For the ultimate hedonistic getaway, head to Fuyuan Forest Recreation Area 富源森林遊樂區 in Reisui, Hualien county (花蓮縣).
Under the looming presence of the Central Mountain Range, surrounded by a moat-like torrent of a stream, lies Logging Compartment 98. Better known as Chinan Forest Recreation Area ( 池南森林遊樂區), this testament to a bygone age overlooks Liyu Lake (鯉魚潭), straddling the ridge like a natural fort.
Nestled on the scenic shores of Taiwan's East Coast, beneath the impressive cloud-covered Central Mountains lies the artistic capital of Taiwan -- Hualien (花蓮). Known affectionately as The Homeland of Stone or The City of Marble, Hualien is not only endowed with stunning natural beauty but is also the center of Taiwan's stone quarrying and processing industry.
The Eternal Spring Shrine (長春桐) is one of the most photographed sights in Taroko Gorge. What most people don't know is that it hides one of the most pleasant short trails (1.5 km/50 minutes) in the park. Crossing the Changchun Bridge (長春橋), one soon reaches the shrine and escapes the mobs of camera wielding tourists.
The 15th day of the eighth lunar month (September 18 this year) marks the arrival of the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) which just passed a few days ago. Its origins are deeply rooted in myth and legend - the most famous being that of Chung-O. Unlike other celebrations, this is a fairly low-key holiday characterized by quiet reflection,
Lushui-Heliu Trail (綠水合流步道) is one of the last places to enjoy hiking on the Hehuan Old Trail -- originally built by Atayal aboriginals as a trade and communication route.
The above composition - inscribed with large red characters - adorns a marble wall in the eastern section of the tunnel. It was written by famed General Huang Jie on New Year's Day 1961 who, after traveling through the area, was touched by its grandeur and the accomplishment of man.
Fields of undulating emerald and floral gold caressed by flowing clouds of white characterizes this sequestered paradise. Located in Fuli (富里), Liu Shi Dan Shan (6,000 catties mountain 六十石山) was first settled by migrants from Taiwan's west coast.
Bats, long, dark, wet tunnels, roaring waterfalls and vibrating bridges - all experiences to be had in one of Taroko's most spectacular trails. However, due to its beauty and ease of access, the Baiyang Trail (白楊步道) is also one of the most frequented.
This is a short but torturous trail -- climbing 550 meters in just 1.9 km. What it lacks in length is more than made up for in rapid elevation. Although the trail head is located at the Huoran Pavilion, most people opt to make a return journey starting from the Tienhisang Youth Activity Center.