As we talk about Hualien, first image that comes up in your mind probably will be Taroko Gorge(太魯閣峽谷). With amazing canyons and cliffs, Taroko Gorge has become a must-see in Taiwan for foreigners. There are distinctive trails in Taroko National Park. Among these trails, Zhuilu Old Trail(錐麓古道) is the most famous one due to the magnificent scenery. Though the beautiful view does attract people, it's not an easy challenge if you want to visit Zhuilu Old Trail. The narrow path, physical energy required and park entry permit are the reasons that stop people for coming. Well, now you don't need to…

A belated post from Chinese New Year in Hualien. The fact that this shop is like 1/2 processing plant for the ice and 1/2 tables for customers definitely adds to the intrigue. From left to right, top to bottom: grass jelly, mung bean, taro, pineapple, red bean, kidney beans. We always tend to go with the same flavours, as they are so damn good. Above you can see a mix of the red bean and taro, and also the kidney bean and taro. The taro is an absolute MUST, but I would say if you prefer a more savoury taste…

The old Taitung train station and train line has been gentrified into a lovely wooden walking track and cultural space. Come summer, this place transforms into a craft market and hosts music concerts at the Tiehua Music Village within.After the South Link Line was open to vehicular traffic, the volume of freight and passengers was too large more than what Taitung old station could handle. Thus it was faced with the fate of abolishment as the new station was under construction. In order to preserve the significantly meaningful old railway over the past 80 years, Taitung Railway Art Village is thus established…

Driving on the East Rift Valley, you will see a large stream of forests passing through the sugar factory chimney. It is Danongdafu Forest Park. Taiwan is a beautiful island with the forests everywhere, but it seems that only Hualien and Taitung can you see the original beauty of Taiwan. Located in Guangfu Township, Hualien County,  Danongdafu Forest Park is surrounded by the central and coastal mountains. On the periphery of the forest, you can see the history of writing by multiple ethnic groups. Taiwan was once beautiful as its forests, but hundreds of years of development have maded the virgin forests to exit the…

Well, most of the travelers who visit Taiwan will set Taitung as the destination, either for the endless view of ocean or the spontaneous scenery of the mountains. There are many famous mountains in Taitung. Among these mountains, you must put "Chiaming Lake" on your must-travel list. People who have been to Chiaming Lake say that this is one of the most WORTHWHILE trip in their life. Want to visit Chiaming Lake? There are something you need to know before you make the visit! |THE MYSTERY OF CHIAMING LAKE 少女拍📷(@l.t.y____)分享的貼文 於 PDT 2018 年 8月 月 1 日 上午 6:04…

Located in the fertile valley of the water source, Fuli is a typical rural type tribe, an important town of Hualien. A  few hours south of Taipei driving wise, but believe me, it is so worth the trek. In addition to the development of agriculture, the beautiful natural ecological landscape has also gradually promoted the tourism industry. The most famous orange daylilies season in the year attracts a large number of people to come to Hualien. It's quite interesting to appreciate these beautiful flowers, but what else can you play around in Fuli? Take a look about this article, then…

For most of the people living in cities, escaping from skyscrapers or the hustle and bustle is part of their weekly routines. Taitung is located in eastern Taiwan, embracing pacific ocean  in the front and gets the hugest Center Mountain in its’ back. With spectacular ocean views, “Not so developed and not so crowded” is also the advantage of this beautiful county. So no matter you are a beach lover or water sports enthusiasts, Taitung is a pretty nice choice to pick. Hotel CUBE operates a brand new B&B-type accommodation here in Taitung located on the national highway No.11. It’s…

Qixingtan, about 3km north of Hualien, looks down a coastline of high cliffs and green mountains. The water is too rough for swimming but it's a great spot for biking, strolling or picnicking. At the south end amid fishing villages are B&Bs, restaurants, Greece-inspired residential low-rises, and the mildly interesting Chihsing Tan Katsuo Museum (七星柴魚博物館, open 9am to 7pm), dedicated to dried bonito, an industry that was once of huge importance to Taiwan. Travel Info Qixingtan [七星潭 / qī xīng tán ] -Located in:Eastern Taiwan -County:Hualien -Features:East coast of Taiwan, beaches, ocean view -Highly recommend to:Outdoor Enthusiasts -Transportation:Only by car or by…

[花蓮 / Huālián] Hualien is eastern Taiwan's second-largest city and one of the more pleasant small towns in Taiwan. Many travellers like to base themselves here, even when Taroko Gorge is their interest, as the range of food and accommodation is greater. Budget travellers will find everything they need near the train station. Head east to the Meilunshan Park (Měilúnshān Gōngyuán) and harbour area for wide streets, landscaped parks, bike lanes and ocean views in addition to boutique hotels and pricier restaurants. Hualien means 'eddies' in Hokkien (Taiwanese) and the story goes that Qing-dynasty immigrants gave the region this name…

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…