The Stunning East Coast of Taiwan Part 1: Yilan to Hualien and Taroko Gorge

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Where should you go if only visiting Taiwan for 1-2 weeks? Most say that if you like history and culture, stick to the west coast. If you like scenery and nature, head to the east coast of Taiwan.

While this is a simplistic breakdown of Taiwan’s diverse and abundant attractions, but there’s no denying that Taiwan’s east coast boasts a vast, sparsely populated coastline of unparalleled beauty, making it the ideal place for a Taiwan road trip.

Part 1 of this Taiwan east coast itinerary covers the norther half of the east coast of Taiwan, from Yilan to Hualien (or Hualien to Yilan) and Part 2 covers the southern half, from Hualien to Kenting.

I would say you need a full day (two nights) just to see Taroko Gorge, and aim for two days (three nights) to add Qixingtan Beach, the Qingshui Cliffs, and more. To properly cover everything in this article from north to south, at least four nights or more would be ideal. Although I wouldn’t recommend it, you can even see Taroko Gorge as a day trip from Taipei.

If you’d like to join a tour, this comprehensive four-day east coast tour covers much of the journey described in these two articles, starting in Hualien and traveling down the east coast on Highway 11 to Taitung, back to Hualien through the East Rift Valley (Highway 9), then north to Jiaoxi (Yilan) and back to Taipei. For Taroko Gorge tours, I’d recommend this one from Island Life Tours.

This article includes several experiences that make my list of 50 best things to do in Taiwan. If you’re new to the country or just starting to plan a trip, head over to my detailed guide to traveling in Taiwan.


Qingshui Cliffs, Hualian, Taiwan
The death-defying Suao to Hualien highway


The tips and photos I present below come from multiple visits over many years, including a road trip by car with my family from Canada shortly after I first arrived in Taiwan in 2008, including research trips for my book Taiwan in the Eyes of a Foreigner, and most recently in 2019.

For places to stay while making this trip, scroll down to the accommodation section at the end of this article.


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Why is Taiwan’s East Coast so beautiful?

Taiwan is a geologically active island nation that sits on a convergent boundary between multiple tectonic plates. The subduction of the Yangtze Subplate of the Eurasian Plate beneath the Philippine Sea Plate has produced the Central Mountain Range, the highest mountains in Northeast Asia.

From the peak of Yushan (Jade Mountain) (3952m), the Pacific Ocean to the east is so near that it can be seen on a clear day. The drop from Yushan down to the east coast of Taiwan (50 kilometers) continues below the sea at the same rate, so that another 50 kilometers out from the coast it drops another 4000 meters, constituting one of the most dramatic overall drops in the world.

This explains the rugged seaside cliffs at Qingshui (see below) just north of Hualien, as well as the breathtakingly immense scale of Taroko Gorge, Taiwan’s premier scenic attraction. South of Hualien, a smaller and geologically more recent chain of mountains, the Coastal Range, runs parallel to the coast.

Provincial Highway 9 connects Hualien and Taitung (Taidong), the east coast’s two largest cities, via the East Rift Valley, a long, narrow belt of fertile farmland between the Central Mountain Range and Coastal Range. See here for my articles on my favorite town in the East Rift Valley, Luye, site of the famous annual Taitung International Balloon Festival. 

Alternatively, Provincial Highway 11 follows the coast between the two cities, where you can find the popular aboriginal surf town of Dulan.

What this means is that you can do a loop between Hualien and Taitung, taking Highway 9 in one direction and 11 in the other, making this a popular route for cyclists and motorists alike.

South of Taitung, the scenery remains rocky and dramatic, but then transforms to sand dunes and open expanses as one approaches Kenting National Park, occupying the southern tip of the country and home to the best beaches on Taiwan’s main island.

I’ve decided to start my guide from the first point on the east coast (excluding the far north) where the mountains meet the sea, at the southern end of the rice-paddy-dominated Yilan plains. This winding coastal route from Suao, Yilan to Hualien is called the Suao-Hualien/Suhua Highway, or Provincial Highway #9 (which becomes the inland highway through the East Rift Valley south of Hualien).


Map of Taiwan Suao to Kenting
Total route covered by this guide (PARTS 1 and 2) in blue


Map of Taiwan Yilan to Hualian
Total route covered by this guide (PART 1), the Suao-Hualien Highway from Yilan to Hualien


Map of Taiwan Hualian to Kenting
Total route covered by this guide (PART 2) with highway 9 in grey and 11 in blue


When to Do this Trip

You can do this road trip at any time of the year. In winter in Taiwan, the northern east coast, including Yilan and Hualien, can still be a little chilly, but in the Taitung and the far south, it can still be warm enough to swim or surf.

Spring and autumn are probably ideal, but heads up that the Plum Monsoon can bring more rains in June, while in July through October typhoons can strike, especially in August and September. If a typhoon hits, avoid traveling or being anywhere near the coast. Summer in Taiwan can also be extremely hot, so make sure to protect your skin and avoid the midday.

