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Saturday, July 26, 2014

[Amaya Travels] Taiwan Trip Part 14: Hualien (花蓮)

After Kenting, we had to make our way to Hualien! The fastest route was to reach Fangliao station, then to Hualien, which took around 4 hours? We didn't manage to get the train tickets the first time round, but the second time we tried, we got them! Sometimes the tickets are reserved for those who made online bookings but are released when the payment isn't made (^^)

Fangliao Train Station

The mini food kiosk there was selling the railway bento! And a really annoying message advertising it xD If you want railway bento on the train, get it here because the train to Hualien does not sell it ): An alternative is to prepare exact cash, and race to the seller at designated train stops, which you can find out from the train staff xD

Train platform~
After we alighted at Hualien, we immediately bought the railway bento xD Hungry~!

We made a quick trip to the local night market, Zi Qiang Night Market (自强夜市)! I was pretty worn out by then so we made a few stops and bought the food back to our hostel to eat xD

Fried crab was good, according to iPeen

The shell was really hard to work with though, may be cause it already cooled down

It rained a lot while we were there. Incidentally, we narrowly missed the earthquake that happened. But, it seems to be really normal business for the locals. When asked what to look out for when an earthquake happens, the hostel owner just looked at us weirdly and said, "Nothing...?" LOL.

My only picture of Colourful Taiwan xD

In Hualien, of course you must go to Taroko Gorge! A pity the river waters were all just grey and murky xD Tour guide said it is usually the case in the summer when the rainy season comes. In winter you get clear waters.

Likewise with the Kenting tour, our hostel had a tour package for Taroko Gorge! So off we go!

This is already my third time at Taroko Gorge, counting my family trip and immersion trips xD But travel buddy's first time here, so this scenic area is a must!

The tiny waterfall leading from under the temple is said to have never stopped.

Thus the name came about...?

Halfway through, we headed to an aboriginal tribe's museum + rest area for toilet break and lunch!


In light of the earthquake that happened earlier, we were to wear helmets when walking around certain areas just in case there were falling rocks. Some walk paths were also closed.

Suspension bridges are about the most exciting thing you'll come across in the gorge xD

Passed through a filter, kinda like it. The water was seriously that grey murky colour though ._.

Last stop was Seven Star Lake, or Cisingtan (七星潭)! It really felt like part of the sea though xD

Only pushcart selling food (other than fruits).

Look at the waves~!

Rainy season, so lots of clouds~

We were randomly stacking stones on the stone beach xD

Had a craving for Japanese cuisine, so after we got back, we located a Japanese restaurant using the iPeen app!



THIS is not ice cream LOL. It is actually mashed potato with crushed peanuts on top!

There were some cafes that were pretty interesting, but I was too tired to go D:

And ending with a picture showing our third last stop in Taiwan: Lo Dong!

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*Emoticons courtesy of JapanLover.me.