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Hualien City

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  • Day36

    Hualien

    October 6, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Hualien is on the east coast right accross from Taichung. We thought it would be no more than an hour to cross this small country from west to east but the middle part is full of mountains without public transport (the advised way of travelling is hitchhiking) so we decided to go all the way back to Taipei and then continue on the other side of the country, still no more than 4 hours though.
    Hualien is where to stay if you want to visit the Taroko national park (which we did).
    On our second day we walked down to a park by the beach with massive rocks, it looked so cool and finally it was a bit more breezy there, as usual the weather was humid and we were so sticky. We saw some more beautiful, colorful temples and had some amazing wonton (Chinese dumplings) on the way home.
    Then we were back in Taipei for a day before catching our flight to the next adventure. Back in the same dorm hostel where we couldn't sleep last time. Well, the same happened this time. Do we need our comfort more nowadays? In Hualien we met a group of exchange students who said "It is great you are doing backpacking at your age!" maybe there is some truth in it... :D
    All in all Taiwan was great with fantastic nature, scenery, night markets, street food and Buddist/Taoist/Conficius temples, we are so glad we came.
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    Vera and Tom

    Temple in Taipei

    10/10/19Reply
    Vera and Tom

    Buddhist, Taoist and Confucion temples

    10/10/19Reply
    Vera and Tom

    Street food: painting some sauce on swordfish sticks

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  • Day6

    Hualien

    October 15, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Lichter bei Nacht

    Endlich hat sich auch die Mitschlepperei der Pullis gelohnt. In Hualien wehte am Abend ein kühles Lüftchen so dass wir doch ganz froh über die langen Arme warem. Ps: Die Dumplings auf dem Nightmarket sind so lecker.Read more

  • Day48

    Taiwan

    October 27, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Arrived in Taiwan at 4am and made our way over to Taipei main station for our train; we were happy to find all the metro signage in English. Due to Pride weekend, every hotel was full, so we couldn’t stay in Taipei and instead headed straight to Hualien. As the trains are super-efficient we were still too early to check in so took a wonder down to the coast and into town, where everything was closed. For dinner we hit our first Taiwanese night market, which was packed and there was so much food to choose from, mainly snacks but also a few places with plastic seating. The market also had a highly enjoyable light art show.Read more

  • Day17

    Zondag 24 november 2019

    November 24, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Dacht dat we vandaag net als gisteren wederom 125 kilometer moesten rijden echter dit blijken er 175 te zijn. Weer door de bergen en langs de kust en ondanks dat we een deel van de rit regen hebben gehad is de natuur echt overweldigend. Na 3.5 uur komen we aan bij onze homestay in Hualien.
    Ook hier komen we te vroeg aan dus maar even te voet de omgeving verkennen en lunchen bij een Japans restaurant.
    Onze gastheer is super aardig en doet er alles aan om het ons naar de zin te maken: en spreekt bovendien Engels, dat scheelt een stuk. Ook nu weer een fantastische kamer, helemaal goed.
    ‘s Middags met de auto een kwartiertje rijden naar het centrum van de stad. Veel winkels en eettentjes. Ook zijn er smalle straatjes waar gegeten wordt die ons doen denken aan Bangkok.
    Eind van de middag terug naar onze homestay en ‘s avonds in de buurt hotpot gegeten. Morgen gaan we naar attractie nummer 1 van Taiwan: Taroko National Park. We zijn erg benieuwd.
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  • Day198

    Hualien

    October 12, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Étape à Hualien avant et après le parc. Ville côtière avec un super marché de nuit où l'on passe nos soirées adossés au seul bar ^^. Vodka taiwanese à 60 degrés et bières pas chères accompagnées de poissons grillés.
    On rencontre un vietnamien et des habitants de Belize vivants à Taïwan avec qui on finit le samedi soir dans les bars de la ville. Pas de chance le lendemain c'est réveil tôt pour aller voir des dauphins. Et avec 2 mètres de houle ça risque d'être compliqué mais tout se passe finalement ce qu'on ne peut pas dire de certains ^^.
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    Pepita Kagan

    Supers photos, mais attention ne buvez pas trop de vodka à 60°, vous allez finir alcoolique. bises

    10/19/19Reply
     
  • Day4

    Hualien dag 2

    October 29, 2017 in Taiwan ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    40km gefietst. Schat ik. Joy schat 5 km maar Joy denkt ook dat een gemiddeld huis 3 mensen op elkaar groot is oftewel 28 meter hoog. Dus ik zou op mijn schatting afgaan (ik heb het stiekem ook uitgerekend met google maps ik vogelvlucht).

