Hualien Day 1: Taroko National Park

This past weekend my boyfriend and I accompanied a few friends to the city of Hualien, on the east coast of Taiwan. Although it was raining the majority of the time (it’s the season of plum rain) we still managed to visit some incredibly beautiful places.

On our first day there we went to Taroko National Park (one of nine national parks in Taiwan), named after the landmark Taroko Gorge. Photos of this place can never do it justice but that didn’t stop me from trying.

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The bus dropped us on a bridge over looking part of the Liwu River. From there we descended a few metal stairs into the gorge itself, and followed the Shakagang hiking trail that was carved into the rock face.

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As we wandered along the path I was awestruck by the gorgeous colours of the landscape. It seemed almost unreal. Mother Nature proved once again that she is always the most beautiful.

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Once we had completed the trail we hiked back to the bridge and then moved on to go and see more of the park. We opted to walk instead of waiting for the bus. Our next stop was the Eternal Spring Shrine (also called Changchun Shrine).

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Unfortunately the bad weather meant that the trail was closed, so after stopping briefly for coffee we decided to head on up to the nearby temple and bell tower.

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Near the temple we had to cross a small suspension bridge that had a five person limit.

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After that it was a pretty steep climb up to the bell tower. The views were worth it though.

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We paused at the top to ring the bell and drink in the sights, then headed back down.

By this time I was pretty exhausted (we had been hiking for close to four hours) so my boyfriend and I separated from our friends and headed to the visitors center to catch the bus back to our hotel.

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