxiang Village for lunch but the food was meh.

Taroko Gorge
not so meh xiao long bao
Taroko Gorge
meh noodles

We were also given time to WALK AGAIN to Xiangde temple but we were not capable trekkers so we just looked from afar and roamed around the small village.

Taroko Gorge
photo from 超級賽亞婷
Taroko Gorge
scary monkey that will steal your food

Shakadang Trail

Last place for the tour! More trail, so, off we go to Shakadang Trail! The view we saw were like the picture below, but minus the running blue stream and aerial view. We just mainly focused on the tiring walk and path so we forgot to take any photos.

Taroko Gorge
photo from ah-hong.com

Coming to the end of our tour, our tour guide cum driver kindly sent the guests to places they wanted to go next, provided it’s on the way. Hence, we told him to drop us at Qi Xing Tan(七星潭)Beach.

Qi Xing Tan(七星潭)Beach

MY KIND OF PLACE. NO WALKING. Just the sea and the breeze.

The whole beach was filled with beautiful pebbles!

Taroko Gorge

Dinner

Easily spent 2 hours at the beach and it was time for dinner! Googled and went to Open Sesame Japanese Restaurant for our dinner, which was sumptuous. Just like what we read in the reviews, there were lots of locals were dining in there. The sashimi was fresh and the cooked food was nicely cooked too. The meal cost about NT300 per set dinner with free flow green tea!

Taroko Gorge
Open Sesame Japanese Restaurant, 芝麻開門日式料理

Also, check out 

Eastern Taiwan – Day 5: Beitou, Taipei

Eastern Taiwan – Day 3: Diving in Green Island

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