Ep 22: Luye Gaotai, Tropic of Cancer Monument and Taroko National Park
In this episode we head back to the mainland and start exploring Taitung. From coastal areas to mountain highs, Taitung greets visitors to a land of ecological richness and scenic beauty. Some of these natural charms have earned Taitung the nickname as the "garden of Taiwan.”
Our hotel in Taitung is the Bali Suites Hotel, a South Pacific-styled hotel located in a convenient downtown location for travelers to shop and experience local culture with the nearby tourist attractions such as a night market, Hot Spring, Forests and Caves.
First stop after we drop off our luggage, we head to Luye Gaotai, which is a large wooden platform off a plateau where you’ll get panoramic views of the scenery, particularly the fields of tea and pineapple plantations. The area around Luye has become famous for tea, and a lot of the tourism in the area revolves around tea growing.
Tourists and locals can participate in activities such as sliding down the grassy slope to the front of structure, and bigger thrills such as riding quad bikes or paragliding in the area. Another popular activity is hot air ballooning, and Luye Gaotai plays host to the annual Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta which would take place typically every year between June to August.
Riding along the East Rift Valley, you’’ll see vast rice fields and this beautiful scenery was also used as a location for a Mr Brown Coffee television commercial and hence its name Mr Brown Avenue.
Taroko National Park
The name, Taroko, means "magnificent and beautiful" in the Truku language of the Truku indigenous tribe of Taiwan. Long ago a Truku tribesman saw the beauty of the azure Pacific when he walked out of the gorge. On seeing the magnificent scene, he cried "Taroko!". And so it became the name of the place. We take a quick stop to snap some photos of the marble and limestone structures.
And while we were taking photos, another group of tourists were posing and taking photos with my Vespa scooter!
For more information:
Luye Gaotai (http://qiito.com/place/12229-luye-gaotai)
Tropic of Cancer Monument (http://qiito.com/place/14013-tropic-of-cancer-monument)
Taroko National Park (http://qiito.com/place/29-taroko-national-park)
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