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…

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…

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…

We all know that there was a horrible earthquake in Hualien on February 6th, 2018. Roads broke, houses and buildings collapsed. It sounds terrible but fortunately, there are still some scenic spots exist after the earthquake. Let's take a look about these spots. LiYu(Carp) Lake(鯉魚潭, Liˇ Yuˊ Tanˊ) Liyu Lake is located at the foot of Liyu Mountain, in Shoufeng Township's Chinan Village. It is one of the older scenic areas, and is only 18 kilometers from Hualien City. Liyu lake is about 1.6 kilometers in length, making it the largest inland lake in Hualien. There are two other names of Liyu…

[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…

It stands at 32 km on Highway 11. It is one of the few highest points on the coastal highway. Standing on the lookout, to the south you see Jiqi Bay, Turtle Roaring Cape, Sinshe Cliff, and other unique features of the coastal landscape.There are several coin-operated telescope for a clearer view of the surroundings. At sunset, you can spot fishing boats coming home; to the south you see the volcano on the south side of Jiqi Bay.   Travel Info Baci Observation Tower [芭崎瞭望台 / bā qí liǎo wàng tái] -Located in:Eastern Taiwan -County:Hualien -Features:East coast of Taiwan, beaches, ocean…