Exploring Jiayi

This weekend is the tomb sweeping day so we got two extra days off. On Saturday it was apparently international pillow fight day, so we joined a pillow fight event in Taipei. It was quite simple, just bring a pillow and show up, but fantastically fun.

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We’ve seen most parts of Taiwan but we haven’t really been sightseeing in Jaiyi county so we decided to spend the remainder of the weekend there. We took it easy on Sunday morning and set off after lunch. By mid afternoon we turned off the highway and headed up into the mountains. It took longer than expected to drive up and it was already four thirty when we got to our destination , a small mountain trail in Ruili.

It turned out to be a rather short trail, only a few hundred meters, that passed by a couple of waterfalls. It was a bit too touristy for my taste and while the waterfalls were beautiful they weren’t that impressive.

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While walking the trail Yini figured out that the trail we wanted to go to was actually a little way off so we quickly got back in the car and drove there.

When we got there we only had about an hour of daylight left but luckily it was pretty short. The trail was really well built, with smooth steps and a sturdy railing which I think feels a bit like cheating but otherwise it was good. After twenty minutes of walking we got to the bottom of a gorge. We crossed a suspension bridge and just around the corner we reached the main goal, two large caves.

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The caves were really nice, well worth a visit in my opinion. We continued along the trail until we got to a fork, one park of which was blocked off and overgrown. We realized the trail didn’t follow the route drawn on the map so we turned back and hiked up the rather long and steep stairs to the parking lot. By the time we reached the car it was almost dark so we went in search of some food and a hotel room. A little way further up the mountain we found a restaurant and after some searching we even found a hotel that had a vacancy. There’s not much to do in the evening up in the mountain so we checked in then called it a night. Tomorrow we will keep exploring the Jaiyi mountains

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