    Wij zijn in oost Taiwan nu, een stad genaamd Hualien.

    Gisteren gingen we naar Taroko gorge, een nationaal park met rotsen van marmersteen, heel erg mooi. Er was een muziekfestival met klassieke muziek en dat had wel iets zo in de groene marmerbergen.

    Vandaag gingen we op een fietstocht op de mountainbike. Zee aan de rechterkant en de jungle en bergen links met geen kat op de baan, zeer magisch. Er was wel waanzinnig veel wind wat zorgde voor metershoge zeegolven maar ook voor een sterke tegenwind op de terugweg. 'S middags staken we ons vol met dumplings voor nog geen 3 euro voor ons tweetjes.

    Morgen keren we terug naar Taipei om dan door te gaan naar Tainan, grote omweg maar het kan niet anders.
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    Louise Hoffmann

    😍

    10/29/17Reply
    Patrick Dhondt

    Speciaal landschap

    10/30/17Reply
    Patrick Dhondt

    Nog specialer

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  • Day259

    Hualien

    April 19, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    De Nationalpark esch höt us verständliche Gründ gschlosse und ich ha ehn Tag zum d Stadt ahluege. Leider geds do ned so viel z tue. Mini Kollege sind beidi scho wiiter - ich has Hostel aber no ehn Nacht buecht.

    Woni googled ha was ich so chönnt mache hani usegfonde dass die Stadt vorallem bekannt esch för gmüetlichi Kaffis. Ich bi also höt zwoi Kaffis go usprobiere und muss säge sie sind ächt härzig. Ich bi au no chli ziellos dord Stadt gloffe, ha min morgig Tag planed & Tagebuech gschriebe. Im Gross und Ganze esch mer aber zimlich langwilig 😂. Ich hät viel meh lust das schöne Tal ahzluege 🤷🏼‍♀️
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  • Day8

    Hualien

    November 25, 2017 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Heute haben wir unser Luxus-Hotel verlassen und sind mit dem Zug nach Hualien gefahren.
    Dort angekommen sind wir mit einem überteuerten Taxi zum Hostel gefahren.
    Wir hatte echt Glück mit unserem Hostel, großes Zimmer, schön eingerichtet und eine super nette Besitzerin.
    Nachdem wir unsere Sachen ins Zimmer gebracht haben und gezahlt hatten, hat uns die Besitzerin mit ihrem Auto an den Strand gefahren. Extrem klares Wasser, riesen Wellen und Hunderte Touristen.
    Auf dem Rückweg hat sie uns dann am Nightmarket rausgelassen. Dort haben wir uns dann ein bisschen umgeschaut und sind dann aber zum McDonalds essen gegangen, da wir beide kein Asiatisch essen wollten.
    Zurück im Hostel haben wir dann noch ein bisschen ferngeschaut und haben dann aber auch relativ bald geschlafen. Morgen geht's ja in die Taroko Schlucht.

    PS: der Footprint ist von Vorgestern!
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  • Day51

