Hualien Hotel Guide

The Best Neighborhoods & Where To Stay In Hualien

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Hualien Street Layout

Squeezed between the mountains and the sea, most of Hualien follows a rough grid pattern with primary roads going East-West and North-South. Zhongshan Road bisects the city from east to west and is the primary road to know in Hualien. Most things of importance are within 3-4 blocks of Zhongshan Road and there are always taxis driving up and down this wide road. Don’t know which way to go on Zhongshan? If you see giant green mountains in front of you, you are walking West! It’s that easy.

We believe these are the three best neighborhoods in which to stay in Hualien. Beibin, Downtown, Train Station. Each are good for different reasons as we will outline below.

Social listening is the process of understanding what people are saying about your company or brand, as well their thoughts on products and services. It includes monitoring of social media channels for mentions of your brand, competitors, product, and much more

The old ways of pushing farmed content to followers on social media and expecting them to engage with you are far gone. Social Listening helps you to understand what your consumers think, feel and what do they need from your business.

Why is Social Listening important?

Social listening helps you to benchmark and perfect the customer engagement and experience.

Social listening will allow you and your team to get it clear about how you benchmark against your direct and indirect competitors. With such information at the start, your team will be able to look beyond market-share to identify your various competitors and look up to where your business lacks in other areas of the business such as customer service, customer needs, customer retention, reputation and various other factors. You will also see where you can excel in your industry.

Knowing things like Do your company has the best product? Is your company untouched when it comes to on-time deliveries? Do your company offers the most in terms of reasonable / cost saving products / services? Knowing where your company lacks  behind and knowing where you can exceed customer expectations will further allow you to get areas perfect where you’re already succeeding in and to build a plan around the areas that are in need of innovation and improvement.

Social listening also helps to identify influencers in your industry.

Identifying Influencers and Advocates :

Monitoring social conversation about your industry will give you an idea of who are the most important influencers. These are important people to get in touch with. As the term implies, they can have a huge influence on how their followers and fans feel and think about you or your competition.

You will also find people who already are in love with your brand and are saying great things about your company on different social medias. These are natural brand advocates. Reach them and look for opportunities to collaborate with them.

5 social listening tips

Below is some of the best advice for social listening. You really got to know about these tips :

  1. Listen everywhere and anytime

Find out where your audience is talking about you—not just what they say; that means casting a wide net for social listening!
Conversations around the brand on LinkedIn may be much different than those found across other platforms, like Instagram or Twitter. And it’s possible that people will discuss certain topics more frequently but not all at once so keep an eye open when looking through these streams of communication.

  1. Join Forces with other teams

Social listening provides a wide range of information that is useful for your whole company. This can be anything from customer posts, great ideas for blog articles or even new product features! The best part about it is that you don’t have to go anywhere; all the insights are right at your fingertips through social media monitoring and engagement with different teams who might want input on how they could improve certain aspects like content marketing strategy development process

The possibilities really do seem endless when we learn what others think via this valuable tool called “social listening.”

  1. Learn From Competitor

It’s always useful to study your competition, and you can learn something from them. For example what people say about competitors is often insightful as well!

A great way of doing this would be by looking at where they are successful with their business model or strategies in order to figure out how yours could improve on these same points while still being unique enough that customers will want nothing but success for your business.

  1. Commence Action

Social media monitoring and listening can be a powerful tool in guiding your future strategy. It’s important to analyze trends over time, rather than just one-time comments or posts on social platforms like Facebook LIVE video streams where it may seem easier not to listen at all because you’re able to monitor everything that goes out there live – but this isn’t always helpful for making informed decisions about what needs doing next!

The 3 best social listening tools

Below are the 3 favorite tools for social listening. They’ll help you understand and monitor all of your platform :

  1. Hootsuite :

Hootsuite is an all-inclusive social media management platform that has the ability to set up multiple streams of monitored conversations, hashtags and keywords.

It also lets you track mentions for quick responses or interventions so your brand can stay on top in any conversation! The tool will show influencers or potential customers who are talking about your brand while following them so people know more about what they have available for purchase on their site.

  1. Hootsuite Insights (powered by Brandwatch)

Hootsuite Insights goes even further and gives you data from 1.3 trillion social posts in real time, saving your keywords or Boolean strings to find meaningful trends & patterns that might be missed when monitoring for sentiment on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter etc., with an option of filtering by date/geography too!

This way you can attain deeper insights into what people are saying about brands all over the world – see visualizations such as word clouds that show how many times certain words were used specifically at any given moment during this year so far.

  1. Locobuzz

Locobuzz is the perfect solution for users who are looking to focus on one platform at a time. With Locobuzz, you can monitor up to three different Facebook Ads across unlimited pages or take advantage of our Hootsuite integration which enables commenting and replying right from your dashboard!

Locobuzz has everything necessary in order to track social media campaigns including analytics figures related with engagement levels and performance metrics – all without having too many tools cluttering up your account page

Taiwan Coronavirus Update

Traveling During Covid-19: A Taiwan Guide

In a typical year, Taiwan is an exciting destination in Asia to visit. Its citys’ beautiful skylines, night markets, natural beauty, temples, quirky cafés, and museums draw in visitors worldwide. Taiwan is a destination that everyone should experience at least once.

