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  • Hello everybody!

  • Welcome to...

  • This time, let's go to Lanyu

  • or Orchid Island.

  • In this video I will show you

  • images and footage of

  • a trip we made last month

  • to the beautiful island of Lanyu

  • also known as Orchid Island

  • which is located off the coast of Taitung

  • in southeastern Taiwan.

  • Here you can see a map of Taiwan and Lanyu.

  • We started our trip at Taipei as usual

  • and took the train down the east coast

  • to Yilan, Hualien,

  • and further down to Taitung.

  • From there we took the ferry...

  • There you can see Taitung.

  • North of Taitung is Fugang Harbor.

  • From there you can take a ferry to

  • Green Island, and further down to

  • Lanyu, Orchid Island.

  • A beautiful island.

  • This is how it looks.

  • It's one big rock.

  • There is a coastal road circling

  • the island and connecting

  • the few villages, like Yeyou,

  • Hongtou.

  • Further down, there are no villages

  • but interesting rocks, like the

  • Dragon Head Rock.

  • And then on the east coast there are

  • two villages. One is called Ivalino

  • in the indigenous language or Yeyin

  • in Mandarin and Dongqin.

  • Then further north there are some more

  • rocks, like the Warship Rock.

  • And on the northwestern side, there is the

  • Orchid Island Lighthouse.

  • And then there is Kaiyuan Harbor and

  • Yeyou Village. There you can see the

  • airport as well.

  • So we took the train from Taipei,

  • we took the night train, which starts

  • at 11 in the evening and takes 7 hours

  • to get to Taitung.

  • We tried to get some sleep

  • and we arrived at Taitung at 6 o'clock.

  • Then we took a taxi to

  • Fugang Harbor, which takes about 10 minutes or so.

  • There you can see the ferries.

  • It was early in the morning, so not

  • much going on there.

  • There you can see some fishing boats.

  • There you can see the harbor manager.

  • A fishing boat.

  • It's a small harbor north of Taitung.

  • We got the tickets at the ticket

  • hall here. And then we went to the ferry,

  • which is somewhere behind the boats

  • in the background.

  • Some fishing boats again.

  • And there you can see our ferry and

  • there you can see some other passengers.

  • Some tour groups.

  • And then we started our trip.

  • This is the ferry to Green Island.

  • And we slowly left the harbor.

  • I went straight to the upper deck

  • cause I like to sit outside.

  • And there we met a tour group, elder people,

  • who were happy to see a foreigner.

  • Then, after leaving the harbor,

  • the ferry follows the coast for a while,

  • and there you can see the high

  • mountains of southeastern Taiwan.

  • As you can see the sea was calm and

  • the weather was fine, no rain,

  • which is not always the case.

  • Sometimes the sea can be very rough and

  • can be quite "rocky".

  • There you can see the sun was shining actually,

  • although it was cloudy.

  • Everyone on board was looking forward to

  • get to Lanyu. It was the first time for us

  • and we didn't know what to expect and

  • we were very excited.

  • There you can see Green Island

  • in the distance.

  • You can see the island for an hour or so

  • on the left side.

  • It's much closer to the coast than Lanyu.

  • Then it was open sea. We couldn't see

  • Taiwan anymore, and we couldn't see

  • Lanyu yet.

  • My fellow travelers were sleeping inside

  • like many other people.

  • I don't like to stay inside, I like it on

  • the deck outside, watching the waves

  • and the wind.

  • The ferry takes about 2 and

  • a half hours to the island. And there we saw the

  • island for the first time. It's a huge

  • big rock in the ocean.

  • There you can see some of the

  • interesting rocks

  • on the left side and on the right side.

  • My first impression was, oh, the mountains

  • are quite high. Didn't expect that.

  • And it is a very green island.

  • Not many people live there, only a

  • few thousand or so.

  • There you can see the mountains are quite

  • tall, high.

  • I think the highest are about 500 meters

  • above sea level.

  • It's a very green island, lot of trees.

  • Then we approached Kaiyuan Harbor, which

  • is on the west coast, the only harbor

  • on the island.

  • In the background you can see the

  • Mantou Rock, Steamed Bun Rock.

  • There are not many ships there,

  • just small fishing boats.

  • Then the owner of our guesthouse

  • picked us up at the harbor and

  • he did drive us to the guesthouse.

  • Here you can see the first village.

  • He drove us to the guesthouse and

  • showed us a bit of the island.

  • Our guesthouse was in Yuren Village

  • on the west coast.

  • We also passed the small airport.

  • There you can see Little Lanyu, a small

  • island off the coast of Lanyu.

