December 01, 2008

The East Coast of Taiwan - Hualien

Continuing my posts on Taiwan. Read my earlier posts on:
Wulai and its waterfalls
Jiufen & Jinguashih
Yehliu & Danshui
Taipei City

The Taroko Express train to Hualien

We arrived in Hualien in the evening. After checking into the hotel, we asked the hotel for recommendations on places to eat and things to do at night. After giving some suggestions, the hotel asked if we would like to loan their bicycles and explore Hualien on the wheels. We thought it was quite a cool idea, and the bicycles were loaned to us on complimentary basis.

We proceeded to dinner at a beautifully decorated restaurant which serves aboriginal cuisines, much like what we had in Wulai.

After that, we went shopping for a while in the commercial area of Hualien while waiting for the clock to strike 9pm for the nightly aboriginal cultural performance taking place at the aboriginal cultural centre.

After the performance, as there were many taxis waiting outside the centre, we approached one and hired him to take us to Taroko Gorge the next day. Then, it was more shopping for Hualien muachi and muachi biscuit, and dried meats to be taken home as souvenirs.

The next morning while on the way to Taroko Gorge, we stopped by a factory to see how bonito flakes are produced, before going to Hualien beach to take some shots.


Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun trip!

Anonymous said...

your little girl's enjoyment during the bike ride is unmistakable! quite a globe-trotter ya, that girl? ;)

A Mom's Diary said...

Asianmommy, it was a good trip, except that it rained a whole lot.

Mimi, we try to bring her anywhere we go. At least with just one child, it's easier, and cheaper.