Taiwan Summer Fun in Hualien 花莲, Taroko Gorge 太鲁阁

After spending two days in Cing Jing, the next leg of our Taiwan free and easy Summer adventure was to the easten part of Taiwan to Hua Lian 花莲, where we did a road trip to Taroko Gorge 太鲁阁. Taroko Gorge is Hua Lian’s main attraction and according to friends who have been there, they were all captivated and left spell bound by the spectacular scenery.

Bidding good bye to the picturesque view in Cing Jing

Being city folks, I was looking forward to this part of our trip as we’ll have plenty of opportunities to get close to nature and we spent two days in Hua Lian. On the first day,  we got up bright and early and had our breakfast at our minsu before heading off at 9am, where we were picked up by our friendly cab driver, Mr Zhen. He is the husband of 古小姐, whom we booked for this roadtrip and understand that this is their family business where husband, wife and son, ferry customers between Cing Jing and Hua Lian and vice versa. Taroko National Park is famous for its marble gorge. You can find out more information on the park from this website.

Before setting off, Mr Zheng warned us that the journey up to He Huan Shan 合歡山 will be steep and winding, so we were advised to arm ourselves with a jacket and let him know if we feel unwell along the way, especially for Sophie.

The stops that we covered in Taroko National Park were -> Wu Ling (武嶺) -> He Huan Shan (合歡山) -> Dayuling (大禹嶺) -> Bi Lu Shen Mu  (碧綠神木) -> Intertek (天祥) -> Yue Fei Pavilion (岳飞亭) –Mother Bridge (慈母橋) -> Swallow trail (燕子口) -> Changchun Temple (長春祠) -> Shakagang Trail (砂卡礑步道) -> Chishingtan Beach (七星潭). The estimated journey was 7 hours

Bright smiles from everyone as we climbed up the mountains to be greeted with this amazing view

Tea plantations and organic farms on the mountains

The drive up He Huan Shan 合歡山 was indeed windy. Thankfully, our cab driver Mr Zhen is a very seasoned driver with his daily commute up and down the mountains and knows the roads like the back of his hand. Sophie was a strong trooper and wasn’t too affected by the altitude although she was quite uncomfortable towards the top.

Our first pit stop, 武嶺

 A quick history lesson on the Japanese invasion to Taiwan during the 20th century

We continued to climb higher up the mountains and it got colder and more foggy. In fact, the temperature dropped to 8 degrees when we were at the peak of He Huan Shan.

Messy hair from the strong winds. Don’t forget your jackets!

After a quick toilet break and some photos, we ran back to the cab to seek shelter from the strong winds. Not long after, we stopped for lunch at the Central Cross-Island Highway. I forgot the name of the shop where we ate but they served peach honey coffee! Before you give me that strange look, you got to try it for yourself because it was one of the best coffee I’ve tasted. This was the olny place that we can stop for food, so if you don’t intend to eat here, you better pack some food or snacks for the long journey.

After fueling up, we walked to the grand old looking Bi Lu Shen Mu which is a famous sacred tree. But I’ve forgotten the tale of how it got its name.

After setting off shortly, we got stalled by this sight where the rocks fell onto the road just minutes before we drove by.I was so thankful for God’s protection over us. It’s quite common to see rock slides happening especially since Taiwan experiences strong typhoons and torrent rain.

While waiting for the rocks to be cleared, we got out of the cab for a breather and the air was indeed extra refreshing when you’re high up in the mountains.

Our cab driver, 古小姐, trying to get a hug from a cheeky Sophie

Just imagine if we traveled any faster and we may have been hurt by the falling rocks. Onward we go!

One of the many organic farms 有机农场 we saw along the way. Organic farms are gaining popularity in Taiwan with more being concerned about their health and sustainable farming.

Cheung Tak Temple on top with the world’s tallest golden statue of Buddha

The waters that flowed through the gorge was greyish that day unlike the clear blue that I so often see from others photos. Not sure if it had anything to do with the rainy weather that we had that day.

Declaration of love and markings of names formed by white pebbles against the grey sand

Since many of the trails were either closed or too dangerous for a wet day (it rained on and off), our cab driver suggested that we go on a short hike at the Lu Shui Trail. She estimated that it would take us no more than an hour and armed us with insect propellant and a torch light.

Initially I was quite hesitant but since Alexis was so game for it we just went for it. I hope I don’t regret it….

At the entrance of the trail…erm looks like a very adventurous trail alright

We had to watch our steps and duck our heads when we walked near the edge of the overhanging rocks. Thankfully, I’m short and have little navigating through the trail.

Below us was the Lui Shui terrace where it used to be the home of the Taroko settlement and is now a major attraction in the Taroko National Park. We exited the trail after 40 minutes as there was honestly not much to see, so I wouldn’t recommend it at all 😛 

We arrived at Yue Fei Pavilion (岳飞亭) that was built in remembrance of the hero, Yue Fei. 

At the end of the bridge is a suspension bridge to one of the park’s Ecological Protection Entry but entry is not allowed without a pass.

