we engaged roundtaiwanround to do the Old Zhuilu trail in Hualien that required special permit with local contact. only 60-90 people are allowed each day with the latter for weekends. I realized though it was quite a straight forward trail.
Will, our guide picked us promptly at our minsu and dropped us at 7-11 so we can pack our simple lunch. He is very friendly, earnest and speaks very good English. The hiking was smooth, fairly strenuous but enjoyable and the view was amazing. Will told us stories about the tribes and history and provided hot drinks and sweets when we stopped for lunch after we reached the cliff. he also takes pics for us and his tour was quite easy going. our fave is to spend some time at a suspension bridge to just lie down with the sound of water below us.
after the hike, Will brought us to a secret spot of a beach with no other tourists seen. that was a really nice surprise.
Will went the extra mile to bring us to his fave noodle place for dinner and dropped us back at minsu safely and happy. kudos to him!
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