Hualien is a frequent stop for travellers planning a trip to nearby Taroko National Park or embarking on a picturesque Highway 11 road trip to Taitung City. The largest city on Taiwan’s east coast, Hualien is a hotbed of traditional island culture, which can be seen at stalls selling Taiwanese indigenous cuisine at the Dongdamen Night Market, in the farmlands of Fanshuliao, in the modest pushcarts of oily rice, and at the colourful harbour where fishermen hawk fresh sunfish and squid.

    Hualien's natural beauty is a big attraction, as it's been called the “prettiest city by the sea”. The 12-mile-long gorge at Taroko National Park offers a spectacular introduction to the dramatic local landscape. Outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy rafting the Hsiukuluan River, while flaneurs can explore the boutiques, temples and teashops in Hualien’s city centre.

    Where & what to eat in Hualien City

    • 10 Best Hualien Foods Everyone Should Try

      The best Hualien foods everyone should try include both delicious seafood and fresh agricultural products. With local chefs and shopkeepers offering delicacies made from the finest local ingredients, Hualien has been called a food paradise on the east coast of Taiwan. The locals are hearty and generous, as are the delicious food they make. Among the local favourites are bamboo...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Hualien City

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Hualien

      In addition to the beautiful mountains and waters, Hualien also has plenty of interesting shopping districts and markets for you to enjoy. The thriving Old Rail Cultural Shopping District, Stone Art Street, and Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park are all attractive shopping areas, each with its own unique style and designed to cater to different needs. For a shopping...

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