To the east with friends

A couple of friends have come to visit me during the new year. After a very nice new year celebration, we decided to go explore the rest of the country for a bit. The easter part being generally nicer, we decided to go there.

On Friday morning, me and my friends Anton, Axel, Marcus and Robert, took the high speed rail south to Kaohsiung, then crossed to Raiding in the east by normal train. After we found a hotel, we borrowed a couple of bikes and rode around by the seaside.

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Tunnel of weaved bamboo

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The boys on the beach

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Road and red plants

Though nothing spectacular, we had a good time on our cheapo bikes. When night came we had some dinner then headed to the hotel to try every strange alcoholic drink we could find in seven eleven. During the evening, Yini joined us as well, as she had arrived after work.

In the morning, the six of us went out to the small fishing harbour in Fugang and took the seasickness inducing ferry to Green Island (it was some horrible 45 minutes on the boat) and found a hotel. We rented some scooters then drove around the island, stopping whenever we found something interesting.

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View from a bunker

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Axel on a coral beach

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One more bunker view

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In a pavilion on a cliff top

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Awesome view, just needs a bit of sun

There was a lighthouse, several kilometres of beautiful coral coast line, a number of caves and some lookout points high atop cliffs and mountains. In my opinion by far the best though was a small cove on the north east, where we first found an abandoned village, then a natural rock climbing wall, with lots of small rocks stock in petrified mud, and even a waterfall.

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Abandoned houses all of the above

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Hidden waterfall

When it got dark, we drove back to town, had a nice dinner and finished the night with a couple of hours in the sea water hotspring.

Day two on Green Island, we aimed for seeing those parts we hadn’t seen the day before. A random stop in what looked to be just a park by the seaside lead us to an old prison come museum which was very interesting. We also found a park for deer which seemed locked up and abandoned, a short walk around the corner we found an entrance, and did actually see the deer, but the park itself was not worth much.

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walk in a random park

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Prison from the guard tower

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The guard tower itself

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Cell blocks

By that time we had seen pretty much all there is to see, and since the season was not good for snorkeling or diving, we took the seasick ferry back to dry land, and here we are on a train, heading for Hualien, our next destination.

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