Taiwan’s East Coast Treasure | Taroko National Park Road Trip

Taiwan’s East Coast Treasure | Taroko National Park Road Trip


Hey guys! We’re in Hualien City on the east coast of Taiwan and in Taiwan, you’ll find that most of the large cities
with big populations of people are on the west coast and the east coast is more beautiful nature and a national park called Taroko National Park
where we are headed right now. It’s named after Taroko Gorge, which looks incredible. There’s amazing views and hikes that you can do so we have rented a scooter –
I’ve got two helmets here and Marc, I’m sorry,
I’m calling dibs on this one. One has a sparkly star and racing stripes
and one doesn’t so…this is mine. I want that one! Let’s go. Oh I forgot to unlock it! We forgot that the lock
is still on the wheel of the scooter. There we go. Got it? Yeah. Okay…we’ve got snacks, we’ve got helmets,
we’ve got fuel, we have sort of a map. Raincoats. Let’s go! Ahhh! Other way! This way! An excellent start! Started to rain. Ahhh! These are no longer sunglasses,
these are rain glasses now. Yeah, pretty much. There’s no sun to speak of. The visor’s kind of hard to see out of
so I’m just keeping my sunnies on. You can’t see very well right now but I promise
there are mountains right up there. Really big, beautiful mountains. Marc and I drove a scooter in Toronto
for what like 9 years? Yeah. And they…we had two of them
and they were both Taiwanese brand. SYM. So it’s pretty cool – it feels kind of at home
to be in Taiwan on a scooter, don’t you think? Yeah, yeah. It’s like a homecoming. It’s nice. Yeah. This would’ve been a good day
to wear waterproof mascara. I can’t even see ‘cause it’s in my eyes. I’m trying to like cry to get the mascara out. Oh that burns though. Oh yeah…I just saw a little teardrop roll down. Looks black. You can see here how soaked my feet are. Seems like a good day to go hiking! Mainly I just want to make sure
you get it out of your eyes. So you can enjoy the….lack of a view! Oh yeah that helps. It’s like a carwash on my eyes. Now that I’ve stopped at a gas station, I can see. Let’s go…again. ♬ I can see clearly now, the rain…hasn’t gone. ♬ Yeah I was going to say…
you can’t quite finish that lyric. Here we go. We’re inside the gorge now in Taroko Gorge and wow! It is stunning in here. Oh my god! We’re passing all these signs that say that you should
wear a helmet while you’re in Taroko National Park and then there’s all these places that say
there’s a helmet borrow just up the road so… I guess we’re already wearing helmets. I think it’s because of all of the um,
the rock falls that happen here so they’re suggesting that you wear a helmet. How’s your extremely wet scooter ride
been through the gorge here? I mean it’s gorgeous but it’s just a shame
that it’s so wet and cloudy. I think you mean to say it’s “gorge-ous.” This was a setup wasn’t it? To see if I’d say that? It was. Okay. I’m fine with it. Let’s go. We just passed the sign for the Swallow Grotto Trail and that’s what we’ve been heading towards
so I think we are getting close. The rain has stopped and we’ve made it
to the beginning of the Swallow Grotto Trail. That’s where we’ve been headed this whole time. It’s absolutely stunning here and I cannot wait
to walk more inside this gorge. So Swallow Grotto Trail actually seems to be a road
that goes along the gorge and it…it almost appears as though
you could drive through the entire thing so we’re going to actually go back and get the scooter and then we can pull over whenever we want to. Might be able to see a bit more. Yeah. But I’m just thinking as we’re walking along here
about what it took to build this road, like through all of these tunnels
and there’s these sheer drops off the side. Like I can’t imagine. I’ve been getting queasy just walking along here
looking down at the water. I can’t imagine building it. It’s incredible. So you can see there’s a…a road over there
and then the river flows through. This part of the…the gorge, Swallow Grotto Trail,
is I think about a half a kilometre long and you can see how narrow it gets in parts there. It’s absolutely stunning. You have to be really careful in here because,
obviously it’s a gorge so there’s a lot of things you can hit and even taking off there’s a huge rock
jutting out there so… So we just tried to fly the drone
and I didn’t know what Marc was doing. I was flying it really controlled
and then just all of a sudden it went rogue and it started flying literally into…
towards one of the walls in the gorge here and so then I tried to fly it back
