So the 2nd day at Hua Lien was the most happening day out of the 3 days because we visited Taroko Gorge (太魯閣) and Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園)! 😀
You may read all about our Day 1 in Hua Lien here 🙂
We bought a 1-day package tour from our hotel which costs us NTD$1000, which is around S$42. We thought that it was not that expensive and it saves us time and effort in getting there as well. Furthermore, the driver also brought us to specific locations to view the various popular areas at the national park and even dropped us at a nearby beef noodles stall, which I must say, was actually quite delicious! 😛
Stick around for the yummy pictures and location later!
We woke up super early (for us, at least!) and manage to grab some light breakfast provided by the hotel.
Pardon the tired-looking faces… 😛
Oh, and do remember that breakfast is served till 9.30am, which is actually quite out of the norm. Usually timings are till 10.30am, right? We missed breakfast the next morning though. 🙁
The driver arrived at our hotel lobby at 8.30 am and there was a Japanese couple in the mini bus who was already seated in the mini bus when we boarded. After picking us up, the driver picked up another 2 ladies from China.
On the way to our destination, the hubs and I had a funny conversation with the 1 of the China tourists.
The funny conversation went like this:
Chinese traveller : 嗨，早上好！
Us : 早上好！
Taiwanese driver : 她们是从大陆来 *points at Chinese travellers*
Hubs : 哦，大陆哪里？
Chinese traveller : 福建，你们呢？
Hubs : 新加坡
Chinese traveller : 哦，新加坡哪里？
Hubs and I : 😳😖 淡滨尼？
HAHAHAHAHA, I know right. Bah!
Our first stop was at Taroko Qing Shui Cliff (太魯閣清水斷崖) which took us approximately 40mins from our hotel.
Taroko Qing Shui Cliff (太魯閣清水斷崖)
Address: Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 972
By the way, don’t laugh at my orbiang jacket okay? It belongs to my mom and because we packed too last minute and didn’t expect the weather to be THAT freezing cold, I just brought whatever I had at home. This jacket actually ‘rescued’ me several times in HL, had it not been for it, I would have most probably froze to death, LOL.
After around 20 minutes, we made our way to the most famous tourist attraction in HL.
Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園)
Compared to these:
And then smarty me did not understand how my new camera charger works so for the whole of the previous night, the battery was not charged…..and my camera battery died after I took the bridge at Taroko Gorge, ARGHHH!
Nevertheless, I used my trusty iPhone 6 camera to snap pictures throughout the whole day.
We had some free and easy time by ourselves and a wefie with the safety helmets was a MUST! The driver told us that due to the recent landslide in 2015, rock falls may occur and thus required us to put on a safety helmet.
Then, we were brought to where there was a display of the tribes in HL.
It was then LUNCH TIMEEEEEE!!! We dined at….
There was also a cute little black dog in the restaurant. Oh and did I mention that Taiwan is the a little doggy-heaven? Pet owners bring their dogs almost everywhere they go which is not a frequent sight as compared to Singapore. Dog lovers would love Taiwan! 😀
After we were stuffed, we were brought to..
You could tell by then, the weather was rather dark and gloomy already and it was raining moderately too 🙁
The driver then dropped us at and instructed us to walk all the way in and it was a short ‘own time own target’ session for us to explore ourselves. But we had to stick together as a group so that nobody gets lost.
Because we are bilingual, we were the ‘middle man’ translator speaking in both Mandarin (to the China ladies) and English (to the Japanese couple)…hahaha.
I must apologise for the lack of vibrant colours in the photographs but what you see is what you get. Sucky weather for outdoor activity and photo taking of what supposed to be a beautiful scenic nature view… 🙁
During our trail journey, we chanced upon…
There are a flight of stairs which you first need to conquer before you can reach the top of the bridge. It was really exhausting and we had to be extra careful because of the wet weather too.
But once you reach the top, you will see this on your right – the other end of the tunnel.
The entrance/exit of the flight of stairs.
The whole trail took about 30 to 40 minutes or so and thankfully we didn’t lose our way (although the 2 China ladies did).
And then, it was coffee break time!!!
長春祠 (Eternal Spring Shrine)
HAHAHA, yes that’s me trying to act cool and copying the hub’s position. I look so badass here, but #epicfail #funnyjacket!
There is also a little cave if you walk further down, but as time did not permit, we did not have the opportunity to explore that area 🙁
Last but not least, our final destination was none other than…