Taroko, Hualien

Today I’m taking you to Taroko National Park in Hualien today and to see one of the top ten sites of Taiwan.
Getting to Hualien is easy. I usually take a train from Taipei, and the ride is about two hours. Moving around Taroko is slightly trickier, but the Taiwan Tour Bus Taroko Gorge Tour makes it simple. They’ll pick you up at Hualien Station or your hotel and drive you around in a van with wifi and a tablet that will tell you what you’re looking at in four different languages, including English.
We're on the eastern coast of Taiwan. That’s the Coastal Mountain Range, and behind me over there is Cingshui Cliff, one of the top ten sites of Taiwan.
This is Taroko National Park, which covers about 92,000 hectares, or 355 square miles.
This is Swallow Grotto, where in the spring and summer, swallows come and enjoy a mid air buffet of insects that are carried up by rising air currents.
The name “Taroko” comes from the indigenous tribe Truku, who used to live here. “Truku" means something like “plateau in the mountains where you can live and watch for enemies.”
This is Bruwan, once the home of the Truku people. “Bruwan” in Truku means “echo,” which you can hear when it's quiet.
There are a few hotels in Taroko, some luxurious, some really basic. This one is in between, and I like it because it has its charms. The manager, who is of Chinese descent, prides himself in running an all local Truku staff, and giving the kids a chance to help pay the bills at home and for their tuition. He knows how each of the kids are doing in school, who's in a choir, who’s on the basketball team, who doesn't do their homework, who is trying to get into the police academy, what the situation at home is…and seems to truly care for them. It’s heartwarming. Culturally, it also gives the performers a chance to practice and pass down traditional songs and dances.
Some people say that the most beautiful thing in Taiwan is its people. I might have to agree with this one. But Taroko comes in a close second. You should come.
 
太魯閣 大自然與人文之美

今天我們要到太魯閣國家公園和花蓮看台灣十大美景之一!
到花蓮很容易,通常我會搭火車,車程大概兩小時。到太魯閣裡面玩就比複雜了,不過上了台灣觀巴的太魯閣行程,就沒什麼好擔心了。觀巴會到花蓮車站或飯店接你,車上有wifi,也有包括英語導覽的四國語言平板電腦可以使用。
這裡是台灣的東部海岸。那邊是海岸山脈,在我後面的是清水斷崖,台灣十大美景之一。
這裡是太魯閣國家公園,大概有92,000公頃,差不多355平方英哩。
這裡是燕子口,春天和夏天時,氣流往上吹,同時會把蟲子帶上來,燕子們就在這裡等著享用空中自助餐。
太魯閣的名字來自太魯閣族的「太魯閣」,意思跟山上的平台,可以居住,防衛的地方有關。
這裡是布洛灣,曾經是太魯閣族人居住的地方。布洛灣是「回音」的意思,安靜的時候聽得到喔∼
太魯閣有幾家飯店,有的很高級,有的很簡單,這家大概在中間,我蠻喜歡的,因為有自己的特色。這裡的經營者,一位外省人和台灣人的第二代,堅持只請當地的太魯閣族人當員工。小朋友打工可以幫忙補貼家用,還有學費。老闆知道哪個小朋友參加合唱團,哪個小朋友是籃球校隊,誰都不做功課,誰想考警察學校,大家家裡是什麼狀況,他都很關心。很令人感動。而對表演者來說,他們有機會練習,和傳承他們的傳統歌曲和舞蹈。
有些人說台灣最美麗的風景是這裡的人。我覺得有道理。太魯閣,還有太魯閣的人,都很美麗。大家要來喔。