and it was just not responding and then I was able to fly it close enough
that we could grab it but I honestly feel sick right now. I’m shaking. That was really scary. I thought it was a ghost
piloting the drone or something. The way it was moving was really eerie and I… It was really eerie. I said to Marc like, ‘what are you doing?’ He’s like, ‘I’m not doing that’. Yeah. So we just brought it back and then…
it was floating like… or, you know, floating like right over here and I just reached out and grabbed it, which is
not how we normally catch the drone but… At one point I was trying to just raise it up
so you could grab it and it was not responding and it was just kind of sitting out there by itself. That’s why it felt like a ghost. It was almost like ‘na na na na na na’. Yeah. It was really weird. Maybe there’s ghosts here in the Swallow Grotto. Anyway, I’m glad we have drone back. Uhh! Baby’s back! Baby is back! Never do that again! Bad drone! Bad drone! Are you still shaking? I’m still so shaky. Do you feel like you can drive? I’m going to go very slow. Okay. I’m good with that. I feel kind of queasy. Okay. Don’t back up too much. Okay, yeah. There’s a huge…this is what’s behind me. Sheer drop. Eee! Where I’m standing right now,
according to a sign over there, is the best view of the Taroko Gorge, period. And what I love about the Taroko Gorge especially
is that these rocks behind me… these are made of marble. But they weren’t always marble. Over 200 million years ago they started out
as coral and little marine organisms and over millions of years, they piled up and up and up
and they became limestone and then as tectonic plates shifted
and lots of other magic happened, they turned into marble and so
that’s what you see now. And this is the Liwu River behind me and it is
just cutting down through the rock even as we speak and the gorge just gets deeper and deeper
as that happens and it’s incredible to just know all of the background and see how
incredibly gorgeous it looks and I’m just glad that we made it this far
in the rain to see this incredible view. I can’t stop looking at this view. Maybe we should just live here. That sounds like a good plan except for the rain. Yeah. We should’ve brought a tent. But you know what? We could go stay set up shelter in there. That’s a good spot. Marc and I just pulled off the road
to have a bite to eat and uh, you’ve already got our chips open. I couldn’t wait. We haven’t had this kind before. Kyushu Seaweed Lay’s. Oh. Are they good? Have you had one yet? I have. They’re really good. We also brought…this is uh just a bun
with like corn, cheese, ham. Oh! Lemon Pocky. One of my absolute favourites. This is scallion cheese bun. And from 7-11, Marc picked up
one of these rice wraps. And then just a couple of water bottles. I love having roadside picnics. Me too. This…look at this. I know. It’s incredible. Mmm. Oh just having lunch with my friends. This is just weird. These roads are so beautiful but they’re
not the roads I want to be on after dark so… Not so much. And in the rain so we’re just making our way out
of the national park now back to the main road. We’re making our way out of the park but we didn’t want to leave
without seeing this shrine behind me. It’s one of the most famous landmarks
in the whole national park. It’s called the Eternal Spring Shrine and unfortunately the reason
it’s here is a very sad one. It’s built to commemorate in 1958,
212 workers who died while constructing a really important highway
in Taiwan, the Central Cross-Island Highway. It was the first one linking the east and west
that went through the central mountain range here. So it’s really important and this has been destroyed
by landslides a couple of times and rebuilt. This latest one was built in 1989
and the reason for the name Eternal Spring is because you have these natural waters
that seem to flow right through the temple and go into the Liwu River here. And that is called the Eternal Spring Waterfall
and it just feels very calm and very tranquil here. We are headed back towards Hualien City now. We’ve got about an hour’s drive. It has been a rainier day than we expected
but still really fun and I hope that you guys enjoyed coming along
to see Taroko National Park and just driving this incredible road through the gorge. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel
for lots more travel adventures if you haven’t already and if you like this video, give it a thumbs up
and we’ll see you in the next video. Bye!

