Travel with me #111 : Taroko National Park, Taiwan!

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Dear Steemit Friends:

I am looking forward to taking you around Taroko Gorge in the Hualien Region of Taiwan. To see is to believe, my friends, and I just can't wait to show you the amazing sights of this beautiful area. Taroko Gorge is set within Taroko National Park in the northern area of Hualien County on the east coast of Taiwan. In spans 920 square kilometres and contains mountains well over 3000m tall.

The Taroko National Park was established in 1986 and is one of nine national parks in Taiwan. It marks an important commitment from the Taiwanese government to preserve the the natural beauty of the country. Taiwan has experienced rapid economical growth in the last half century, and that commercial development has had its impact on the environment as cities grew and industry expanded. So in 1972 a law was passed called the 'National Park Act of the Republic of China'. This was designed to protect the natural scenery, history, wildlife and important scientific areas of the natural world.

What is very interesting about the Taroko National Park is that is rises very quickly out of the ocean. It is rare to have mountains of up to 3700m high, so close to the coast. These mountains are spectacular, and because of how rapidly they rise up from the ocean the rivers are very powerful here. The steep drop from mountain peaks to sea level has caused massive erosion, leaving huge canyons and gorges in their wake. You will see Taroko Gorge today, from which the national park takes its name.

Taroko Gorge


The Taroko Gorge is sometimes also called the Marble Gorge because, as the name suggests, much of the rock is marble. The area would have once been at the bottom of the sea bed, but after immense pressure and the moving of tectonic plates, the mountains have been thrust up high into the sky. I was told that in fact this area of Taiwan is growing taller by 0.5cm per year. Over millions of years that makes pretty big mountains!

The Taroko Gorge itself is reported to be around 19km long and it is very deep, with almost vertical cliffs on either side. The river that runs through the gorge and that has carved this natural marvel is the Liwu River. As you will see, the river itself is as impressive as the gorge that is has carved and you would find it difficult to find a more beautiful setting in all of the world with mountains, rivers and canyons all combined.

Excited to start exploring

The gorge itself is accessible by walking and no more than sensible trainers are needed for most of the main pathways. You can access other areas of the national park on more rugged trials but you should seek the permission of the authorities if you intend to stray off the main tourist routes. The climate of the area is much cooler than many other areas of Taiwan due to its elevation and proximity to the coast. It is not unusual for the area to be covered in mystical low cloud, obscuring the peaks of the mountains around you in a layer of mist that trials itself around the green canopy of the trees that run over the mountainside.

When you arrive at Taroko Gorge you are first most aware of the noise. The river is very powerful, it has carved the huge gorge that you will now see, and there is a lot of fast moving water. The sound of the river echos off the walls of the gorge and mountains to fill the air with the sounds of nature, power and water.

At the mouth of the gorge you catch the first sight of the Liwu River and I was amazed at how blue it was. Blue, I think, is not even the right word. It was what I would call 'cartoon blue' - the sort of blue that water is in cartoons but never in real life. Well this really was this colour! You can see some of it behind my body here, I am teasing you a little bit, but you will see more of this amazing river soon. I was really quite entranced!

I had yet to enter the gorge properly, and I knew there were so many sights to see further into Taroko National Park but I had to take a while for my eyes to adjust to the beauty of the water. I don't know about you but water can be a bit hypnotic and therapeutic. You know how you can stare into an open fire and just pass the time and watch the flames? The water is much the same but this blue had me even more fascinated and I just wanted to sit and stare! Finally I pulled myself away with thoughts that there would be much more water and many more sights to see as my day went on.

The highway built to access the gorge was very hard to build, here you can see they made a tunnel in the cliff!

It does not take very long before you enter a completely different world. The walls of the gorge rise up around you to shelter you from all noise except for the rushing of the water. The route winds along the side of the gorge, quite high up. You can see how deep the gorge is below you but also appreciate how high the mountains are around you. It is amazing to think that water has carved this deep channel into the marble.

In the distance you can see there is a bridge that crosses the canyon. This is very narrow and made only from some flexible wire and other similar materials so that people can cross the gorge single file if needed. It was not that windy when I visited but I could still see the bridge swaying from side to side slightly, which looked very scary! I didn't see anyone cross it, and perhaps that was a good thing! I would have been so nervous just watching, let alone trying it myself.

And now what I've been teasing you with, the amazing water and the sheer canyon walls! Can you believe that this is not fairy-tale water? Cartoon blue, crystal clear, beautiful water. From this height, you could see all of the water swirling around the rock walls of the canyon. In the rock, as you can see there are many different layers of rock that have been carved through over the years by this very same river.

Each stripe of rock represents a different era in history and the smooth rock wall, smoothed by millions of years of water erosion, shows these off beautifully. Higher up the wall you can see the more red colours and lower down there are stripes of white and blue. I didn't know what these different layers meant but they must have been very different bits of history for the marble rock to look so different.

This area of the Taroko Gorge is called the Swallows Grotto for the hundreds of holes in the rock walls that house nests for swallows, small nimble birds that come here to have their young. I can't imagine any predators can get them up there! And they get such a good view as well. What a lovely place for the little baby swallows to be born and to hear the sound of the water and see the blue of the river below them as they learn to fly. I imagine that these area is quite sheltered from the wind but that it must get very wet! You can see the moss above the holes has 'dripped' down with the rain water that runs down the rock during heavy storms.

