Hua-lien Travel Blog› entry 2 of 10 › view all entries
May 30th, 2007 – by: seahlk
Anyway, we took the metro to the main station, purchased tickets to Hualien on Zi Qiang. As both of us were still very sleepy, having woke up at 5am, and suffering from a difficult night in the warm room, we sat like zombies in the station, waiting for the train to come.
The train ride was comfortable. I was asleep half the time, but Huiling took in the sceneries on her videocam throughout the journey. When we reached, we went off to find our hostel, not knowing which direction to go. Somehow, Taiwan has plenty of simplified maps which shows only the main street and a vague location of your destination. We walked like zombies again, then we came to a minsu agency. We asked the agency of there are any cheap minsus around, hoping that they will be able to pick us up from the train station, rather then us having to find our way there. We went to the other side of the train station, and there were many taxis parked there, waiting for their "prey" to appear.
We rested in the room for a while, then decided to go Tai Lu Ge, Taroko Gorge. It is a must go in Hualien. We comtemplated our options to TaiLuGe, tour bus, public bus or taxi.
Mr Peng, the taxi driver was very friendly. He told us everything he knew about Hualien on the way. He pointed out the aboringnals tribes, where they lived and many interesting facts about Hualien. The main industry in Hualien is granite processing. Though the mountains in Hualien is marble, the government has ordered not to blast them so as not to destroy the natural landscape. So all the stones are imported. Poor Ubin has to be reopened for granite blasting due to the high demand and low supply. How much granite can little Ubin offer?
We drove for like one hour and then reached the entrance to TaiLuGe.
I was very fascinated by the large stones there, apparently, some of them have fallen from the mountain. It is a mark of how dangerous TaiLuGe can be. Initially I wanted to go to Wenshan Hot Spring, but it was closed due to an accident where a falling rock killed a tourist only recently.
After TaiLuGe, Mr Peng drove us to a specialty shop to do some shopping of Rose stone, which is a specialty of Taiwan and also Muahchee, which is a specialty of Hualien. Muahchee is a must-buy and they taste really good. I esp like the salted taste one, though muahchee is supposed to be sweet, the saltish taste sort of complements the sweet taste of the muahchee.
We slacked a while, then head off to roam the city area for dinner. We went to nan bin night market and bought our dinner. There are just soo many food there we bought a little of everything to try. We seat by the ocean to have our dinner. It was very weird because in Singapore, the seaview was brightly lit by the opposite islands, the kelongs on the sea and some of the passing ships. But the ocean view there was pitch dark. So dark that if there is no sound of the waves breaking at the shore, we thought the space in front of us is nothing-ness. Anyway, a rain soon came and we went back to our minsu to have our dinner.
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