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  • Hello, everybody! Welcome to Travel in Taiwan!

  • This time we are going to the

  • East Rift Valley. The East Rift Valley

  • is located in

  • eastern Taiwan and it's a very

  • very beautiful place. Let me show you on the map.

  • This is Taiwan, you can see the central mountains in the middle

  • and the East Coast is here on the

  • right side. Let's go a bit closer.

  • You see Taipei is up here. From there we took the train

  • down the East Coast to Yilan,

  • Su'ao and then further down to

  • Hualien.

  • This is the train we took, the Puyuma Express. Between Su'ao and

  • Hualien, there is a very nice highway,

  • but if you take the train you cannot see much of

  • the scenery because it's all tunnels. There you have Taroko Gorge,

  • for me the best

  • place in Taiwan.

  • And in Hualien we rented a car, this one

  • a Mitsubishi Colt. Then we went on to

  • Liyu Lake, on to Fenglin, Lintianshan,

  • an old logging town (village) and then

  • to Ruisui where we spent the night,

  • On the second day

  • we visited a farm there in Ruisui, had some

  • hot pot for lunch

  • and then we went down the road to

  • Yuli where we did some

  • trainspotting, then we went further down

  • to the Walami Trail, a very beautiful trail

  • into the central mountains

  • and then we spent some time at the Antong

  • hot spring resort, and

  • back to Yuli, we spent the second

  • night at Yuli. On the third day we went to Sixty Stone Mountain,

  • very beautiful place and then further down to

  • Chishang, a town famous for

  • rice production. This is as far

  • south as we got. You can see Taitung

  • own there. We didn't go south as far south.

  • If you go further you can see

  • Green Island and Lanyu.

  • Those two places we will visit in a few

  • weeks time. Can't wait for it. Then we went all the way back up to Hualien,

  • returned the car there and

  • took the train back to Taipei.

  • So it was

  • a 3-day trip

  • and it was a good one.

  • The train we took was a Puyuma Express.

  • We took the one at 9:50 and it took two hours

  • to Hualien and it costs 440 bucks,

  • NT dollar. You can see the train was full, you have to make reservations early

  • to get a seat.

  • And there in Hualien we rented this car,

  • a Mitsubishi Colt for 1500 NT dollars a day

  • and for gas we spent 1000 NT dollars

  • for three days. Then we went straight down the road

  • from Hualien to Liyu Lake. But before we got to the lake we went to this shop.

  • This is a knife maker. And it's a bit difficult

  • to find, so I show you on Google, Google Map.

  • Here you go down the Highway 9 (9 Bing)

  • and then there's a bridge over the river, and

  • shortly after that there's a small road

  • to the right.

  • And let me show you on Google Street View.

  • Then it's all clear. So you come down there

  • and then there's

  • a small road on the right side.

  • And then you have to drive about

  • one kilometer.

  • You come to

  • a bend there in the road.

  • And then you can

  • this nice

  • little shop. And the reason, why you should go there is because they have

  • very nice knives,

  • hunting knives,

  • used by the aboriginal people in Taiwan.

  • They are very heavy and very nice,

  • very useful.

  • They also have small knives

  • as souvenirs and the sheaths they do, have nice

  • pattern. There you can see the knife is very nice in the hand.

  • You feel like a warrior immediately,

  • but be careful. Then we went to the Liyu Lake. It's a very beautiful lake,

  • southwest of Hualien (City). And at the time

  • we went there, they had the black

  • rubber duck sitting there, floating on the water.

  • I'm not sure if it's still there.

  • It's black, not like the yellow ducks, you could see elsewhere

  • in Taiwan, earlier in the year, and

  • people like to make pictures there.

  • You can see the lake is surrounded by mountains,

  • and you can rent pedal boats,

  • and even without the duck, it's

  • a very nice place. You also can rent bicycles,

  • there is a visitor center there, and very lovely scenery there.

  • I'm not sure why they have chosen black for the duck, I think

  • they say, black ducks are common in Hualien.

  • I'm not sure about that.

  • It's not a bad duck, as ducks go.

  • We went a little bit up the hill to see it from above,

  • and down there you have a love sign,

  • people like to make photos,

  • selfies. And that's the last picture of Liyu Lake. A very nice place.

  • If you are in the Hualien area, check it out. From Liyu Lake we went down the Highway 9 to

  • a town called Fenglin, and there we

  • saw this interesting building. Its a

  • tobacco building, used to store

  • tobacco leaves, during the time when they had tobacco

  • tobacco production in the area.

  • For me it looks a bit like

  • it could be in England, but I am not sure if England has this kind of

  • houses. You cannot go inside

  • They have stored some stuff in there.

  • Just an interesting building to see,

  • cause it is not common in Taiwan.

  • And a 50 meters or so down the road they have another

  • similar building. This one is actually a guesthouse

  • and you can go inside and drink coffee, but

  • interestingly we didn't see anyone there. This is inside, you can sit there.

