Taiwan (2007-2017): East

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(2009, 2016) Taroko Gorge:

 

The Taroko gorge lies 15km northwest of the town of Hualien. It is arguably the most spectacular destination in Taiwan reachable by road.

 

Narrow sections.

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Alarming sign posted at the entry of the Shakadang Trail (actually an easy side hike from the Taroko gorge) and a view of the clear water along this trail.

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Hsiang-te Temple in the Taroko gorge. First photo: Statue of Ksitigarbha, a Bodhisattva. Second photo: Statue of Guanyin.

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Tianfeng Pagoda.

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Wall painting illustrating the life of local aborigenal people (seen in a restaurant at the entrance of the gorge).

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(2016) Qingshui Cliffs:

 

These plunging coastal cliffs lie about 30km north of Hualien on Highway 9.

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(2015) Taitung:

 

This is the main city south of Taiwan‛s East Coast. I found its people to be extremely friendly and more laidback than in the rest of Taiwan.

 

Photos taken from the plane while landing at Taitung airport.

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Liyushan Park: people playing mahjong under a banyan tree (left) and pagoda (right).

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Paper lanterns along the old railway near Liyushan Park.

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In the central market.

 

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(2015) North of Taitung:

 

Sanxiantai (三仙台, which literally means ″Three Immortals Support″) islets on the East Coast. The 8-arch footbridge leads to the largest islet. The place‛s name comes from the presence of three main outcrops that are likened to three legendary Taoist sages.

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Buddha‛s head fruit, also known as custard apple, a specialty of Taitung area. (The Buddha‛s head on the right is only shown for comparison).

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In the pottery studio of aboriginal artist Zudweyi Ruvaniyao (Paiwan tribe), located in a small narrow canyon at the end of Xinbanjiu Road, Beinan Township.

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View over the East Rift Valley from the Sixty Stone Mountain (六十石山, Liushidan Shan).

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Rice fields in Chishang in the south-central part of the East Rift Valley.

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(2016) Walami Trail:

 

Starting 15km east of the small town of Yuli (located in the East Rift Valley), the Walami trail is one possible access to the inner part of Yushan National Park and its extensive network of trails. The initial section of the trail does not require a permit and offers a good hike round-trip.

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(2015) South of Taitung:

 

View over Chihpen from the top of Chihpen Forest Recreation Area.

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Taiwan macaques in Chihpen Forest.

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Banyan trees in Chihpen Forest.

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