Sophie and daddy looking so 甜蜜蜜 sharing an umbrella

 
Another highlight on the roadtrip is this red bridge is called the Motherly Devotion Bridge, 慈母橋.
According to Mrs Gu, the bridge was built in honor of a mother’s devotion. She pointed out that there was a part protruding out under the bridge that resembles a frog with a crown. Do you see it?
Below the bridge was the marbled walls that bore a beautiful patterns that were all naturally formed. Yet another reminder to me at how beautiful the works of God’s handiwork are 🙂
Mrs Gu brought us to the Leader Village Taroko to have a quick glimpse of the area that was once home to the Taroko aboriginals. For those keen, you can even stay in the hotel here that is run by the aboriginals. As we were already behind schedule, we quickly departed and headed to Swallow Grotto.
Before we reached Swallow Grotto, 燕子口, we had to rent helmets. This was meant to protect ourselves from falling rocks or any injuries as the pathways can be quite dark. Mrs Gu dropped us at the entrance and armed us with torch lights as we were recommended to walk to the other end and try to spot the swallows.
Can you see the little holes along the sides of the cliffs? These are the swallows nest and Sophie was thrilled to spot the flock of swallows flying about.

Sophie dozed off in the cool wet weather
By now, we have already been on the roads for 8 hours and couldn’t wait to get to Cing Jing. But our car soon came to a stand still when we saw a jam due to road works. It was a snaking queue and took us another half an hour to get pass.

 Major road works due to the falling rocks on one side of the cliff

We finally got to the end of our Hua Lian road trip and one can never claim to have been to the Taroko Gorge if you didn’t take a photo at this rock at it’s entrance/ exit (depending on which way you started your journey from).

We finally arrived at Hua Lian where we were treated to another view- the view of the Pacific Ocean from Chishingtan Beach, 七星潭. The beach is worth a mention as its shores is not your typical sandy shore but a pebbled one.

Sophie got busy filling a paper bag with pebbles and took them back to the minsu as a memento for making it to the end of our day’s road trip. Needless to say, we were exhausted and retreated early for the night before our whale watching adventure the next day.

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Comments: 189

  1. Julia December 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Hi,

    is it possible to have a day trip from Cingjing to Taroko Gorge? Will it be too tiring for the kids?

    Could you please share the contact of the driver and the price for this drive?

    Thanks

    • Susan December 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply

      Hi Julia,
      Sorry for the late reply. Are you intending to have the day trip in Cing Jing or Taroko Gorge? If you’re going with kids, better t spend a day each at these places.
      The cab driver I hired from Cing Jing to Taroko Gorge is 古小姐. You can contact her via whatsapp at 0935-083-682 (+886-935-083-682) or drop her an email at mom88168@yahoo.com.tw.

  2. Yasmine Ow January 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for such a detailed and well done write up on your trip!
    I’m thinking of hiring a car from cingjing to hualien too. But I am traveling with a 20 month old and 4 year old. Would you advise for us to take the same road trip? Or is it too tiring for kids?

    Can you share your itinerary with me? I’m going for 8 days and would like to use yours as reference.

    Thanks!

  3. Elyana January 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, Thanks for sharing your Taiwan trip! I was thinking of engaging 古小姐 based on your recommedation, but then heard from her that she charges additionalfor’overtime’, on per hour basis. May i know whether you encountered this with her too? Read about warnings on this from other travellers,  which made me a little concerned.. She also didn’t mention it until I asked specifically – twice – so I’m not sure if it was deliberate hiding or what.. Would appreciate greatly if you could let me know how your experience was, regarding this. Thanks! 

    • Susan January 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm Reply

      Hi Elyana,
      No I didn’t encounter any extra charge even though our journey was delayed for an hour or so. But it was due to unforseen circumstances as the roads were closed for a while due to falling rocks. I find that in general, she’d pretty honest and friendly so you may want to ask the feedback of those she charged overtime for-was it to see some attractions that they requested etc? What she quoted us was for whole day and not on an hourly basis. Hope this is useful to you.

      • Elyana January 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm Reply

        Hi Susan,
        Oops, actually I meant that other travellers warned in general to check if there are overtime charges before engaging the drivers, not saying that i have seen pple complain this about her. Sorry if there was any misunderstanding! Yup, thanks for your feedback, at least i know that if delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, she may not charge us for it. =) Thanks again!

        • Susan January 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm Reply

          I see. She comes highly recommended by friends as well as on trip advisor so shouldn’t be a problem. Happy planning for your holiday 🙂

  4. Tiffany Lim January 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Nice blog! Can advise on your accommodation in hualien? From Hualien to Taipei, also by cab? Possible for you to share your itinerary with me too? Planning free& easy Taiwan with my 5yr old son, my parents and in-law. Thanks. Tiffany

    • Susan January 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm Reply

      Hi Tiffany,

      Just sent you my itinerary for Taiwan. Hope it answers the questions you post about and it helpful for your planning 🙂 I like F&E but sometimes dread the planning…

  5. Tiffany January 25, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you so much. Yes the planning part is really not easy.

  6. Celine February 21, 2014 at 11:40 am Reply

    Hi Susan

    I am interested in the activites and itinerary you planned which is of much interest for young kids. Could you please e-mail me your itinerary as a reference? Thanks in advance!