A long way down to the bottom!

Further in to the gorge, following the route that hugs the sheer rock walls, the path is cut into the rock beside the river, dozens of metres up. At this point, there is a legal requirement that you wear a helmet because there is a great chance of falling rocks. The very same power the has created this amazing gorge causes the rock walls to erode and for stones to call. You just have to look at the riverbed behind me to see the giant boulders that have fallen down into the Liwu River and been swept a long by flood waters.

Nature finds a way, with greenery growing right on the side of the steep cliffs

Here you can see the true immensity of the Taroko Gorge with the overhanging cliff walls, hundreds of metres tall. You can also see the ingenuity of man and the thousands of hours of work that it took to build this route into the side of this beautiful gorge. The path is cut straight into the cliff and was done largely without machinery, just man power and a lot of hard work.

Here also you can see how important it is to stay safe with a helmet because the rocks can easily fall off the roof or down from the cliffs too. I felt very inside of nature in this spot and I spent a long time just standing in this very special and unique place. Inside this area, the sound of the water was all around you as it echoed up the rock walls, bouncing backwards and forwards up from the floor of the gorge.

A little bit scary being this high up with only a small barrier!

This route on which I had been walking and admiring the view from is actually called the Central Cross-Island Highway and it was built in the 1950s by the military. It was a gruelling endeavour and required thousands of hours from thousands of veteran soldiers to complete. The work was very dangerous, as you can imagine, and landslides and poor conditions caused the deaths of hundreds of the workers. The road now has restricted access to traffic, though it is still technically a national highway.

You can see very clearly here how the route is cut right into the side of the gorge. It feels quite high up when you're standing on it and looking down at the rushing blue water, but then you look upwards and realise just how high up this gorge goes. I couldn't get a proper picture to show how tall it was because, well, it was so tall!

I was pleasantly surprised by how quiet the place was for people. There was of course, a few tourists around but you could always find a quiet spot to sit and admire the area and just 'be' in the environment without feeling crowded. Though there were some tour buses with big groups of people and the occasional tour guide, they moved through quite quickly. I loved being able to enjoy the atmosphere of this place.

I remember vividly the smell of water, and greenery and damp rock. The sound of the river below you, the echo of voices and the occasional sounds of birds that had made this sheltered place their home.

Even in a gorge you can't escape some commercialism!

This a shrine to chief engineer Jin Hen who was swept away in a landslide in 1957 while inspecting damage to a dam that was caused by a large earthquake. The shrine is a sobering reminder of the human effort and sacrifice that was spent making this area of the world accessible and safe for people.

The Eternal Spring


Changchun Shrine or The Eternal Spring was built to homage those men who lost their lives in construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. In 1987 the pavilions that you can see here were destroyed when the cliffs collapsed after heavy rain. You can still see evidence of this to the right of the buildings here and it is a sobering thought to realise how powerful nature is, even when man tries to tame it. 10 years later, the pavilions were finally restored to their former glory for us to see!

Nestled at the base of the cliff, the pavilions of the Eternal Spring straddle a small waterfall and stream that cascade down and out under the bridges and walk ways. The colours of white, orange and blue against the green of the mountainside and the blue of the water were really quite striking and I felt this was a beautiful lasting memory to those who had given so much for this place.

The pavilions at the bottom of the waterfall only mark the entrance to the shrine, which is located about 15 minutes walk up onto the mountainside. This path up to the shrine was closed when I visited, perhaps due to more landslides or slippery conditions on the hundreds of steps that lead upward. Even from down here, though, I could appreciate the serene beauty of this isolated monument, with its well maintained facade and bright colours.

Stream emanating from under one of the pavilion's bridges, giving the place its name of 'Eternal Spring'

The pavilions were very peaceful and less busy that I would have thought. May of the tour buses stop to take in the view from the other bank of the river but do not take you up to explore the pavilions themselves. There were beautiful views back into the heart of the gorge as well as many quiet and secluded places to sit and reflect on the day.

As my bus left Taroko Gorge I knew that this was a place that I would always remember and that would always remain special in my memories. A place without compare, the effort of hundreds of souls went into trying to tame this wilderness of water and rock. I could have easily spent many more hours just soaking up the sounds and sights that had been millions of years in the making. But unfortunately I had to leave! As the bus pulled away, I was told that there would be just one more stop before my return to my hotel - we were headed for the viewing area called Clear Water Cliff or Qingshui Cliff.

Qingshui Cliff


Stretching for 21km the Quingshui Cliffs are 21 kilometres long and they rise an average of 800 metres above the sea level. It is the highest coastal cliff in Taiwan so therefor offers amazing views up and down the coast. Where I had just spent many hours with rock walls rising on both sides of me, now the cliffs just rose to my back and the pacific ocean out in front of me. A real contrast to the enclosed space of the gorge, the feeling of openness was beautiful. As you can see the sky had cleared of the clouds and mist that had been present earlier in the day and I could see for miles in both directions, up and down the cliffs.

I will leave you now with some of these beautiful views. The very size of everything in Hualien County is quite humbling. The huge mountains, the rushing rivers and the majestic Pacific Ocean make it a unique place for any traveller. I am very lucky to have spent my time here.

