Taiwan: Hualien to Taitung

Our breakfast view at The Parkview Hotel in Hualien, Taiwan looked straight outa Jurassic Park!!!

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We drove over to the Eternal Spring Shrine in Taroko National Park...

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...then to another section of the park, Swallow Grotto.

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Hard hat and serious selfie face required.

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Lunch took place at an Aboriginal Restaurant in the park, Leader Village Toroko.

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Everything was fresh and cooked simply.

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More on all of this in an upcoming video; but I will say now that my favorite was the sticky rice, cooked in bamboo.

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Three hours along the Pacific Coast, with a stop along the way at Shitiping (pronounced differently in Chinese than how you'd read it in English)...

...and the Tropic of Cancer marker.

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A little road block!  The local tribe was celebrating their summer harvest with some major street dancing.

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We finally made it by evening, in a little rain, to the Taitung Tribe's restaurant, translated as "Old Tribe, Good Food."  Everything is outdoors, including the kitchen.

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Like our indigenous lunch, basic but delicious.  From the chicken (above) to the fish (below).

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These are shrimp with mayonnaise and SPRINKLES.  Sprinkles, people!  I'm still in shock.

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A quick stop to the Tiehua Music Villages for some outdoor entertainment and shopping...

...now back at our hotel.  Another long, crazy day (with a 3 hour drive) awaits.


For more photos, follow along on social media using the hashtags #LynninTaiwan and #ItsonTaiwan.  This trip is being sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Board.  All opinions are on my own.

***UPDATE - You can watch my videos from Taiwan on my YouTube Page***