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Taiwan Hualien Beach Chisingtan Cake

11 March 2017

Cement factory rubbish dump beach

Walking along the beach from Hualien to Chishingtan

Today I walked along the beach to the next town over, Qixingtan, formerly Chishingtan. Cheetsingtchan is famous for its view of the beach with the mountains in the background, number 7 on top 13 Taiwan scenic spots!
Actually thats a Korean thing, where every thing is Number x of y of national z, e.g. NUMBER 3 of 14 national historical bus stop monuments!

The path to get to Shequingtian is heavily used by cyclists, the path quality was generally excellent apart from where the road was washed into the sea, but the scenery at times was not as I expected.

Whilst you basically stick to the coast, the approximately 14km journey takes you through a cement factory and a rubbish dump. Which I found exciting.
Then it ends at the very start of the air force base runway. I saw F16's powering up from the road yesterday when returning from Taroko on the bus, no such luck today.

The rain mostly held off, there was a brief shower at my destination, during which time me and everyone else hung out in the public toilets whilst a man in a diesel powered wheelchair played an electronic drumset under a tarp at ridiculously loud volumes. A great time was had by all.

Also due to overwhelming pressure from owners of fancy high pixel density screens, I have increased the size of the images and turned up the export quality. This means it will take longer to load the page, and you will have to scroll further to get past my crap photos. Enjoy!

Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - Part one of my beach walk featured concrete tsunami (or possibly Peoples Liberation Army) defences. Hey, I havent been overusing brackets lately.

Part one of my beach walk featured concrete tsunami (or possibly Peoples Liberation Army) defences. Hey, I havent been overusing brackets lately.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - There are actually lots of nice parts of this walk, but I found them less interesting to photograph. There are skateboard ramps, beach volleyball cour

There are actually lots of nice parts of this walk, but I found them less interesting to photograph.
There are skateboard ramps, beach volleyball courts, the usual beach fare.
Hualien is actually very tropical, palm trees everywhere.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - The path was of a high quality the whole way, no trucks or scooters blocking the way or trying to run me down.

The path was of a high quality the whole way, no trucks or scooters blocking the way or trying to run me down.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - Then you go through the port area, a very large port indeed. I climbed up the control tower and explained to the local operators how to efficiently ru

Then you go through the port area, a very large port indeed. I climbed up the control tower and explained to the local operators how to efficiently run a port.
High on their list of efficiencies, ensure there are no ships in port.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - Along the wharves are a number of cafes and art galleries. This seems to be the case with port areas globally.

Along the wharves are a number of cafes and art galleries. This seems to be the case with port areas globally.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - The coastguard ships here are numerous, they have guns on them too. There were signs saying not to take photos of military vessels, I took photos anyw

The coastguard ships here are numerous, they have guns on them too. There were signs saying not to take photos of military vessels, I took photos anyway. Coastguard is the pretend military.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - Now we head into cement factory world. The exciting part of the tour.

Now we head into cement factory world. The exciting part of the tour.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - A brief excursion along an abandoned train track ensured a fun time was had. Also theres a pipe.

A brief excursion along an abandoned train track ensured a fun time was had. Also theres a pipe.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - Then I was back at the ocean, still grey. The water is actually very turquoise and tropical looking, on a sunny day. Sand is black, and its mostly roc

Then I was back at the ocean, still grey. The water is actually very turquoise and tropical looking, on a sunny day. Sand is black, and its mostly rocky. I think its being mined nearer the city centre to turn into cement.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - Next up was the highlight for me, the rubbish dump! It is listed as an environmental park, and also recycling centre. I think they were right, because

Next up was the highlight for me, the rubbish dump! It is listed as an environmental park, and also recycling centre. I think they were right, because there was no smell at all, and not very many birds. So probably only clean recyclables, piled up waiting to be burnt because there is no market to sell them. Thats my expert opinion anyway.
Please review the news on Australian recycling centres full of unsellable recovered recyclables burning down in the last month.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - The path continued on through tropical mangrove things.

The path continued on through tropical mangrove things.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - And then, my destination appeared, in the distance, shrouded by ocean spray.

And then, my destination appeared, in the distance, shrouded by ocean spray.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - There were still challenges ahead. The path was washed away in a number of places.

There were still challenges ahead. The path was washed away in a number of places.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - Some people were determined to enjoy the beach. Generally it involves standing near the edge of the water then screaming and running away.

Some people were determined to enjoy the beach. Generally it involves standing near the edge of the water then screaming and running away.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - The town square, called star view gallery (not today!) has many food carts, and competing drumming buskers.

The town square, called star view gallery (not today!) has many food carts, and competing drumming buskers.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - This drumming busker was the best, but he was completely drowned out by a guy in a heavily modified wheelchair including diesel generator with an elec

This drumming busker was the best, but he was completely drowned out by a guy in a heavily modified wheelchair including diesel generator with an electronic kit and a P.A. system. I did not photograph him because I had to dodge the rain and then he rolled off with his kit going with him.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - A bit further along the coast is the Hualien airport which is also an air force base. These are the landing lights, they extend into the sea. No plane

A bit further along the coast is the Hualien airport which is also an air force base. These are the landing lights, they extend into the sea. No planes came.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - It was here yesterday where from the bus I saw F16's turn to take off right on the edge of the road. A few were doing circuits over my head earlier in

It was here yesterday where from the bus I saw F16's turn to take off right on the edge of the road. A few were doing circuits over my head earlier in the day, but none were flying whilst I was here to watch.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - I had walked all the way around the top of that cliff. A cliff with rubbish on top of it at the dump.

I had walked all the way around the top of that cliff. A cliff with rubbish on top of it at the dump.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - This is the famous view. If you google image search Hualien you will see lots of shots of this view at dusk.

This is the famous view. If you google image search Hualien you will see lots of shots of this view at dusk.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - Thats where they keep the air force jets. There were plenty of guys on observation towers with rifles, but no jets.

Thats where they keep the air force jets. There were plenty of guys on observation towers with rifles, but no jets.


Taiwan-Hualien-Beach-Chisingtan-Cake - To celebrate my long journey to not see any jets taking off, I had a small piece of cake and a great coffee from 85C. Really good coffee actually, but

To celebrate my long journey to not see any jets taking off, I had a small piece of cake and a great coffee from 85C. Really good coffee actually, but the only food they have of any kind is cake.
From now on, having cake for breakfast.


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