The Stunning East Coast of Taiwan Pt. 2: Hualien to Taitung and Kenting
Guanshan (關山), a second possible overnight option I recommend, is famous for having Taiwan's first dedicated cycling path, the Guanshan Town Circle Bicycle Path, which was built in 1997. This very easy 15.2 kilometer path takes in the bucolic scenery that you've come for and features the aisle of betel palms, a section flanked by areca palms on either side of the path.
Time Needed to Travel from Hualien to Kenting
How to Get from Hualien to Taitung and Taitung to Kenting
Hualien to Kenting by Public Transportation
Hualien to Taitung Route #1: Highway 9 through the East Rift Valley
Overnight Option 1: Yuli
Luye (鹿野) is the third stop worth considering spending the night in to break up your journey, mainly for it's famous hot air balloon festival, the Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta (台灣熱氣球嘉年華), which will take place from June 30 to August 13, 2018.
Kenting National Park
our own private thermal bath in a hot spring hotel in Ruisui
the visually stunning Platform of the Three Immortals, perhaps the most impressive sight on Highway 11
Yuli (玉里), at the southern end of Hualien County, is an excellent place to stay put for a couple days or more if you have the time. In fact, I have friends who have spent multiple years traveling around Taiwan and claim that this quaint little town surrounded by rice paddies is their favorite place in the whole country.
Nan An Waterfall, just outside of Yuli town
the start of the Walami Trail, easily accessed from Yuli town
Overnight Option 2: Guanshan
fields of tiger lilies atop Sixty Stone Mountain
the curious Aisle of Beter Nut Palms on the Guanshan Town Circle Bicycle Path
Overnight Option 3: Luye
organic crops at the Bunun Leisure Farm near Luye in Taitung County
me holding a cute little organic pineapple
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Hualien to Taitung Route #2: Highway 11 along the Coast
Colorful fish at the daily Xingang Fish Market in Chenggong
Hualien to Taitung Route #3: A Peaceful Ride on County Road 193
the only photo I took on county road 193; there are no "sights" here, just pleasant riding
Getting from Taitung to Kenting
Another Option from Taitung to Kenting: The Slow but More Beautiful Route
Green Island and Orchid Island
crystal clear pools of water on Green Island with Mainland Taiwan visible in the background
one of several seaside pools at the spectacular saltwater Zhaori Hot Spring on Green Island
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