Hualien was our favourite town in Taiwan, it has a small town feel but still has lots to do and it’s popular with tourists visiting the famous Taroko National Park.
Things To Do:
1. I’ve done a separate post on Taroko National Park, it really shouldn’t be missed on any trip to Taiwan. Click HERE to read.
2. The beach front walkways and parks are absolutely beautiful on a sunny day, Nanbin Park and Beibin Park are both worth a visit. Bicycles can be hired for most hotels if you want to go a little further.
3. The Hualien Tourist Night Market is more like a carnival, there is music playing, everyone is in a great mood, and there are lots of fun games to play. The food at the market also ranges from traditional Taiwan food to more western food aimed at a tourist palate.
4. The Pine Gardens are a nice place to spend an hour or so, entry is $50 and the park consists of old Japanese war buildings, including a bomb shelter. Most of which have been turned into shops or cafes, the park is small but very pretty and overlooks Hualien to the right and the ocean to the left.
Places To Eat:
A few steps outside our hotel, just on the corner of Fuxing Street and Datong Street there are three outstanding restaurants, we visited all 3 during our 4 night stay in Hualien, it was difficult to pick our favourite because they were all great, but if we had to choose, we’d probably say the Thai place.
Thai restaurant – A-one, (Closed on Mondays)
Mexican restaurant – Dos Tacos, (No.1 on TripAdvisor)
Ivory Coast restaurant – Africa,
Hualien also has a whole host of local canteen/self serve type restaurants where you can buy a good meal for next to nothing, along Zhongshan road.
Hualien has its own airport and train station, the train to Taipei is around 2 and a half hours, with plenty of trains throughout the day.
Where To Stay:
I booked the Unique Holiday Hotel on Hotels.com for £25 per night, it was basic but clean and had an ok breakfast. The location was ideal.