Hualien is a smaller city of 100,000+ people on the east coast of Taiwan. Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and Taroko National Park, it is a great base from which to explore some of the finest natural beauty Taiwan has to offer. That said, here are five things to do in Hualien!
Drive Through Taroko Gorge
Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way first. If you go to Hualien and don’t at least pop into Taroko National Park for a quick look-see, you’re crazy! The entrance is a short drive from the city, and the views start almost immediately upon entering the park. The most jaw-dropping scenery is near Swallow’s Grotto and is easily accessible — you can even drive along the viewing path.