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Located in eastern Taiwan, Hualien is the largest county on the island. Hualien is bounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Central Mountain Range, and due to its placement, the city's landscape is scenic, encompassing mountain peaks, picturesque valleys and breathtaking views of the crystal clear ocean waters. Hualien is undoubtedly one of, if not the most pleasant city in Taiwan and tourists are always flocking in to get their own share of the unique Taiwanese experience.

 

Where to go in Hualien

Hualien is a captivating city and beyond the beautiful and peaceful scenery and fresh Hualien air, there are a lot of fascinating places to visit and love about the city. Some of those amazing spots worth a visit include;

 

Taroko National Park: The Swallows' Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns and the Baiyang Trail are some of the charming locations that can be found within the famous park, located a few miles north of the city. From the beautiful waterfalls to the river flowing through the park, there are a plethora of amazing sights to see you would almost hate to leave.

 

Temples: Hualien has several grand and impressive temples from various religious groups. At the temples, you can learn about the history, activities and ideals of the people. Temples you should stop by include 'The Abode of Still Thoughts' Buddhist Temple, Yenpin Prefectural Temple of the Qing Dynasty, Chingszu Temple, Temple to the Lords of the Three Mountains and Tungching Temple.

 

Pine Garden: One of the popular outdoor spots in the city is the Pine Garden, a serene and peaceful garden filled with over 60 pine trees. It's an amazing place to hang out with the family away from the hustle and bustle. There are restaurants and a souvenir shop around where you can get a locally made product to commemorate your visit.

 

Parks: The outdoors of Hualien hold a lot of fun as evident in the numerous recreational centres and parks located in the city. The Butterfly Valley of Fuyuan National Forest Recreation Area, Beibin Seashore Park, Nanbin Seashore Park, Meilun Seashore Park and Yushan National Park all offer stunning views with a great deal of fun activities to try out. The seashore parks provide a spectacular view of the Pacific ocean everyone should see.

 

Liyu Carp Lake: Located in East Rift Valley, Liyu Carp Lake is Hualien's biggest and most popular lake. You can rent boats with a tour guide if you want to explore the lake. There's also hiking trails that go round the lake and lead up to Mt. Liyu. Still, the grounds are peaceful and relaxing if you would just rather have a picnic and hang out with the family.

 

Where to eat in Hualien

If you're ever in Hualien and you want to treat yourself to a proper Taiwanese cuisine, you should try out the local Taiwanese dishes such as; Zhu tung fan - a type of rice meal steamed in a bamboo tube, Muaji - a glutinous rice meal prepared with flavours like peanut, sweet sesame paste, coconut or fruits and Wonton - a Taiwanese variation of the famous Chinese dumplings.

 

If you're craving the dumplings, Laozhou Dumplings and Dai's Dumplings are the perfect places to satisfy your cravings. Yuelu restaurant and Dou Sang offer a wide range of Taiwanese dishes while Jowu restaurant is more continental, offering an assortment of Asian meals. If you would prefer to stick to Western meals, Salt Lick and iOven are vegetarian friendly restaurants with a more western style menu.

 

Where to stay in Hualien

Whether you're planning to stay for a night, a week or more, there's definitely something for you in Hualien, regardless of if you are being budget savvy or you want to go for a sophisticated and luxury hotel. Hotels.com offers a selection of 979 hotels with 15252 genuine reviews. Some of the top rated hotels in the city include Meci Hotel, Arsma Hotel, Hotelday Plus Hualien, Lealea Garden Hotels – Hualien, Hualien Charming City Hotel.

 

In addition to the scenic and picturesque environment, the aborigines are friendly and kind hearted people who are very receptive of visitors. By the way, don't forget to check out for Hotels.com discount codes and don't miss out on our last minute cheap hotel deals. Book with your ideal accommodation with us today!