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Crossing the Rainbow Bridge Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #26 of 1,657 Hualien County B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge B & B is the most perfect place to stay when visiting Taroko. The location is literally right outside the entrance sign to the Taroko Gorge National Park ... can't get any closer. The rooms are very modern, clean and comfortable -- looks like a high end hotel. And the rooms are actually soundproof! Design style is clean, simple lines with all the modern amenities (tv, dvd-will not play US dvds, fridge) but no phone or alarm clock. 2nd floor views are gorgeous with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. Bathrooms are nicely appointed and are aesthetically pleasing. Breakfast included with our stay was a delicious traditional congee breakfast. There's also free wi-fi. The property is a "Green" building, using sustainable or recyclable materials. This is one of the best B & B's that I have stayed at.
The owners are Teyra Yudaw and his wife (forgot her name because she was visiting the US during our stay) started this B & B after retiring from careers in education. Teyra is the consummate host, very gracious, extremely accomodating and very knowledgeable in the history of the Taroko people. He speaks English quite well and also Mandarin/Chinese and Taroko ("Beyaso Ho! ... Beyako!"). He picked us up at the nearby train station when we arrived at 1045pm and drove us back when we departed 2 days later. In the morning, Teyra also took us on a bike ride of the village of Taroko, introducing us to his brother, his childhood home that he helped to build, and the "unknown" sites/view of Taroko. When asked for dinner recommendations, he offered to drive us across the bridge to his favorite place where we shared dinner and a beer with him ($5USD for dinner for 2 including the beer). This is where we learned of his leadership role with the Taroko people, which is 1 of 14 recognized aboriginal tribes in Taiwan and how he addressed the United Nations to fight for the right for his people to be allowed to hunt on the High Mountain. He is currently fighting for the right of the Taroko people to be autonomous. Just ask him .... he loves to share. He even arranged for a private tour of the Taroko Gorge National Park via taxi driver because it was raining during our stay. We did not want to take a typical tour bus because they are slower and the taxi option was very affordable ($3000NT, which is $100USD for up to 4 people). Traveling with others makes the private taxi option a very affordable and an excellent tour option of Taroko.
Most people visiting Taroko Gorge stay in Hualien City but Crossing The Rainbow Bridge B & B has a much more ideal location, has beautiful grounds, delicious breakfast, accomodating host, great price ($1900NT midweek) and is the perfect place to stay when visiting Taroko Gorge National Park.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2011


We absolutely loved our experience at Teyra Yudaw's quaint and cozy green-build B&B and were sad to leave after a two-night stay. Teyra graciously picked us up from the Sinchen train station at 11 p.m. and accommodated us with delicious Taiwanese breakfasts and inspiring stories of his indigenous people, the Taroko tribe. Ask about the time he addressed the United Nations and when he met the president of Taiwan on behalf of his people! The rooms were very cleanly and chicly appointed and the bathroom had all the conveniences of modern western establishments. Teyra led us on a beautiful early-morning bike ride through the Taroko village and along the coastline, and even gave great suggestions for pictures. The location of the B&B is perfectly situated, literally at the entrance to the Taroko Gorge National Park. As it was raining steadily on the day that we were to tour the park, Teyra arranged for a full-day taxi to escort us throughout the park (3000 NT), which we shared with two other guests and was an ideal way for us to see the sights. We could not have been happier with our stay. What an incredible value for the weekday rate of 1900 NT! We hope to return to the Crossing the Rainbow Bridge B&B in the future to visit our friend Teyra Yudaw and enjoy his fine hospitality.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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5  Thank APChelden
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Reviewed 19 May 2011

Well I don't believe some of the negative comments posted on this. Ignorant tourists who expect 5 star service like they would at a posh resort. These people annoy me as their comments are very misleading and my gf and I could have missed out on such a nice hotel in Turoko. This place is run by a nice aboriginal couple who try their hardest with the english barrier and do everything they can to make your experience enjoyable. You got an amazing, free breakfast every morning and a room with a great view of the ocean and mountains. For the price you can't go wrong, it was only 20 bucks more to stay here than the crappy hostels in Turoko. I HIGHLY suggest spending the extra to stay here, you could not possibly be disappointed unless you're just some sad, silly traveler. He picked us up and dropped us off at the train station with no problem. Very accommodating. He even helped arrange our flight back to Koahsiung!! Bonus! A+++ B&B, will return someday!

