Fox Glacier is easily accessible on state highway 6, just 30 minutes away from Franz Josef township. We stopped by Fox on our way to Wanaka. Reaching the base of the glacier is much faster compared to Franz Josef Glacier. We just had to walk a short distance on the dry riverbed Continue reading
Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier was one of the most unique experiences I have ever had. If you are visiting the west coast region of New Zealand, I would really highly recommend this activity. Continue reading
Hokitika in Maori, means “place of return”. It is a peaceful town on the way to Franz Josef Glacier. Hokitika is the home of the New Zealand jade, the green stone, or pounamu . Continue reading
The beautiful scenic SH73 highway is also known as the Great Alpine Highway. Throughout the journey, we were surrounded by the southern alps and during our drive, we were just “wow, wow, wow”, all the way. Driving from Christchurch to Greymouth is Continue reading
Whale & dolphin watching had always been on my list of to-do things. I went on whale/dolphin tour with a few friends in Auckland previously but was unsuccessful so I decided to try again in Hualien. After seeing beautiful pictures from other blogs (see end of posts), I was even more excited.
We took the package Continue reading
After our tiring day cycling through the Taroko National Park, we went back to City Corner to freshen up a bit and went to Nanbin Night Market (南濱夜市) for dinner. In my understanding, “night markets” are usually associated with lots of food. But Nanbin night market has more entertainment than food. Gary and I walked around for a while and discovered familiar games which I played during my childhood years in Taiwan.
Balloon Darting Game. You get 15 darts for NTD50. The prize you get depends on how many balloons you burst.
Hooping game where Continue reading
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”.
One unique thing Continue reading
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
The Lu Fung Jade Workshop (如豐琢玉工坊) is my favorite part, where I could process the jade myself! I love the little lane that leads to the workshop. The walls had some not-so precious jade lined up against it and had photos of the jade processing workflow. Continue reading
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