Steemit Friends, thank you so much for taking the time to read my post today and to share in this adventure. My favourite part of the day was easily the cartoon blue waters of the Taroko Gorge and the unique and impressive route from which you view it, carved into the size of the cliff face. Of course, we must honor still some of the tragedies that occurred to help build that route and remember the men who sacrificed too much. I am humbled by my time in Taroko National Park for this reason and because of the very beauty of its nature. Unfortunately nature is a force so great and grand and huge that it is hard to tame by man.

What was your favourite bit of this exploration with me? Have you been anywhere else like this before? I'd love to speak more with you in the comments below and if you'd like to see more of my adventures, please follow me and of course vote for this post if you liked it! I will leave you now with my best and most honest attempt at a jumping photo to end my day's adventure... perhaps you can see how hard I was trying!

Until next time...



原来每一座城市,从別人嘴里听到的,都不如自己去感受的美好。享受过台湾都市生活的绚烂,还有风光旖旎、朴素亲切自然景点,确实深深体会到了台湾每座城市的独特性格魅力,那种自然与现代,大气与小资结合在一起的感觉。今天我们就一起去到台湾东部的自然公园,那个远离城市喧嚣,最令人期待的太鲁阁国家公园,真真切切体验一把返璞归真的快感。

太鲁阁国家公园是台湾最早的国家公园之一,始于1986年,也是台湾成立的第四座国家公园。位于台湾东部,地跨花莲县、台中市、南投县三个行政区。这座公园之所以成为神奇的世界级景点,当然和它雄伟壮观的景色分不开。最让我惊讶的地方,大概是那最高点在3700米左右的山顶,很难想象,经历了大自然鬼斧神工的一挥袖,在最接近海岸线的位置形成了几乎垂直,无比险峻的U型状大理石峡谷。

太鲁阁其实是原住民的语言,意思是“伟大的山脉”。这里有着令人无限向往的特色峡谷和断崖,崖壁峭立,景致秀丽淡雅,太鲁阁幽峡也因此名列台湾八景之一。当然,独特的景观不知道经过了多少美丽的意外,才会形成如今眼前这般绚丽多姿,无与伦比的峡谷风景线。在四百万年前,由于菲律宾海洋板块和欧亚大陆板块的相互碰撞而形成台湾,随之而来的是逐渐隆起的中央山脉表层岩层,受到风化侵蚀作用而慢慢被剥离,立雾溪丰沛的河水不断切割太鲁阁这块最古老的大理岩层,才形成了眼前这座落差高达三千多公尺,巨峰林立的自然公园。

由于公园里的山石,经历湿润天气的渲染,暴雨来袭的冲击以及地震,常常会有零星落石掉落在游客参观的步道上,而燕子口作为太鲁阁的著名景点,正好位于山高谷深、燕壁陡峭的峡谷段,立雾溪峡谷在此变得更狭窄了,出于对于安全的考虑,于是乎我在人生中第一次带上了安全帽,淡蓝的颜色特别小清新。

接下来就带上安全帽,向着连绵曲折的山洞隧道出发吧。其实太鲁阁的面积非常大,想要认认真真的徒步走完是需要十几天时间的,虽然我这次只能浅浅的欣赏一部分景观,但还是心满意足呢。走在悬崖边的悠长步道上,触目所及皆是太鲁阁壁立千仞的峭壁断崖,大理岩层展现着刚劲雄伟的风范,时而雾气缭绕,自己就好像在仙境中行走一样。

每走一步,身边的风景都在不停变换,带给我不一样的视觉上的惊喜。趴在悬崖边的栏杆,看见两个峭壁之间的潺潺流水,就像一条玉带,妖娆缠绕,眼前景观就像一副画作,处处展示着大自然的潇洒和魄力,就好像艺术创造者留下随性的行为艺术作品。

接着我们一起去看看建于飞瀑之上的长春祠,只见远远就望见郁郁葱葱的崖壁上,一个鲜艳的红色古典中式建筑物就建于高高的山顶。崖壁上还有“太鲁长春”的题字,充满了古韵,最妙的是山腰上那一道恢宏的瀑布,飞流直下,让峭壁悬崖从此也有了柔美的一面。

走过长春桥顺势走下台阶,就可以到达对面的观音洞。洞内可以看到观音石佛,也可以了解关于横亘公路的施工全图。沿着开凿出来的幽暗洞穴前行,听着山下川流不息清脆的溪水声,意境极好的。长春祠其实主要用来纪念曾经为了开凿峡谷,修建公路付出了汗水甚至生命的人们,以此纪念,让他们的名字永远留存在这山水之间。

最后,我来到了位于台湾花莲县秀林乡的清水断崖,在这里可以亲眼目睹那崖高一千多公尺,直入太平洋险峻陡峭的高山,绝对是整个苏花公路上最美的地方。也是曾经我在网络上,看了一张照片的功夫就被种草,就爱上了的地方。高山边的海水因为密度不同而层次分明,深蓝浅蓝碰撞出非凡的美,格外壮观震撼,美到窒息。深邃的绿色断崖,参杂着浓重的岩石色彩,面朝汪洋大海,不知是谁不小心滴入了一滴蓝墨水,就好像是逐渐渲染开的水彩画,这举世罕见的山海壮阔尽收眼底。那一刻,我神游在了蓝蓝深海之中,不忍离去……今天的花莲奇妙之旅就要告于段落啦,之后还有更多精彩的游记想要分享给大家噢!

