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Asia » Taiwan » Hualien September 9th 2018

August 28th - Hualien, Taiwan - Dia 68 Being recommended to go to the east coast of Taiwan I planned my last few days there. Fast and smoothly I took a train early morning for just 2 hours and a half to end up in a completely unfamiliar place. One of the things I am really starting to like about Taiwan, the closeness and diversity of its island. Getting off in a town next to the sea and with limited bus transportation. Almost everyone rode motorbikes. That meant I was going to do the same 馃槈 After a quick walk to the Hostel I met new unfamiliar faces.聽 Dropping my stuff I asked two local teachers studying around the Hostel to recommend me a place to go for the rest of the evening. With not much ... read more
Tunnels, road curves, amazing views
Meeting friends
Coastal views

Asia » Taiwan » Hualien » Taroko July 8th 2018

Z ubytka vypadnutie nieco po 9.30 smer np taroko. Cs sa cudovala co sme vsetci vcera sli spat tak skoro (o polnoci) Mensie zhrunutie jej vcerajsieho rozhovoru s peknou recepcnou. Obe recepcne studuju na rovnakej skole ako studovala pin. Talian co zobral jednu recepcnu na festival na druhy den zobral recepcneho erica do taroka. Vraj isiel dost rychlo a na spiatocnej ceste mali nehodu. Obiehali auto zprava (normalna vec tu ) to si ich nevsimol a odbocilo vpravo takze bum. Recepcny len oskrenina ale talian vraj aj rozbite koleno. Aby platila poistka recepcny musel povedat, ze on soferoval. Talian nemal vodicak. Zrejme aj preto pozicovne nepozicavaju skutre ludom bez vodicaku. Volaco sa stane a poistka neplati. Nuz nazad na skuter. Zastavka na ranajky. Vsetko cerstvo prichystane, jeden chlapik furt valkal cesto, dalsi to daval do pece ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Hualien July 7th 2018

Na ranajky vybehnute kusok po ulici. Neake cesto plnene vajcom a k tomu ice green tea. Potom cakanie az do 12.30 v lobby na cs z taipei. Zhruba som si vytipoval neake korejske mesta ale nakonec ju budem asi riesit za pochodu tak ako taiwan. Po zvitany sa s cs, smer pozicovna motoriek. Povedal som jej nech zobere stroj na dva dni, ja som takticky ostal vonku. Najskor cena 350 ale ked sa pytali ci ma spolujazdca ukazala vonku na mna a zrazu bola cena 600. Nuz ideme teda pred stanicu. Na nu sme sa dostali skratkou klasicku cez nastupistia. Tetula nam dala neplatny listok, presli sme nastupistami a vysli pred hlavnym vstupom. Ono keby ju nerekonstruuju tak sa nemusi saskovat s neplatnym listkom a v pohode sa prejde mimo nastupist. Ono cloveka bez listku na/z ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Hualien » Hualien City July 6th 2018

Vcera som bohuzial musel zmenit svoje rozhodnutie a dnes opustam dulan. Cs z taipei dojde do hualing uz doobeda v sobotu. Objednal som rovnaky hostel za fajn cenu cca 90td. Preco taka nizka ? Pouzil som nazbierane body v agode co mi zrazili cenu cca o 210td. Vcera prisla na izbu sikmacka ale ang nevedela nist. Rano v lobby stretavam najkrajsiu z troch bab. Na papier mi pise po cinsky hualin a idem smer ranajky. Po par metroch ma dobieha, ze este nevidela nikoho stopovat tak ci sa moze pridat. Na ranajky pork sendvic, ledvaj som ho do seba natlacil. Po vyjdeny z ranajkarne sme na ulici zbadali par s batohmi. Dalsi stopari, ona nemka (mama taiwanka, otec nemec), on anglan. Tipujem okolo 20rokov. Po zoznameni sa takticky presuvam dalej od nich i ked podla spravnosti ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Hualien April 6th 2018

