Sunday, 30 January 2011

3-Day Taiwan Tour: Day 1 - Taroko NP

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We joined the Three-Day East/West Cross Island Scenic Tour with a Taiwan local tour operator Golden Foundation Tours. We were chaperoned by a English-speaking (Ada couldn't understand Mandarin) tour guide, who drove us to our destinations in a sedan as we were the only couple in the tour. Since it was 4 days before Chinese New Year, it would naturally low season.

This is their description of the 1st day itinerary on their website.

1st day
Pick-up from hotel → via Chingshuei Cliff - Pass by Su-Hwa Highway onward to Taroko Gorge → visit Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns (overnight at Taroko Gorge National Park , Leader Village or Silks Place).

map of Taroko National Park, Taiwan
Our actual destination stops on day 1 (click to enlarge)


    The driving route.
            The itinerary stops.


  Cingshui Cliffs Lookout (清水斷崖觀景台)
Arrival: 10:40.
  Taroko NP Visitor Centre (太魯閣國家公園遊客中心)
Arrival: 10:50.

Go there.

  Eternal Spring Shrine (長春祠)
Arrival: 11:45.

Go there.

  Liwu River (立雾溪) and Tunnel of Nine Turns (九曲洞)
Arrival: 11:55.

Go there.

  Cimu Bridge (慈母橋)
Arrival: 12:15.

Go there.

  Xiangde Temple (祥德寺)
Arrival: 14:25.

Go there.

  Bruwan Leader Hotel (布洛灣山月村)
Arrival: 16:20.

Go there.

Comparing their itinerary to destinations that we actually visited, we didn't visit Swallow Grotto, but we visited instead Xiangde Temple, which wasn't on the itinerary.

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