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Greetings, sweet and beautiful sweetsssj

As soon as I gave in your post appeared trending refresh and I was very happy.

Thanks so much for sharing your trip to Taroko Gorge in the Hualien Region of Taiwan. Do you live nearby?

This is a beautiful site too much. Here in Brazil, I don't know anything like that. Here has a lot of beautiful landscape, both in fauna and flora.

However, that you put up. Is totally enchanting.

I really liked the picture of that temple that sits on top of the vegetation. I imagine that the person there will have one of the most beautiful views in the world to contemplate. Should give an immense peace.

I was eager to meet this place after I saw your post. Save your posting here to show to friends, Yes, these natural and architectural beauty cannot be hidden.

In addition, your charm, beauty and elegance give a touch more in the photos, which are beautiful.

Thank you and good night!

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Hi julisavio! I actually live in China (mostly) but Taiwan is a close neighbour I frequently visit because I really love the region so much. Obviously I highly recommend you to visit too and see these place for yourself!

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I would love to visit China someday. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I have learnt so many new things

呵呵,真開心由甜心介紹太魯閣,文章和圖片都一如往常地美麗又兼具深度!!😍

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谢谢你哟,希望你会享受到这里的美景^^

太鲁阁真的好漂亮啊!一直对台湾的原住民文化很有兴趣,看了你的文章,更想去台湾玩了,我已经快打开订机票网站要订票了哈哈哈! Sandia你真是种草专家!

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哎呀,哈哈,又给你种草啦,那就祝你的台湾之行一切顺利啦,有什么问题可以问我哟^^

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好,谢谢甜妹哦🙏
我觉得应该明年去,希望明年可以去!😊😬😬

Well done .. interesting
Looks like a nice experience ..
Thanks for sharing this with us..

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my pleasure slimanepro, enjoy!

I love these green photos of nature but that in the cliff is very scary, I am really afraid of heights, lol

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I must admit, I had a lot of hesitation peering down into the valleys, it's certainly very steep and very high up!

Taiwan is on my wishlist to visit... I admire this nation and you are doing more than great in your trip

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that's great! I'm glad to be able to share my front row experience with all you guys!

so beautiful thanks

看着风景很是秀丽,同时又很陡峭啊~~~
爬山带着安全帽也是这么美~

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谢谢夸奖啦,的确,带着安全帽爬山还真是一种特殊的体验呢^^

Hello dear @sweetsssj , How are you doing? Wow! What a beautiful place this is. Looks just like a fairy land. And as always you look so sweet and beautiful . Have a great day princess😊👍👍

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hi vikbuddy i'm doing well thank you, how about yourself!?

mam your life is awesome and how lucky you travelling the world

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thanks dear, i'm sure you have good stories to tell too!

Hello @sweetsssj I stumbled upon your blog and I was surprised! I love all your travel pics!!! How I wish one day I’d be able to travel Asia too. Your steemit shirts are the best in the world! Haha. You look all cute with that. Please wear that every time to spread the Steemit awesomeness. Anyways, nice photos you have here. Your photographer is doing a good job. Is he traveling with you too? What a luck. Anyways, enjoy your day out there and have a great weekend! Xoxo from Manila. :-*

This is picture perfect sweet, I love your Jump shot and the color of your blue jeans, the blue color of the sky perfectly reflected the view to the super color combo with a very HD camera, truly this is a picture perfect photoshoot.

the blue waters of the Taroko Gorge so impressive views of the very beauty of its nature.

what a cool experience, the place of The Taroko National Park,
the nature place and the natural formation of the river lines are spectacular views, and also the bridge consists of a lot of history.


overhanging cliff walls for me is so cool and on the second thoughts its scary for me? because of I'm afraid of heights.^_^

thanks for sharing this wonderful nature adventure.

this Post is Upvoted, this Post is resteem.

Take care always sweet.

as always, , you 'nailed it.. @sweetsssj ^_^

Beautiful place amazing

你今天过的开心吗?才子,才女,你参加月旦评了吗?这可是我们中文区最大的活动之一啊。倘若你想让我隐形,请回复“取消”。

Love your profile! ;-}

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thanks supernova55, hopefully you'll love travelling !

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I love traveling, absolutely!!🤗🌼🌻🐝🌺🎵🎧💙

Lovely week!🌺

I have just seen the video of “Taroko Gorge”. It is really an amazing place!
Also the photographs and descriptions are wonderful! Thanks a lot for all.

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my pleasure nihar1969, very happy you enjoyed the post !

the journey is very fun and exciting, you must enjoy it, you have been around the world, your room to go to aingapura but now to Thaiwan, you are very great and have a lot of money to travel around the world, I am proud of you who have been successful and have a great talent , if there is time to visit us in Indonesia, because in Indonesia there are also many beautiful places and fun, especially in Aceh, Indonesia. Here are so many places of recreation that are so beautiful, even many foreign tourists who visit Aceh to enjoy the beautiful sense and the scenery is so impressive. Enjoy the beautiful city of Thaiwan and hope you are always happy. Thanks.

Greetings from me to you @sweetsssj

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hi edy90, it sure was an exciting journey not just in Taroko but for my entire trip in Taiwan, it's definitely somewhere worth visiting if you get the time to. I've been planning a trip to Indonesia for quite some time now, I don't know if I will make it to Aceh straight away as Jakarta and Bali are higher up on the list, but i'm sure i'll get to aceh eventually!

