The Stunning East Coast of Taiwan Part 1: Yilan to Hualien and Taroko Gorge
Nanfang Ao Harbor from the Suao-Hualien highway
boats in Nanfang Ao harbor
rickety old boats in Nanfang Ao harbor
Why is Taiwan’s East Coast so beautiful?
Getting from Taipei to Hualien and the East Coast
left: my sister and daughter on the Puyuma express train from Taipei to Hualien. See my complete article on traveling around Taiwan with kids!
above: riding scooters in Taroko Gorge, an unforgettable experience
Suao (Su-Ao) Cold Springs
Nanfang Ao Harbor
NTD 100 to fry up any fish or seafood item purchased from the market!
all kinds of interesting seafood at Nanfang Ao
Dong Ao Cold Spring
Dong Ao Cold Spring on a hot summer day
train passing over Dong Ao Cold Spring
Where to Stay in Hualien and Taroko Gorge
River Tracing to the Golden Grotto and other Adventure Sports
Sanzhan/Sanjhan (三棧), which I will discuss below as my favorite place to stay in the Taroko Gorge area, is also the starting point for one of Taiwan's most renowned river traces: the Golden Grotto (黃金峽谷). This 6 to 7-hour return trace requires some experience and equipment, and it is at times technically illegal to the visit due to the very real danger of falling rocks, especially after heavy rainfall.
Cycling is extremely popular in the area. For more detailed info I would recommend searching cycling blogs online, of which there are many, or checking Lonely Planet Taiwan.
Qixingtan Beach, Hualien
Hualian (Hualien) City
Aboriginal Culture in Hualien
Camping in Taroko Gorge
Hostels in Hualien City
Where to stay in Taroko Gorge
Good Options in Xincheng
Moon River Guesthouse, Sanzhan
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Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
See these related posts:
Eternal Spring Shrine, one of the top sights in Taroko Gorge
Tunnel of Nine Turns, another amazing stop in Taroko Gorge
Wenshan Hot Spring, Taroko Gorge's secret, semi-closed hot spring. Find out how to access Wenshan Hot Spring here!
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B&Bs in Hualien
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