See more information in my guide to the best months to visit Taiwan.


Getting from Taipei to Hualien and the East Coast

Taking the train from Taipei to Hualien
My sister and daughter on the Puyuma express train from Taipei to Hualien. See my complete article on traveling around Taiwan with kids!


If you’re coming from Taipei, be sure to check out my recommended Taipei hotels, Taipei 4-day itinerary and list of the top 50 things to do in Taipei.

Many people begin their Taiwan East Coast journey in Hualien, and this makes perfect sense for a short visit. Hualien County is home to Taroko Gorge, and visitors who only have a few days will probably only visit Taroko Gorge and surrounds and then go back from Hualien to Taipei.


Use a Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass to save money while traveling around Taipei. In this Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass article, I explain how the pass works and who should get one.


Flying from Taipei to Hualien

The fastest and most convenient way to reach the east coast is to book this flight from Taipei to Hualien, departing from Taipei’s Songshan airport in the city center.


Taking the train from Taipei to Hualien

If you take the Taroko Gorge full-day tour, train tickets from Taipei to Hualien and back are included. It is also possible to charter a private car from Taipei to Hualien, with stops in Jiufen, Nanfang Ao, and Qingshui Cliffs (see below), or to charter a private car from Hualien with a knowledgeable local driver. You can also consider renting a car in Taipei, Hualien, or any other major train station or rent a car for pickup at the Taoyuan International airport.

Also, the traveling time from Taipei to Hualien is only 2 hours on the Puyuma express train, while reaching Suao means you have to take the local train, which takes 2.5 hours or more, even though it is closer to Taipei.

Trains these days are easier than they’ve ever been for visitors to book. Here is a guide to booking train tickets online and picking them up at 7-11 or the train station (note that despite what this page says, you don’t even need to print anything off. Just bring your booking code and passport).

While the Puyuma express doesn’t allow standing tickets and can sell out, for other train types in Taiwan you can always buy a ticket at the station, even at the last minute, and just stand or sit on the floor between train cars if there are no free seats. You can even get a standing ticket and then sit in unoccupied seats until people with tickets for those seats arrive.  


Taking the bus from Taipei to Hualien

It is impossible to travel all the way from Taipei to Hualien by bus because no buses do the Suao to Hualien stretch, though some people do shorten their journey to Hualien by taking a bus from Taipei to Luodong in Yilan, then catching the train from there (or the same thing in reverse).

Therefore, seeing the stretch of road from Suao, Yilan to Hualien is only possible with your own transportation, and only recommended for those who have a little more time on their hands. However, note that you can easily visit the Qingshui Cliffs from Hualien.


Cycling from Taipei to Hualien

For cyclists, you cycle all the way around Taiwan, including to and from Hualien. See this super detailed guide to cycling around Taiwan for all the details.


Riding a Scooter to Taroko Gorge

It is possible to rent scooters at Hualien or Xincheng (Sincheng/Taroko Gorge) train stations for about NTD 400 per day, or you can take advantage of this discounted deal online. Most places require international driver’s ID, while the online deal requires original license, international license, ID, and you must be at least 20. Cycling is another good option, or you can organize taxi tours from your hotel. See more info for all of these options below.

Note that riding scooters or even bicycles in Taroko Gorge is a risk. Several people have been injured or died in landslides, and some local tour companies no longer recommend it. If you do decide to do it, definitely avoid going after or during any kind of heavy rain or typhoons.


Riding a scooter in Taroko Gorge, Taiwan
Riding scooters in Taroko Gorge, an unforgettable experience


Suao (Su-Ao) Cold Springs

Starting in Yilan County, at the point where the norteastern plains meet the coastal mountain range, Suao Cold Springs (蘇澳冷泉) is Taiwan’s most famous cold spring town. The town looks very similar to hot spring towns found all over the island, with multiple hotels and spas offering a full range of experiences, from cheap and gritty to posh and upscale, but the water itself is freezing cold.

Obviously, the town is only popular in summer, and attracts many families with kids. I’ve never stopped Suao Cold Springs because I like the natural setting of Dongao Cold Spring south of Suao (see below), but if you want a convenenient place to cool down in summer on the way to Hualien, Suao may be for you!

You can get from Taipei to Suao by bus (transferring in Luodong) or as a stop of you charter a private car from Taipei.

If you have more time in Yilan before traveling down the coast, don’t miss Jiaoxi Hot Spring.


Nanfang Ao Harbor

Nanfang Ao Harbor
Boats in Nanfang Ao Harbor


Nanfang Ao (南方澳) harbor is located just south of Suao, where the largest isthmus on the East Coast of Taiwan provides a perfect natural harbor, which just happens to be adjacent to a stretch of coastal water rich in migratory fish. The harbor is abuzz with activity, especially around the main fish market in the morning. Visit the seafood market is one of the most popular things to do in Yilan.

