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!

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.