Hualian Travel Guide

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Hualian Things to Do

  • Sampling local flavours

    There is a shop facing the railway station which sells mochis,the local delicacy. You can see the ladies making it and sample it. I insist that you sample it . The mochis are made of glutinous rice and filled with various fillings, coconut, red beans, peanuts,ground nuts.. I bought various types of mochis to take back home.One variety was made of...

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  • Taroko gorges

    If you love nature and adventure,this is a must see.Situated along the eastern coast and between two mountains and a deep blue sea.Hualien has everything .And taroko gorges takes the cake .It is a natural as well as man made wonder.Those magnificant misty mountains threatening to slide down anytime,the meandering rivers and waterfalls.The many...

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  • Hualian Amis Tribe

    Hualian has the most indigenous tribes, Amis, Taroko, Bunun and Puyuma. The Pine Garden is where the Japanese air fighters were bestowed the Heavenly Emperor wine on the eve of the suicide missions. http://www.pinegarden.com.tw

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  • Hualien Farglory Ocean Park

    Hualien Ocean Park is smilar to Hong Kong Ocean Park and San Diego Sea World where I vivisted before. However Hualien Ocean Park is with the new facilities and the spectular view of the moutain and sea. The Ocean Park provided the Dolphin show, Sea Lion Show, Mermaid show and the dancing shows upon our visit in June 2006. There also some amuzment...

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  • Taroko

    Taroko is the entrance of the Central Cross Island Highway and the Taroko National Park. The visitor centor of the national park is also close to this entrance.

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  • The Pacific

    Taiwan's east coast is wild but very pretty. The coast is walking distance from the city, but the seas can get very rough, listen to the crashing waves at night, but don't go swimming.

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Hualian Hotels

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  • Grand Formosa Taroko Hotel

    I've known this hotel since I was a high school student, with its astonishing location, I made up my...

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  • Chinatrust Hotel Hualien

    No.2 Yunghsing Road, Hualien City, Hualien, 970, Taiwan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Parkview Hotel

    No. 1-1 Lin-Yuan, Hualien, Taiwan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Hualian Restaurants

  • Outstanding food

    I've eaten there twice during my stay in Hua-Lian. Luke and I ordered four different meals these two times. And they were all delicious. Price is about average, very affordable. Deep fried pork chop with fried rice and XO sauce.Steamed rice with mix vegetable covered with lotus leafBoth are set meal, come with appertizer, soup and beverage

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  • Fruit Juice Stall

    This fruit juice stall is directly opposite Gong Zheng Bao Zi's stall. We ordered the avocado juice. Very creamy and thick. Compared to the fruit juice stall, which is 2 stalls next to Gong Zheng Bao Zi's stall, this stall's juice is cheaper and thicker. Avocado Juice

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  • Taiwanese Wanton

    This original stall is called Ye Xiang Bian Shi, which sells wanton. One bowl of Bian Shi cost NT60. There are many photos of politicians and movie stars hanging on the wall. Even the current president, Ma Ying Jiu's photo is there. The soup is quite bland. I prefer the Cantonese wanton. However, according to the locals, this stall's standard has...

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  • Pork Buns and Dumplings - Xiao Long Bao

    Recommended by the guide book. Operating for past 30 years. Famous for its pork buns, dumplings, sweet and sour soup. It is situated at the corner. Very crowded at night. Open 24 hours. Xiao Long Bao. Sweet and Sour soup.

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  • Dessert - Balls with red beans with bean...

    According to the locals, this is the original store, with purple signboard. Established since 1994. It is hot and cold specialty dessert in Hualien. The red beans are wrapped with sago balls, by hand. A must try in Hualien. The balls are eaten with Bean curb, grass jelly, ice cream. Many combinations.

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  • Lunch Box

    Taiwanese likes to have a proper meal for lunch since they were small. Lunch box is one of the most typical things they we spend a lot of time studying on it. 7-11 has chosen some of well known lunch boxes and launches limited edtion of lunch boxes selling in their stores. This Hualien lunch box is among one of them. The rice from their set meals...

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Hualian Nightlife

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    by THLIN Updated Jul 18, 2004

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    It the best night market in Hualien. It is not competible with those in Kenting or Taipei. But it is more relaxable than others I have been.
    During summer vacation, there sometimes are some live concert. But there is another pity, we missed the show, because we shopped around too late. Sigh.....

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Hualian Transportation

  • Talkative Mr Liu

    Getting around Taroko Gorge is difficult without your own transport. We read that one could hire taxis and checked quite a few recommendations before choosing Mr Lui. We were very satisfied with the one day tour to Taroko Gorge and the Chingshi Cliffs that we arranged - the whole thing via text message. The cost in 2009 was 2500TD, which seemed...

