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FAQ I’m going to Hualien, what should I do?
Hualien is a good choice and a very touristic destination in Taiwan. There are so many things to do with hiking trails in Taroko gorges and famous river tracing like Golden Grotto.
Most of the hiking trails will require 2 permits to protect you. Permits must be asked online minimum 8 days before !
To go to Taroko gorges, the train station is Xincheng not Hualien ! At Xincheng, catch a bus (not convenient, every 2 hours…), catch a taxi or rent a scooter (only one shop at the corner of the plaza).
Here are the trails in Taroko easy to access and easy to walk :
Here are the Must-Do River Tracings in Hualien :
To be short here is the map, the map also contains hostels, camping grounds and places to visit :
Potential Dangers : venomous snakes, falling stones, flash flood, poisonous wasps
It is rare but always pay attention of where you put your feet and your hands, some snakes are in the trees, they usually flee if they are not surprised. Take a walking stick and knock the ground and the grass. You are lucky if you see one snake or a bear.
Learn about snakes habits, no need to fear them :
FAQ I only stay in Hualien 2 days, any advice ?
You can still do most of the trails described above but we strongly advise you to rent a scooter : you will need 2 ID, driving license + passport, roughly 500 NT/24 hours or cheaper.
Some shops accept only one ID but the law says 2 ID to rent a scooter.
We also advise you to go camping, it’s more flexible (you can rent tents in Taipei). Anyway you don’t need to book hostels in advance as there are so many hostels and guesthouses in Hualien county !
FAQ after Hualien, what should I do ?
You can continue your trip to Taidong, on the way there are many spots to visit !
From Taidong, go to the port and take the boat to Green Island and Orchids Island : famous international diving spots !
At Hualien, near the train station, go to visitor center to book the touristic bus going to Taidong. The bus will also stop 15-30 min at interesting places along the way. Cost 800 NT