    • Susan February 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm Reply

      Sure 🙂 Will do that by this week. I’ll also be blogging about our whale watching or rather dolphin watching experience at Hua Lian soon 🙂

  7. Sweety Orange April 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Can I have you itinerary please? Is planning a trip to Taiwan this June with 2 adult and 2 kids, 11d10n… have no clue how to start… would like to have yours as a reference. Thanks 🙂

    • Susan April 7, 2014 at 7:55 am Reply

      Hi Sweety Orange, I’ve emailed you my itinerary. Hope t’s useful when you plan your trip 🙂

  8. wan ling April 7, 2014 at 8:55 am Reply

    Hi, i am going Hualien 11 april. april able to see whale?thanks..

    • Susan April 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm Reply

      Hi, April and May are good times for whale watching but no guarantees. I was there in May but didn’t see them on our trip. But we did see lots of dolphins though.

  9. Tan Kelvin April 8, 2014 at 2:08 am Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Can I have you itinerary please? I am planning to test out farm stay for my 4 year old daughter and bring a infant too. total 2 adult and 2 kids, have no clue when is the best time to go to flying cow ranch would like to have yours as a reference. Thanks

    • Susan April 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm Reply

      Hi Kelvin,

      Sure. I’ll drop you an email on it. But there may be some delays as my home pc is down. Your family will enjoy the stay at Flying Cow Ranch 🙂

  10. Regina April 8, 2014 at 11:48 am Reply

    Hi

    Your blog is really useful for me to plan my trip end of this year! Can you pl share your itinerary with me? Also, which hotel did you stay in Taipei? Any recommendation? Many thanks in advance!!

  11. December May 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    I really enjoyed your blog on your Taipei trip! Possible for your to share your itinerary with me too? Thanks in advance.

    • Susan May 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm Reply

      Hi,

      Sorry for the late reply. I’ve just emailed my itinerary to you. Hope it’s useful 🙂

  12. Esther Poh May 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    I would like to travel where you have gone through for your taiwan trip! It looks exciting! could you share your itinerary with me? Thanks! 🙂

  13. crystal July 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm Reply

    Hi dear, may i know where do u stay in hualien? How much does the driver cost for one day in hualien based on the places you go above?

    • Susan July 8, 2014 at 8:14 am Reply

      Hi Crystal,

      I stayed in 浪淘沙看海民宿 in Hua Lian and paid TWD5000 for 2 nights (S$205). Another place that is recommended by my cab driver which is popular with Singaporeans is the 七星潭渡假飯店. The cab driver that I hired was Mrs Gu who charged us TWD5000 for the journey between Cing Jing to Hua Lien and to the places that you read above. If you’re interested to book her, you can drop her an email at mom88168@yahoo.com.tw. A lot of people on Trip Advisor recommended her and her hubby too.

  14. Ros July 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, your blog is really useful for my taiwan trip planning! May I ask how much did you book the driver and for how long? That’ll be really helpful, thank you!!

    • Susan July 8, 2014 at 8:41 am Reply

      Hi Ros,

      I booked the driver for a day from Cing Jing to Hua Lien and paid 5,000TWD. We set off at 9am and got to Hua Lien around 6:00pm.

  15. joy chua July 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Dear Susan,
    I am planning for an upcoming family trip and I am so glad I chanced upon your website!
    Your itinerary seems perfect for my family. Can I request for your excellent itinerary please? My family and I I would appreciate it a lot. Hope to hear from you soon.
    🙂

    • Susan July 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm Reply

      Hi Joy,
      Just saw that you left a comment here. Sure, I’ve emailed it to you. Hope it’s helpful 🙂

  16. C July 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Hello Susan
    I read your blog on Taiwan trip. I’m planning for Taiwan trip in Nov. Could you kindly email me your itinerary? Thanks so much!

    • Susan August 4, 2014 at 7:40 am Reply

      Hi C,
      Thanks for dropping by my blog. I’ve emailed you my Taiwan itinerary.

  17. Fen July 28, 2014 at 11:19 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for sharing your trip as it’s really useful for my taiwan trip planning! Possible for your to share your itinerary with me too? Many thanks!

  18. Serene July 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm Reply

    Hi Susan

    Interesting blog. I am planning for a family trip to Taiwan end of this year. Can you please share with me your itinerary? Thanks so much!

    • Susan August 31, 2014 at 7:25 pm Reply

      Hi Serene,

      You’ll get very nice cool weather at year end. My itinerary has been sent. Hope it helps 🙂

  19. Ashley August 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Hi Susan! can you please email me a copy of your itinerary?

    • Cheryl August 21, 2014 at 12:38 am Reply

      Hi Susan,
      I am planning a family trip to Taiwan in Nov this year. Could you kindly share ur itinerary with me. Thank you.

      • Susan August 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm Reply

        Hi Cheryl,

        Hope that the itinerary that I’ve sent is useful for your holiday planning 🙂

    • Susan August 31, 2014 at 7:23 pm Reply

      Hi Ashley,
      Sorry for the delayed response. Hope that the itinerary can help in your planning.

  20. Bee August 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Dear Susan,

    I am planning to go Taiwan this coming Nov, could you share with me your itinerary please?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Susan August 31, 2014 at 7:20 pm Reply

      Hi Bee,
      Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve emailed you my Taiwan itinerary. Hope you find it useful 🙂

  21. cymphere September 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    May I hv yr full itinerary of Taiwan trip, tks in advance!

