Last night, the rain continued. If I didn't have a mission the next day, I might feel it was romantic listening to the sound of the rain falling on the bamboo trees and into the puddles. Today, my main job was to insure that everyone load their suitcases into the bus and find taxi's to transport us to the Luodong Train Station in order to catch the train at 13:26 pm to Sinchen, Hualien on time .
Our driver showed up at the villas on time. After we loaded our luggages on the bus, I wished him good luck for driving down the Suhua Highway safely. Our schedule was free for us to walk around the park this morning.
The Park Map From Its Official Website
The center has 24 hectare lands of traditional Taiwanese architect, Art training, learning center, and visitor area etc.
|Definitely Taiwanese which is the name of this compound, offers traditional Taiwanese food, desserts, and snacks.|
|There is a famous restaurant located on the second floor. It offers gourmet traditional Taiwanese food. Personally, I liked the food it served. |
PS. Above 3 pictures are contributed by our friends Ann and Ted.
The rain seemed to lessen and our driver called and told me that he arrived in Hualien safe and sound while we were walking around in the park. He also told me that the weather was better in Hualien than Yilan. I was half relieved. There was one thing left that I had to worry about for the rest of the day it was to catch the train on time.
The art center is about 10-15 minutes driving distance to the Loudong train station. We had 3 taxes to pick us up at the center. Due to the constant landslides and the damaged to the road, the government restricted and allowed traffic flow to pass at the control points at certain times. Also the government requested Chinese tourists who are hosted by any travel agents should take trains between Hualien and Yilan. Therefore, I purchased the train tickets the first day they were available for sale to insure we all had seats.
|Our Brave Friend's Leg: He insisted on continuing this journey.|
Most individual travelers who want to visit Taroko National Park will get off at this train station. But we didn't plan to visit the national park that day. We would take our bus to see the famous cliffs, called Qingshui Duan Ya.
|We stopped at the Chongde rest stop, 176.4 KM on the Suhua Highway or Hwy 9. There is a 320 meter long trail. You can access to the pebble beach below, listen to the sound of the wave from the Pacific Ocean, and look up toward the Qingshui Cliffs.|
|This one was taken in April from Huide Tunnel, north of
Chongde Tunnel. You almost couldn't see the evidence of the road. |
Jian Chinxiu Temple
During 1895-1945, the Japanese government colonized Taiwan encouraging its people to move to Taiwan especial on the east coast because of the similarity of the geography conditions and the shortages of foods in Japan. The Japanese government set up some Japanese style villages in Hualien and Taitung counties. The town of Jian, Hualien was one of them. This temple was built in 1917 for comforting the immigrant Japanese.
|The Entrance of The Temple|
|Entering the Japanese temple, you can see the standard set up for people to wash their hands before their worshiped the gods.|
|This is the major architectural form of the traditional Edo style.|
|The Display of the Statues|
|This is the Japanese style gutter. It fits into the entire atmosphere of the temple.|
|You can see the idea of Zen Buddhism everywhere from its decoration in the temple.|
|One of its landscape|
The temple is closed at 5 PM
The TV program made a special report on the Japanese Immigrant Village remaining in Taiwan. I learned about the temple from this television program.