All posts by Mallee Stanley

I grew up in Australia, but like many Ausies, I wanted to explore the world. After two years travelling around my birth country, I bought a one-way ticket in India and since those early travel days, have never lost the bug. I'm the author two published short stories (in New Beginnings) and several unpublished manuscripts set in various places I've lived. Two are set in East Africa going through the editing process, another I've picked up again after a long absence, and like the fourth set in New Zealand and Australia, I'm currently sharing with my writing group. I now call Canada home. This blog is about my travel experiences. If you visit readandwrite.blog/author/malleestanley , you'll find short book reviews of my top reads and what I've learned about writing.

the ancient town of hengchun

When the bus rolled through Hengchun on the way to Kenting (pronounced Ken-ting), it appeared like the dingiest route, but I still wanted to explore its narrow streets. On my return, I headed to its most photographed site, Hengchun’s South Gate. 

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Mobitou’s cat

Mobitou, situated on the far end of the Bashi Channel, was a rocky headland at the southern end of Taiwan’s western promontory. The shoreline that had eroded over time from wave action formed a wave-cut platform. 

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Taitung’s peinan site park

Peinan Site covered an area from behind Taitung Train Station to the foothills of Beinan Mountain. It was once a large Perinan village.

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Farmlands within taitung

I didn’t expect to find any crops growing as I made my way to my Taitung B & B. With scooters whizzing passed I was surprised to spot several fields of rice that looked like they were ready to harvest. I crossed a bridge and below in the grassy riverbed were wild cows. Another female and her calf meandered under the bridge while traffic groaned overhead.

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Taitung’s wetlands

Complementary bicycles were available at the place I stayed at in Taitung, so I took full advantage and cycled towards Taitung’s Forest Park. I passed the fifth person in Taiwan I’d seen peeing at the side of the road — two had been women!

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Qingshui cliffs

I expected the seven kilometre hike from Chongde Station to be an up hill battle, but the train had already gently risen before reaching the village and the hike was relatively flat. What made it difficult, was the final tunnel. It was a hair-raising hike through a one and a half kilometre dark tunnel with no sidewalk where trucks roared past and their noisy engines echoed off the tunnel ceiling.

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A hike by Cingshuei Cliffs

I was on my way to Qingshui Cliffs in Taroko National Park, but there was no public transport right to this site. Instead, I caught a train from Hualien to Chongde then had another seven kilometres to hike along coastal Suao-Hualien Highway.