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Chishingtan Hualien, Taiwan, Day 6 (I)

Hualien Taiwan

Before going to Taroko Gorge, we detoured to Chishingtan, which is also spelt as Qixingtan (七星潭).  The name Chishingtan literally means “Seven Stars Lake”, but it really is a crescent-shaped bay (星月型海灣).   Chishingtan is also an excellent place to view the big dipper, which is an asterism of the 7 stars, and hence the name “Seven Stars Lake”. 

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Tze Chiang Night Market Hualien, Taiwan (I).

How can I not go to a night market for food when I am in Taiwan? Although I didn’t get a chance to go to night markets in Taipei, but I did manage to go to Tze Chiang Night Market in Hualien.  It’s on a smaller scale compared to the night markets in Taipei, but you will get most of the popular Taiwanese street food here.  More over, you will find some local delights only available in Hualien. Continue reading

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Lintian Mountain Forestry Center Hualien, Taiwan, Day 5 (V)

Hualien Taiwan

During 1918, Lintian Mountain Forestry Center (林田山林業文化園區) was a flourishing lumbering community.  The community had a clinic, cinema, dormitory, barber shop, primary school, kindergarten and grocery stores to support the livelihood of the community. It was almost equivalent to a small town.  In 1991, natural logging was prohibited by the government, diminishing the community, leaving the cultural artifacts of forestry behind.

At the Forestry, you will find railway tracks

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Lichuan Aquafarm Hualien, Taiwan, Day 5 (III)

Hualien Taiwan

Lichuan Aquafarm (立川漁場) is the only place in Taiwan that produces the golden clams (黃金蜆).   These fresh-water clams are considered a national treasure of Taiwan because they are high in nutritional value, and in particular, extremely beneficial for the liver.  The golden clams are results of advance technology whereby water quality, algae breeding and soil types are thoroughly researched. Continue reading

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Ching Xiu Temple, Hualien, Taiwan, Day 5 (I)

Hualien Taiwan

We reached Hualien at 11.30am via Taroko express.  After checking in at City Corner, we went on a half day tour by cab.  The cab service was recommended by City Corner.

We went along the east rift valley, going to 5 different places.  Ching Xiu Temple, Liyu Lake, Lichuan Fishery,  Lu-Fung Jade Workshop and Lintian Mountain.  That’s me again being too greedy wanting to see too many places all in one go!

In front of Ching Xiu Temple at Jian Township.
During the Japanese colonial period (1895 – 1945), the Japanese

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