    Best Rgds

    • Susan September 18, 2014 at 12:03 am Reply

      Hi there Cymphere,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Sure, I’ve emailed my Taiwan itinerary to you. Hope it helps in your planning 🙂

  22. Denise September 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    May I have your Taiwan itinery too? I’m heading there with my hubby and 2.5 year old in Nov. Hope to have a smooth trip!

    • Susan October 9, 2014 at 8:16 am Reply

      Hi Denise,
      I’ve emailed you my itinerary. Hope it’s useful and have a good family holiday.

  23. Melinda September 30, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply

    Hi Susan,

    may I have your itinerary too? Am going in Nov! Thanks! 🙂

    • Susan October 9, 2014 at 8:17 am Reply

      Hi Melinda,

      Hope you’ve received the itinerary that I’ve emailed you. Have a good trip 🙂

  24. Samantha October 7, 2014 at 11:41 am Reply

    HI Susan!
    thanks for sharing such comprehensive info here.
    I’m in the midst of planning my taiwan trip for this coming Dec. The only slight difference from yours is that i’l be heading to Hualien first then to Cingjing. WIll the driver (Ms Gu) be able to provide her service from Hualien first?
    May I also request for your itenerary as a reference? Thank you so much in advance 🙂

  25. lindy October 10, 2014 at 5:02 am Reply

    Hi Susan

    I am bringing 2 kids in Nov, do u mind sending me ur itinerary?

    thanks ahead

    • Susan October 28, 2014 at 8:31 am Reply

      Hi Lindy,

      I’ve dropped you an email on it. Hope you enjoy Taiwan with your kids.

  26. S.Suhail Ali October 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm Reply

    Dear Susan,

    I am planning a trip to Taiwan with my family including my 7 year old son from 25-30 Nov. I plan to visit Taipei, CingJing, Hua lian in that order. Can you please share your itinerary and give us some tips as I am not a mandarin speaker.

    • Susan October 15, 2014 at 8:20 am Reply

      Hi Suhail,

      I went to the same places you mentioned. I’ve sent you my itinerary and hope that it’s useful for your holiday planning.

  27. Sylvia Seah October 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    I am planning a trip to Cingjing, Hualien and I chanced upon your blog. We are leaving during christmas season. I really find your blog useful in my planning! Would you also mind sharing your itinerary with me? 🙂 Thanks

    • Susan October 28, 2014 at 8:29 am Reply

      Hi Sylvia,

      I’ve dropped you an email of my itinerary. Hope you have a good time in Taiwan 🙂

  28. Jen Ang October 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for sharing! It’s look interesting!

    Do you mind sending me your itinerary?

    Thank you!

    • Susan November 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm Reply

      Hi Jen,

      I’m emailed it to you 🙂

  29. Fiona November 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm Reply

    Hi,
    I really find your blog useful in my planning! Would you also mind sharing your itinerary with me?  Thanks

    • Susan November 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm Reply

      Hi Fiona,

      No problem. I’ve dropped you an email on it.

  30. Annie November 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    I am going this end Nov for a 7-8 days trip with my 3&5yo. Could you share your itinerary for my planning? Thanks much!

    • Susan November 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm Reply

      Hi Annie,

      You’ll enjoy yourself in Taiwan. I’ve emailed you my itinerary 🙂

  31. Jasmine Tan November 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for yr sharings on yr taiwan trip in yr blog.
    Would you mind to share yr itinerary with me? Thanks.

    Br/Jasmine

    • Susan November 10, 2014 at 7:53 am Reply

      Hi Jasmine,
      I’ve emailed you my itinerary. Hope it helps in your holiday planning.

  32. kylie November 9, 2014 at 4:15 am Reply

    HI Susan,
    I’m bringing 2 kids in Dec. Would you mind share your itinerary with me ?

    • Susan November 10, 2014 at 7:53 am Reply

      Hi Kylie,

      I’ve dropped you an email on my Taiwan itinerary. Enjoy Taiwan with your family.

  33. ade November 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    I like your taiwan trip blog. Will be going with family to taiwan soon. Is it possible to share your Itinerary with me too. Many thanks.

    • Susan November 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm Reply

      Hi Ade,

      I’ve dropped you an email with the itinerary. Have a good trip 🙂

  34. Joanne Oh November 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Hi Susan

    May I have your itinerary for reference too? Looks like loads of fun, thx!

    • Susan November 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm Reply

      Hi Joanne,
      I’ve emailed it to you. Hope it’s useful.

  35. Joey Lim January 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm Reply

    Hello Susan!

    I’m having difficulties planning my Taiwan trip especially how to go around Taiwan with the least traveling time possible >< Would you mind sharing your itinerary with me? 🙂 Thank you so much!!

  36. Isabella January 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I will be planning a trip to Taiwan with my family and I wonder if I can request from you your itinerary, please?

    • Susan January 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm Reply

      Hi Isabella,

      I’ve emailed it to you. Hope it helps in planning your Taiwan trip with the family 🙂

  37. Darren January 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, we are going to taichung, cingjing, hualien and Taipei in April, and your blog is great reference for my planning. Could you also email me your itinerary? Great thanks and very much appreciated!

