Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gorges not Gorging

Lilly and I took a break from our regular pattern of city exploration and eating to visit one of Taiwan's national parks. We visited the Taroko Gorge. This rugged and breath taking landscape was originally developed by the Japanese who built roads to move troops deep into the mountains to "pacify" the indigenous Taiwanese. Today the highway brings throngs of tourists (mostly Taiwanese but we also saw some mainland Chinese tours). The city of Hualien has started a free shuttle to transport people around the park. We took full advantage of this and had a wonderful day amidst some remarkable scenery.
Above is us at the Shrine of Eternal Spring.

Above is me at the Buddhist temple of Tiansiang.
Suspension bridge also in Tiansiang.

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