Hualien

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I went to Hualien this past weekend with my Australian friends. To everyone's astonishment, we were able to see Hualien in one day with the help of a cab driver-cum-tour guide.

According to Wikipedia, Hualien is the biggest county in Taiwan and is home to Taiwan's largest port, as well as two of Taiwan's national parks. We went to one, Taroko National Park, after stopping by to take photos of the beautiful coastline.





Inside Taroko National Park ...

Bridge of 100 Lions



Shakadang River

Stopped for lunch and saw some cherry blossoms

At the next point of interest, we were required to wear hard hats


Our tour guide Tiffany pointed out the woman's profile in the rock
(bottom right)




The more of Taiwan I see, the more underwhelmed I am. This Taroko Gorge, which was once a haven for marble, is really just ... not much to see. I didn't post most of my photos because I feel like the response would've been "what am I even looking at?" I think coming from a place as grand as the United States, a lot of landscapes really pale in comparison. 
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
Those words are no joke!

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