N24°10'12.18" E121°34'17.31" We slept for two nights in August 2011 in a stand-alone aboriginal-style wood cabin (no. A15) with old-time porch and airco on a high meadow surrounded by postcard-perfect scenery and hundreds of endemic butterflies. The Leader Village Taroko, near Swallow Grotto in the Taroko Gorge, is a very good place to visit the gorge. They offer many walks in the gorge and take care of transportation to and from the trails. Their transportation service picked us up for NT$100 from Xincheng/Hsincheng train station. They offer nightly aboriginal musical performances, free Wi-Fi (poor reception) and a buffet restaurant on site for breakfast and dinner. Although there isn’t any restaurant near by, the food in the restaurant (some aboriginal) is good. The bungalow itself has mattresses on the floor (Japanese feeling) and a good rain shower.
Our hero became Jonathan, the manager. After Taroko gorge we had a reservation in Wuling Farm, but didn’t find public transport after Tayuling or Lishan. Jonathan took up this challenge and came up with several solutions after intense telephone calls. Not only did he find a taxi to take us for NT$5000 to Wuling Farm (exceptional beautiful 8 hour taxi ride), but arranged the next journey from Wuling Farm to Sun Moon Lake in coproduction with the reception staff at Wuling Farm. Jonathan is our hero. He made our attempt to travel to the centre of the island (highway 8, 7, 14, 21 and 18) possible. Many thanks Jonathan!