Jungle-covered mountains, soaring coastal cliffs and stunning sandy beaches await in Hualien County. The region is perched on the east coast of Taiwan and is a paradise for outdoor adventurers, with hiking, mountain biking and caving just some of the activities on offer. Lively Hualien City anchors the region charms with its trendy cafes, bustling night markets and leafy parks.
Things to do in Hualien County
Hualien City is a convenient launchpad for adventures on the east coast. You can café hop in the lively city centre or escape the crowds on a leisurely ride along the riverside bike path. Bustling Dongdamen Night Market serves up delicious local delicacies, including wonton soup, “mochi” sweet rice cakes and stinky tofu. Wash down your meal with a cup of colourful bubble tea.
Hidden grottoes and caves are just some of the secrets just waiting to be discovered in Taroko National Park. The well-worn Baiyang Trail takes you past a series of cascading waterfalls, while Taroko Gorge meanders through the park and is fed by the ice-blue Liwu River. Crossing the suspension bridge that stretches over the rocky gorge is a highlight.
The Qingshui Cliffs stretch for more than 20 kilometres along the Pacific Coast, with some of the tallest rising more than 800 metres. The viewpoint at Chongde Tunnel commands sweeping views over the cliffs and the black pebble beaches and turquoise ocean below.
Scenic hiking trails crisscross Hualien County, immersing you in the raw and rugged natural beauty of the region. In the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area, you can visit picturesque rural villages surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations. Whitewater rafting expeditions along the Xiuguluan River will get your pulse racing.
Getting around Hualien County
Hualien County is well connected by local buses and trains. Pedestrian-friendly Hualien City is easy to get around on foot, or you can rent a bicycle. Trains depart from Hualien Station in the city centre, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore Hualien County at your own pace. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is a three-hour drive northwest.