Luke and I spent last week in the glorious Taroko Gorge. It was the perfect escape from the city. The scenery in the gorge was so impressive and our stay at the posh Silks Place was just what we needed to ensure we had relaxing break.
To get out to the Gorge, we took the train from Taipei to Hualien (about a 2.5 hour trip). The train was cheap but comfortable. We both enjoyed finally getting a taste of what is beyond the city. Along the ride we passed through many small towns and rural areas. It was very scenic – especially when we got to the coast.
A car from the Silks was waiting for us when we got to the station. It took about an hour to get to the hotel which is right in the Gorge. The drive there was jaw-droppingly spectacular. We kept ohhing and ahhing with each corner the car went round.
The hotel looks out into the Gorge and onto the Buddhist Xiangde Temple and its neighboring Catholic Church.
After we settled into out beautiful room and had lunch, we set out exploring. We walked to the Temple and Church and had a little photo shoot.
After our walk we returned to the hotel for wine o’clock.
Most days we enjoyed our breakfast in the Retreat Lounge, rather than at the busy buffet. It was a treat starting the day with this (+coffee):
On Thursday we were both feeling quite adventurous and decided to do a hike in the Gorge.
We chose a 4 hour hike with two bridge crossings that was ranked as being fairly hard.
It was a hot day so we doused ourselves in sunscreen.
We saw lots of these guys along the way.
The hike was very challenging. We climbed straight uphill for a good hour and a half but the views were worth it.
We smashed the hike in 2 hours and 45 minutes and made it back to the hotel in time for lunch. We decided to try out one of the lunch places across from the hotel for lunch:
We took it easy the rest of our time at the Gorge. Spending a lot of time in here:
We see many more trips to this relaxing and beautiful place in our future.
(Oh, and while we were away, Fern stayed home and worked hard on practicing her English. We came home and found her completely exhausted from all the reading she had been doing. She’s always showing us up!)