Eastern Taiwan— Hualien

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					    Taiwan DIY Travel Guide

  Hualien is a land of unspoiled
natural beauty, with the mighty
Pacific Ocean to the east and
the majestic Central Mountains
Range to the west.

 How to Get There                                                  Accommodations
            Plane                                               For hotel information please visit:
         There are 10 daily flights to Hualien from
 Songshan Airport in Taipei between 06:45 and            yer1=3
 18:40. Fares are NT$1,455~1,550 for the one-
 way 30-minute trip. For details, visit the airport
 website at: http://www.tsa.gov.tw/2005tax/
         The train from Taipei to Hualien takes
 between three and four hours and costs from
 NT$287 to NT$445, depending on the train
 type. For details visit the Taiwan Railway website

 Getting Around the City
          There is one city bus company in
 Hualien, with fares starting at NT$20. For
 detailed route and fare information visit the
 Hualien County Government website at:
          Taxis in Hualien charge both by the
 meter and off-meter through arrangement with
 passengers. Phone dispatching is the norm.
             Taiwan Tour Bus

          Tours in and around Hualien are offered
 by the Taiwan Tour Bus service, with departures
 from the airport and major city hotels. Most tours
 are one-day itineraries, with trips to coastal sites,
 theme parks, Taroko Gorge, and other destina-
 tions. For details visit the Taiwan Tour Bus web-
 site at: Taiwan Tour bus http://www.taiwantour-                           Hualien

     Tourist Train
          Hualien is included on two tour itiner-
          aries of the "Formosa Star" tourist train,
 which departs from both Taipei and Taichung.
 The Oriental Beauty Express tourist train also
 stops in Hualien.

     Cising Beach                                  This new Hualien hot spot is                       Shin Kong Chao Feng Ranch & Resort
                                                located in a crescent-shaped
                     Scenic sites Map-P.109                                                                           Scenic sites Map-P.109       This 726-ha resort ranch fea-
                                                bay with a rocky beach and
                                                                                                                                                 tures European gardens, a
                                                lots of natural charm. There is
                                                                                                                                                 dair y area, pastures, and
                                                also a scenic path for cyclists.
                                                                                                                                                 orchards where visitors are
                                                                                                                                                 welcome to pick their own fruit.

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                                                   Beipu Village, Sincheng Township,                                                                 20 Yongfu St., Linrong Village, Hualien
                                                Hualien County (Hualien County Tourism                                                            County        08:00~17:00       (03)877-2666
                                                Association)       24hr    (03)822-1711                                                                       NT$350; Yes         From Fonglin
                                                Take a taxi from Hualien Train Station. At                                                        Train Station take the Hualien Bus to Linrong
                                                some hotels you can also rent a bike and                                                          and walk about 5 mins.
                                                cycle to Cisingtan.                                                                                 This site is included on the Taiwan Tour Bus
                                                  This site is on the Taiwan Tour Bus one-day                                                     "Hualien Theme Park Tour."
                                                "Taroko Gorge Tour."

  This former sugar factory has                       Hualien Sugar Factory                        Originally named for its                             Liyutan (Carp Lake) Scenic Area
been redeveloped for tourism.                                                                    shape, this reservoir lake has
                                                                                  Scenic sites                                                                          Scenic sites Map-P.109
All the original equipment                                                                       only recently been stocked with
remains, and sweet ice desserts                                                                  actual carp. The lake is circled
are sold at the visitor shop.                                                                    by a scenic bike trail.

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   19 Tangchang St., Dajin Village, Guangfu                                                         100 Huantan N. Rd., Chihnan Village,
Township, Hualien County        (03)870-4125                                                     Shoufong Township, Hualien County
    08:00~20:00                From Guangfu                                                      (03)864-1691(Liyutan Visitor Center) 24hr
Train Station walk south for about 10 min-                                                                   Free      From downtown Hualien
utes to the factory.                                                                             take the Hualien-Shoufong Hualien Bus to the
   This site is included on the one-day "East                                                    Liyutan stop (~40 mins.)
Rift Valley Leisure Tour of the Taiwan Tour                                                          This site is included on the Taiwan Tour
Bus."                                                                                            Bus "East Rift Valley Leisure Tour."

     Hualien Ocean Park                                                                               Lintianshan Forestry Cultural Park            Located in a once-thriving
                                                                                                                                                 logging area, this park has
                          Scenic sites Map-P.109                                                                                  Scenic sites
                                                                                                                                                 been redeveloped as a recre-
   This huge marine-theme amuse-                                                                                                                 ational area where visitors can

ment park has dolphin shows,                                                                                                                     learn about Taiwan's forestry
rides, an aquarium and more, all                                                                                                                 history.
linked by a cable car.

                                                                                                                                                     Lintianshan, Wanrong Township, Hualien
                                                                                                                                                  County       (03)832-5141 (Hualien Forest
                                                                                                                                                  District Office)       Park: 24hrs; Museum:
                                                                                                                                                  09:00~16:00                    Free    From

                                         D.A.T.A                                                                                                  Hualien, take the Guangfu-, Rueisuei-, or
  189 Fude, Yanliao Village, Shoufong Township, Hualien County             (03)812-3123                                                           Yuli-bound bus to Wanli and walk about
09:00~17:00, Sat, Sunday and holidays: 08:00~20:00                     NT$890     From Taipei                                                     2.5km.
Main Station take the Tourist Train to Hualien New Station (~3.5 hrs).                                                                                This site is included on the Taiwan Tour
  This site is included on the Taiwan Tour Bus "Hualien Theme Park Tour."                                                                         Bus "East Rift Valley Leisure Tour."

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                                              Mt. Lioushihdan
                                                                                        Scenic sites

                                           The star attraction here is the day
                                       lily blossoms, which unfold in expans-
                                       es of color between the months of
                                       August and September.

   Jhutian Village, Fuli Township, Hualien County       (03)887-5306      24hr      New Year's
Eve     Free      From Hualien, take the Taitung- or Fuli-bound Hualien Bus to Jhutian and take
a cab the rest of the way.

      Butterfly Valley Resort
                                       Scenic sites

   Located in the Fuyuan National Forest
Recreation Area, this rustic resort is a
popular destination for butterfly watching
between May and August.

  161 Guangdong Rd., Fuyuan Village, Rueisuei Township, Hualien County           (03)881-2377
  09:00~22:00             Adults: NT$100, Children: NT$60; Yes         From Hualien, take the
Rueisuei-bound Hualien Bus to Fuyuan; or from Hualien Station take the train to Fuyuan and
walk about 5 mins. This site is included on the Taiwan Tour Bus "East Rift Valley Leisure Tour."

   Local Food in Hualien MAP-P.109

                                                                        Bian shih

                                                                      Ye Siang Bian Shih (Wonton)
                                                                     42 Singyi St., Hualien City
    Peanut rice cakes
                                                                      Zeng Jia Rice Cakes
                                                                     27 Jhonghua Rd., Hualien City
                                                                      Fong Sing Bakery
                                                                     296-2 Jhongshan Rd.,
                                                                   Hualien City
    Mango record                                                      De Li Firm Tofu
    cookie                                                           296-2 Jhongshan Rd.,
                                                                   Hualien City
                                          Stewed firm tofu             Uncle Kuo's Smoked Ham
                                                                       41 Fuguo Rd., Hualien
                                   Smoked ham