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The Lushui Trail




The Lushui trail is another one of those age old tracks that the original people in this region used to get around long before the Zhongbu highway was built.  Contrary to the Shakadang trail, this trail actually follows the Taroko Gorge, but high above the present highway and the Liwu river.  Originally it was not quite as wide as it is now, because the japanese invasion force used it and needed more space for heavier weapons, when they fought the natives.
We started the trip in village Tianxiang, and followed the Zhongbu Cross Island Highway the first couple of kilometers, before we reached the trail going up the gorge wall.
 
 


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On the way to the Lushui trail along the Liwu river and the Zhongbu highway.
On the Nine Lotus Mountain in the background you can see the Xiangde temple at Tianxiang where we started out.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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A look into the Liwu river.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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A small waterfall.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Another good look into the Liwu river.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Finally!  On the Lushui trail.  Kit Yu leads as usual, because I am busy with my camera.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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A small stream crossing the Lushui trail.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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A small suspension bridge across the stream.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Kit Yu, - on the trail.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Question:  "A tunnel! - Do I really have to enter this????"  Answer: "Yes, - you have to enter this!"
This tunnel is quite long, - and pitch dark -, you have to feel your way ahead.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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In the tunnel, - lightened by my camera flash.  Can finally see the light at the end.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Great scenery at the other end of the tunnel.
To the left you can see the trail ahead, - way above the Liwu river.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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A view into the Liwu river.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Kit Yu, - taking the lead on the trail.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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The trail.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Liwu river
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Magnificent marble rocks along the river.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Kit Yu, - on the trail.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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A waterfall.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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A waterfall, - more close.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Waterfall to the left, - and below to the right, - a suspension bridge over the Liwu river.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Close-up of the waterfall.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Liwu river.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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A view down to the Liwu river.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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End of trail, - and back on the Zhongbu Cross Island Highway.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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View up the gorge where the Lushui Trail with people can be seen.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 

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An extra bonus:  A suspension bridge!

When returning from Lushui to our "cabin in the sky", we experienced a traffic jam.  That happens easily if there is a landslide or an accident that blocks the road and stops all traffic for a while.  But our driver pulled over, and let us get out at the Yuewang pavilion, and there behind the pavilion was the suspension bridge we saw from the Lushui trail.
A sign prohibited access but our driver said:  "The bridge belongs to us. It's our bridge, - you can cross it if you like."  Obviously he belonged to the original people that had lived in these mountains for ages, and therefore he could claim ownership.

The following pictures shows the view from this suspension bridge, - and also a vertical look straight into the gorge with the Liwu river below.





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View from the Lushui Trail to a suspension bridge crossing the Taroko Gorge.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Kit Yu on the suspension bridge crossing the Taroko Gorge.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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View to the Liwu River from the suspension bridge.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Another view to the Liwu River from the suspension bridge.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Details of the fantastic patterns in marble rock.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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View to the Liwu River from the suspension bridge.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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A view straight into the Taroko Gorge and Liwu river from the middle of the suspension bridge.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Kit Yu coming back from her suspension bridge trip.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Next morning, - at our cabin at Buluowan -, Kit Yu surveying the weather, for the new day's adventures.
(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
 

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