I’ve Walked The Central Cross Island Highway

Rich Matheson: Southern Cross-Island Highway

I found this inscription just outside of Chinma Tunnel at the entrance to the old Hehuan Mountain Trail. I paused to jot it down in my journal and thought it was only fitting that I post it here for the rest of you to enjoy.

I’ve walked the Central Cross Island Highway, through the magical changes of spring, summer, winter and fall, pausing at the wonders of dawn and dusk, the clear blue skies and stormy weather.

At the Eternal Spring Shrine, I am moved by the tragedies told in the structures of the tunnel of nine turns.  I gaze in awe at the cliffs rising overhead. 

At Tienshiang, I marvel at the natural folds along the confluencing edges of rivers and at Hsipau, I am inspired by the work of the farmers who bring fruit from the land. 

At Kuanguan, I sit amidst the clouds and peaks at Tayuling.  I see the wonderous sunken faults and at Hehuan Mountain, I am hypnotised by the snow and the firs.  Journeying along this road, I pass through time absorbing its memories, history and legends.                              

– Anonymous              

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

10 thoughts on “I’ve Walked The Central Cross Island Highway


    (March 9, 2007 - 3:43 am)

    i love your photography!
    congratulation ya!
    that is remembered to my about Aceh in Sumatra Indonesia

    best regards!


    (March 9, 2007 - 5:00 am)

    I love the photos. They are making me want to go and visit Taiwan. I probably should since I was born there.

    Michael Turton

    (March 9, 2007 - 10:46 am)

    Great stuff. Good pics.


    (March 9, 2007 - 5:22 pm)

    Reading your bloggings makes me want to go … I’ve been hit whit a fewer. I am envious. 😉

    Todd Alperovitz

    (March 9, 2007 - 11:57 am)

    Nice pics, Taroko is absolutely beautiful, I hope to go back soon.


    (March 10, 2007 - 12:23 am)

    Amazing Photo Carrie!

    You go girl!


    (March 10, 2007 - 8:35 am)

    This morning the first thing I thought about was the island highway and spiritual journey you depicted through your words and images. Again excellent post. The photos are fantastic however the first one with the bike is my favorite.

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    (April 6, 2007 - 3:12 am)

    this is the way I remember Taroko and you just took pictures of it and somebody wrote it down…

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