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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Crossing The Rainbow Bridge b&b
- Crossing The Rainbow Bridge Hotel Hualien