Sugar became an important export in the late 19th century after the forced opening of ports following the second Opium War. Up until the 1930s it dominated the economy, and under Japanese colonial rule, sugar fields and processing factories were established all over the island. The Hualien Sugar Factory was built in 1921 and at its peak was processing 2600 tons of sugarcane a day.
Even if you don’t plan to stay the night at the factory, stop at the ice-cream shop (ice cream NT$45, open 8am to 8pm), and wander around the factory grounds. Here’s a bit of trivia for you: the large carp pools beside the ice-cream shop are craters from the US bombing of Taiwan during WWII.
The sugar factory is just south of the town of Guangfu (光復) on Hwy 9. There are signs in English on the highway directing you there.
Hualien Sugar Factory
[花蓮糖廠 / huā lián táng chǎng]
-Located in:Eastern Taiwan
-Features:Historic factory remains, sugar/diary product selling
-Highly recommend to:Vintage-view lovers
|Ice Cream Shop||8:00AM-8:00PM|
|Creative Workshops at Cultural Park||8:00AM-9:00PM|
TransAsia Airways→HualienKaohsiung International Airport→Mandarin Airlines→Hualien
|Car||Nat’l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Su-ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9|
-Address:No. 19, Tangchang Street, Guangfu Township, Hualien County
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