  • Our guesthouse was at Yuren Village.

  • The guesthouse is quite new,

  • but nothing special.

  • Then I went straight to the coast

  • to have a look, there is a small beach.

  • There were some people swimming, tourists.

  • There you can see the boats Lanyu is

  • well known for, or canoes.

  • There you can see another strange rock.

  • This was around noontime,

  • the weather was fine, quite hot acutally.

  • Close to the guesthouse are two churches.

  • These are taro fields and you can see

  • some goats.

  • Then we had lunch at

  • Yeyou Village, close to the harbor.

  • We had flying fish noodle soup,

  • fried rice with flying fish, and this soup,

  • which was a bit oily.

  • Then we had a look around at Yeyou Village.

  • We saw some drying fish there,

  • flying fish drying in the sun.

  • So we went there in May, the flying fish season.

  • You can see fish drying all over the island.

  • There we saw a church in Yeyou Village

  • and a small lane there.

  • Then we went to the high school of Lanyu,

  • which is quite beatiful because of the

  • patterns. From there you can see the

  • Mantou Rock.

  • Looks like a Mantou, like a steamed bun.

  • This is also at Yeyou, we saw more canoes,

  • quite pretty, clean and painted very nice.

  • But you are not allowed to touch them,

  • I didn't know that before the trip.

  • Then we saw some pigs. You can see a lot

  • of animals all over the island, pigs,

  • goats, dogs, cats. So if you drive or

  • ride a scooter you have to be careful

  • always look out for the roaming animals.

  • Then we went to this place, close to

  • Kaiyuan Harbor. We took scooters, the

  • guesthouse gave us motor scooters and

  • we rode to Kaiyuan Harbor. There is a

  • small lighthouse on a hill there.

  • And from there you have great views

  • There is the harbor. And there you can see

  • motor scooters you can rent and there

  • is also the only gas station on the

  • island, which is good to know.

  • You always have to look out that you

  • have enough gas in your tank because

  • there is only one gas station.

  • Also at the harbor we saw a fishing boat

  • where the fishermen unloaded the fish.

  • They just threw it on the ground there.

  • Quite a lot of flying fish.

  • The fish is not very big.

  • Maybe 20 centimeters. Big eyes.

  • The kids there decided it was too hot

  • and they just jumped into the harbor.

  • Simple joy.

  • It was actually quite hot on that day.

  • This is how they prepare the fish.

  • Not very hygienic.

  • Then they dry the fish in the sun.

  • Then we went further up the coast

  • to see the Lanyu Lighthouse,

  • which is on a hill. There is a small

  • road from the main road up the hill.

  • And there you can see great views

  • across the ocean.

  • The lighthouse itself is nice, but

  • you cannot get close to it, which

  • was a bit disappointing.

  • Then, in the evening, the owner of the

  • guesthouse took us on a little boat trip.

  • He is also a fisherman, so he took us

  • on a boat and showed us how he pulls in

  • the net with the flying fish.

  • He actually caught quite a lot of fish.

  • Big eyed flying fish.

  • In the net there were also some

  • smaller fish and longer fish and also

  • a bigger one.

  • There is the bigger one.

  • That was fun. So guesthouses might

  • arrange this kind of fishing experience.

  • Then the next morning I went to the coast early.

  • And I saw this scenery, which looked

  • a bit more like Ireland or Scotland

  • than a tropical island.

  • The coast there is quite rocky,

  • no sandy beaches.

  • I did make a short timelapse.

  • Interesting how the clouds are moving across the sky.

  • Then our photographer went on a little

  • scooter trip down to the south.

  • There he saw some goats and made pictures.

  • So you can see goats all over the island.

  • Sometimes they just walk on the street.

  • They are always nice to watch. A bit shy

  • but you can get good shots of them.

  • Then we had breakfast and after breakfast

  • our guesthouse owners arranged a

  • snorkeling trip for us. So we went to a spot

  • close to the airport. And we were really

  • amazed by the beautiful coral reefs.

  • Lot of different tropical fish and

  • a lot of different corals. We had the

  • life vests on and had floating rings, so

  • we were just floating at the surface.

  • And you could see quite a lot of beautiful fish.

  • It was like swimming in the aquarium.

  • So this is definitely something

  • you should do if you visit Lanyu.

  • Make sure you go on a snorkeling or

  • diving trip if you can dive. Very beautiful.

  • The visibility was quite good too.

  • Then we went to the other side of the

  • island to the east coast.

  • There is a road across the mountains

  • to the other side from where you have

  • great views.

  • There you can see Yeyin Village and

  • further up the coast