100 comments on “Taiwan’s East Coast Treasure | Taroko National Park Road Trip

  1. Another video in our Taiwan series! 🇹🇼Have you ever done a road trip and wished for better weather? Where?

  2. What happened to your drone is completely normal, it's the air currents that flows through the tight gaps between the rocks that drags your drone off course.

  3. 很高興你們喜歡東台灣, 提醒你們一下其實太魯閣國家公園是全區禁止飛行無人機(空拍機), 如果要飛行需要至管理處進行書面申請喔, 會罰款的!! 然後騎機車要小心 ~

  4. 中橫公路1980年我從台中到花蓮坐公路局的車,景緻非常美,原始林非常漂亮,古木參天,蒼勁的林木,給人感覺很有精神,很久後1995再去時森林都不見了,也就不想再造訪了。

  5. drone incident is hair-raisingly close, lucky to have it back the last minute. it turns out a good interlude with surprise.

  6. 我也騎車遊過整個花蓮,
    當時騎一整天後 只覺得超累, 屁股超級痛,,,
    但 東海岸 真的是台灣最漂亮的地方, 看到還是有很多回憶

  7. Hey Eileen,

    Thanks for the series of taiwan trip!!! It's so amazing.
    What funny and happy to see your video. Your optimistics bring me a great sunnday morning here.
    I am Taiwanese and have been live in Taiwan for more than 20 years.
    Now working and living in Netherland. This make me really missing home country.
    And i have never been taking serious how gorgeous my home town is.
    All of landscape i have visiting lots of times but never been enjoyable than this time along this video.
    Hope you enjoy the adventure in Taiwan. And let me know if i can give some tips if you face some question 😀

  8. I was doing that trip this year in February. It was incredible!!! I love Taiwan…I've been there twice and every time is better….I would love to spend more time visiting each city…so next year I am going back. Have fun!!

  9. Wow you guys were so brave to ride a motor bike along a mountain road on such a raining day! But the scenary is really stunning. And thank you for making this clip so fun to watch. You must watch out for traffic in Taiwan next time.

  10. they guys from another channel, the wayaway also had an issue with their drone in the gorge.
    great vlog, keep up the good work

  11. In turn, Taroko Gorge is named after the Taroko People inhabiting the nearby area. They are one of Taiwan's 13 or so indigenous peoples. All of the indigenous peoples are related to the Polynesians – the Austronesians.

  12. Great video. Taroko gorge is the most beautiful place in Taiwan. Hope you guys doing well in visiting some other places here. Thank you very much.

  13. Great to see you guys made it back safe and alive lol! Dangerous place Taroko is so never go there by motorcycles in a rainy day rule of thumb thank you! Love

  14. Nice video, but https://youtu.be/TR6x3wq2y5U?t=9m34s never do that in Taiwan. There're many people dead in flooding every year.

  15. I didn't know it till a vloger says about some scenics of the east coast of Taiwan looks like the scenes in the movie Jurassic world!~~~wow~~

  16. your videos, really are so helpful, and addictive! so wonderful to "join" your trip via your vlogs. Amazed at how you manage to stay so upbeat all while braving some horrible weather!

  17. so your drown was flying out of control… There are many people that died during the construction, and maybe their wondering spirts were irritated… I have heard stories while I attend school as a child.

  18. Oh awesome!! My trip to Taiwan will be soon 😊😊

    For the scooter rental, did you guys rent it with an international license or it’s ok not to have it?

  19. Thank you for the wonderful videos you shared. I used some of your videos for my Chinese class to show my American students what a nice place Taiwan is.

  20. From 2017/7/13, permissions are required for using drones in Taroko National Park. There is an Online Application for Flying Drone which just be written in Mandarin (https://www.taroko.gov.tw/zh-tw/Service/AerialPhotography)

    On top of that, drone easily lost control flying too close too the wall in Taroko, that happens to many drone players , so you need to change to Altitude mode instead of GPS mode, cuz too many interferes from the elements inside the mountain, I guess!

