Day 5: Taitung – Hualien (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will visit the Chii Lih Museum was established in 2013, with an aim to help people knows more about gemstone coral. In Chinese history, a coral represents an honorable status and symbolizes happiness and eternity. The museum displays different seascapes with a variety of coral gemstones and exhibits many works created by internationally renowned masters. Among them is the world’s largest red coral. It was harvested in 1985 from Taiwan’s offshore waters and then purchased by a Japanese buyer.
Then, you will proceed to Mr. Brown Avenue, which is Taiwan’s nature heaven. A scenic cycling and walking route in northern Taitung County nearby Chishang Township, Mr. Brown Avenue is a road running through golden rice fields with a beautiful picturesque settings. Described as a “green road of paradise”, this long open road is a favourite for cyclists and visitors wanting to ride comfortably through peaceful fields with a beautiful mountain view. Along route 197 and surrounding area are the shops where visitors can rent bicycles and other equipment to explore this area. The road was first made by Takeshi Kaneshiro in a series of advertisements for Mr. Brown Co.
The lunch will be the famous Chishang lunch box.
After lunch, you will visit National Taroko Park. It is famous of its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. It’s a ropy series of switchbacks and hairpin bends, tunnels, overhangs and jagged drops that come in thrilling succession. The park’s main attractions can be reached via precarious bridges, tunnels and narrow twisting trails. Eternal Spring Shrine, perched on a hill, is a majestic monastery built to commemorate the 226 workers who were killed building the Central Cross-Island Highway. A bell tower and a sacred cave devoted to Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, can be found at the back of the temple.(If the roads are blocked due to typhoons or heavy rain, the attraction will be rescheduled into Qixingtan Beach.)
Lastly, you will visit the Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum, where a series of marble structures are exhibited. It is located inside Hualien Cultural Park with expansive views. The park has a spacious recreational grassy area, library, performance hall, cultural relic hall as well as various green parks, bicycle trails, tourist hotels and restaurants serving fine food on its periphery. It is a great place to enjoy Hualien’s leisurely pace of life. The stone sculpture museum is close to the city center; everything needed for living is within easy reach and public transport is convenient. Why not take a short Hualien cultural trip and soak up the beauty of art on Taiwan’s Pacific east coast at your leisure.