TRAVEL: National Dong Hwa University (国立东华大学) & a gathering of Ethnicities, Shoufeng township, Hualien (Taiwan)

And it was time for lunch.

Driving out from Liyu Lake, there were a row of stalls selling ‘Live Jumping Prawns’.

Which seems to be the must eat product around the area.

I wasn’t feeling as hungry but decided to get a bite to eat. Something quick.

So I opted for freshly fried Prawn Cakes (Just to see what the difference is between the one we have in Singapore and in Hualien) and Deep Fried Yams (Because I love Yams). And a Papaya Milk to go.

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Turns out the next location we were travelling to, made a really sweet afternoon lunch spot.

I guess, with some piping hot nourishment, a cool drink and great weather – everything just fell all in place.

I was on a holiday!

It was the school holiday, which made the campus a tad quiet. I didn’t mind that, in fact it made a personal quiet solidarity afternoon exploring the grounds. Observing some school activities without interruption.

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View from my lunch spot.

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I loved the lake that was smack in between the campuses.

The main management building in the distance looking like a castle with it’s distinctly European architecture.

On the opposite, a bridge is built with yet another campus. The view of the mountains behind, beautiful.

All it takes to make it perfect would have been a pot of coffee and a really good book.

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The sound of laughter coming from below the lake, where a canoe session was taking place.

The fresh breeze, cool afternoon and sound of water.

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My camera died at this point. Which meant that I also missed out on getting shot of Hualien City – Bugger.

This is a really great campus to be in I can imagine. With no urban distractions, beautiful views of the natural setup.

I also toured the residences being built on the property – HUGE.

National Dong Hwa University is the largest educational campus ground in Taiwan with a merger of two Universities. 

Walking through the walkways of the classrooms, somehow while it is not as extravagant in facilities compared to Singapore’s University – Superficial things like an air conditioner and new modern furniture. It gave off a vibe of literary beginnings and history. The surrounding mountains and the diversity of Taiwanese Ethnicity coming together also.

A well spent afternoon I must say. In fact in some ways I envy these students, the future of Taiwan in a landscape like this.

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I must have been extremely lucky that day.

There was a gathering of student leaders representing their ethnic tribes that day!

I was excited. I wasn’t expecting something like this.

Hualien Indigenious culture right in front of my eyes!

The Amis, Kavalan, Sakizaya, Bunun, Truku, Seediq are the main tribes in Hualien.

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As you can guess, Ms Chen tells me yet again: “You are very lucky. It is not often something like that happens here.”

Indeed. I count my blessings in Hualien.

She has showcased many of her wonders in a way I least expected. And in many many ways I am grateful for.

Taiwan for my very first visit, you have brought me many memorable memories. 

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