Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Taiwan ( 29 Apr - 6 May 2013 ) ~ Day 3

If you had missed out Day 2, click here

Early morning of Day 3, it rained for a while. The weather was so cooling. After our breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, we took a short walk to the nearby train station. Since the rain had stop, it was not a problem to walk at all. We were taking a train to another town, Hualien. It is the largest country in Taiwan and is located on the mountainous eastern coast of Taiwan. The mountain around Hualien are rich with marbles and jades. For more information, click here.

Roadside selling fresh tomatoes and vegetables. It was a cold morning
According to our local travel agency, the in-road to Hualien was very narrow and rocky. We were being advised to take a train for a more comfortable ride. Our luggages will be sent over by our bus where the driver will have to brave himself on the rocky road.

Glad that XJ was FULLY RECOVERED and she had her appetite back again. As it was really cold, she wore my jacket as well since her own jacket was not enough to keep her warm.

Waiting at the train station
Our tour guide already got our train tickets ready and all we need to do was just wait. To kill boredom, we took some photos around the station.

Jiaoxi Station

Train ticket to Hualien
Finally, it was time to catch the train. The journey took us around 1 hour plus. It was a very comfortable ride as the train was very spacious and clean.

Here comes our train
Once XJ boarded the train, she started to feel sleepy.

Sleepy looking face.....and Patrick is a MUST to follow her everywhere
The train past through rural villages and the view was spectacular. Once arrived at Hualien train station, our bus was already waiting for us there. We boarded on the bus to visit the Taroko National Park.

Surrounded by villages
Before reaching the National Park, we alighted from our bus to take some pictures of the arch which was built many years ago. I can't remember the name or the history of this arch, but somehow, it was one of a tourist attractions.

An arch built many years ago
A safety lane was built in the middle of the road for tourists to take photograph of the arch. Vehicles were moving on both our right and left side.

The yellow lane to keep tourists safe during photography

Some wording craved on the rock
After photography, we proceed to the Taroko National Park to visit the main attractions ~ Changchun Shrine (Eternal Spring Shrine). Click here for more information. 

Beautiful scenery
We didn't get to walk around as it started to rain again. There was a cafe and all of us had some coffee and light snacks. We had the Taiwanese dumpling too and it was delicious.

Delicious 'bak zhang' (dumpling)
Soon, it was lunch time and our meals that day was already pre-arranged. Since we were going to visit the Tribal Center, we had lunch at one of the tribe's restaurant to try their local food. The highlighted dishes were wild boar meat, bamboo rice and linzhi soup.

Lunch at a local tribe's restaurant
The food was quite appetizing. However, we did not managed to finish every dishes even we cut down our white rice. The soup looks oily but in fact, it wasn't that bad. It was nice to drink during such cooling weather.

Lin Zhi soup
The bamboo rice was not as nice as our local 'lemang'. It was too plain and too sticky. Everyone just nibbled a little bit for the sake of testing. haha

The tribe's style bamboo rice
After a sumptuous lunch, we headed over to the tribal center. Over there, we were being introduced to the use of linzhi and deer's foetus powder. We did not buy any as it was too costly and we had too much of supplements to take already.
 
One of the tribe explaining about the goodness of linzhi plant and deer's foetus powder
The next attraction was the Marble Factory. Since Hualien mountains are rich with marble and jade, the factories were built around this area. As usual, after a brief visits to the factory, we were being ushered to the factory outlet to do some shopping. 

Marble Mickey Mouse Statue
I bought a jade necklace for YX and red colour jade bracelet for XJ.

Her zodiac ~ The RAT
After spending some money at the jade factory, we continued our journey to another town, Taitung which is situated in the Eastern Taiwan. Click here to read more.

During our bus ride, our awesome local tour guide bought some snacks to treat us. As along the way to Taitung, there was a famous handmade mochi and he was happy to share good food with us. Again, a thumb up to this local guide for his sincerity and thoughtfulness.

Yummy delicious handmade mochi ~ A treat by our generous tour guide
The mochi was quite huge compared to those machined made type. As no preservatives were being added, it can only be kept for up to 3 days. So it was a no-no for us to bring some back home.

Black sesame flavoured mochi dusted with peanut powder
By the time we arrived at Taitung, it was nearly dinner time. We stayed at the Master Bear Resorts and this resort was a happening one. Read more about it in my next post. Coming up soon................

Master Bear Resorts ~ A very happening place

24 comments:

  1. Bet the rice tasted absolutely great, must be so fragrant!

    How's the chang? Same as KL Chinese/Hokkien ones? They say they're the same - the one's in China are different - no soy sauce, no five spice powder...

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    1. The zhang is quite tasty but minus the 5 spices. M'sian food is still the best !

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  2. glad that XJ has fully recovered and can enjoy the trip to Hualian.. she also looked happier that day :)

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    1. phew....at least I won't need to miss out interesting places again. And thks god, no more manja manja.

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  3. oh yeah, how nice your tour guide arranged you all to take the comfortable train instead of riding the bus.. he is just one SUPER GOOD tour guide i have to say..

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    1. the bus ride was arranged by our local travel agency. But the tour guide is awesome too as he plan ahead to make our trip a comfortable ones.

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  4. very nice scenery at the Taroko National Park, and i supposed you all did a lot of walking that day?? but should be okay since the weather was cooling right?? :)

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    1. The scenery was great. But we did not walk a lot that day as it rained. We just sit around the cafe to enjoy the scenery.

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  5. wow, what a scrumptious lunch, so many dishes!! looks yummy and they are generous with the portion huh??

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    1. we couldn't finished all the dishes.

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  6. i like the mochi, looks loaded with goodness!! and the bear resorts looks interesting too.. looking forward to reading your next post :)

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    1. I don't really fancy mochi coz of the sticky texture. But I still eat them la.... haha....

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  7. the bak chang very tempting leh. :)

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    1. The taste is not too bad. But M'sian ones are better with the 5 spices powder.

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  8. Glad to know that XJ was fully recovered!

    The view at the park is so pretty!

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    1. Ya ya...luckily XJ was fine. Else, I might flew back with her and cancel our trip. haha.....I was so worried.

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  9. Nice bear hotel! Your kids are very lucky to get to travel abroad at such a young age.

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    1. Only my girl followed. But then, kids nowadays are pretty lucky huh. haha....

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  10. I would love to visit that park and sit that train! Oh I am taking linzhi supplement too - I guess they are quite expensive there right? Heard before this Master Bear Resorts! Saw any pandas? LOL!

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    1. haha...no Panda...only cute bears !

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  11. The food looks good lah...I'm drooling. Your girl has grown up so much and she looks beautiful with long hair.

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    1. haha...tq....she very 'ai sui'

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  12. Taroko National Park is a must when visiting Taiwan as they say if you have not come to Taroko then you have not visited Taiwan, how true? Bananaz had a deep memory of the friendliness of the people especially from Hualien.

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    1. A beautiful and peaceful place. But I'm not too keen in visiting a National park. I prefer shopping ! haha

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