Taiwan Free and Easy Trip Day 4

February 26, 2015 1 comment

Taiwan (Qing Jing & Hua Lien) Free & Easy Trip Day 4

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Day 4 Itinerary: Qing Jing Farm, Wuling National Forest Recreation Area (snowing)

Day 4 Itinerary: Qing Jing Farm, Wuling National Forest Recreation Area (snowing)

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Itinerary 2

Day 4 Itinerary: Taroko National Park, Tian Xiang, Yue Wang Ting, Cimu Bridge, Swallow Grotto Trial, Hua Lien Qixing Lake and Zi Qiang Night Market

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Sea of Clouds Vacation Villa, Qing Jing 云海景观度假山庄

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Hotel 2

Beautiful Hotel with many Sakura bloom

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Hotel 3

Scenery from the Hotel

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Hotel 1

Beautiful Sakura bloom everywhere

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Hotel 4

Vegetables and fruits stall near the Hotel. The pear is very sweet must try!!!

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QingJing Farm, Green Green Grasslands 青青草原

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Ticket: NT160 (Weekdays) and NT200 (Weekend)

Open: 8am to 5pm

Qing Jing Farm is 1,750 meters above the sea level.  This wide grassy plain is the most popular site of the Qingjing Veterans Farm; the herds of sheep grazing on the land and mountains in the horizon have a distinct European style.

Qing Jing 1

Qing Jing Farm

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Qing Jing 2

Green Green Grassland become Golden Grassland in the cool weather

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Qing Jing 5

Qing Jing Farm is one of the famous site for Wedding photo shooting

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The sheep shearing show, with sheep shearers all the way from New Zealand hairdressing these furry farm animals for the audience’s enjoyment.

Qing Jing 3

Qing Jing sheep shearing location

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Qing Jing 4

Sheeps roaming freely for photo-shooting.

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Qing Jing 6

Pure natural wild honey for sale

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Wuling National Forest Recreation Area 武嶺

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Ticket: Free Entrance

Open: 24 hours

Wuling National Forest Recreational Area at 3,275 metres above sea level situated in north-eastern Taichung is the highest automobile pass in Taiwan.

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Wu Ling 1

Snowing at Wu Ling

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The road is narrow and winding throughout, and is considered a dangerous and difficult road. After several incidents, buses and large trucks were barred from this point.

Snowing

So excited, is Snowing :)

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Hehuanshan National Forest Recreation Area 合歡山

Ticket: Free Entrance

Open: 24 hours

Hehuanshan peak lies on the boundaries of Nantou and Hualien counties and is within the Taroko Gorge National Park.  The Hehuanshan Road is currently the only paved road leading across the Central Mountains from Taichung City to Hualien via the famous and beautiful Taroko Gorge.

Wu Ling 2

Nice panorama view with snow capped mountains peak

Taroko National Park 太魯閣國家公園

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Situated in the eastern part of the Taiwan and established on November 28, 1986, covers more than 92,000 hectares in the northern section of the Central Mountain Range. This park features high mountains and sheer gorges.

Most of its peaks  height are more than 3,000m above sea level, with many natural wonders.  The 20 km-long Taroko Gorge is the world’s largest marble canyon.

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Tian Xiang 天祥

We are having lunch break at Tian Xiang.

Tian Xiang is a nice and quiet small town

Tian Xiang is a nice and quiet small town

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Tian Xiang 2

Tian Xiang

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Are we in Japan

Snow, Japanese Girl and Sakura… Are we in Japan??

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Yue Wang Ting 岳王亭

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Ticket: Free Entrance

Open: 24 hours

Xiao Cun told us, this Yue Wang Ting become famous after the Korean shooting a film here.

Many Korean tourists requested to visit this place after watching the movie.

Yue Wang 1

Yue Wang Ting

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Yue Wang 2

This hanging bridge can only allow 8 person to cross each time

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Cimu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge) 慈母橋

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Ticket: Free Entrance

Open: 24 hours

Cimu Bridge is an H-Shape hanging bridge with marble stone lions on each end and with marble lotus stones on two sides.

Ci Mu Bridge 1

Ci Mu Bridge

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The frog-like rock is composed of black layer of schist at the top and white marble at the bottom.  A pavilion was built on this frog rock, becoming the crown on the frog.  This was built by late President Chiang Jing-guo, in memory of his mother.

Cimu pavilion area is on the east side of the bridge, built by late President Chiang Kai-shek, in memory of his mother, Mrs. Wang.

Ci Mu Bridge 2

The rock beneath the bridge looks like a frog.

慈母橋是一座形狀美麗的紅色大橋,位於天祥以東3公里處的中橫公路上,為立霧溪與其支流荖西溪的匯流處。   慈母橋東側橋頭建有「慈母亭」,是先總統蔣中正為紀念母親王太夫人所建,而橋中段旁的青蛙石上有「蘭亭」,看似青蛙頭上戴著皇冠,這是經國先生為紀念其母所建。

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Tunnel of Nine Turns closed due to earth quake and Changchun Temple is closed for renovation.

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Swallow Grotto Trial 燕子口步道

Ticket: Free Entrance

Open: 24 hours

Yan Zi 2

Yan Zi

Following the Central Cross-Island Highway, at Swallow Grotto, the rocky cliffs of the Liwu River gorge seem to reach to heaven, while the river runs its swiftest and the distance between the gorge walls so narrow that they almost seem to touch each other.

Yan Zi 3

The walls are very steep and narrow and very deep.  Beware of falling rocks!!

燕子口太魯閣峽谷岩壁中的其中一段,在河流與地下水長期的侵蝕下而造成壁上許多小型洞穴,吸引了小雨燕、洋燕等在洞中築巢而居,近而吸引遊客前來觀賞,形成「百燕鳴谷」的奇景。

Yan Zi 1

The road is curve out of the mountain by blasting away the rocks. Great engineering feat

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Qi Xing Lake 七星潭

Ticket: Free Entrance

Open: 24 hours

Qixing Lake (Qixingtan) is located in the northeast of Hualien City.  The beach there has an elegant arch shape.  The seawater is clean and blue.  The black stones are crystal.  From Qixing Lake, people can look over the Qingshui Cliff, great green mountains and the twisting highways.

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Qi Xing Lake 1

Qi Xing Lake

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七星潭位花蓮市區東北方,此地海灘呈一優美的弧形海灣。海水潔淨湛藍,黑石晶瑩剔透,在此可遠眺青山蒼鬱,公路綿延。據說位於花蓮師範學院和花蓮機場一帶,早年有零星湖泊散佈,後來因建設需要而填實。

Qi Xing Lake

Qi Xing Lake Scenery

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Zi Qiang Night Market 自强夜市

Open: 5pm to 12am daily

Zi Qiang night market is very small if compare with Feng Jia night market in Taichung.

Zi Qiang Night Market is very small if compare with Feng Jia Night Market in Taichung

Zi Qiang Night Market

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About 20 mins walk from Hotel.

About 20 mins walk from Hotel.

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We are staying at Hua Lien Cullinan Hotel 花蓮天璽商務飯店 for 2 nights

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Link: Taiwan (Taipei) Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taiwan (Tao Yuan & Taichung) Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Taiwan (Taichung & Qing Jing) Free and Easy Trip Day 3

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 3

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 4

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 5

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