Hualien Scent Trail

Hiking in Hualien, sometimes one will find more than just waterfalls and majestic views. There are lots of stories to be found too.

This is the Yuli section of Batongguan Trail. It’s called “Walami,” meaning “fern” in Bunun language.

Leo Cheng, Hualien travel expert
When the Chinese came to Taiwan, they opened this path to eastern Taiwan, so this trail is very old, about 100 years old. After the Japanese came, there was a violent clash with the Bunun. So from here to Dongpu, there are about 10 police stations. You can still see what’s left of the buildings.

Speaking of the occupation, what is now the Linshantien Forestry Cultural Park was also built by the Japanese.

Hello everyone. Welcome to Morisaka.

Chen Guo-chang, Linsentien
This used to be a logging village. Cypress from here was either exported or used in the military. At one point in the old days, there were about 2,000 workers here. These days we’re using what’s left of the resources for wood carving.

The theme of these carvings revolve around ecology, indigenous culture and forestry culture. Visitors are free to observe master carvers work on their craft and to look at award winning pieces from previous competitions. Some say that this could be the Sanyi of eastern Taiwan.

For a good meal, many people recommend this Amis restaurant. The specialty here is soup boiled with hot rocks.

Even the bowl is quite different - it’s a betelnut tree leaf folded up and held together by two skewers.

A natural meal to finish off a day close to nature - a suitable ending, wouldn’t you say?

花蓮生態之旅

花蓮的山中步道,不只有瀑布等壯觀景色,還有不少歷史故事。

而走上八通關古道的瓦拉米路段,到處可以看到蕨類,其實「瓦拉米」就是布農族語「蕨類」的意思。

安東溫泉達人程文鎰:
漢人到台灣以後,他們就是開這一條古道,到東部來。所以這條古道已經很久了,一百多年了。日本人來了台灣以後,這邊有個大分事件。這古道一直走,走到東埔,沿途就有將近十個派出所,那個平台都還留著。

說到日治時代,林田山林業文化園區也是日本人所留下來的足跡。

各位來賓大家好,歡迎來到森榮。

林田山林場專家陳國昌:
這個園區早期是林田山林場,它主要是生產檜木,除了外銷之外,也提供國內的軍用材。最興盛的時候,這裡的員工大約有兩千多人。我們也利用了遺留下來的木材資源做一些木雕創作。

木雕的主題都圍繞著生態,原住民文化,還有林場歷史。 主辦單位強調,因為參賽者都是大師級的,所以來這邊看他們創作,和欣賞過去的作品,讓不少人覺得林田山木雕不輸三義的喔。

而林田山附近有間餐廳許多人強力推薦,一家有新鮮又特別的原住民風味餐。這邊的招牌菜是石頭火鍋。

連湯的容器都很特別,是用檳榔葉鞘折成的。

邊吃著道地的原住民風味餐,邊回味著當天的生態之旅,感覺這一天的旅行好原始,好圓滿!