    Anyway, I love your Vlog very very much! Welcome to Taiwan!!!~

  21. Hi guys! Thanks for your videos, it really helps us to plan better our way around Taiwan. Can I ask you where you rent the scooter? Is that motorbike or just scooter running on battery? Thanks!!

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  23. Thank you so much that you guys show me the video of Taroko which is one of my favorite places in Taiwan! Now I feel like to go again ha ha !

  24. It is a very dangerous park. Infrastructure is extremely poor. There is no signal coverage when entering the site,There were no roads for tourism, and most were destroyed by natural disasters. I almost died here two weeks ago,Travel is highly not recommended!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Ghost drone LOL. Crazy Canadians who are used to seeing sky all the time. Hmmmm drones work by GPS location needing to have access to the sky. No access therefore no built in return to home and no ability to calculate how much battery is left for drone.IE Ghost drone is actually a drone that is scared it cannot find its way home. Lucky you got it back or you would be in deep do do if you were polluting the national park with drone parts.

  26. I really enjoy watching your Taiwan trip videos. I am glad you both were enjoying the trip so much in my home country. I I am going to watch the rest of your Taiwan trip videos. Please visit Taiwan again soon. Its a pearl full of friendly people and tasty food.

  27. I'm so blown away by your Taiwan series, extensive/indepth coverage and refreshing too!!! Made me wanna go back again just to try those places you visited (drooling) plus xiaoliuqiu😍😍 going to binge watch all your travel videos now. Your voice-over/editing are just right, love Marc too 😎😎😎

  28. Afortunadamente existen youtubers como ustedes que nos comparten sus experiencias y conocemos un poco más otras partes del mundo que parece un poco complicado visitar. Gracias

  29. Thank you for showing this wonderful place for my next trip.
    I’ve been to Taiwan several times and I really love their nature. It’s incredible place.

  30. Thank you for show casing how beautiful my home country is in all of your Taiwan videos! I can't wait to go back again myself 🙂

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  32. I'm really glad that you love Taiwan so much. I like your video clips. Welcome you back to Taiwan again.
    Kindly notice that you can't fly the drone in Taroko national park or some of the national parks. If it's for some purpose you need to apply to the authority.

  33. 歡迎來到台灣
    可惜你們出遊當日天候不佳,影響出遊興致
    天氣不錯的話,可以去走走古道

  34. Hi Eileen, may I know where you rent the motorcycle? Do you need a driver license? And from the Hualien to Taroko National Park, how long does it take to get there? Thank you

  35. I’ve done this on a scooter a couple of times. Too bad you had rain. I was luckier with the weather. It’s a long ride to the gorge from Hualien but it’s worth it. I’ve been to Taiwan seven times and I love ❤️ it.

  36. Btw I’m from Toronto also. I want to go through the gorge and go all the way to the west coast. And stay in the hotel in the gorge

  37. Are you adventurous … Maybe there can be adventures in Indonesia … Can you speak Indonesian? I am very amazed by the title you made … If you go to Indonesia and vacation in Yogyakarta, maybe we can have you and I will take you around in Yogyakarta … Because there are icons in Yogyakarta such as Prambanan Temple, Borobudur Temple, Parangtritis Beach , Pantai Drini and there are still many beaches … In the evening you can walk on Jalan Malioboro and enjoy traditional food that is very tasty, you can tour Gunung Kidul and Kaliurang, and there are still many tours in Yogyakarta … Can't mind and be happy heart if you are interested in holidays in Indonesia in Yogyakarta I will accompany you and your friends

  38. I spent 2 years in Taiwan, most of the time in Tainan, but 5 months of my time was spent in Hualien, and Taroko Gorge was my regular go to place, one of the most beautiful places anywhere. The Taiwanese are the warmest, nicest people anywhere, and the best food in the world. I love Taiwan and miss it

  39. Hey eileen, did you using international driving license for renting any scooter in taiwan ? Thank you, seems excited

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