Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts can be found here : Taiwan
That afternoon, we decided to spend some time around the Eastern entrance of Yushan National Park. The sky was quite cloudy compared to the morning and the weather was not fantastic, but I think it’s always like that in that region.
We left Hualien after an amazing meal and we drove towards the 40 meters-high Nanan waterfall. To get there, we took the highway 30 west from Yuli. It was 2 kms past the visitor center on our left.
We continued our journey for another 6 km to the beginning of The Walami Trail, the eastern entrance to Yushan National Park. It is possible to hike for 2 km to the Shanfeng waterfall without a permit !
With my itchy legs, full of mosquito bites, we entered in this shady low-altitude forest. Along the trail, we kept seeing numerous warning signs for venomous wasps, bears and poisonous snakes. It was a bit scary, especially when we saw some wasps on the trails… knowing how lucky I am when it comes to insects bites.
After walking on a first suspension bridge, we finally arrive and No2 suspension bridge and the impressive Shanfeng Waterfall. A flight of stairs lead down to a bottom-angle view of the Falls. When we encountered many wasps on our way up, we thought it was time to go back to the car :p
Permit is not required for hiking to the waterfall or to Jiasin Campground a bit further away. A day permit is required for those going beyond Jiasin Campground. You can apply for this day permit the day of your hike at the visitor center.
We continued our journey towards Taitung were we were going to spend two nights. We arrived quite late and it was really difficult to find food around 8pm, everything was closing down at the night market, that was so weird ! It’s supposed to be a NIGHT market, right ?! Tired of walking under the rain without finding food, we ended up at the Mc Donalds, the poshest place in town, sat next to people in suits and beautiful dresses. This spot was apparently popular for first dates ! That was hilarious !
Our room that night at Midori Mini Cat Hostel was just amazing !