One thing that is unusual about coming to this part of Taiwan.... especially the B&B. Wherever I go in the world, I see predominantly Americans. Well, we are big and we love to travel. At this B&B, there are 4 sets of guests. A British pair, a family from Hong Kong (the husband is originally from UK and the wife from the Philippines), an Israeli couple, a single guy from Australia, and us who are American. Why would an Israeli couple come visit Taiwan was amazing to me and how they found this tiny little B&B is even more amazing. We chatted over breakfast and dinner, we got to know everybody pretty well (more than just what they do and where they came from...) and we experienced the near death bike ride together. But on the ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Hualien April 5th 2018

I read online about this cute B&B very close to Taroko National Park, and they will also cater to people who wants to hike or bike inside the park. So we booked for two nights giddy with anticipation. Taroko is gorgeous, but hard to really appreciate the beauty doing a drive-by sightseeing but too far and too big to walk the whole thing. The B&B is minimal but the hosts are warm and wonderful. But the bike ride.... not for the faint of heart! They drop you off at the end of the park, give you a map and a few pointers on what to see and how to find your way back to the B&B, then off you go. The first trail was Wenshan hot springs which was closed but you can sneak in (a ... read more
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Asia » Taiwan » Hualien » Taroko September 1st 2015

Taiwan is an island state south of Okinawa also known as the Republic of China. It has a population of 23 million, is half the size of Tasmania and the capital city, Taipei seems as busy and crowded as Shanghai or Tokyo. Taiwanese people are colorful, noisy, polite and demonstrative. The food is spicy, with lots of tofu and vegetables sizzled in woks. English is spoken everywhere and signs are in Chinese and English. The east coast of Taiwan has miles and miles of black sand beaches and rolling surf and is heavily fished. There is a resurgence of the indigenous culture of Taiwan, but like in many places, they have suffered from economic disadvantage and cultural annihilation. The landscape is spectacular, with a huge, colourful marble gorge and well set up bike paths, to cycle ... read more
Truku Aboriginal Village - 11
Ketagalan Culture Centre - 23
Truku Aboriginal Village - 07

Asia » Taiwan » Hualien » Hualien City November 16th 2014

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Przed nami g贸ry, spowite w chmurach.
Pogoda dzi艣 taka, 偶e kutrem bym nie wyp艂yn膮艂.
Xiao long bao.

Asia » Taiwan » Hualien » Yuli September 30th 2014

At lunchtime, after our fruitless morning trying to visit Pine Gardens we checked out of the hotel, walked across the wide square to the train station and were lucky enough to catch a train leaving immediately for our next destination, Ruisui, a small town about 70 klms from Hualien. We were planning on going to the hot springs there. As the train approached the town we both decided that it really didn't look as pretty as we were expecting so decided just to continue on down the line to the next town. The train was passing through the East Rift Valley between two mountains and both ranges were easily visible from the train. The scenery around Ruisi was dominated by a white river basin - which meant grey gravelly river bed and grey water - not ... read more
The railway path in Yuli
Looking across to the mountains from Yuli
Footpath in Walami National Park near Yuli

Asia » Taiwan » Hualien » Hualien City September 29th 2014

We woke early, ate our vegetable breakfast and the guesthouse owner drove us back across the long bridge to the railway station in Xincheng to catch the train the fifteen minutes to Hualien. Our original plan had been to travel the coastal road from there down to Taitung, a coastal city and then onward to Kaohsiung which was our departure city for Taiwan. Bedore leaving home we had debated whether to travel the eastern or western side of the island. We chose the eastern side mainly because it was much less urbanised. We had read however that there was therefore much less public transport. Most locals used their own cars and tourists hired scooters or bicycles. Neither option really appealed to us - at least not to travel the length of the island on. Once we ... read more
The cliffs of Shitiping behind us
Shitiping fishing harbour
Fresh juice stall at Hualien markets




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