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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy! Anyway, for every 50 posts I come up with, and every 25,000 pageviews, I'm donating a sum of money to the World Food Programme. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

TWN: Xiangde Temple @ Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park, Hualien, Taiwan

Built on the mountainside near Tianxiang is an ornate Buddhist temple named Xiangde Temple, which was completed in 1968. It's known for having the world's highest elevated statue of Ksitigarbha, a bodhisattva who's primarily revered by East Asians and usually depicted as a monk.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

TWN: Tianxiang

Sioulin Township, Hualien, Taiwan

Originally known as Tapido, which means 'sugar cane' in the language used by the aboriginal Truku tribe, Tianxiang is a small village that serves as a resting area for many visitors. It was renamed to honour the Song Dynasty hero who resisted Kublai Khan and subsequently executed after four years of imprisonment.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

TWN: Buluowan @ Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park, Hualien, Taiwan

Buluowan is one of the few flatland areas at Taroko that was previously inhabited by two aboriginal tribes, the Truku and the Shisanhang. It's said to be a great place for picnic on a clear day, which I can understand why after reaching the area.

Monday, October 16, 2017

TWN: Swallow Grotto Trail @ Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park, Hualien, Taiwan

It's said that the best place to view the magnificent gorge of Taroko is the Swallow Grotto located after Buluowan. My BFF and I were lucky as it wasn't raining at all in the morning, on top of the fact that we were the only two trekkers at the trail.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

TWN: Terrace Trail @ Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park, Hualien, Taiwan

Not wanting to go back to Li-Wu Hotel so soon, my BFF and I decided to do a short trail despite the rain. Not far from the souvenir shop of Taroko National Park Visitor Centre is the south section of the short and easy Terrace Trail. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

TWN: Taroko National Park Visitor Centre

Off Zhongbu Cross-Island Highway via Jinwen Bridge, Hualien, Taiwan
Daily: 8.30am - 5.00pm

My BFF and I were waiting for the rain to stop till both of us fell asleep in our room at Li-Wu Hotel. Thankfully, it stopped for a while, allowing us to walk comfortably to Taroko National Park Visitor Centre. It's open daily, except for the second Monday of every month and the day before Chinese New Year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TWN: Li-Wu Hotel

Zhongbu Cross-Island Highway, No. 242-2 Fushih Village, Hualien, Taiwan

Said to be a pet-friendly accommodation, though my BFF and I didn't have any pets with us, Li-Wu Hotel (3*) is approximately 300 m away from the Gate of Taroko near the bridge that leads to the Taroko National Park Tourist Information Centre.