Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Hualien County of Taiwan, Hualien City is bursting with cultural, natural and historical attractions. Its strategic location between the Pacific Ocean and Central Mountain Range makes it a popular tourism destination for visitors interested in exploring its natural beauty.
Hualien City serves as a great base for trips to nearby attractions. Head to Taroko National Park to explore the impressive Taroko Gorge by way of scenic hiking trails. Closer to the city, Liyu Lake is suitable for boating, cycling and taking in views of the verdant surroundings.
Hualien City’s history encompasses both Chinese and Japanese rule, imparting flavours of both cultures to the city’s social fabric. You can discover more about the city’s varied history at The Pine Garden, a cultural centre housed in a former Japanese military building. Besides historical displays, this site offers sweeping city and sea views. At the Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum nearby, you’ll find traditional stone carvings and sculptures whereas Hualien Railway Culture Park will give you a peek into the railroad past of the city, with its railway instrument exhibits.
During your Hualien City holiday, spend time at Nanbin Park, which enjoys a scenic location on the Pacific Ocean coast. You can cycle along its waterfront bike paths, watch the waves crash on the rocks or participate in the popular Pacific Lantern Festival held here. Another green space to visit in the city is Beibin Park, which has walking and biking lanes featuring beautiful coastal vistas.