What would you like to do when you plan to visit Taiwan for your summer vacation? If you like water sports such as snorkeling or scuba diving? I think Green Island which is an offshore island on the southeast coast of Taitung county is your best choice for the trip.
A couple of years ago my husband and I attended an ecogreen trip which was promoted by the government to ride bicycles around the island instead of riding motor scooters. It was a two day trip with the bicycle ride, ecological visit, and snorkeling on the island.
We arrived in Taitung city one day early prior to the trip. We stayed at the Teacher hostel in Taitung city which offered a reasonable price and comfortable accommodation. Its location was good. There were a supermarket and McDonald next to it. It also offered free bicycle rent for its guesses. We took the advantage of this free bicycle rent and rode along the bicycle trail which circled around the outskirt of the city.
|The view was taken from the Taitung City |
bicycle trail loop.
|We met the tour agent in Fugang Fishery Harbor|
which was the main public transportation port
to Green Island and Orchid Island from Taiwan.
Schedule and Info:
|Our boat was scheduled to leave for Green Island |
at 9:30 am. The commute time was 50 Min's one
way. This trip offered free bicycle rental on Green
Island. So we just needed to carryour personnel
items for the trip.
|The best season to visit the island is from May|
to Sept. because the seasonal trade wind in the fall
and winter causes rough waves. So it may only
have one scheduled trip daily in these seasons.
We just left the harbor and looked back at Taiwan.
|We picked up our bicycles and started our 20 km |
bicycle journey around the island for 3 hours at our
own pace. Well, feeding our tummy was the most
important thing before we headed out on our bicycle
|There were some pavilion lookout |
areas along the road. It was nice to
take a rest under the shade with
a nice breeze.
|The sun was still bright which made me really want|
to quite riding the bicycle and walk onto the beach.
|We arrived at Human Right Memorial Monument|
which our tour guide would give us an introduction
about its history. It was build in 1999 to
commemorate Taiwan political prisoners during the
period of White Terror under Chiang Kaishek and
his son Chiang Chingkuo's dictatorship.
More info about White Terror:
|This was one of the views of the memorial park.|
|Across the memorial park was the|
jail for political prisoners. Now it is
opened to the public.
This was the outline of the jail which was a must
visit place because of its mystery. I had heardmany sad stories about its history from those
lucky survivors of the prison and their families.
|We lost our group and walked alone in the |
compound. This sign directed us to the solitary
confinement which hosted patients, psych patients,
and anti-thought correction prisoners. The cell was
called Prison Within the Prison.
|Prison Within the Prison|
|How could a person escape from this island? First, |
the walls were high and guards watched them all
the time. Second, if they were lucky to escape
the jail, how could they leave the island which
was isolated by the sea from the mainland?
|This view was from the second pavilion.|
|Sleeping Beauty Rock on the left side|
Haba Dog which refers to a person who is a paste
like a dog walking around following its master
in Mandarin on the right side
|The view on the top of pavilion was great and I knew|
I was not the only one behind our group.
|Even just watching the waves hitting the rock, I |
though it was worthy all the afford to walk up there.
After this stop we were going to enjoy all down hill
ride which meant not a lot of paddling and hard
|It was a fantastic view of the dark clouds block the|
sun and some sun beams went through the dark sky.
|The sun was down but it was still hot. People still |
enjoyed their water sports. I wanted to soak in the
ocean but I hadn't finished the entire trip yet.
|Our super was to taste the traditional|
Green Island food. It was not really
my husband's kind of food.
Because of the scarcity of hotel rooms on the island, we had to share room with my sister and her husband. It didn't cool down much at night. My sister and her husband decided to visit Sunrise Ocean Bed Hot Springs which is one of the three in the world for the famouse hot spring bath with our group. We decided to stay at our hotel to recouperate. It was a little pity for not going with the group. Well, just gave us a reason to come back again.