    • Susan March 4, 2015 at 9:17 pm Reply

      Hi Darren,
      I’ve emailed it to you. Have a good holiday in Taiwan 🙂

  38. Elena March 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Hi, I am planning a trip to Taiwan in October. Would you mind sending me a copy of your itinerary ? Thank you 🙂

    • Susan March 6, 2015 at 8:28 am Reply

      Hi Elena,

      I’ve sent the itinerary to you. Do check your email 🙂

  39. Dawn March 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I am so lucky to chance upon your blog post. I am going Taiwan soon and might be following the route you are taking (cingjing to hualien). Please advice me if you manage to explore the whole of taroko park on that day? i am worried that i might be too greedy to plan hualien and cingjing for duration of less than 4 days. It will be great if you can send me your itinerary as a guide. Cheers;)

    • Susan March 6, 2015 at 8:32 am Reply

      Hi Dawn,

      I covered Cing Jing in one and a half days and Hua Lian in two days. We didn’t managed to cover a lot of the Taroko Park as it rained and made it unsuitable to walk at some parts as we had my daughter with us. But 4 days sounds about right as you can see from my itinerary which I’ve emailed you. Hope it gives you a guide and helps in your planning. If you haven’t booked your driver, can recommend Mrs Gu as she’s super friendly and a very careful driver. Have a good time in Taiwan 🙂

  40. cookie March 5, 2015 at 8:31 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I happen to see your blog and like the places you went. I am planning to go Taiwan this month. Would you be kind enough to send me your itinerary for my reference? Thanks a lot!

  41. Cookie March 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, mind sharing your itinerary with me? Coz I intend to go cingjing, hualian and yilan as well. Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Susan March 11, 2015 at 12:05 am Reply

      Hi Cookie,
      Sorry I missed your first comment. I’ve emailed it across to you. And hope it helps in your itinerary planning.

  42. CY March 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, would u mind sending me your itinerary? I will be gg to taiwan in Apr, intend to visit cinjing as well:) tks.

    Actually I contacted Mrs Gu and ask about the cost of the transport. Any couple interested in a car pool as it will be slightly cheaper?

  43. Judy April 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, would u mind sharing your Taiwan trip itinery with me too? Was thinking of going to the places you mentioned too 🙂 Tks a lot!

    • Susan April 9, 2015 at 8:19 am Reply

      Hi Judy,

      Sure. I’ve dropped you an email with it. Enjoy Taiwan 🙂

  44. Alice April 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Hi Susan Interesting write up. I am also going to Cinjing and Hualien in May. Can share with my your intinerary? Btw, hw old is yr girl? My girl is 3yo. Look like they same age.. I tot the walk at Taroko looks quite challenging with a toddler. I not going to bring a stroller but not decide to bring the carrier type. Any advise for me? I worry that my girl will be too tired for the long walk..

  45. Magicerife April 27, 2015 at 5:59 am Reply

    Hey Susan. Can you kindly share the itinerary with me too? Was planning to go to the places you’ve covered

    • Susan April 30, 2015 at 1:05 am Reply

      Sure, I’ve emailed it across to you.

  46. Jiamin April 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Hi Susan! 🙂 I chanced upon your blog whilst searching for itineraries for Hualien & Cingjing… I think your itinerary would be a great help for my trip, would you mind sharing your itinerary with me as well! 🙂 We’re still deciding between a bus/private driver as well haha. Going in 3 weeks time!!

    Thank you so much 🙂

    • Susan April 30, 2015 at 1:04 am Reply

      Hi Jiamin,
      Oh you’ll like it there in Hualien and CJ. Have emailed my itinerary to you 🙂 Do let me know if you went to other places besides those I blogged about.

  47. Serene Tang May 5, 2015 at 1:04 am Reply

    Hi Susan, I am very glad I saw your blog 🙂 My husband and I are planning to visit Taipei, Hua Lian, Yilan and Cingjing. This will be our first trip to Taiwan. Could you share with me your itinerary as I am having problems planning the trip? Could you give advice on transport too? Thank you so much 🙂

    • Susan May 12, 2015 at 2:03 am Reply

      Hi Serene,
      I’ve emailed it across to you. Hope it gives you an idea on where to go in Taiwan and the places you’re keen to visit with hubby.

  48. beautifulseeds May 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I’m glad I came across ur blog. Sounds really great for a family with young kids. We have visit taipei when the kids were 1.5yo and now they r 3yo and we intend to plan another trip to other parts of taiwan. Would you mind sharing your itinerary? Thanks 🙂

    • Susan May 12, 2015 at 2:01 am Reply

      Hi, I’ve dropped you an email with my Taiwan itinerary hope you’ll enjoy Taiwan with your family.

  49. cupidth May 26, 2015 at 8:14 am Reply

    Hi Susan, i am going to taiwan in Oct. May I have your intinerary and all your driver contacts. Thank you.

    • Susan May 26, 2015 at 11:47 pm Reply

      Hi Cupidth,
      I’ve dropped you an email on my itinerary which has my drivers contacts Hope it helps 🙂

  50. Elaine June 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, thanks for the great info on your blog. Am planning to bring my parents to stay at Starry Villa at Cingjing. And would like to go Hualien after that. Do you think I really have to book another accomodation at Hualien side or it will be okay to travel by driver from Starry Villa to Hualien day trip and back to Starry Villa Cingjing? Was thinking of going to Taroko & Qi Xi Tan. Thanks!

    • Susan June 4, 2015 at 8:40 am Reply

      The journey from CJ to HL will take a few hours especially if you plan to cover Taroko on the way, which is what we did. We left CJ in the morning and only reached Qi Xi Tan in the evening. So my advise is to look for another accommodation at HL.

