Taroko Gorge

Hualien Travel Blog

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Bayview had the best bed, best seaview and best breakfast.  The three spend half of the morning in the restaurant and another half in the cafe where they could get snacks and coffee free of charge, while waiting for the bus to fetch them for their half-day Taroko Gorge trip.

The bus picked up some other travellers who just arrived at Hualien and then brough us to Swallow Cave.  We then head for lunch and Tian Xiang and amidst the chirping of birds and swaying trees, the three had a wonderful lunch there.  Soon after, they were brought to the Cave with nine turns to marvel at the crafty works of nature.  Unfortunately as a fatal accident occurred recently in Taroko, all visitors are required to wear helmets.
  This was due to the activity of the mountain itself, especially so after a recent earthquake.

The bus driver made his point about safety and advised all of them to hurry while walking through the cave.  True enough, small rocks and pebbles were littered in the areas that were condoned off.  However, the beauty of Tarokok Gorge was not compromised.  AFter a refreshing and rejuvenating walk through the cave, the three went to a factory outlet to view rose marble and also to buy muah chee, a local snack.

The driver was kind enough to drop the three at the busy shopping district of Hualien city and it was shopping time.  They ordered xiaolong pao from a famous stall and then some ice savings and beancurd pudding.  After buying clothes and eating more food, they were too tired to take a bus back.  The only option is to take a taxi back to Bayview.

Due to the cloudy night, there were no stars in the sky.  However, the rushing of the waves at Qi Xing Tan was sufficient to usher the tired three bodies to sleep.
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