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If you go to Aceh do not forget to let me know, I want to meet with you, because I am your fans, I want a photo with you, you are very beautiful. Thanks.

Thank you for the nice view^^

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my pleasure angelman, thanks for checking the post out! :)

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you're welcome^^
& I followed you^.~

上年去時,開車太快駛過了燕子崖入口,結果未能參觀最有名的景點 😖

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哦哦,这样呀,不过你去很方便哒,下次补上嘛^^

Wow, seems like you had loads of fun there! And you were even lucky with the weather! I think it's quite rare to see this place without rain :)

I went there a year ago. Since I didn't have an international drivers license, I needed to take the public bus to explore the park. Unfortunately, my Chinese at the time was pretty much non-existant so I got off at the wrong stop for the Eternal Spring shrine and had to walk all the way through the first tunnel. From then onwards I started hitch-hiking!

Taiwan is awesome! Glad you're coming back there often!

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It was definitely a tonne of fun and i'm sure you can attest to that too. Sadly I also don't have an international license but I think it is a blessing in disguise because the bus I eventually took had an excellent tour guide. I'm impressed you made it via walking though, it's quite a distance!

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I had amazing tour guides when I started hitchhiking afterwards :) Even met a Taiwanese guy who studied at the same university in Australia at the same time as me! Keep on enjoying your travels!

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That's so cool! Meeting like minded people on travels is part of what makes travelling so great! Thank you dear!

The water in the river look so blue! So the helmet was provided at the entrance of do you have to join a tour? Do you get to go into dark and narrow caves because it looks like a caving helmet :)

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So the helmet is provided as a requirement by law. There are frequent landslides there so it is a safety precaution. They are handed out at a stop just before the main tunnels and that's where you return them as well when you come back.

@sweetsssj wow today you took us to Taroko gorge national park in Taiwan. It this looks really amazing and moreover they things you told us about the park simply makes it more interesting.
You have added so many beautiful and I believe your journey was relaxing.
I really like your way of writing, your work is unparallel.
I have been following you and will resteem this post if you don't mind. Good luck.

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Who would have thought Taiwan could have such grandesque scenery and landscapes, but it does! Of course i don't mind you resteeming, thank you!

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Thank you very much @sweetsssj and yes Taiwan looks really beautiful from what you showed us haha. I will add this to the places I want to visit. Thanks a lot for sharing this post.

Trip to Taiwan's beautiful national park Taroko Gorge park, really I am stunned to see the images, these are really beautiful and you also added your beautiful face. I am a new admirer I must say that you have actually done a great job.
Such a beautiful post and with the pictures of your journey, I do believe that Taiwan is a beautiful place and view from the park is really nice.
Keep contributing and inspiring young people and new steemians, I will be around to see more of your beautiful posts. Thank you for sharing your journey with us @sweetsssj

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Thanks deepti, it's a really stunning place that I could never really do justice with the pictures, hopefully it's enticing enough to visit for yourself and discover how amazing it is in person!

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Yes yes you are very true and I do feel like traveling there thanks for sharing

As usual so much information and beautiful photos. For the time being, you are one of the accounts I follow in #travel, actually you were the FIRST account. #resteemed #resteem


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hey dear, I feel honoured to be the first you followed in travel!

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You have a great blog, love it.

Fantastic post friend

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thank you aligaby89!

❤️ always beautiful

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aww rina, thanks!

Amazing, love your travel blogs ❤️❤️

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tastetwist, thank you so much dear!

Lovely! What do those gold characters say on the cave entrance? Speaking of gold, let me know if you want to be one of my Steemit Legends to unbox gold:) already have some big names on the list, but would be honored to have you @sweetsssj - goldy

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It's the Eternal Spring Shrine!
oooh what does that involve??? :)

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I send you gold and you open it :)

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sounds too good to be true!

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It is for exposure :). If you are interested... lets talk !

Mind-blowing excellent...

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thank you ritue!! :)

really good ... 👍👍👍💞💕💕

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aww thanks shintamonica! 😊

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Sama2 kakak @sweetsssj...💕💕💕💕

Beautiful scenery of beautiful results. photo the natural beauty that has brought you to get a beautiful dream every night.You are a very lucky person, because you have seen what I can not see in my life.I have never seen this scene it's amazing. Thank you guys for sharing, I hope someday to visit such a beautiful place even if it is not possible for me @sweetsssj

I love China

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Thanks for showing such a big interest, very motivating for me!

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thanks for sharing @sweetsssj
I am very motivated with you

@sweetssj i wait your next exploration earnestly. I too desire to visit the ocean some day and have even if it's half as much fun as you did there in Taiwan.

As a fellow lady i sincerely respect you.
You are beautiful,portable and sweet like your name suggests.

If only i can be friends with such a wonderful person as you.

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It's a pleasure to chat with you on here lizbethk, perhaps we might meet some day on my adventures around the world. where are you based?

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What a remarkable and wonderful day that would be for this girl.

But i am sad because i think that day is really far away or may never come, as i stay in West Africa , Nigeria.

So far away from China. Though i do love China and look forward to the day, i'll apply for a VISA to come there.

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你背后的风景,有一部分看起来像一幅水彩画,真是很梦幻啊~

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谢谢啦,这个地方真的超美,好像来到了另一个星球的世界^^

風景實在太美啦!

