Tuesday, June 29, 2010

9.4 Hualien East Coast Trip 花东海岸之游 Part 1

We took a day trip at Hualien East Coast Trip 花东海岸之游. Hualien public transport is not convenient. You can either hire a driver to drive you around places to visit or take a travel bus package.

At the early morning, we visit the Chishingtan Beach (七星潭) . It is located at the north of Hualien City (follow the bike path from Nanbin Seashore Park). No swimming and beach activities on this beach, as the tides and currents are quite dangerous, the bottom drops off steeply.

The beach does not have much sand, mostly pebbles. I heard the pebbles are from wash down from the mountains of Taroko Gorge.

There is a Chishing Fish Museum (七星柴魚博物館) at near the beach. We didn't visit the museum as we are not interested. One thing good in having a personal driver is we can select those places we wanted to visit.

The driver later drive us up to a small hill where we can see the whole Hualien City view.

Here is a beautiful view when we are driving down the hill.

This is the Hualien Ocean Park. It's something similar to the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium at Kenting. Adding more features such as ferris wheel,cable car, and some theme park. The ticket price is NT$890. We didn't visit this park as we think it will be more or less the same as in Kenting.

Along the road, we saw alot of these bicyclist along the road.

Next is our favorite spot -Stone Stairs Beach (石梯坪). The beach are form by rocks that looks like stairs. Love the blue waters of the beach.

There some small lakes around the stones, we enjoy viewing the small fishes and seaweeds around the small lakes. The water are crystal clear.

The current of the sea is just so powerful. See how the water splash on the gap of the rocks ~

There are some workers collecting sea shells on the dangerous beach. Please do not go so near to the beach. We even saw some news reporting people die because of this powerful sea.

Next we reach the Long Rainbow Bridge. During summer, the water will rise and they will have 4 hours of river rafting trip from the hills down to this bridge.

We now reach the Eight Goddess Cave八仙洞. We were too lazy to visit every caves. Instate we visit the one that is more nearer to us.

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