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  • Express trains

    The train ride from Taipei to Hualien takes about 2 1/2 hours.Catch the earliest train .The scenery is incredible.The train goes through tunnels and mountains and at some point there is blue sea on one side and mountains on the other.

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  • Taipei - hualien trains

    At weekends and holidays trains are heavily booked - making planning difficult. I would suggest that if you are having issues getting TPE - Hualien direct train tickets then break the journey at Luodong City. It is often easier to get tickets if you break your journey at Luodong which is "about" the halfway point and good transport hub. This was...

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Hualian Shopping

  • Mash Sticky Rice...

    It is not really a correct place if you expect something extravagant; it's a place selling delicious mash sticky rice, which is a popular snacker in East Asia. Somehow, they make it like a tourist shop for tourists. We local called it Moa-gi, it's made of sticky rice stuffing red bean, peanuts, sesame, and my fave YAM. I am not being exaggerated,...

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  • Aboriginal Crafts

    Hualien has a large percentage of Aboriginal people, so this area is one of the better places to shop for native crafts.

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    6 Hotels in Hualian

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Hualian Warnings and Dangers

  • Earthquakes and rockslides

    I had my first earthquake experience in Hualien. It was freaking scary!! When you sense an Earthquake, get out of your hotel and out to the streets. You might look funny but when the building comes crashing down, look who's laughing. Also, when you're in Taroka National Park, keep your ears alert for loud rock cracking sounds.Don't let what I said...

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  • Keeping away from the cliff

    Although the scenery is very beautiful, be sure that you stand on a solid ground when you are trying to take a picture. Do not be too close at the edge of the cliff for taking a good shot of the picture. It happened that somebody felt into the river when he was trying to take a picture.

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  • Falling Rocks

    Be careful of the falling rocks when you are in the mountain area. Don't stop or park besides the cliffs where you can see the evidance of newly falling rocks especially at or after the rainy days.

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Hualian Tourist Traps

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    by kenmerk Written Mar 3, 2003

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    The Ocean Park in Hualien is the newest, latest, greatest attempt to try to attract a massive tourist flux from Taipei and abroad...

    It is kind of a mini version of Sea World and Disney land combined.. It is a shame because the stretch of coast from Hualien to Taitung is really beautiful and for the most part undeveloped, and I'm worried that this blight on the landscape will lead to further development in this area.

    It is my feverent hope that a large typhoon will swallow this eyesore up and wash it to the bottom of the pacific... (where it belongs....)

    Mark you calendars... Only five more months to typhoon season...

    I'm going to Disney Land...
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Hualian Off The Beaten Path

  • Jichi Beach Resort

    Jichi Beach is the only sand beach along the Hualien coast. The beach itself is not so special. However if you love to go visiting the sand beach for the water activities, this is the only choice you will have in Hualien.Direction: 38km south away from Hualien city along highway route no. 11

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  • Cisingtan Scenic Area and Beach

    Cisingtan translates to "Seven Stars Pools". It is a vast, wide beach and scenic viewpoint for the cliffs and mountainous coast line around Hualien and Sincheng.The beach has posted signs for no-swimming, but that should not detract from the visit. Many of the locals will come here for relaxing, having a picnic or simply escaping the busy city.On...

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  • Chang-chen Ci (Shrine)

    This shirne is here to memorize those who pass away when they built the East-West Cross-Island highway. The shrine itself has been re-built three times due to mudflows and landslides. Even until now, the Admin of National Park still strongly recommend tourists not walking outward of the road, small pieces of rock can still harn people.There was an...

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Hualian Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycling in Taroko gorge

    Cycling in Taroko is amazing. bike, helmet, lamp,you can rent a bike by the entarnce of the gorge.Http://tarokobike.spaces.live.com+886-3-8610177+886-955-912726luicelu@gmail.com

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  • LiWu River

    Just like most of rafting, fun, exciting and risky. Visitors has to go with a group. Life guard are around us. Sometimes they may play tricks on us splitting water on us. Strongly recommand you take cheap foot wear. You can buy many places in the town.

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Hualian Favorites

  • colour purple

    try purple rice for a change,nutty taste, easy to cook, gives a beetroot colour on washing. The colour is due to the bran coating the rice . Also called forbidden rice.

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  • Hwa-Liean

    Hwa-Liean is located in the easten Taiwan . As you all know that Taiwan is an island , so there are a lot of beaches here . But the thing which you might not know is that the beaches along the east coast are all very different from the ones in the west . And there are also a lot of nice views in easten Taiwan . Sunny Day in Hwa-LieanHwa-Liean is...

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  • Taroko National Park

    We had many great walks in the National Taroko Park. We liked the walks on the Sakadang Trail and the old highway of the tunnel of nine turns very much. Our friends also like the stamps of the plants and the animals at the visitor center. They brought back a booklet with those stamping marks.

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