We had made arrangements with our Hotel (Hotel Bayview Hualien) to reserve a cabby to take us on a one-day scenic cab tour of Hualien. The taxi uncle was already waiting by the train station when we arrived via Puyuma from Taipei.
The private cab cost NT3000 (SGD$130) for a full day (8 hr) tour, paid directly to the cab driver.
Took some snapshots of the passing coastal scenery from the cab, while traveling to Hotel Bayview to deposit our luggage.
The first destination on our Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) 1-day tour is the beautiful Qingshui Cliff (清水斷崖). Qingshui Cliff is a 21 km stretch of coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are many viewing platforms along the coast to see the the beautiful scenery.
Peaceful Beach with Pacific Ocean View
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This is the lower point where we could walk along the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
The Qingshui mountains behind us – looks calm and soothing.
That’s the entrance to this beautiful beach, a narrow driveway. Our private cab (that’s the one in yellow) waiting for us as we enjoy the quiet serenity of the beach.
One of the most interesting things we find on this shore are the pebbles.
Never seen pebbles that had a clean and distinct streak of other colours across them.
Enjoying a quiet walk along the beach, collecting pebbles.
Chongde Tunnel (崇德隨道)
Our second stop at a higher elevation, allowing us to see the two-tone colours of the Pacific Ocean.
The road lining the Taroko Gorge is made up of many tunnels (隨道), this particular one that brings us the middle viewing platform is called Chongde Tunnel (崇德隨道). By this time of the day, many tourist buses would already have arrived at Hualien.
Fantastic views from this platform.
Some trails and viewing platforms were unfortunately closed when we visited.
Highest Platform – For the Best Views
The best viewing point of Qingshui Cliff is at the third and highest elevation, which fortunately we were early enough to avoid the tourist crowd.
Qingshui Cliff reminds me very much of the magnificent Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, Australia, and to a lesser extent, Tanah Lot at Bali.
Somewhere embedded in the Qingshui Mountains are train tunnels and tracks. Our cab driver told us that was where our Puyuma train from Taipei came from!
Works are underway to construct an elevated platform at this viewing point for even better views of the Qingshui Cliffs.
Safety precaution, in case anyone got too overzealous in taking photographs. We have heard of many stories of unfortunate selfie accidents these days.
Can’t help but notice this little cave at the foot of the cliff. I wonder what lives inside.
The exact point where light blue meets dark blue. I wonder what the scientific explanation is for such a phenomenon.
We walked until the end of the road at this viewing point. Thankfully, no tour buses stopped at this viewing point, allowing us ample time to snap photos with no disruptions.
One of those touristy spots at the Taroko Gorge that everyone would stop at to take pictures, even if it means risking their lives to stand in the middle of the road.
Join us as we travel to the next stop at the Taroko Gorge – Shakadang Trails (砂卡噹步道).
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Enjoy the lovely mountain and sea vistas, as you tour the majestic Taroko Gorge and the beauty of the East Rift Valley of Taitung and Hualien, along Taiwan’s eastern seaboard. This tour will depart with even only one passenger, the shuttle visits Hualien’s bed and breakfast inns, so sit back and enjoy the ride!