Thundering oceans and refreshing breeze!
Slow train or bus is the only way to access Hualian.
A very quiet place, ideal for nature enthusiasts.
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...more
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...more
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...more
I've known this hotel since I was a high school student, with its astonishing location, I made up my...more
No.2 Yunghsing Road, Hualien City, Hualien, 970, Taiwan
Good for: Families
No. 1-1 Lin-Yuan, Hualien, Taiwan
Good for: Business
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 beveragemore
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...more
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.more
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...more
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.....
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...more
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...more
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,...more
43 Reviews and Opinions
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...more
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.more
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...
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. 11more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
Hualien is the rock capital of Taiwan... One of the main economic activites here is mining marble up in the mountains. This is bad for the mountains (you can easily see the scars from mining in some areas), but it also promotes marble sculpting in town. As such, there are a number of marble statues that can be found around town... some of which are...more