On the 19th of December, 2015, my mom, my dad, my grandmother, and I, went on a daytrip around the east coast of Taiwan. We rented a car and zoomed off after breakfast. The weather was so nice that day, we had to get out! I, of course, brought plenty of snacks and my camera (as well as other things like, a pillow, a blanket, etc.)
First, we passed a small town called Chihshang. Then we winded through the mountain roads and went into a long tunnel. Like magic, we saw the ocean after coming out the other end. The sky was blue, and so was the water. The soft sunlight kissed my cheeks as we stepped out of the car to see the unbelievable view.
Although it was sunny, I still wore my jacket since the chilly breeze still howled around us. The sun went in and out, as if it was making up its mind, but the water remained blue and bright.
After sight seeing, we headed to a café called “Pisirian” with a beautiful view of The Sanxiantai Bridge, and the surrounding waves. The area surrounding the café is loaded with little wooden/bamboo goat sculptures. Just around the corner, there’s also a big bunny made out of similar materials.
The bunny sculpture, just around the corner.
We ate a spectacular, and also a very inexpensive, lunch that tasted divine. We got 3 sets for the adults, and I got a fried rice. The food was traditional Amis aboriginal food, so it was very special. The sets came with fruit, red tea, fish soup, egg sushi thingies😉, and dessert.
It was 350NT each and the fried rice was 100NT only! These delicious sets had fried fish, sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves (I think..), pan fried pork, stir fried veggies, shrimps, and egg custard (which was in a cute bamboo cup).
Good deal, huh?😉 Well, be sure to visit Pisirian, the next time you are in Taiwan.
Our bellies filled, we headed to the famous bridge with 8 arches called “Sanxiantai”. We took our time and watched the waves roll up and then go back down. It was breath-taking, and the weather was just perfect. We started up the bridge, and walked and walked and walked. I looked to the left, and I saw the blue water, the foamy waves, and the deep blue sea…
The view of the ocean from the Sanxiantai footbridge.
After a while, we ended up at the other side of the bridge, on another island! (well, they call it a islet). It really looked mysterious, the way that the path led into, what looked like, a dark green maze…
We walked through that maze, and it was so magical. I could hear the soft sound of the waves rolling on the pebble beach; I could hear the wind singing, and I could see the sun gleaming in the cloudy, but somehow blue, sky. The path was concrete, but I still felt like I was in touch with nature in some way. We walked on and according to the sign, we went to a cave (although it was only the back of the big rock) .
We kept walking, until there was a dead end. But there was a small path that lead to another area (they called it the potential hazard region.. ;)), that was also very nice. We saw a stair case in the distance which supposedly lead to the light house. The one teensy problem was: to get to those steep steps, we had to walk through a lot of rocks😞.
Even though we always worry about my grandma getting hurt and so on, she was the one who said “It’s fine! Come on!”, and then she’d walk faster than the rest of us, like WOW😄.
It was quite treacherous, but we made it. Although it was kind of cold, my back was still sweating, and I felt thirsty. We climbed up at least 300 steps, and at some points, they were steep too. But it was still worth it, the view and the breeze- that was totally worth every second of climbing.
At the top, I saw the lighthouse. It was kind of small, but you know- it was the first light beacon to be built on the east coast, so what could I expect? The view was the best part: The blue water, the sun setting, the rainbow, and the slight breeze that kept me going. It was just fantastic, everything was.
The light house.
Going down was quicker, of course, and easier. It was nice to feel like I had just done something, that I had just achieved something.
After the bridge, when the sun had finally set, we walked to the car. We drove to Taitung and ate at a little restaurant that serves dumplings, soup, etc.
After the meal, we drove to Tie Hua Tsun (tii-eh -hua- tsun) (the area with Taitung’s old railway station), and walked around the area. Little hot air balloon lanterns were lit up around the area. In Luye, another town, there’s a area where they launch hot air balloons. So kids made these cute lanterns that look like little hot air balloons.
There was also a little market with stalls selling handmade things like candles, wooden cookware, and other arts and crafts. Some of the stalls had food like, cookies, yogurt, coffee, and homegrown veggies, that were for sale.
hot air balloon lanterns in Taitung.
Since the last time we went to Taitung, the place really got a lot more active. There was live music, and even Christmas lights too! :) We took pictures, looked around, and even bought homemade cookies to eat. We went to a nearby bookstore to look around, and then we headed back to the car.
It started to get late, so we started for home after a long, tiring, but truly exciting, day!
Thanks for reading my little journal entry about our daytrip! I hope you enjoyed it!