Hualien City is one of the most beautiful city in Taiwan, the city face the Pacific Ocean with the Central Mountain Range (average 2000 meters high) for a background. With population of around one hundreds of thousands people, Hualien City is the least crowded city in Taiwan. For travellers, Hualien City is an important stop when visiting eastern Taiwan from Taipei, because on its north side is the most famous spot Taroko Gorge, while on its south are East Rift Valley and East Coast, which is one of the least developed area and the best vacation places for Taiwan people. The busiest season in Hualien City is July to September due to students' summer vacation and stable weather except for typhoon. Therefore, the train ticket would be sold out easily during the peak season.
The most representative spot in Hualien is Qixingtan, with its shingle beach and beautiful bay with high mountain as background, attracting every visitors in Hualien.
There are many interesting outdoor activities near Hualien City. River Tracing is one of the most coolest and exciting activities for outdoor lover. You can have a Surfing Lesson as well in Hualien City. Too strenuous for the above two? Try Whale Watching , you can not only see the marine life but also appreciate Hualien City when sailing on Pacific Ocean.
For bike lover, having an easy ride through Coastal Bikeway, enjoying the breeze and ocean view without any vehicle passing by. If you love old style architecture, you can visit Pine Garden and Jian Qingxiu Temple and to figure why Japanese Culture can be found in this city. After many activities or tour in daytime, you can visit Ziqiang Night Market for great Taiwanese food or Nanbin Night Market for some interesting folk-game.
In the past, most of travellers spend one day in East Taiwan only visiting Taroko Gorge. Now, more and more travellers find this paradise and spend 3 or 4 days to explore this virgin land. If you love mountain, ocean and natural scenery and would want escape from traffic jam or metropolitan life, Hualien City would be a great choice.