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谢谢你噢Travelgirl^^

You are one impressive and trendy lady. I am always fascinated with the way you dress. Always admirable.

It is so good to see you had fun and this place is really beautiful. That is nature at her best. I totally love this place. What a beauty that is.

Thank you for bringing this closer to us. I hope to visit this place one day, and i hope to make a reference that i first came close to it through your post.

Keep being trendy. You look stunning dear.

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hi olawalium, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment as usual, always appreciated!

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Anytime beautiful.

I love that combination, natural beauty, beautiful woman, spectacular photo and an atmosphere of tourism, the ideal moment!

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you have a way with words, it's so flattering!

真的是很美的山和水。想不到台湾也有这么天景般的景色。是时候去那玩玩了。

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是哒,最近肯定到了旅游旺季^^

Wow how beautiful those places year.
I love Asia, the nature in so many places is just outrageous.
I would love to walk the Central Cross-Island Highway, it looks really cool.

As always a first class contribution Sandia!

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Thanks jason, you really know how to appreciate this kinda stuff!

beautiful post

I love the way how the path is dig deep into the stone and there is how you go down to the blueish water 💚
It's always amazing to enjoy a track from top to the bottom, in this way when you are down you can look upside and say "Look! There is where I came from! I've been walking sooo much to see this beauty!" Which offers you a feeling of gratitude. Loved the video and the song fits just right 😊

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You are so right, top to bottom is definitely better!!

These photos look like from some Japanese mmorpg game, I suspect that your class is a traveler ;)

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haha you suspect correctly :)

it's so incredible this place is so beautiful I really like the scenery like this @sweetsssj thanks for sharing with us.

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my pleasure putraabdal!

What a nice trip! I have been in Taiwan once but your images make me want to comeback!

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Time to plan another visit I think!

i have a question for you, if you have a time let me know, then i'll ask it :)

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what is the question dear?

Always a pleasure reading and looking at the beautiful pics. Who travels with you?

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thank you so much! Usually it's my mum, she writes here too :)

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O that is wonderful sharing all of this with her - enjoy every moment - I am so jealous

Although I have never been to Taiwan but i guess i have now, thanks tou you @sweetsssj. Thanks for sharing your views about the location with the world, it quite green out there, the valleys looks quite dangerous, I wonder how difficult it was to walk down. But it seems worth the risk♥️, the way you present the places you visit is just mind blowing and soo different then others, it have all the small details in it,Leaving the natural beauty aside for a while you look so beautiful in that dress with that jacket, the picture with the helmet on u look so cute.
Now there is noo need for one to go on youtube and search the places you visit as they can just read what you write its soo amazing thanks again for sharing your thoughts on the location.

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There are so many places in such a small territory, it really is worth it! I guess if you enjoy the picture and written medium as well as a bit of video then you can find it right here! :)

The favourite bit that I like the most is your jump shots :) Nicely taken. The scenery is great too. The colours pop at the right places.

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thanks mrblueberry :)

first of all i want to say your are so beautiful "@sweetsssj" also your excellent photography ,

Taroko National Park is a 920 square kilometer park located in Taiwan. It was originally established as a national park - Tsugitaka-Taroko National Park - in 1937 by the Governor-General of Taiwan. Taiwan was part of the Empire of Japan when the park was established and at the end of World War II China took control of Taiwan and the park was abolished. In 1986 Taroko National Park was finally re-established. The park was named after the expression used by a Truku tribesman when he saw the Pacific from the gorge. He exclaimed 'Taroko' which means 'magnificent and beautiful'.

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thanks steemlota :)

Excellent..
And Nothing Else..
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哟~台湾东部还没有去呐……正好可以参考你的,希望明年可以安排成功举办~~

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哈哈,东部真的超级漂亮的,祝你早日出发向台东^^

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好的~~ 谢谢!也祝你旅途顺利愉快~

哇喔,終於寫到台灣之行系列啦,山色好美海水也好綠,看完今年好想今年也去台灣玩一次❤️

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哈哈,希望这些游记会给你小小的启发^^

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哈哈哈,有很多启发呢。对啦,谢谢甜心的support呢,爱你❤️

Oh wow!!!! This is an amazing post!!! and those photos :O now to travel there!!

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do it!!

Amazing place! Added to my "must see" list :).
I have been to similar canyon in Spain - Caminito del Rey but seems it is not so beautiful as in Taroko Gorge...

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I will have to check that place out for myself!

Thanks for sharing your travel experience with us. What a wonderful and exciting experience you had over in Tokyo. Well detailed writeup.

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It's in Taiwan!!

太鲁阁国家公园的山也太陡峭了吧,看着有点怕哈哈,甜心姐姐真的勇敢,而且漂亮~

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谢谢哟,哈哈,确实看着有些腿软,不过为了美景,一定要勇敢一次呢^^

Haha good attempt on the jumping photos.

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hey aldentan, you been doing good recently? As you can see it took a few tries.. :)

Very lovely post 😘

Very lovely post 😘

Lovely post

So beautiful @sweetsssj .Good job and thank you for sharing

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my pleasure Anna, thanks for droppin by!

There is a lovely place ! Taiwan .. Blue & Green together are mostly color of the world .. I love travelling diffirent places so much and this place is amazing ! I hope one day I want to be Taiwan and I dont remember you @sweetsssj ;) Thank you for sharing .

