Spin and spin!
Yilan Travel Blog› entry 3 of 6 › view all entries
May 26th, 2010 – by: seahlk
The journey from Taipei and Yilan has shorten due to a Xueshan Tunnel, which only opened recently, hence, it would be more wide to take a bus there, instead of the train, as the train took a detour up north before going south.
It was less than an hour when we reached JiaoXi, famous for its hot spring. The town was still sleeping, but the three were lucky enough to catch a taxi to bring them to Toucheng, where Wushi Habour is located for their planned whale watching activity.
In actual fact, Turtle island was formed due to the hyper geographical activity beneath the sea. The head of the turtle faces to the Pacific ocean and a long sand beach (It was a natural formation but I forgot what it is called) that represents the tail faces Yilan. Due to the changing sea level, the long beach will change it's orientation with regards to the main island body. This gives the impression that the Turtle is sweeping the tail side to side.
Anyway, the three managed to get onto a boat and they headed to the sea to catch some whales. It didnt take long for them to see flying fish, as they were in season.
After an exciting dolphin encounter, the boat travelled around Turtle Island and explained the history and geographical features of the island.
After the amazing oceanic encounter, the people there were kind enough to give them a ride to Toucheng Train station. As there was still time to catch the next trrain, the three had a generous meal of sizzling hotplate and the best pudding they have ever ate. It was then they realised they cannot do rafting at Hualien. All three were defeated by their own bodies.
Anyway, they arrived at Hualien and were greeted by the staff of Bayview hotel.
Though they were unable to do rafting and were too late to catch the firefly season, they decided to visit the famous Taroko Gorge. What could await them at the mysterious National Park the next day? They had no idea.
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