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Crossing the Rainbow Bridge Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #34 of 1,601 Hualien County B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“An absolute gem”
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2010

Here's why you wouldn't want to stay here.
1. It was not an easy task to book this B&B online. We left messages on their website to confirm our booking details. We called them a day before to confirm our booking and our arrival time at the train station. In the end when we arrived at the train station, we waited 30 mins and had to call them again to pick us.

2. The owner (male) picked us up. Told us that he was not expecting us! Said that we did not confirm our booking when we have already sent him our credit card details.

3. When we arrived at the B&B, we were only invited to put down our backpacks. Subsequently, we were not invited to sit or were not offered any drinks. Instead, we were given a lengthy explanation on the different names in the Taroko tribe & a thorough explanation of the whole area & how this place was built.

5. We were only shown to our room when we questioned when we can check into our rooms as we really tired from the train ride. Then, we were briefed on how to use the air con, television, dvd player, shower... Didn't understand why we needed explanation for such common appliances.

6. Our package included an indigenous dinner. In the end, the owner (male) drove us down the road to a shop that had normal taiwanese fare with fish, soup, vegetables...

7. Included in our itinerary was a bicycle ride in the early morning to Cingshui cliff. In the end, there was no such thing. When we enquired further, he told us that a taxi driver will be fetching us there.

8. After breakfast, we checked out with a full day tour with the taxi driver who would fetch us to different parts of Taroko Gorge, explained briefly on the area and then would leave us to explore the area and fetch us when we were done.

9. This place sticks out like a sore thumb in the area, with the modern look and aloof feeling there. The rooms are just like a hotel. You will only want to stay here if you are yearning to have a room with hotel-like features.

10. Also, this place is so far away from any convenience shops or food places. It will be pretty tiring to walk across from one end of the bridge to the other. (This is not a short bridge.)

11. If you were to cycle across the bridge, you would actually need to cycle on the road of the bridge. This would be dangerous as this bridge links Hualien to Taipei, therefore, many vehicles will be right by your side as your ride.

This place was one of the places i stayed in my 10-day trip in Taiwan and I would definitely give this the lowest ratings.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Taipei
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2010

Just spent two nights at this AMAZING B & B in Taroko

Service: After a bit of miscommunication about our arrival time, one of the B & B's caretakers gave us keys to our rooms and soon thereafter, my dad met the owner, who also dropped off from fresh mochi that Hualien is renowned for. Owners were wonderful - welcoming, helpful, chatty and informative. The plus of staying at a well-kept B & B is that the owners are from that area and really make you feel welcomed in their "home." My mom and I went on the morning bike ride next to the mountains/oceans with one of the owners, who made quite a great tourguide, too. He had his photo "poses" that he suggested we take at specific points on the leisurely bike ride next to some amazing views.

Inn: CLEAN, yayyyyyy! The inn was built just 3 years ago and is situated right at the corner of a main road on the opposite side of the gorge where most of the stores are in Taroko. The garden the owners have cultivated is gorgeous - colorful butterflies, red flowers leaning over a wall, surrounded by green, and small pond with chirping frogs (even saw a butterfly's cocoon). The rooms are super clean with comfortable mattresses, comforters and cushy pillows. The windows have those built in seats for window-side lounging and each room also seems to have an armchair/small sofa. Bathrooms are again, CLEAN, with black stone floors/walls and up-to-date "facilities." Ahhhhh. CLEAN! :) No cable but really, you shouldn't be watching TV here anyway! And if you must, they have a small selection of maybe 30ish DVD movies for you to peruse.

Breakfast - yummy traditional chinese breakfast served in the outdoor "cafe" area. Congee, salty bao, manto, couple veggie dishes, peanuts, meat "song," roasted sweet potatos, fried eggs, freshcut fruit (non of that canned junk!), orange juice, coffee, and tea. The first morning, they even had fresh lemongrass tea from their herb garden. Mmmmm.

Price: I think we paid a bit over 7000NT for two nights, two rooms (one room with queen bed, one room with two queens). Not bad. Not bad at all. Sure beats the cah-rappy but pricey (4000NT/night???!!) place my parents stayed at last time near the ocean where "breakfast" came in the form of a baggy with two pieces of ham, 2 raw eggs, and a small box of milk delivered the afternoon before. Waaa??

Quality of stay: Lovely customer service, CLEAN rooms/inn, great food, beautiful scenery, quiet away from the smoggy city - what more can you ask! You can tell the owners really love this place and the area. I definitely give this inn five, hearty Yays! :)

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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3 Thank Joyceous
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2010

Ideal location to explore and discover Toroko National Park and Gorge.
Hosts really wonderful and full of tremendous local information and assistance.
Used their bicycles and rode into the Gorge (30 km in), down to the coast and locally.
We were there for 3 nights during an off season week, plenty of quiet hiking and safe bike riding.
Accomodation excellent.
Get good details about trains to catch - they will collect you at the correct train stop. Get details from then at [--]
Was off season and evening meals limited options only.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank GRtravelling
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Kuala Lumpur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2010

This B&B is truly an impressive place. In many aspects, this B&B stands at par with many 5 stars hotels or even better! It is such a lovely place that i really want to share with all travelers.

1) Very very clean!
2) Room is spacious, classy furnishing
3) Very clean and comfy bed
4) Free bicycle rental
5) Strategic location for Taroko Park explorer
6) Modern facilities, e.g. WiFi, TV, DVD player
7) Hospitable host, very friendly and accommodative!
8) This little cottage won the "Green Building Award".... Special building materials used to keep the place cool during summer and warm during winter.
9) Appetizing Taiwanese breakfast
10) The relax and tranquil feeling, unable to explain in words... must stay there to experience it yourself :)

I just love this place and I can't find any negative comment to make. This place is simply perfect! I will definitely return to this lovely min-su again!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank SenLee
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2010

Loved the “Crossing the Rainbow Bridge B&B”. The B&B is very close to the trails of Taroko National Park (about 3 mins by driving). The owners were retired couples. They're native people in this area and know a lot of local cultures. Hospitably was wonderful, and the breakfast was awesome. The first day was Taiwanese breakfast and the second day was Western style. We stayed here two nights and joined in their tour to visit “Taroko National Park” and “East rift valley”.
The rooms were very comfortable and very clean. Anyone looking for a unique, comfortable, private location for their stay near Taroko National Park should highly consider the B&B. If we travel Taiwan again, we will definitely be returning, and are recommending friends and family.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: 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
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #34 of 1,601 B&Bs / Inns in Hualien County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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