Shrine of the Eternal Spring
This little place was one of the reasons I originally decided to come to Taiwan. I saw a picture of it in my Lonely Planet guidebook and decided that this was a place I had to visit (which soon expanded to include all of Taroko Gorge). It was built in memory of the souls lost in the creation of the tunnels in the gorge. It was our last stop in the park, which was just as well because we'd been caught in a late-afternoon rainstorm. We discovered at this point that we had only two disposable ponchos in the car, and no umbrellas. So Dad and Jon elected to stay in the van while Heidi and I hiked across the river and toured this shrine. I was really disappointed that this picture turned out so blurry, but I decided to post it anyway. Even though this shrine wasn't as beautiful as the temple at Tienhsiang or as dazzling as the marble canyons, it was my favorite spot in the park.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
- Robert Louis Stevenson