Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hualien in Two Days

Hualien is almost synonymous with Taroko, a designated national park that has the most amazing views of marble gorges in Taiwan. However, most tourists especially those who are only in the country for a limited time, tend to reserve only a day in this county, majority of them doing it as a day trip from Taipei. I decided to stay at least one night so as not to rush things and experience the city in a more relaxed light, discovering why it was included among the East Coast National Scenic Area.

taroko gorge
my favorite spot in Hualien - Taroko Gorge!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Where The Heck is Taiwan's Qingshui Cliff?

There were a couple of places that I purposely left out from the usual Taroko Gorge itinerary on my first day in Hualien, so I opted to visit them the next day since I had more time - Qixingtan Beach and Qingshui Cliff. The first one is reachable by bus but Qingshui Cliff, even though still a part of the national park, is not on the tourist shuttle bus route. Most bloggers who have visited this place hired a cab but you may know very well that I like traveling by public transportation and because I’m too cheap frugal. Read on to know if it going by this option was really worth my time.

qinshui cliff

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Taroko Gorge National Park – A Must-see in Taiwan

I initially planned skipping Hualien on this trip. When I was searching for recommended sights in Taiwan however, every site that I have seen consistently recommended Taroko Gorge, as a matter of fact, it topped most lists. I have seen pictures and blogs of people who have been there but I was not impressed. I had a change of heart when I was in Kaohsiung, I intended to take a bus to Kenting but thought “forget it, I’m giving Hualien a chance.” And my friends, this is the story of how Hualien became one of my favorite counties in Taiwan.

hualien taroko
Amazing Scenery at Taroko Gorge
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