However, 2021 is not a typical travel year. COVID-19 has impacted travel across the globe. Quarantines, closures, and restrictions have become the new norm in almost every country.

So, what about Taiwan?

If you’re interested in visiting there, stay tuned. This article will provide an overview of everything you need to know about traveling to Taiwan and COVID-19.

Is It Safe To Visit Taiwan During Covid-19?

Taiwan is one of the most secure places in the world when it comes to COVID-19. The island has done better at curbing COVID-19 than almost any other nation in the world. Out of 24 million residents, there have only been ten COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic as of 3/29/2021. That is an impressive number that is unmatched in other places.


As of March 31, 2021, there have only been 1,024 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic. Nine hundred sixty-nine of these people has recovered.


COVID-19 has not overrun hospitals in Taiwan. Taiwanese hospitals are only treating 24 people for this disease at the moment.


Taiwan planned to start vaccinating its residents beginning on March 22, 2021. Taiwan has reached agreements for 1.5 million doses to be available for citizens.

General COVID-19 Regulations In Taiwan

Taiwan has enacted many restrictions throughout the pandemic to keep its cases low.

Here is what traveling to Taiwan looks like during this pandemic:


As of 3/17/2021, some foreign nationals are allowed into Taiwan. However, tourists and social visitors are still not allowed except visitors from Palau.

However, business travelers can now apply for special permission.

Passengers who do not have permanent residency visas must apply for a permit at a Tapei Representative office.


Visitors who are allowed to enter must stay at a quarantine hotel for 14 days when they first arrive, take a COVID test, and fill out a declaration form. These rules apply to all visitors, regardless of vaccine status.

Quarantine hotels provide guests with three meals each day, and people may not leave their rooms during the isolation period. Accommodations are more challenging to find these days because of the increased demand for self-isolation hotels.

Should you test positive for COVID-19, you must stay at a medical facility for further testing and monitoring.

Tourism In Taiwan During COVID-19

Within the country, people are free to move about with little to no restrictions and no curfews. Commercial masks are still mandatory in public places, and failure to comply can result in fines. However, the tourist experience is intact for those living in Taiwan.


Flights are still running between Taiwan and many international destinations. There are no restrictions on public transportation within the country, and everything is operating on its regular schedule.


Many tours and tourist destinations are still operating in Taiwan with increased safety measures. These protocols include masks and social distancing.


Dining, restaurants, night markets, and street food are open for business. Many places look like they did pre-COVID, but with the presence of masks. There are robust options for those looking to dine out in Taiwan.


Taiwan still has nightlife and celebrations. Most recently, the island held numerous Lunar New Year celebrations. Taiwan even successfully held a famous EDM music festival, ULTRA Taiwan, last November.

Interested In Visiting Us In Taiwan?

Awesome!  We can’t wait for you to join us!

Why not go ahead and start planning your trip? Take a look at all of our wonderful tours in the greater Hualien area, and feel free to contact us with any questions whatsoever.

Want to go ahead and reserve your spot? No problem! If you’re dates change, we’re happy to change your reservation at no cost. We’re here to help any way we can. That’s the Island Life Way!

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About Island Life Taiwan

Based in Hualien, Taiwan (adjacent to Taroko Gorge National Park), Island Life Taiwan designs all of our unique daily itineraries to help you discover the rich natural beauty and culture of Taiwan, in the most enjoyable, and most immersive way possible. We’re dedicated to showing you the most amazing locations in eastern Taiwan, while having the most fun and avoiding the crowds. More than just a tour operator and adventure outfitter, our team truly loves showing this awe-inspiring part of the world to our guests, and when you love what you do, it shows.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us and let us help you pick the tour or adventure that’s right for you!

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Hualien Night Market

A Taste of Taiwan's East Coast

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Dongdamen Hualien Night Market

Get ready for the clinking of games and the steam and sizzle of food vendors as you stroll through the corridors of the lively Dongdamen Night Market and immerse yourself in local Hualien “nightlife”

Opened in 2015, the Hualien Night Market is the largest (and certainly most entertaining) market on the East Coast of Taiwan. Also known as the Dongdamen Night Market, the sprawling wide-laned marketplace is a must visit experience when spending an evening in Hualien.

With over 400 vendors at the night market, the amount of food on offer is incredible. And it isn’t just Taiwanese food either, you can find items from mainland China, America, Thailand, Japan and numerous other regions as well. Due to the enormous amount of food on offer and the variety you can sample, it is an easy place to get a unique, inexpensive dinner.

Along with food, you will find entertainers including singers, guitarists, drummers, dancers and more. Visitors can eat and drink while enjoying the musicians croon hit cover songs, traditional aboriginal songs and the occasional original ballad. There are also several sections of the night market featuring carnival style games such as dart throwing, ring toss or crossbow shooting. You may even be lucky enough to win a prize while there!