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A lovely little city by the sea, Hualien is located on the Pacific Ocean of Taiwan, Hualien is home to many aboriginal communities, including the Ami, and the local people. Tucked away in Taiwan’s aboriginal heartland and surrounded by mountains, it’s just a few miles from the incredible Taroko Gorge — a natural beauty, beyond compare.
Nicknamed the “town of stones,” this pleasant destination is known for many things, including its natural deposits of marble, fresh air, blue skies, ocean views and unique cuisine. It’s just a two-hour train ride to Taipei, with scenic views of Taroko Gorge to enjoy along the way.
Hualien is also well connected by train to Taitung, Kaohsiung and Tainan, making the city a great base for exploring more of Taiwan.
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Wat Rong Khun
Designed by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, the iconic White Temple is actually not as old as it looks. Built in 1997, the while-stucco building features a silver ordination hall and incredible murals of Buddha. Look closely at the gable edging — the design incorporates various dragons and mythical creatures that are fun to spot along the way.
Baan Dam Museum
The brainchild of Thai artist Thawan Duchanee, the Baan Dam Museum (aka the Black House) promises an incredible experience. The grounds are peppered with about 40 small black homes — all handmade with bricks, terracotta, wood or glass, and filled with Thawan’s collections. Visitors will find much more than paintings in these photogenic houses. Look for sculptures, animal bones, silver, gold, and relics from around the world.
Every tourist can’t visit Thailand without going to a night bazaar. The city’s central market is brimming with great food with about 50 food stalls to choose from.
Taroko National Park
An awe-inspiring natural wonder, Taroko Gorge is inside a national park of the same name. The 92,000-hectare park boasts walking trails, waterfalls, suspension bridges, temples and of course, the Liwu River, which cuts through the gorge. It’s an excellent destination for animal lovers too, with all kinds of birds, reptiles and mammals roaming about the grounds.
Offering fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean, Chishingtang Beach is home to romantic pavilions, walking trails and a small black pebble beach. If visitors are keener to swim, make your way to the sandy beaches to the north of the city.
The Hall of Motherly Love
One of Hualien's best known and oldest temples, the Hall of Motherly Love is known for its intricate stonework and ornate shrine.
Located just 22 kilometres from Hualien, Liyu Lake is the largest in the region — adventurous types will appreciate the many options for biking, boating, kayaking and hiking.
Hualien Ocean Park
This gigantic tourist destination is chock-full of fun. Aimed at families and kids at heart, the park includes a Ferris wheel and a cable car ride, as well as eight marine-themed sections.
RueiSuei Hot Springs
A relaxing and romantic getaway with panoramic views, the RueiSuei Hot Springs are located in the mountains outside of Hualien. The area is also known for its outdoor adventures, including river rafting and dolphin watching.