20 Delicious Hualien Restaurants

Your Hualien Food Guide

It’s difficult coming to a new city and not knowing where to get a good bite to eat. Guide books can be outdated, and review sites can be rigged. So here at Island Life, we’ve made a list of all of our favorite restaurants from our time living here in Hualien. You can find it below! All of this and SO MUCH more can be found in our 2018 Hualien Visitors Guide. We hope you enjoy!

10 Tips When Visiting Taroko Gorge National Park

All of this and SO MUCH more can be found in our 2018 Hualien Visitors Guide. We hope you enjoy!

1. Go Early

By 10am, most of the walking paths throughout Taroko Gorge National Park begin to fill with large tour groups. Many of their guides even bring megaphones to yell information to their groups. So when trying to enjoy the serene grandiosity of Taroko and the sounds of nature, this can be quite distracting. Also, who likes having to wait in line to get to that perfect photo location and then having twenty people in your shot! For these and many other reasons we suggest getting to Taroko as early as possible. One great option is hitching a ride with Island Life Taiwan Adventures & Experiences who offer a fun filled, and affordable, Taroko Gorge Tour that leaves Hualien at 7:30am making their guests among the first few people in the park. Thus having many trails all to themselves to start the day and having a much better chance of seeing wildlife in the park.


The 10 Best Things To Do In Hualien

Our Favorite Hualien Attractions!

Here at Island Life Taiwan, we love showing people around the Hualien area. 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, there are countless Hualien attractions worth exploring. It’s sure to take your breath away… likely more than once. Searching for what to do in Hualien? Here are the 10 best things to do in Hualien, Taiwan.

All of this and SO MUCH more can be found in our 2018 Hualien Visitors Guide. We hope you enjoy!


 

1. Taroko Gorge National Park

The undisputed king of Taiwan’s National Parks, Taroko Gorge is the quintessential must experience destination on Taiwan’s east coast. Towering marble valleys, thundering waterfalls, forest hikes and mountain to mountain suspension bridges are just a few of the spectacular features of this grand park. Carved by the Liwu river over millions of years, the spectacular Gorge is the largest marble canyon in the world and boasts a wide variety of trails, temples and landscapes. While it is “possible” to see everything in one day, we highly recommend spending two or three days exploring the gorge to really see it all.

For an epic day exploring the best of Taroko Gorge, we highly recommend our BETTER Taroko Gorge Tour. A small group tour with fun guides, lots of time on the trails and a really great value!

What to do in Hualien? Check out these Hualien attractions: Swallow Grotto in Taroko Gorge National Park on our Taroko Gorge Tour


How to Get from Taipei to Hualien 

There are several options when making your way from Taipei to Hualien. Here is some info to help you along!

 

How To Get From Taipei To Hualien

Option 1: Take the Train

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This is the most popular and affordable method of getting to Hualien from Taipei.  The express trains (Taroko or Puyuma) will get you to Hualien in about 2 hours, while the non-express trains can take 3-4 hours. It is important to book your train tickets ahead of time, especially on weekends and holidays, as the trains do sell out.  A one way ticket will cost NT$440 per person. 

You can book train tickets online here.