    De vuelta en Taiwán: Hualien

    August 6, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Sobre las 7 de la mañana cogí un vuelo en Kuala Lumpur dirección Taipei. Una vez en Taipei, fui a la estación principal (la cual ya me encantó a principio del viaje) y compré un pasaje de tren para ir a Hualien hoy mismo. El tren salía en 45 minutos, así que tuve tiempo para caminar por la estación, comer y probar toda la comida posible —daban muestras en muchos puestos—. El viaje de tren duró unas 2 horas y media. Al llegar a Hualien, me pateé media ciudad en busca de un hostal. Entré en un par, pero eran caros, así que seguí caminando unos 40 minutos hasta encontrar uno con un precio asequible. Cuando entré en el hostal definitivo, un chico estaba a punto de ir al mercado nocturno de Dongdamen, justo lo que tenía yo en mente para esta noche. Así que hice el check in y marché con mi nuevo amigo ruso Gregory. El mercado era bastante más grande de lo que imaginaba. Cené una «hamburguesa taiwanesa», algo parecido a una arepa, y bebida de Taro (boniato morado) con burbujas/perlas de tapioca (las mismas que en el té de burbujas o «bubble tea»). Cuando terminamos, volvimos al hostal y nos fuimos a la cama. Los hostales en Taiwán son más caros que en los otros sitios del sudeste asiático donde he estado, pero se nota la diferencia: las sábanas están limpias, los baños son de calidad, hay papel, en este incluso había jabón y champú, el desayuno consiste en algo más que simple pan, la temperatura es ideal, en mi habitación hay hasta un cambiador (para mayor privacidad), etc.Read more

    Silvia Escribano

    Que tren más chulo

    8/7/19Reply
     
  • Day21

    Setting the world to rights

    October 15, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Unfortunately we decided not to go to to the Taroko Gorge as the clouds over the mountains looked quite low and threatening, so instead we spent the morning setting the world to rights. We had quite an in depth discussion about how we felt with regards to the current pollution crisis and what we feel we can to ourselves to help from vegan ism, transport systems, housing and how we feel the government can and should encourage the population to make the right choices. Obviously us taking so many flights etc is not helpful towards this so we actually looked to see if it was possible to do the shorter journeys by land or sea, but it was interesting to find out that a lot of them you actually can't. 2 coffees and a green tea in we decided we should probably go for a wander.

    We wandered to a park to have lunch, Will bought a ring donut from a bakery and then we went along the river towards Pine Garden. It was hot, cloudy and muggy. Along the river we found the perfect spot for watching jumping fish. That entertained us for a while!! No idea what the fish were but they were big, silver and could jump impressively high. We thought they might be salmon but we are unsure. We also spotted a yellow wagtail on the side of the river.

    Once we got to the Pine Garden we realised you had to pay. It is literally 5 pine trees in a garden!! There were pine trees outside the park! Seriously why do they make people pay for these things. So needless to say we didn't go in. Instead we walked back to the river walked to the opposite side, watched the fish, saw a grey heron and then walked around the city centre until we could justify it being dinner time.

    For dinner we went on a bit of a foodie tour. Will had a chicken roll (3 chicken balls wrapped in chicken skin and grilled on a stick, it wasn't great actually), a KFC style chicken drumstick, we tried green bean mochi (still not a fan of mochi), a croissant filled with custard with a meringue on top (this was dessert when we got back) and then xao long bao (sooo yummy, will ate 5!!). Will was then super full so we started to head back, but I was still pretty hungry. On the way back I saw a buffet style restaurant that had looooads of veg so I just had to go in. I just filled the plate with lots of veg and... the thing we have been looking for since we got here... the famous 1000 year egg. Also known as the Pidan it is a Chinese preserved food product and delicacy made by preserving eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months. I can't describe how God awful this looks,but I will try and describe its textures (see last pic below, bottom left weird eggy thing... ). What would normally be the yellow yolk is still runny, but is a congealed, green, slimey goo, which oozes when you cut up the egg. What would normally be the white of the egg is a brown jelly. The whole thing tastes like a Kippery Egg. If you close your eyes it actually isn't that bad but the look of it is another level. To sum it up, I thought it was fine, but Will was feeling quite queezy after just one bite. Finally we went back to our long await gyoza shop and bought 5 gyoza. All in all we only spent £6.38 on what was actually quite a lot of food 😊

    When we got back to the hostel we booked our taxi for the morning, packed for our 7kg handluggage flight and then ate our amazing desert, yum!!
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    Tom Mitcheson

    Yum!?

    10/15/18Reply
    Shahnavaz Mehta

    I'd describe it as a must try, but not necessarily something you would try again 😂

    10/15/18Reply
     

You might also know this place by the following names:

Hualien City, هوالین, HUN, 花蓮市, 화롄 시, Huālián Shì, Хуалянь