In addition to the beautiful mountains and waters, Hualien also has plenty of interesting shopping districts and markets for you to enjoy. The thriving Old Rail Cultural Shopping District, Stone Art Street, and Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park are all attractive shopping areas, each with its own unique style and designed to cater to different needs. For a shopping experience with a more local flavour, you can pay a visit to the bustling traditional markets, such Jian Evening Market and Chongqing Market. Fancy a browse around a bazaar? Hualien Good Market, Hakka Market and Ocean Home Wild Market are all popular bazaars and great spots for having a browse. In downtown Hualien, you can shop for souvenirs in Sanzhong Shopping District during the day and head to the Dongdamen Night Market to buy groceries at night. Shopping in Hualien is great fun at any time.


    Dongdamen Night Market

    • Shoppers
    • Nightlife

    Located in Hualien City, Dongdamen Night Market covers a large area and has more than 400 stalls. When night falls, shoppers flock here, making it one of the most bustling shopping destinations in Hualien City. The market sells a wide range of products, including a variety of snacks, local farm produce and specialities of Hualien as well as souvenirs and everyday essentials. The market is an ideal place for families to visit at night. You can start by sampling the local cuisine of Hualien, and then go shopping for groceries, local specialities and crafts. You can then head home with your hands full and the satisfaction of having enjoyed a great evening out.

    Location: Zhongshan Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

    Open: Daily from 5.30 pm to midnight

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    Old Rail Cultural Shopping District

    • Shoppers

    Old Rail Cultural Shopping District is a pedestrianised shopping area in downtown Hualien. The paved road surface is ideal for walking on, and there are smart shops and good signage. The name "Old Rail" comes from the fact that trains used to pass through here. Following relocation of the train lines in Hualien, the area fell into a state of decay. You can still see traces of old railway tracks on the ground. The local government set about revitalising the area, transforming it into a shopping district with a unified image. Many new shops opened and large numbers of tourists now flock here, making the area a new attraction in Hualien. The shopping area has many indigenous shops and fashion boutiques aimed at younger shoppers. Scores of young people gather here on weekend evenings, and you'll often see street performers. It's a perfect place for a leisurely stroll and some shopping.

    Location: Lane 551, Zhongzheng Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970


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    Ji'an Evening Market

    • Shoppers

    Many towns in Taiwan have evening markets, making it easier for commuters to buy fresh ingredients on their way home from work. Ji'an Evening Market in Ji'an Township, Hualien County is a special traditional market. It has many shops that are open in the afternoon and closed in the evening. The market sells both cooked and raw food, and is a good place for locals to shop for food after finishing work. The market has an "Indigenous Wild Vegetables Zone", where you can buy a range of wild vegetables from the mountains and forests that are not easy to come by elsewhere. You can also buy many traditional indigenous foods here. The market also has clothing, hardware and grocery shops offering reasonably priced products. It's worth a visit if you want to experience local life in Hualien.

    Location: No. 2, Section 3, Zhongshan Road, Ji'an Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 973

    Open: Daily from 3 pm to 7pm


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    Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park

    • Shoppers

    Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park (also known as A-Zone), a multi-purpose park in Hualien City, has numerous craft shops and demonstrates Hualien’s profound cultural and creative soft power. The park covers an area of 8.15 acres (3.3 hectares) and was reconstructed from 26 old factory buildings. It is a meeting point of artistic energy and contemporary lifestyle, and has become an important arts and culture shopping destination in Hualien. Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park is a successful example of historic site rejuvenation. It has a fantastic range of boutiques and shops, where you can buy everything from everyday essentials to handicrafts. In some of the shops you can even create your own product with its own unique design.

    Location: No. 144, Zhonghua Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

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    Stone Art Street

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    • Budget

    By virtue of its unique geology, Hualien is rich in valuable ores, such as marble, rhodonite and crystals. The well-planned Stone Art Street on Guangdong Street in downtown Hualien has many vendors selling stone crafts, and is a shopping paradise for stone collectors. Hualien has not only a wealth of beautiful stones, but also artists who can transform them into valuable artworks through carving and polishing. If you like decorative stones, this is a great place to find fantastic stone crafts with unique colours and textures. There are often indigenous singing and dancing performances here as well, so you'll also get the chance to appreciate the unique local culture.

