|"Sure, it's your country Taiwan."|
Ms. Davidson acted as our tour guide for the duration of the trip and the best thing she took us to was Taroko Gorge. It was one of the most dramatic and beautiful places I have ever seen. It was unexpected because I had never heard of Taroko Gorge before a couple months ago. I believe it is one of Asia's best kept secrets. And I'm going to shamelessly blow the lid off it! Taroko Gorge was formed as many gorges are formed; by erosion from rain water and a river over millions of years. However, the mountains in the area are marble and marble is hard and resistant to erosion. So this particular gorge is narrow with very steep sides. The area is also prone to seismac activity and this has warped the marble in some of the cliffs.
|The Explorer Look|
The real attraction is the road that cuts through the gorge. It is an engineering feat. It is mostly hangs off of cliffs, cuts in to the cliffs, or tunnels through the mountains. 450 workers were killed in its construction and they are represented by the Eternal Springs Shrine at the start of the road. It is on many people's lists as one of the most dangerous roads in the world. I couldn't wait to drive up it. There are warnings everywhere for falling rocks and with good reason. Scattered on the road are freshly fallen small or medium sized rocks. But the real danger is the tour buses. I can't believe they are allowed on this road. Some parts of the road are so narrow an SUV could barely make it through. These tour bus drivers have no fear and miss rock ledges and scooters by centimeters. However, with my expert scooter skills I was able to survive the twists, turns, sheer drop offs, falling rocks, and insane bus drivers to make it to the end of the gorge. It was totally worth it.
|The Eternal Springs Shrine|
|Mmm, one Michelin star dumplings.|
Enjoy some random pictures from Taiwan:
|Taipei 101 - Second Tallest Building in the World|
|This market is too crowded.|
|Random Outdoor Choir|
|Inside a pagoda. Trippy.|
|A windy day at the beach in Kenting, Taiwan.|
|Taken from an abandoned amusement park/active bar.|
|From the abandoned amusement park.|
|Watch out for killer centipedes, killer bees, and killer snakes in Taiwan.|
|At the top of a jungle.|