Archive for August 8th, 2006



  • Depart from Taipei at 1pm Friday, taking the newly opened highway which tunnels through almost 14kms of mountain. (Photo 1, Photo 2)
  • The trip to Hualian requires navigating through dangerous, winding mountain roads that are prone to falling rocks. (Photo)
  • The traffic suddenly stops due to construction workers clearing some fallen rocks up ahead, causing a huge line. (Photo 1, Photo 2)
  • So we get out, stretch our legs and play Big 2. (Photo)
  • Taking a rest at a scenic lookout just outside of Hualian. (Photo 1, Photo 2)
  • It also happened to be right next to an airport so we got to see some planes landing up-close. (Photo 1, Photo 2)
  • 7pm, Arrive at Hualian to have dinner at a night market. (Photo)
  • Then another hour drive to our little motel which had an outdoor bath and pool. (Photo 1, Photo 2)


  • Get up at 6am to arrive at the rafting place at 8am
  • White water rafting till 12:30. (Photo)
  • Taiwan Sugar Factory, to have ice cream. (Photo 1, Photo 2)
  • Then to an Aboriginal tourist attraction to watch a folk dance and do a maze. (Photo 1, Photo 2)
  • Some famous Wonton’s for dinner in Hualian City.
  • Then drive for two hours to our accomodation which is a kind of resort with little huts right next to a beach. (Photo 1, Photo 2)
  • Celebrate a birthday, food and drinks, then off to bed. (Photo 1, Photo 2)


  • Get up at 9am for breakfast.
  • Beach Beach Beach. (Photo 1, Photo 2)
  • 2pm, back into Hualian City for lunch and some shopping.
  • Start heading back to Taipei at 6pm, arriving at 10:30pm.
  • Finish my 600 word Chinese essay due on Monday.

Fence to the airport.

Entering the tunnel on the way back.

Oh, there’s three typhoons in the pacific this week. One is heading up to Osaka Japan, the other two is headed for Taiwan. Pretty cool stuff. Hopefully we can get Thursday off.


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