    Location: No. 326, Guangdong Street, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970


    Hualien Good Market

    • Shoppers

    At Hualien Good Market you can buy farm produce grown by local farmers using eco-friendly farming methods. Environmental protection has become a key issue in the modern world. And when you travel, you should always think about ways to do so without harming the local environment. At Hualien Good Market you'll meet many Hualien farmers who use eco-friendly farming methods. They all share a deep love for the land of Hualien, and incorporate the concept of environmental sustainability into their work, delivering organic farm produce. Buying farm produce at the market helps support local farmers, enabling them to continue to promote eco-friendly farming systems.

    Location: Haibin Street, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

    Open: Saturday from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm


    Ocean Home Wild Market

    • Families
    • Shoppers
    • Budget
    • Unusual

    All over Taiwan you'll find creative markets full of local character. Hualein's Ocean Home Wild Market, situated by the sea in Shoufeng Township, is very popular with locals. Its unique location, environment, products and style attract large numbers of tourists, many of them coming to Hualien just to visit this market. Once a little-known summer market by the sea, it has become famous during its many years of operation. It's now open every summer, bringing in many vendors selling crafts. The market is bustling until late in the evening, and you'll find few shopping experiences more memorable than a moonlit market with the sound of the waves in the background. The market's cute stalls sell indigenous crafts, clothing, craft beer and textiles. When you're tired of walking, buy a can of beer and sit on the beach next to the market. Feel yourself relax as you gaze out to sea.

    Location: No. 82, Fude, Yanliao Village, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 974

    Open: The market is held for one week every summer, and the exact date is announced by the organiser each year.


    Hakka Market

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    The hospitable Hualien locals welcome people from far and wide, who come to Hualien to experience its stunning scenery. The Hakka Market in Hualien's Hospitality Cultural Centre is a great place to visit with family and friends, and to experience the hospitality of the people of Hualien. The market stalls are run by local producers, artists and craftspeople, all of whom are very friendly and love to share their passion for art with visitors. You'll see many cheerful elderly Hualien women shopping here. They hope that this market can bring a new energy to the community and encourage young people to start businesses in Hualien. The market also has craft workshops, where both adults and kids can express their more creative side.

    Location: No.1, Lane 98, Fuxing Street, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

    Open: Friday from 2.30 pm to 7pm


    Sanzhong Shopping District

    • Shoppers

    Sanzhong Shopping District refers to the intersection of Zhonghua Road, Zhongzheng Road and Zhongshan Road. It is situated in a prime location in downtown Hualien, with convenient transport links and a large number of shops and restaurants. This is where the people of Hualien come to shop and dine. The best way to visit Sanzhong Shopping District is on foot. You can stroll around any section of the road and take things at a slower pace, just like the people of Hualien do. The shopping district has many speciality and pastry shops, where you can buy a wide variety of treats to take home with you, such as Hualien mochi, pineapple cake and butter cookies.

    Location: Intersection of Zhongzheng Road, Zhongshan Road, and Zhonghua Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970


    Chongqing Market

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Chongqing Market is a large, two-storey traditional public retail market in Hualien City. Since being redeveloped, the market has many shops selling clothing, everyday essentials, fruit, vegetables, meat, snacks, and much more. The shops open early in the morning and close at midnight, so whether you're in search of fresh ingredients or something new to wear, you can find it here at any time of the day. The huge range of products on offer here covers just about everything you could possibly need in your daily life. With a growing number of modern supermarkets drawing in customers with their bright and airy spaces, traditional markets are facing a battle for survival. The redevelopment of Chongqing Market transformed it into a clean and well laid-out traditional market with a unique appeal that has attracted lots of customers.

    Location: No. 480, Chongqing Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 12 pm


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