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank radoja
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Reviewed 25 March 2011

This B&B is run by a couple who care a great deal about the quality of their guests' experience visiting the area. Terra is a history teacher and a prominent member of the aboriginal Taruku community, and is happy to talk to guests about the local history and context of Taroko Gorge. Last minute, he arranged a wonderful guide for our day touring the gorge for a very reasonable price ($100 for a private car for the whole day). We enjoyed some local produce and a lovely meal at the end of a long and rewarding day of light hiking and sightseeing. Finally, Terra offered to take us on a lovely early morning bike ride around the neighborhood on our last morning, during which he took every opportunity to make sure we captured memorable scenic snapshots and funny group poses. Overall this was a wonderful experience of Tawian's gorgeous east coast and we'd recommend Crossing the Rainbow Bridge B&B to anyone!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

Somewhat awkwardly located in terms of restaurants (a 20 minute walk to a small town), but very good access to Taroko. Free bikes provided by the place are very useful. The owner is very nice and helpful and speaks English. Other staff do not (but they are also nice and helpful). Rooms are large (though some beds are short) and clean. Overall a wonderful experience. Breakfast is fantastic!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

We stayed 3 nights in this fantastic minsu (Taiwanese B&B) - myself, wife, 3 kids aged between 2-7 and wife's parents. Have to say it was quite excellent. Booking was simple (by telephone from Hong Kong, done by my wife who speaks Mandarin which may help) and met by Teyra and his wife on arrival. They were extremely accommodating and very friendly. He is an ex-teacher and speaks good English if you're not a Chinese speaker. Rooms are absolutely spotless, very modern and spacious, good aircon, TV, and beautifully furnished. Breakfasts were tremendous - big spread of Taiwanese foods - congee, mantou (Chinese bread rolls), eggs as you like, sweet potatoes, fresh fruit, etc, with unlimited OJ and herbal teas. Taken in an outside marquee like area, it was a great start to the day. The B&B has a beautiful garden around it and is a great place just to sit and relax. Location couldn't be better - right at the entrance to Taroko gorge, stunning mountains behind and just up from the Liwu River. Having a car is definitely an advantage, its then a few minutes drive to the nearest village where there's a decent restaurant or 2, 7-11 for essentials, etc. About a 5 minute drive, you're into Taroke Gorge which is simply stunning - start off at the Sacred Spring Shrine, and follow up to Tianshang at least (18km up the road). Scenery is out of this world!

B&B is great value - around 8,000 TWD for 3 nights per room. We moved to a 5 star hotel in Hualien after the B&B, which cost about twice the price, and it was nothing like as good as this B&B!! This was the highlight of our Taiwan trip - easily the best accommodation and a really memorable experience, thanks to Teyra and his wife. Outstanding.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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5  Thank IanCowieson
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Reviewed 23 June 2010

I stayed in Crossing the Rainbow Bridge back in April 2010. I wasn't given any personal touch like the other B&B or homestay I went in Taiwan.

Firstly, when we arrived & called the owner, they were not prepared to receive us! Despite us given our credit card info to confirm the booking a month before the trip, the owner can still have the cheek to tell us it wasn't charged as he is unsure if we will be there! What the hack! Then why did he asked for credit card info from me for the deposit then?

We've booked a land package that should include an indigenous tribe dinner & village visiting on the day we arrived. But all Teyra did was bring us to a small eating place for a local meal. We are foreigners but we can still tell the difference between a Indigenous tribe dinner & a small local diner! And throughout the dinner, all he did was watching the chinese news!

Riding in the sunset or sunrise? No. There wasn't any offer at all despite being stated in the package. All he did was pointed the direction of Taroko National Park to us and we were on our own.

He wasn't a very good host & definitely not as hospitable as all the other B&B we have stayed in Taiwan.

I guess it's really just a ordinary B & B with modern facilities. If you are looking for more, I suggest you look else where.

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Additional Information about Crossing the Rainbow Bridge Bed and Breakfast

Address: No.210 Neighborhood #3, Chong-De Village, Sioulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan
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Region: Taiwan > Hualien County
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #26 of 1,657 B&Bs / Inns in Hualien County
Price Range: £69 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Crossing the Rainbow Bridge” (muda hakaw utux) is the highest practice of Truku personal values. The tribal people refer to the “Rainbow Bridge” from hakaw (bridge) and utux (spirit). The rainbow is the totem symbol of the tribal spirits. In Truku's traditions, only those who observe the moral code of gaya will be eligible to cross the Rainbow Bridge and meet up with ancestors. The theme of the “Crossing the Rainbow Bridge” Bed and Breakfast is based on Truku culture. This landscaping effect combines with traditional culture to produce a deep and elegant cultural introduction. ... more   less 
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