What a morning of Day 2 that saw us getting “bullied” by Taroko Gorge! Would the afternoon of Day 2 be kinder and offer us a respite from the persistent typhoon-rain?
The short answer is ‘No!’. Nevertheless, the fearsome Taroko Gorge would still reward us with a spectacular and one-of-a-kind type of scenery that most tourists would miss. I’ll also show you how pretty Chisingtan beach was. Read on.
Sneaking into Swallow Grotto Trail (燕子口)
Remember how we were denied entry into Swallow Grotto Trail this morning? Somehow, we arrived at the other end of the trail, not knowing we were there until we saw a signage bearing a swallow logo.
What’d caught our sight when we were riding along the curvy road was a raised wooden platform.… Read more
Here’s what we did on Day 2 of Eastern Taiwan tour – we explored Taroko Gorge! The whole day was dedicated to this immensely-popular gorge in Taiwan. In fact, that was the reason why we were here in Hualien in the first place.
I’m not sure why some would dedicate just a few hours to Taroko Gorge. Honestly, a few hours could only touch the surface, i.e. the “touristy” portion. If you have a choice, get your own transport (or chauffeured driver) and enjoy the gorge at your own pace.
Just don’t go during rainy season or you may suffer like us. Read on to see our adventurous moments when Taroko Gorge turned into a cold, dark and eerie place.… Read more
Finally, after a 12-hour journey travelling from Singapore to Hualien and successfully gotten hold of our own private transport (scooter), it was time for our first proper meal in Hualien. There was no question about it – we would visit one of the most popular eating places in Hualien. Yes, that’s right, it’s none other than Hualien Dongdamen Night Market which would offer lots of street food options. Yay!!!?
Hualien Dongdamen Night Market
When we arrived at the highly-raved Hualien Dongdamen night market, it was practically a dead town. Yes, blame the rain! There were very few people around and half the stalls were closed. It must be the least happening night market I’ve ever been to in Taiwan.
- TIPS: If it’s raining in Hualien, you can probably give Hualien Dongdamen Night Market a miss.