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Zimu Falls

Zimu Falls

trail marker to go to Zimu FallsZimu Falls

I actually found Zimu Falls by accident. I decided to bicycle up to the area around Mugumuyu. Mugumuyu has been closed since 2016 when a landslide destroyed the road. Only my original plan was to bike to Liyu Lake. When walking along the small bit of the trail left at Mugumuyu I noticed a trail on the other side of the river and decided to hike it. The trail was at a bend in road 34 in Xiulin Township before it took Tongmen Bridge across the river. So I parked my bike and headed off down the trail. Yes, typical me I found a trail I’m now going to hike it.

First section of trail to Zimu FallsThe first part

The first part is really easy and leads to a tunnel that was bored through rock. If you want to keep walking straight for a little way you can go to where the old suspension bridge used to be. I forgot a flashlight so I got to wipe out a glowstick to light my way. I go through a tone of those glowsticks. The glowsticks do not give a ton of light but it was enough to navigate through the tunnel. After the tunnel, it is more easy walking. This section of the trail brings you to Fei Chi Valley and Fei Cui Stream.

Tunnel that continues to the waterfalls Chemlight being used in a tunnel Trail to Zimu Falls after the tunnel

 

First Waterfall

The first waterfall just requires a few steps and a short climb down to get to. Their is a rope to help you climb down to or up from the first waterfall. For most people, this is as far as they go. This waterfall has a nice pool and is a scenic place to take photos. However, I have never been most people so I continued to follow the red flags north.

The second part of the trail is thinner, steeper and harder. It is still not that hard and I still saw a few groups of people. At one point you are supposed to cross the river but I did not notice the red marker. Instead, I ended up climbing over the rocks in Fei Cui Stream.

First waterfall

Emerald Vally Pool

The second waterfall had a large pool of green water under it. It was not a large waterfall but it was a very scenic one. I decided to go for a swim in the cold water. I saw a few other groups hike up this far the stream. Onn the north-west side of the pool are some ropes that help you if you want to climb on top of the waterfall. It was wet and slippery and I had a cool Indian Jones-like moment of my hanging off the edge holding only on to the rope. It would not have been a long fall but it got my blood pumping as I crawled back onto the ledge.

Eventually, I came down after some careful maneuvering as a group in hard hats, life vests and wetsuits watch shoeless and shirtless me crawl over the rocks to get down from the waterfall. After one more dip into Emerald pool and some crazy foreigner looks, I set off down the trail for the third waterfall, Zimu Falls.

trail to emerald pool Me looking debonair at Emerald Pool Emerald Pool

Zimu Falls

The last section of the hike is the most difficult. It is thin and steep but still nothing that should stop the average person. The last waterfall is the most impressive and the largest. The pools are not as large or as deep hear but there are still plenty of places to relax in the water hear. I only saw one other group of hikers between the Emerald Pool and Zimu Falls.

Zimu Falls was the end of the trail and it proved to be a very beautiful trail to follow. No part of the trail is very difficult, and the average person should have no issues climbing up to Zimu Falls. If you are going to hike it I would suggest you pack water and some good shoes. If you get to hot, just go for a swim in one of the pools.

Trail from Emerald Pool to Zimu Falls Zimu Falls Zimu Falls

 

Saoba Stones

Saoba Stones

Saoba StonesSaoba Stones

After visiting Rareseed Pasture we drove up to the Wuhe terrace.  Located in the rift valley Wuhe terrace is a popular place for growing both coffee and tea. I passed over the terrace on my Chinese New Years Bike trip in 2017.  One of the most interesting parts of the terrace is the Saoba Stones.

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Rareseed Pasture

Rareseed Pasture

Rareseed Pasture

Some coworkers and I headed down to Ruisui to see some of the tourist sites there. Ruisui is located in the southern part of Hualien County and has some interesting places to visit. First, we stopped at Rareseed Pasture. I mentioned passing this dairy farm during my Chinese New Year bike ride. Dairy Farms are often open to the public for free, with some exceptions. Like others, Rareseed Pasture combines dairy farm with tourist attraction. Later we would visit the Saoba Stones historical site and the Tropic of Cancer. The pasture is located at No.6-157 Wuhe Village, Ruisui Town in Hualien County. 

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New Years Ceremony for M House

New Years Ceremony for M House

New Years Ceremony for M House

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Typhoon Nesat Gallary

Typhoon Nesat Gallary

Typhoon Nesat

Instead of going to Taipei I stayed at home and watched the typhoon this weekend. Typhoon Nesat was our first Typhoon of the year so it got a lot of attention. The Typhoon hit the south of the country harder so there was not much to see in Hualien. It was actually a nice down weekend. I worked on the novel I was working on and took some pictures. I then promptly accidentally deleted most of the pictures.

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Hua-Dong Farm

Hua-Dong Farm

Hua-Dong Farm

Location of Hua-Dong Farm

Baby Chickens at Hua-Dong Farm A new animal farm complete with a restaurant opened up in Hualien. Hua-Dong Farm (華東牧場) is located near the Hualien fishing port and is a great place to see animals and eat. The place is actually hard to find. I rode past it the first time on my bike. You have to keep your eyes open for a small road/ driveway on the west side of Gang Kou road. After turning down the driveway you can park and walk to see the farm.

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Mu Ming Restaurant

Mu Ming Restaurant

Looking for Mu Ming

Mu Ming restaurant

The Quest for Mu Ming

We were at Chishingtan Beach and wanted to find a place to eat. We asked at the Family Mart if there were any restaurants near us. She told us about a restaurant called Mu Ming. The clerk told us the restaurant did not have a menu “does not have a menu”. Well, that caught my attention. So off through the streets, we set off to find a restaurant with no menu.

 

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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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Dolphins at Farglory Ocean Park

Dolphins at Farglory Ocean Park

Me with a dolphin at Farglory Ocean ParkThis is where I brag about feeding a dolphin

Farglory Ocean Park is built into the side of a mountain to the south of Hualien. It has rides [A LOG RIDE], dolphins, sea lions, a manatee, fish, sharks, and otters.What’s not to Love?  Tickets are normally 890 NTD ( about 30 USD) fortunately my ex-girlfriend works as a dolphin trainer so I was able to get discount tickets. She also deserves credit for most of the photos that appear in this post. I mascots at Farglory Ocean Parkneed to get better at remembering to charge my phone.
The park was opened in 2002 by The Farglory Group. The Farglory Group is a
large construction and development group. They also own multiple hotels around the island including the luxury Farglory Hotel next to the ocean park. In fact, you see an add for the hotel on screen before the dolphin show. It looks like map of Farglory Ocean Parkit was the add they played at the opening of the park. Still, the place looks baller.

Anyway, the park could use a little updating in some places. It is still a great place to spend the day looking and learning about ocean animals and going on rides. A lot of signs also have English captions and Farglory has an educational angle.

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Bike share in Hualien???????

Bike share in Hualien???????

 

Ubike

Taiwan Easy card. U bike in TaipeiUbike is a bike sharing program in Taipei that is extremely popular. You simply tap your easy card to rent a bike and put it back in a stall and tap your card to return it. It’s a simple system that works well, is cheap and popular. A bike sharing service originally from Singapore called O Bike has come to Hualien and the rest of Taiwan

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