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Sun-Shine Mountain Tea Shop

Sun-Shine Mountain Tea Shop

View driving up the mountainMenu at Sun-Shine Mountain Tea Shop

It was not the best of weekends. Like many weekends in Hualien, it was raining and cloudy. As a rule of thumb it is nice and sunny when I am at work, and today it is raining when I am not. Undeterred we took a scooter up into the mountains to try Sun-Shine Mountain Tea Shop that I have wanted to visit for a long time. The first part of my interest is of course tea. The second part was what the view would be. So up the mountain, for a warm cup of tea we went.

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Liyu Lake

Liyu Lake

Picture looking South West across Liyu LakeLiyu LakePicture looking west across Liyu Lake

One day after waking up early I decided to go for a walk. Off to Liyu Lake, I went. Liyu Lake is in Shoufeng, Hualien. Liyu in English means carp and is also the name of the mountain next to it. In addition, it is a great place to walk and you can see a variety of insects, lizards, birds, and sometimes monkeys.

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Pine Garden

Pine Garden

Pines at Pine GardenMeilun Creek from Pine Garden Want to go have a
commanding view of Hualien and take in some history?

Well then head over to the Pine Garden. A historic WWII facility and park on the north side of Hualien.

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Riding on Chuyin Bike Trail

Riding on Chuyin Bike Trail

 

Chuyin bike path signChuyin Park and Path

What’s in a name? Don’t ask me I am a cynic, not a lovesick teenage girl. Like a lot of places in Taiwan, there are multiple English names. Online I found Chuyin Waterside Eco-Park and on Google Maps it is labeled as Chuyingqinshuishengtai Park. I will go of the names on the sign that tell me it is technically two things; Irrigation Ecology Pathway and Chuyin Riverbank Ecology Park. Either way, these two are so close together that they make one good combined bike ride.  They are in Ji-an and are an alternative to part of the Chuyin Bicycle Path.

 

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Chinese New Years Bike Ride 2017

Chinese New Years Bike Ride 2017

Sometimes you have that moment, where you think to yourself “What the Fuck was I thinking?”

This was that moment.

Mountain Road

 

Day three of a bike ride from my home in Hualien to Kenting. I had been biking up the mountain switchbacks for hours with no end in sight. Now I was tired, out of water, and just plain miserable.

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