This relaxing and sumptuous day begins at Liyu Lake, a tranquil spot surrounded by verdant green hills, a sculpture garden and walking path. Drink some coffee, take a breath of fresh air and embrace the nature that surrounds you.
Bai Bao Creek Jade Hunting
After our relaxing stop at Liyu Lake, we’ll make our way to the beautiful Bai Bao Creek. Cutting through the hills near the remnants of an old jade mine, we’ll take off our shoes and walk through the stream looking for real Taiwan jade! While the quality of the jade shards we find here varies, the experience alone makes it well worth it.
Fu Yuan National Forest
Moving on further into the East Rift Valley, our next stop is the aptly named Butterfly Valley Hot Springs resort nestled in the Fu Yuan National Forest Park. We’ll take a nature walk along a scenic river trail to a suspension bridge perched across the green valley, while keeping an eye out for monkeys and many of the 450+ butterfly species in the area.
Butterfly Valley Hot Springs
After our nature walk, we’ll change into our swimsuits, and then spend the late morning soaking in the numerous hot spring pools of Butterfly Valley resort. With views of mountains and forests around you, saunas & steam rooms and more, there are few more relaxing ways to share the love of natural hot springs that has become such a part of Taiwanese culture.
With our muscles relaxed and with refreshed positive attitudes, we’ll then make our way to the nearby Matai’an Wetlands Ecological Park to stroll along plank paths over a natural wetland area. Keep an eye out for lotus blossoms, fish and frogs in the waters beside you.
Cifadahan Traditional Amis Restaurant
On the far side of the wetlands, we’ll reach our lunch destination. The Cifadahan traditional Amis restaurant. The Amis tribe are famous farmers and fishermen and here we can sample some of the finest Amis food in Taiwan. Famous for their “stone soup”, this treat is prepared beside you in a large bowl made from banana leaves. The broth is filled with local wild vegetables, prawns and fish. After the broth is prepared, large, hot stones are added to the bowl, cooking the soup right beside you! Besides this dish, you could also try salt cooked whole fish prepared in charcoal, wild mountain vegetables or various other dishes specific to the region and culture. It’s truly an unforgettable experience.
Once we’re good and stuffed, we’ll make our way back to Hualien and return you to your hotel.
∗Please note that due to varying tastes, lunch is not included in the price of the tour. You can expect to pay between NT$150 and NT$500 depending on what you order.
Photos From The Tour!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off at your hostel or hotel in Hualien|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 3:30-4 PM.|
|WEAR/BRING||A camera, comfortable clothing, walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, water bottle, hat, bug spray, sunscreen and money for food, drinks and/or souvenirs.|
|NOT INCLUDED|| |
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8:00AM: Hotel Pickup
- Liyu Lake
- Bai Bao Creek
- Butterfly Valley
- Matai’an Wetlands
- Cifadahan Aboriginal Restaurant