  • And from Fenglin we went down the highway to another

  • place called Lintianshan, an old

  • logging town and they have old

  • trains there, old railway, you can go inside and have

  • fun, and

  • Lintianshan, a small place with

  • houses made of wood and

  • they have these old railway tracks

  • for logging, narrow-gauge tracks.

  • And you can go

  • inside and take some photos.

  • There's also a waggon

  • behind the locomotive, you can go inside as well.

  • Then you can see, they have these wooden buildings,

  • looks a bit like a train station, but it's actually

  • an office building of sorts.

  • We did make some photos there as well for the magazine.

  • And they also have a little

  • tower up the hill there.

  • A little tower from where you can see the railway tracks

  • and the village.

  • Very clean and quiet.

  • Mountains behind and there is a river behind the houses.

  • A lovely place. We liked it.

  • And if you go up these stairs, on the right side, there is a cafe.

  • And you can go down to the tracks

  • and have fun, fooling around a bit.

  • We did make

  • some photos there as well. And then we went further down

  • the valley to... Ah, no,

  • we went to this, this is close to Lintianshan.

  • This restaurant, which is known for pork (pig)

  • trotters and they also have

  • vegetables and

  • sausages and chicken. And these

  • these pork (pig) trotters are said to be very

  • good. I'm not sure, I'm not a big fan of pork.

  • And then we went down the highway to

  • the town Ruisui where we would spend the night.

  • And we spent the night at

  • this place, the Sunshine Hot Spring B&B.

  • By the way I will post all the information about the

  • places where we stayed and ate in the description under this

  • video, so you can check it out.

  • And this guesthouse has a hot-spring area

  • in the back.

  • It's very simple, basic, but nice.

  • It's hot, the water is really hot and they even have

  • a little waterfall behind there.

  • And there was no one

  • else there, so we could play around a bit.

  • And it was really hot.

  • You cannot see it on this picture. It was hot.

  • And we had fun

  • as usual, and in color it

  • looks even better.

  • But like I said it's very basic and

  • then it was time to rest and we stayed in

  • this room, very clean and very simple.

  • And the next morning was great weather,

  • the sun was coming out and we had

  • breakfast, very simple breakfast,

  • sandwiches and coffee. Prepared by

  • this man. It's the owner of the guesthouse, a very friendly man.

  • And they also have tatami-style rooms,

  • Japanese-style rooms.

  • Then we went on.

  • We went east of Ruisui to the rafting center there.

  • And behind the rafting center is this

  • dairy farm, called J. J. Valley Farm.

  • And they have farm animals, like

  • ostriches and

  • ponies,

  • lovely ponies. And the ponies had breakfast

  • as well. And right beside the farm is the Xiuguluan River

  • This river is very famous for white-water rafting

  • trips. And they start at the rafting center we saw earlier.

  • At the time we were there

  • there was not much water, but you can raft throughout the year.

  • Then we saw some cows. They had breakfast too.

  • Busy eating.

  • And what else, ah you can rent a bike there.

  • The bikes are not

  • in very good shape, but it's a nice place to go

  • for a bike ride.

  • The farm is nothing special if you are used to farms,

  • but if you haven't been close to cows, it might be something for you.

  • They also have water buffalo.

  • Then we went back to Ruisui, to the

  • railway station, and just beside the railway the station is

  • a restaurant, this one. The Bamboo Village

  • Japanese Cuisine. And there we had

  • hot pot.

  • Milk hot pot, because Ruisui is famous

  • for milk.

  • This restaurant also in Ruisui and serves milk hot pot

  • as well. It's a specialty you have to

  • try when

  • visiting Ruisui.

  • Here you can see the hot pot.

  • Then we went back on the road

  • and we took the County Road 193.

  • And there we saw some farmers planting rice,

  • interesting,

  • planting rice with this

  • kind of machine.

  • And you will see

  • lot of rice fields in the valley,

  • its part of the scenery,

  • and a beautiful part as well.

  • We saw this farmer planting rice. So we went there early in

  • March, rice-planting

  • time. We also saw a lady doing it by hand,

  • much more tiring I would assume.

  • You can see the mountains of the Central Mountain Range in the background.

  • Then further down to the town of Yuli.

  • A very lovely town. There, south of Yuli we went

  • to a bridge, a railway bridge, which is

  • well-known among local photographers,

  • cause it's so lovely red. You can see

  • trains coming. We waited for 40 minutes or so

  • to see this one-waggon train,

  • one-carriage train.

  • It wasn't actually so fast,

  • much slower. Then,

  • another train came back from the north, this one,

  • this train was headed for Taitung.

  • This one was a little bit longer.

  • So this is a famous spot for taking photographs.

  • The train and the fields and the

  • mountains in the background.

  • We also saw some

  • farmers there harvesting cabbage.

  • The bridge there.

  • We also saw fields of corn.

  • And the nice thing about when there is water