Hualien Tour Guide: 10 REAL Reasons Why Using a Tour Guide in Hualien is a Great Idea.

We’re often asked: “Why should I use a tour guide or adventure service when in Hualien?” I know what you’re thinking: I’m a DIY-er with loads of travel experience, why would I need someone to show me around when I can just explore on my own? And the truth is, technically you don’t! But you can see a heck of a lot more and have a way better experience when you do!

Here are 10 REAL reasons using a tour guide in Hualien is a great idea.

Spend the Day at Liyu Lake

Lying at the foot of Liyu Mountain, the serene Liyu Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Hualien County, and a popular weekend recreation spot for those seeking a respite from the city. One of the best things to do in Hualien, the name “Liyutan”, literally translates to “Carp Lake” and stories vary as to the origin of the name: Did the lake used to be filled with carp? Does Liyu Mountain look like a carp when viewed from the western shore of the lake? Is the entire lake the shape of a carp when viewed from the sky?! One thing is for sure, the beauty and tranquility of the lake is the reason so many travelers have stopped for a rest by its shores. Here we will outline some of the many wonderful things you can do on a day at the lake!

Taroko Gorge National Park: The Jewel of Taiwan Taroko Gorge Tour Hualien Tour

It is easy to pass by the small island of Taiwan on a map of the world. When most westerners think of Taiwan, they rarely, if ever, think “tropical island” and all too often think of the “made in” tags on their computers and electronics. But what many people don’t realize is that Taiwan is actually one of the most stunning islands on earth that nobody is talking about. Ilha Formosa, the name written in the logs of a passing Portuguese merchant ship in 1544 simply means, Beautiful Island. An appropriate name for a place nestled in the Pacific Ocean, hugging the Tropic of Cancer and covered with verdant green tropical and subtropical forests, towering mountains, sandy beaches, sparkling blue rivers and more waterfalls than one could even imagine. Yet amidst all this abounding natural beauty, one place stands out above all others. Taroko Gorge National Park.

Hualien Itinerary: The Best Things to do in Hualien, Taiwan

One of the most scenic and naturally beautiful areas in Taiwan, Hualien County sits like a green jewel nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the grandiose Central Mountain range. Home to some of the most stunning locations in Taiwan with a rich, unique combination of traditional cultures, Hualien has become a must see region for travelers looking to get away from the urban centers while in Taiwan. From dramatic marble gorges and towering green mountains, to idyllic sandy beaches and turquoise waterfalls and swimming holes. Hualien has something special to offer for everyone, and it is sure to take your breath away… likely more than once. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite things to do in Hualien County.

The Stunning Mugua River Gorge Tour Mugumuyu Mugumugi

The Gorge

Mesmerizing, clear blue waters and rich green forestry. Mugua River Gorge Tour Hualien TourIf you’re lucky enough to be in Taiwan and you love experiencing incredible natural beauty, you have GOT to visit the Mugua River Gorge. The name “Mugua” means “papaya” in Mandarin, and the sweetness of the area abounds. A region in Taiwan blessed with beautiful, crystal clear waters, waterfalls, lush forests and unique aboriginal culture; it is a terrific way to spend a day while in the Hualien area. This area is listed as one of the East Coast “highlights” in the Lonely Planet Taiwan Guide book, and for good reason. Within the Mugua River Gorge itself and in the surrounding area, there are numerous places to explore, including Emerald Valley, Tongmen, Liyu Lake, Wunlan, Zimu Falls, the Miyawan River, Rainbow Falls and more! So put on some comfortable clothes and your walking shoes, bring along your swimsuit and a towel, and let’s go on a journey together to explore the wondrous destinations in and around the Mugua River Gorge.

How Safe Is Taiwan to Travel to? Taiwan Travel Advice

Taiwan is a beautiful Island nation, home to over 24 million people and located some 200 kilometers east of mainland China. It offers numerous attractions and outdoor activities to tourists who are willing to explore. While there are so many things to do in Taiwan, as with any other tourist destination, there are some dangers you need to be aware of.

Crime in Taiwan

By world standards, the violent crime and petty crime rates in Taiwan are low. Very low. In fact, Taiwan is annually ranked as one of the safest countries in the world compared to other tourist countries. Though pick pocketing and snatching of bags do occur, it is very uncommon. A few places to avoid in Taiwan however are around urban barbing saloons (hair salons) and KTV’s (Karaoke Bars) which sometimes act as fronts for prostitution. Legitimate salons advertise their businesses in the open and have a glass front door. If you can’t see through the door to the barber from outside, then it is highly likely the “salon” is actually a brothel. Similarly, many late night KTV’s are the Taiwanese equivalent of strip clubs.

Things to Do in Taiwan: The East Coast

A small Island nation located in the Pacific Ocean with the Philippines to the south, Japan to its northeast, China to its west, and the vast Pacific Ocean to its east, Taiwan is home to vibrant culture, modern cities, sandy beaches, ornate temples, natural hot spring resorts, and dramatic mountain terrain. The presence of such beautiful landscapes, rich culture, charming parks, vibrant cities and more have made the country one of the top havens for international tourists in recent years. Here are 5 places you should definitely visit if you ever find yourself in Taiwan’s East Coast.

Travelers Reviews about Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge National Park is unarguably Taiwan’s biggest natural attraction and for good reason. Some have dubbed Taroko as one of the seven wonders of Asia, and visitors tend to agree. One reviewer even called Taroko “…the best experience I had in Taiwan!” and another “Hiking Jhuilu Old Trail in Taroko was a once in a lifetime experience.” Here we look at what visitors had to say about many aspects of the park.

Location and Where to Stay at Taroko Gorge

Located on the eastern coast of Taiwan, the main entry point to Taroko Gorge National Park lies close to the pleasant beach city of Hualien, a few hours south of Taipei. It is very common therefore for travelers to use Hualien City as a basecamp for explorations into and around the Gorge. There are only a few accomidation options inside the park. The 5-Star Silks Place resort, the Tianxiang Youth Hostel and the Heilu Campground. Numerous reviewers complained of “bed bugs” in the Youth hostel and the lack of services in the area. “There is nothing to do in Tianxiang after 5pm.” expressed one reviewer. As for the campground at Heilu, be warned that it is first-come-first-served and can be very competitive during holidays and peak season. For these reasons and others, most travelers opt for a hotel outside the park.

Welcome to Island Life Taiwan! Island Life is a unique adventure and experience company offering a wide variety of fun and exciting day trips across Taiwan’s scenic East Coast. From Hualien to Taitung, we have you covered with the greatest selection of outings to truly experience this remarkable part of the country. Stunning waterfalls and jungle swimming holes? Boy, have we got that. Secret beaches and scenic back roads? We know em all! Towering mountains and verdant valleys? In abundance. Whatever your heart desires, we’re sure to have something that will have you leaving with a huge smile on your face. So come join us! We look forward to showing you around this extraordinary part of the world.