Happy Chinese New Year from Hualian, Taiwan

Carrie Kellenberger in Hualien City
Carrie Kellenberger in Hualien City, Taiwan

Happy Chinese New Year! John and I arrived in Hualian City from Taroko Gorge yesterday afternoon. We spent Tuesday and yesterday morning hiking around the heart of Taroko, in the tiny village of Tianshiung.

We enjoyed a romantic ride along the Hualian pier yesterday afternoon and then stopped to watch the waves crashing without another person in sight. Last night, we went out for Japanese hot pot and bbq. We watched the fireworks from our window before going to bed.

Our first day of traveling was great and we started to have high hopes, despite the weather warnings. On Sunday, the worst of our fears arrived in the form of rain. We were soaked after our first day, and every day since has been overcast and slightly drizzly. It isn’t terrific weather for using the new camera, but we’ve had it out when weather permits. We’ve been drying our things out with the hair dryer every night and I’ve discovered a nifty little use for shower caps. They keep your feet nice and dry if you wear them inside of your shoes!

All in all though, we can’t complain. The scenery is gorgeous. The fresh air is reviving and it’s really really nice to get away from the hustle-bustle of Taipei.

At the moment, we’re waiting for the rain to stop so we can pack the bike. We’re heading along the Eastern coastline today and tomorrow. It’s one of my favorite places in Taiwan. I never stop marveling at the beauty this country has to offer.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Happy Chinese New Year from Hualian, Taiwan

    jorees

    (February 7, 2008 - 11:41 pm)

    Hi Carrie,

    Mom and I have been thinking about you today. We have been drying our socks on the new heater and the rain or drizzle does not seem to be going away.

    This is not exactly the best type of weather for a tourist and it is good to read that you and John are still having a wonderful time despite the occasional drop of rain.

    We are both looking forward to seeing you on Saturday to provide us with your insight on traveling and sight seeing in Taiwan. Moreover, I still need some new jeans so you can be a good girlfriend and help me chose out the right pair.

    Can’t wait to see your photos with the new camera!

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