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You know what, you're right, the natural beauty of the world is mostly dominated with those two colours! I never thought about that before..

Taiwan will be waiting for you!

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Im so glad to you Thank you :))@sweetsssj I hope so.. I want to so much become Taiwan

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Can I want you somethink my friend ? Can you resteem my shared blog .. I need some help :( @sweetsssj

Wow the color of the water is so cool, is that an old river maam @sweetsssj or just a shallow stream ever since?. But, that hanging bridge I ain't gonna pass it through hehe and the pathway besides mountain it will make me crazy Im an acrophobic 😊. The places the views are totally amazing.

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It's a natural stream which flows from one of the mountains deep within the gorge!

Beautiful place amazing

I always love your travel blogs miss @sweetsssj <3 it is very interesting to read. Whenever my friends planned for a trip, I recommend them to read your travel blogs. They were amazed <3

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Ryan! That's so kind of you to send them to my page, really appreciate that! Hopefully they find something useful or fun!

a place many people dream about travel, with your presence add beauty scenery amazing.

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i'm glad you think that jhoni, very flattering!

You always share such breathtaking pictures. It feels like being there with you. Thanks for sharing :)

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Hey soldier, thanks so much! Hopefully will share them on appics when it goes live! :)

這裡真的非常美,我前陣子才經過那附近呢~ :D

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是的呢,真的太壮观啦^^

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台灣固然美麗,不過我也希望以後有機會去看看中國五嶽呢!! :)

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哈哈,虽然五岳之中我只去过两座,还是不得不说,确实值得去的,非常推荐^^

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我只要能去其中一座應該就很開心了!! XD

风景好美啊

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谢谢啦^^

That's so beautiful! I will be going to Taiwan very soon with my family and that looks like a great place to check out. Thank for your your awesome pictures! Definitely adding this to my trip!

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I'm sure your family and yourself will have a wonderful time, do share your blogs about the place on steemit!

Awesome! We went to Taiwan last month! I just wished this post was made sooner haha! I wanna go there!♥

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aww there's always opportunity to revisit!

Are these pictures real? I don't mean that as a real question lol. I just mean that the colors are so amazing that I can't imagine a place really looks like that. I have honestly never seen anything like that. It is simply breathtaking.

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haha they are real! Everything here was just on another level of scale!

It's nothing better then seeing you exploring the world with you Mum and Holding your most favourite Gimbal and shooting everything in your path for us Sandia,

This place is like the Heaven on earth and i am glade that you captured each and every thing perfect without doing any Damages to it's heavenly environment,


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This picture of Your is the Show Stopper for me in Today's post,i feel so fresh and alive after seeing your post that you can't imagine,

Keep it up dear i love the fact that i know you and mum as a friend 😇👍

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Hey shiva, it's wonderful having my mum help me out with my pictures and content, she's really fantastic and it's great you follow her too!

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Ya your mum is a kind hearted and wonderful Lady 😇

Wow wow wowww😵😵😱😍

INCREÍBLE Y MÁGICO Taroko Gorge QUIERO ESTAR EN ESA ZONA FÍSICAMENTE Y DEJARME DE SOÑAR...

I was just waiting for your blOg..
Wow its just amazing it is an ancient time park.. The official just manage it to look new and proper.. Its being a long time to have this marvelous place.
I think its a human being duty and responsibility to protect and save the nature along him...
Yeah looks very high mountains around you.
Yes its true that the weather is cooler due to mountains and hilly areas which are higher than other places.
Liwu river is just an amazing. The blue color is beautiful. From your picture i have a feeling that i am personally visiting that place it just amazing..
Yes have a safe journey on thevswinging bridge
I think swallows have special god blessing that they have just an amazing beautiful and natural and rivery place as their house. They are just lucky i mean to say.
Jin hen is legend for the people living over there. He just made a place unbelievable. God bless him through ameen.
Changchun Shrine is a beautiful. Officials have done a great job thsmat people remember the legends and have pray for them throughiut the end of this world
'Eternal Spring it is just an other example of executive nature along over there. Every shot you just have taken is just amazing. You are a fabolous explorer dear sweetsssj.
I am just big fan of you and always watching you content and shots of your journey.
Stay blessed and have a journey and blessing for other trips from my side ameen
Waiting for your next trip by by

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hi yasirgawad, thank you for taking in the post so thoroughly!

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My pleasure miss

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I was thinking and just can't control to add some about your beauty that if you don't mind you are looking cute in all this sorry hehehehe

That is a wise move from your government to protect and preserve the environment to save it from further destruction so you can have it to benefit from it and enjoy the scenery.

I don't know about you but water can be a bit hypnotic and therapeutic.

This is true. There are accounts of how the river "takes" people because of this.

You are such a tease indeed! Those rock formations are gorgeous I tell you! The different colors that are very earthy and the reflection of the water make the marble even more beautiful.

I wonder are those holes naturally made?

Here you can see the true immensity of the Taroko Gorge with the overhanging cliff walls, hundreds of metres tall. You can also see the ingenuity of man and the thousands of hours of work that it took to build this route into the side of this beautiful gorge.

This works done here are admirable. Amazing engineering feat. It is also a great idea to make a path out of that and in that particular area where the beauty of the gorge is maximized.

Gotta love those pavilions, too. That is very picturesque setting. The red bridge also stands out because how vivid it was amidst the background of greens.