  51. JaniceLim June 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, you have such a lovely write up of your Taiwan travel.,
    Am planning a first time holiday in Sept..
    Can you please send me your itinerary too.
    Thanks..

  52. Janice Ng July 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, can you send me your itinerary as I plan to be there in Sept and my plan is pretty similar to yours. Do you return back to Taipei from Hualian?

  53. […] Hua Lien (Day 5) – Hualien 花莲, Taroko Gorge 太鲁阁 […]

  54. Karen July 12, 2015 at 4:40 am Reply

    Hi Susan, thanks for the detailed write up of your trip. I’ll be heading to Taiwan this month and I was thinking of a half day exploration of Cing Jing Grassland (plan to stay in Cing Jing the night before) and heading to Taipei, going through Taroko National Gorge much like how you went about Taroko. From your experience do you think this is possible?

    • Susan July 13, 2015 at 12:02 am Reply

      We started off from Cing Jing at 9am and only arrived at Chi Shing Tan Beach in the late afternoon after we completed the Taroko National Gorge. So I wouldn’t advise you to continue to Taipei, unless you don’t mind getting in very late.

  55. Amy Lee July 31, 2015 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I will be going to Taiwan this Sept. It would be helpful if you will share your itinerary with me for reference purposes. Do you have any contact no. for the taxis you used? Thank you.

    • Susan August 16, 2015 at 10:47 pm Reply

      Hi Amy,
      I’ve sent you my itinerary which has the contacts of the drivers I used. Have a good time in Taiwan 🙂

  56. Pat August 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,
    We are heading to Taiwan this Nov with our 7yrs & 4yrs kiddos. Can you share your itinerary with us?

    • Susan August 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm Reply

      Not a problem Pat. I’ve dropped you an email with my itinerary.

  57. Peter August 17, 2015 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, can I have a copy of your itinerary too? Thanks lots!

    • Susan August 26, 2015 at 8:30 am Reply

      Hi Peter,
      Sure. I’ve emailed it across 🙂

  58. sue August 22, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply

    Hi, can I have your itinerary and driver contact for your destinations. Thanks.

  59. kim August 31, 2015 at 11:45 pm Reply

    hi susan, very interesting read on your taiwan travels. i will be traveling with my 3 year old this sept. can i have a copy of your itinerary pls! thank u!

  60. Liuliu September 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, a very good write up on the trip, please can you share with me your itinerary and driver contacts ? As I plan to go with my kids (8 & 10 year old) by this Dec. thanks !

    • Susan November 9, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply

      Hi Luilui,
      Hope you have a good time in Taiwan. I’ve emailed my itinerary to you 🙂

  61. Mavis September 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Hi Susan. Thanks for sharing such a detailed and informative account of your Taiwan trip. Could i trouble you to send me your itinerary? am looking for accommodation in CingJing…

    • Susan November 9, 2015 at 8:35 am Reply

      Sure thing. I’ve dropped you an email.

  62. Benny October 11, 2015 at 8:56 am Reply

    Hi Susan, I’m going to Taiwan in Nov. May i have your itinerary and your driver contant?
    Thank you.

    • Susan November 9, 2015 at 8:32 am Reply

      I’ve emailed it and hope it will be useful for planning your holiday.

  63. Jessica Ang October 15, 2015 at 8:59 am Reply

    Hi Susan, I am planning for a free & easy tour to Taiwan recently. Love your blog post, can you email me your Taiwan holiday itinerary ? Thanks.

    • Susan November 9, 2015 at 8:31 am Reply

      Hi Jessica,
      I’ve sent my Taiwan itinerary over. Hope it’s helpful.

  64. rusni November 8, 2015 at 8:31 am Reply

    Hi Susan,

    I m planning to go to hualien and from hualien to cingjing by cab. Can you drop me the email address of the driver and contact number? How much she charge from hualien to cingjing? Thanks and wish to receive your reply soon 🙂

    • Susan November 9, 2015 at 8:30 am Reply

      Hi Rusni,
      I’ve dropped you an email with the info 🙂

  65. Kelly Chua November 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    I like your blog and have referred to it for my BKK trip recently. We are planning to go Taiwan in Dec. Can you share your itinerary? Thanks in advance.

    • Susan November 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm Reply

      Hi Kelly,

      Hope my notes on BKK has been useful. I’ve emailed you my Taiwan itinerary 🙂

  66. vince chin November 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm Reply

    such a lovely blog entry. is getting a cab cheaper than private van? would appreciate if you could provide some related info and itineraries too. thank you so much.

    • Susan November 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm Reply

      Hi Vince, that really depends on the number of pax you’re traveling and how much you’re quoted. For us, we took the cab from the airport as we feel cabs will not be hard to find. Private vans sometimes double up as a guide and hence more costly. Hope that helps. I’ve dropped you an email of my itinerary.

  67. Rachel Goh November 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, very well written blog for the entire trip and well planned. is it possible to email me your itinerary? I have always wanted to plan a trip which comprises of the places you been. 🙂

    • Susan November 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm Reply

      Hi Rachel,
      Sure, I’ve emailed it to you. Hope it’s useful.

  68. Calvin November 25, 2015 at 7:33 am Reply

    Hi Susan, very informative blog you have here…
    Can you share me your itenary as well?
    Aside, does Ms Gu read english?

