Thursday, March 12, 2015

3rd day Taiwan

On the third day we were driven to Taroko Gorge...where we had been 30 years ago..
some things have changed: tunnels built, old roads closed due to rockfalls, but the arch where I stood remained the same!
Taroko National Park ~ famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons.
Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung City. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Qingshui to Nanhu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area. The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Baiyang Waterfall, Yindai Waterfall, Changchun Waterfall, and Lushui Waterfall. Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) and Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Tourists can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Changchun Temple is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway.

Taroko Memorial Arch Building ~ it’s designed in Chinese style

Taroko Memorial Arch Building (太魯閣牌坊) marks the entrance to Taroko National Park. It is a historical landmark and you will find it at the intersection between the Su-Hua Highway and Central Cross-island Highway.

30 Years ago!
I had changed! fatter, older and wiser!
View Eternal Spring Shrine situated on the valley with the beautiful scene.
The Eternal Spring Shrine (長春祠) was built in 1958 to commemorate the 212 workers who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. Its unique location recessed into the side of the mountain and Tang Dynasty architectural style makes this shrine one of the most famous scenic spots in Taroko National Park. Natural spring water empties into the Liwu River below through the front of the shrine, giving it a surreal look, as if it were actually pouring forth from the heavens above. This is the Eternal Spring Waterfall and makes for an ideal photo opportunity
In 1987, the cliff by the river collapsed and destroyed the old pavilion next to the Eternal Spring Shrine. It was reconstructed and opened to the public again in 1997.
Typically, it takes 20 minutes to make the walk through mountain tunnels to reach the shrine. However, if you would like to challenge yourself, there is a 2.2km long trail behind the shrine with steep stairs called the “sky ladder”, leading to Guanyin Cave, Taroko Tower, and the Bell Tower. This trail leads to a suspension bridge and eventually to Changuang Temple. The trail and associated scenic spots and temple offer a spectacular canyon view and a chance to appreciate the hard work and sacrifices engineers and construction workers made generations before.
 Eternal View Shrine
the red suspension bridge
  Natural spring water empties into the Liwu River below through the front of the shrine, giving it a surreal look, as if it were actually pouring forth from the heavens above.

but mostly it was our second honeymoon hahaha!
had lots of hawker food like steaming hot sweet potato that were really sweet and sausage on a stick
and while the others were buying expensive lingzhi mushroom, I was busy doing the Alishan koo niang act.
then we went to the excellent hot spring at Lu Yeh River: the first time both of us had actually soaked in a hot spring in a private room just for us!

 Lu Yeh River Seasonal Hot Spring (bring own towels & swimming costume) ~ healthy hot spring with  hot spring water  from the underground stream, with its  carbonic acid hot spring with the red leaves hot spring.

finally we checked in at Bear Resort for the night!
...check-in to Master Bear Resort ~ there are many activities provided including a Golf driving range, Karaoke. In the evening, experience flying lanterns and put your prayers on the lanterns and firework.
ya, and also our first time writing wishes on a lantern and letting it go!
So now we have travelled down to Taitung
Next Kaoshiung!

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