So the best part of it all was when you changed costume lol!

I love every part of this. What a wonderful experience! It would be interesting to see what the off-road trails can offer.

Thank you as always for sharing your wonderful travel.

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You are so adventurous leeart! I'm not sure I could handle off-road trails.. I bet you could see some pretty amazing things though, I take it this is your expertise!

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There is something thrilling living on the edge lol! Nah, i try to make sure that I am safe but you can never be careful. That is why I would be interested to see the off road trails.

How great I have been traveling geographically wonderful places of the continent mainly Asian, I have observed that you are fond of the sea and I sincerely love, only that the economic situation of my country has made it difficult to visit hotels near the sea despite have a tremendous coast just to the Caribbean Sea full of crystal clear waters, I in every delivery that you make me excited and at the same time I admire you immensely because you are really a beautiful woman who exclusively make beautiful post very educational from the geographical point of view, culinary, constumbres as grand hotel network, @sweetsssj you are my admiration I want to grow as much as you and be a successful person in steemit, with work and perseverance as you do it, you are beautiful, I send you thousands of kisses and good wishes at the same time I invite you to visit my blog and support me.

风景美如画

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谢谢O哥呀^^

我很想去台湾啊!

wow. these pics very good and very beautiful and excitement. you are very beautiful wink

Hey Sandia, thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs. I love the milky blue water flowing through the gorge. It is great to have mountains so near the sea as well.

It's a pity you didnt get a go on the bridge. I like to bounce around stressing people out.

Nice jump at the end of the post. I hope you got your legs back down again.

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ooh wayne you are always so funny with your comments (in a good way!) I'm trying to find some cool ways to "imprint" my visit and a big jump seems to be the most fun ! I have something cooking to share soon though, it's one of those strange internet meme style things, stay tuned!

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Sounds exciting, I look forward to it.

I'm a traveler too, I loved your post. I started here today and made an introduction post where I show my trip to Argentina in a zoo where we can take pictures with lions.830468_609151572444348_797530815_o.jpg

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Or even Tony the Tiger.............

Very nice!

Amazing! I never knew Taiwan had a Grand Canyon. Thank you again for allowing me to travel with you.

@sweetsssj What an amazing place! Your videos are truly a voyage of discovery for me. I never thought Taiwan had a "Grand Canyon". The way that you combine music, text, photos, and videos is unique.

One question...the Wikipedia article on Taroko Gorge mentions that it's possible to find jade in the park. Have you ever looked for jade? Do they let you keep what you find? In Arkansas (USA) there is a park as well, called Hot Springs National Park, where you can search for diamonds. They let you keep what you find there. You'd probably love to visit.

I look forward to hearing, watching, and reading about more of your travels.

All the best,
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Thanks for reading carefully ira, I actually didn't have the opportunity to find any jade. I suspect the easiest ones to find are probably all long gone.. I'm quite intrigued about the Diamonds you mention in the Arkansas park, surely they would have all been found already? Maybe there is some diamond rush history ?

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Here's a link to Crater of Diamonds National Park, Arkansas. You can dig for diamonds there, and keep any that you finid. The park is in Arkansas, very near to President Clinton (Bill, not Hillary) birthplace of Hope, Arkansas.

I think you would have a wonderful time there. I'd love to see your vlog of it.

Have you ever traveled to the USA?

Thanks so much for your posts and for allowing me to travel to all those places I would never have been able to visit otherwise.

Clearly and precisely explained. Best I have seen so far. Thank you!

Very beautiful.

Wow @sweetssj, what a beautiful Taiwan. Soon I will go there. Awesome video Girl. I hope you do have some time to see mine too.

Good article . I put my voice down. This should be seen by many. Please give me also.

Хорошая статья . Я ставлю свой голос. Это должны увидеть многие. Поставь пожалуйста и мне.

Wow, i never thought that Taiwan is really that beautiful. Perfect !

While you were there i was laying on my couch and eating M&Ms. Sometimes I like to hold two m&m's in between my fingers and squeeze as hard as I can until one m&m cracks. I eat the cracked one, and the one that didn't crack becomes the champion. Then I grab the other m&m, and force it to compete with the champion in this deadly game of m&m gladiators. I do this until I run out of m&m's, and when there is only one m&m left standing, I send a letter to m&m's brand with the champion m&m in it with a note attached that reads: "Please use this m&m for breeding purposes.

Please don't call me a M&M murderer :

Wow that's was a nice trip i wish i could grape some money now and hit the roads to joint you but don't mind the world is a small place we shall cross paths some day and i know it will be as fun or better than this day. Thanks for the great blog hoping for more from you #slimformin

You took your time to record your trip. You should make a documentary of it and I bet people will love it.

Wow @sweetsssj ! The Toroko Gorge in Taiwan is so awesome and beautiful! way up high I would be scared to look down Lol, but would really love to visit some day. Thanks for sharing your spectacular photos with us, its great for those that may never get to see it in person! Thank you my friend, keep up the great work!upped and resteemed!💁👍🏮

Beautiful @sweetsssj
The Last Picture of you jumping made me laugh. Saw your belly button........I know childish of me.

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haha can't hide anything from your eyes!

Amazing view, perfect nature work! I wish I could be there to see this with my own eyes! I guess it was a fabulous experience!

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It's definitely something you need to try see with your own eyes!

This place is very beautiful :)