    TIA!!

    • Susan January 6, 2016 at 12:02 am Reply

      Hi Calvin,
      Sure, I’ve emailed it to you 🙂

  69. Samantha Ng January 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Your blog is very informative and that is what i plan to do. Can you share your itinerary with me?

    Thank you

    • Susan January 6, 2016 at 12:04 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      No problem. I’ve emailed it to you 🙂

  70. Sandy January 5, 2016 at 11:32 pm Reply

    Hi, Susan. Thanks for your interesting blog on Taiwan. U mentioned that it’s a 10 day trip. So wonder where u went after hualien whale watching. Can u email me your iterniary pls? I ‘ll prob follow yours too as I hv 3 kids. Thanks

    • Susan January 6, 2016 at 12:07 am Reply

      Hi Sandy,
      I’ve sent it to you. Hope it’s useful for planning your holiday.

  71. Adeline January 6, 2016 at 10:57 am Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Such a comprehensive blog! Could you kindly send me your itinerary please?

    Thanks, Adeline

    • Susan January 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm Reply

      Hi Adeline,
      I’ve emailed my itinerary to you 🙂

  72. Sharon Mo January 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Great blog! its so informative and places where I am planning to go =) Could you please email me your itinerary?

    Thank you
    Sharon

    • Susan January 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply

      No problem Sharon. I’ve sent it to you.

  73. Joelle February 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    I happen to see your blog and like the places you went. I am planning to go Taiwan this Nov with my 2 kids. Can you send me your itinerary & contact for the driver? Thanks a lot!

    • Susan February 17, 2016 at 12:44 am Reply

      Hi Joelle,
      Sure, I’ve emailed it across to you.

  74. Pauline February 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, happened to see your blog while searching for info for my Taiwan trip. Really like the places you went. Can you please send me your itinerary and drivers’ contact? Thank you very much.

    • Susan March 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm Reply

      Hi Pauline,
      I’ve sent it to you. Hope it helps in your holiday planning.

  75. Nicholas March 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm Reply

    Hello Susan,

    Was searching for more information with regards to an itinerary similar to yours and chanced upon your blog. May you send me your itinerary please? Much appreciated!

    • Susan March 21, 2016 at 11:04 pm Reply

      Hi, I’ve emailed my itinerary to you 🙂

  76. Shu April 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, i enjoy reading your blog! and your post on taiwan trip looks great… can you please send me your itinerary and also the drivers contact? Thanks in advance!

    • Susan April 13, 2016 at 10:32 pm Reply

      Hi Shu,
      Sorry for the late reply. I’ve sent it to you 🙂

  77. Joyce April 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm Reply

    Hi Susan
    planning a trip to TW this Dec with 2 elderly and 3 kiddos and chanced upon your blog. Do you mind forwarding me your itinerary? Tks!

    • Susan April 13, 2016 at 10:33 pm Reply

      Sure Joyce. I’ve dropped you an email.

  78. Francis April 18, 2016 at 11:47 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, your trip to Taiwan was very interesting . Appreciate if you can share your itinerary, accommodations and driver contacts with me for our planning for our June Holiday . Thank you in advance.

  79. Joey April 27, 2016 at 11:27 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I am planning a trip to Taiwan this May, may i have your itinerary? Thanks.

    • Susan April 29, 2016 at 10:20 am Reply

      Sure Joey , I’ve emailed it to you 🙂

  80. Esther May 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, your blog is very informative! Can you please send me your itinerary and also the drivers contact? I’m planning to go Taiwan in Dec…
    Thanks a lot

    • Susan May 25, 2016 at 7:38 am Reply

      Hi Esther, I’ve sent my Taiwan itinerary to you.

  81. Mayping May 25, 2016 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I am planning a trip to Taiwan this June. May I have your itinerary? Thank you so much! (P.S. Your photos look good!!)

    • Susan June 17, 2016 at 9:11 am Reply

      Hi Mayping, I’ve emailed it across 🙂

  82. Meiyan June 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, my friend and I are planning for Taiwan in Oct for the same places.
    Can you please share your itinerary and driver’s contact?
    Thank you!

    • Susan June 17, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply

      I’ve sent it across to you Meiyan. Hope it’s useful.

  83. Evonne June 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I love you blog and the places you went. Can you please send me the driver Mr Zhen’s contact information? Thank you in advance 🙂

  84. michelle June 28, 2016 at 12:51 am Reply

    Hi Susan, I have a 4 yr old kid and intend to visit the places you mentioned in Oct’16. Can you pls share with me your itinerary and driver’s contact ?

  85. May June 29, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Hi Susan
    I chanced upon your interesting blog while planning our Taiwan Trip. We plan to stay a night at Starry minsu at Cingjing? May I know does your picks you from minsu too. May I ask your journey to Hualien is able to cover main scenic areas for Taroko Gorge?Would you recommend if we do it the next full day instead? Appreciate if you can share the driver’s contact no and your itinerary too.Thank you!

    • Susan June 30, 2016 at 8:21 am Reply

      The minsu provided transport to Cing Jing farm, but we walked to the Little Swiss Garden. We covered most of the key spots in Taroko Gorge but as it rained, we didn’t go for hikes or go down near the streams. But one day seems enough unless you are looking to go on hikes. I’ve sent you my itinerary and driver’s contacts and hope it helps 🙂

  86. Mei Leng July 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    My family and I are planning a trip to Taiwan Cingjing at the end of Nov to beginning of Dec and came across ur site. Would appreciate it if you could kindly share your itinerary and local tour agent/driver contact for us to plan further. Thanks in advance

    • Susan July 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply

      Hi Mei Leng, I’ve emailed my itinerary across to you 🙂

  87. Ian Oh July 14, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply

    Hi Susan,
    I am planning an 8 days 7 nights trip for two to Taiwan this coming December. This will be our first trip there. Hope to get your valuable advices and tips especially in the itineraries for the trip to make the trip memorable and hassle free. Appreciate it if you can share your itinerary, accommodations and driver contacts.
    Thanks in advance…
    My e-mail – lstosk@yahoo.com

    • Susan July 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm Reply

      itinerary with driver’s contacts sent to you Ian 🙂 Have a lovely time in Taiwan with your family.

      • Ian Oh July 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm Reply

        Thanks alot…really appreaciate it…

  88. Jonathan July 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, appreciate you could share your itinerary and all contracts for the trip

    • Susan August 1, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

      Hi Jonathan, I’ve sent it across to you 🙂

  89. may July 25, 2016 at 12:47 am Reply

    Hi susan, i am planning a trip to taiwan for 9 days in nov with family of 10 pax. Mind if you share yr initerary, homestay and driver’s contact with me? Thank you

    • Susan August 1, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

      Sure, I’ve sent my itinerary to you.

  90. David August 27, 2016 at 9:18 am Reply

    Hi Susan, I will be heading to Hualien in Oct. May I have a contact of the driver you used please? Tons of thanks in advance. 🙂

    • Susan October 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm Reply

      Hi David,
      Sure, I’ve sent it to you. Sorry for the late reply.

  91. Smitha September 2, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply

    Hi Susan,
    I am planing a trip to Taiwan with 2A and 2C in October. Would you mind sharing your itinerary with me? Really appreciate it and love your blog. 🙂 Great job.
    Thanks,
    Smitha

    • Susan September 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm Reply

      Sorry for the late reply. I’ve email my itinerary with my driver’s contact to you.

  92. Christina October 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Hi Susan! Thanks for sharing. I am planing to visit Taiwan for 5 days during first week of Nov. Can you please email me a copy of your itinerary for reference? Thanks in advance.

    • Susan October 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm Reply

      Hi Christina,
      Sure, I’ve emailed it across 🙂

  93. Vebby October 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Ill be going to Hualien on 14 nov then hehuashan ending in Cingjing, can you share the driver contact and pricing? how long the journey roughly (5hrs)?
    thanks

    • Susan November 9, 2016 at 8:00 am Reply

      I’ve sent it to you Vebby 🙂 Which journey are you referring to?

  94. Ester November 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I’m planning a trip to Taiwan and hope to cover Cingjing and hualien. Could you kindly share your itinerary and driver’s contacts with me? THanks so much in advance!

    • Susan November 9, 2016 at 7:59 am Reply

      I’ve emailed it to you. Hope it helps in your holiday planning.

  95. Maggie January 14, 2017 at 12:14 am Reply

    Hi Susan, would you be able to share your itinerary with me too? Many thanks!

    • Susan January 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply

      I’ve dropped you an email with my itinerary Maggie. Hope it’s useful.

  96. Diana June 1, 2017 at 10:56 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, thanks for the write up. Very useful indeed for my planning for my family’s first trip to Taiwan. May I request for a copy of your itinerary? Thanks!

    • Susan June 26, 2017 at 11:44 pm Reply

      Hi Diana,
      Sorry for the late reply. I’ve emailed you my Taiwan itinerary.

  97. Maple June 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, I came across your site while searching for information to plan my trip. Is it possible to share your itinerary? Thank you.

    • Susan June 26, 2017 at 11:56 pm Reply

      HI Maple,
      I’ve emailed it to you. Hope it helps 🙂

  98. Wenny June 20, 2017 at 5:54 pm Reply

    Dear Susan, do you mind sharing your itinerary with me? wondering if non-mandarin speaker as me will be difficult to communicate with them? many thanks!

    • Susan July 10, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply

      Hi Wenny,
      Taipei shouldn’t be too much of a problem but because our main mode of communication was in Mandarin,it’s hard for me to really say. Hope the itinerary helps though.

  99. Colin Soh June 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, enjoy reading your block, planning a trip to Taiwan this year end,appreciate if you could share your itinerary and all contacts for the trip. Thanks!!

    • Susan August 2, 2017 at 1:08 am Reply

      Sorry for the delayed reply Colin. I’ve emailed you my itinerary with the drivers contact.

  100. Benjamin Lee July 30, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply

    Hi Susan, could you share your itinerary and driver contacts with me? Thank you

    • Susan August 2, 2017 at 1:07 am Reply

      Hi Benjamin, Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve emailed it to you 🙂

      • Tan October 8, 2017 at 12:24 am Reply

        Hi Susan, thanks for sharing. Am interested on your itinerary, can send me your itinerary including driver contact and minsu contact. Thank you so much!

        • Susan November 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm Reply

          Hi there, I’ve emailed you my Taiwan itinerary.

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