The market caters to tourists; you can buy sample packs of extremely fresh sashimi, or buy a whole fish or any other kind of seafood and have one of the adjacent quick fry shops cook it up for you for only NTD 100 per dish.

The rickety-looking boats bobbing about in the teal waters of the harbor make for great photos, and for the best vantage point of the entire harbor and adjoining Suao port, there is a lookout point when you continue south along the highway, which ascends steeply above the harbor.

You can get from Taipei to Nanfangao by bus (transferring in Luodong) or as a stop of you charter a private car from Taipei.


Nanfang Ao Harbor from above, Taiwan
Nanfang Ao Harbor from the Suao-Hualien highway


Seafood Market at Nanfang Ao, Taiwan
NTD 100 to fry up any fish or seafood item purchased from the market!


Dongyue Cold Spring

Dong Ao Cold Spring, Yilan, Taiwan
My son Sage in crystal clear Dong Yue Cold Spring


After the highway winds upward for some time and reaches its crescendo, you will suddenly be rewarded with an incredible view of the wide Dong Ao bay to the south. After you descend and reach the small aboriginal town of Dong Ao, watch for a small sign (or ask around if you can’t find it) to the rustic Dongyue Cold Spring (東岳湧泉) sometimes called Dong Ao Cold Spring (東澳冷泉).

Here a small cold spring stream has been dammed up to create a pool of chilly, crystal clear water that provides a much-needed cool-down on a scorching, Taiwanese summer day. Kids love it, evidenced by the mobs of children splashing around in the water. Many local aboriginal families come here to picnic, and don’t be surprised if they call you over and offer you a chilled can of beer from the water.

The pool sits below a train overpass, causing the kids to scream every time a train passes overhead. Beside the pool there is a large grassy field, and at peak times, vendors set up, selling cold beer, sausages, and other snacks. Strangely, the spring was packed with people and food stalls the first time I went, about three years ago (photos below), and nearly deserted when I went last year (photo above). Both visits were on summer weekend days.

It is only possible to visit Dongyue Cold Spring with your own transportation. Rent a car any major city or from the Taoyuan Airport.


Dong Ao Cold Spring, Yilan, Taiwan
Train passing over Dong Yue Cold Spring


Dong Ao Cold Spring, Yilan, Taiwan
Dong You Cold Spring on a hot summer day


Qingshui Cliffs

Qingshui Cliffs, Hualian, Taiwan
Vertical Qingshui Cliffs


See the section above “Why is Taiwan’s East Coast so Beautiful?” for an explanation of how these coastal bluffs came into existence. The Qingshui Cliffs (清水斷崖) have been designated as one of Taiwan’s “Eight Wonders”, and stretch for more than 21 kilometers. However, some of the best views are on the Hualien end and can easily be visited if you are staying in Hualien City or near Taroko Gorge.

From the entrance of Taroko Gorge, it is only a 10-15 minute drive north to the start of the cliffs. There are multiple lookout points and places where you can park at the side of the road or follow stairs down toward the sea. Just be careful of traffic, since many drivers’ eyes are on the sea and not the road. Another magnificent experience is to visit the cliffs while sea kayaking!  

If you are visiting Taroko Gorge by van tour or on this private tour, the Qingshui Cliffs are included in the itinerary. The cliffs are best seen in the early morning, when the rising sun casts softer rays on them, but you may also be rushed to get into Taroko early to beat the crowds. In other words, the earlier you start your day of sightseeing in around Taroko, the better, or split your visit into two days.  


Qingshui Cliffs, Hualian, Taiwan
The Qingshui cliffs offer some of Taiwan’s most dramatic scenery


Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge, Hualien, Taiwan
If you’ve never been to Taroko Gorge before, this is the kind of scenery you can expect.


Taroko Gorge, Taiwan’s #1 scenic attraction, is so vast and magnificent that I have dedicated a whole post to it: Taroko Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Taiwan. This is pretty much why you come to the East Coast of Taiwan, and for many visitors, it is the only place they visit besides the greater Taipei area.


Funny side note: There is one more place in Taiwan that claims to have the “Grand Canyon of Taiwan”, although it is much smaller and few people know about it. Find out where it is in my article on day trips from Taichung.


Taroko Gorge is easy to access, even with kids, but also provides strenuous hiking, and is a phenomenal cycling destination. I’ve also written a separate post for Wenshan Hot Spring, the valley’s once famous hot spring that was destroyed in a typhoon and is now semi-open.

One great way to visit Taroko Gorge is on this highly recommended Taroko Gorge tour.

See my article on Taroko Gorge (linked above) to find out how to do it on your own.


Eternal Spring Shrine, Taroko Gorge, Hualian, Taiwan
Eternal Springs Shrine, one of the top sights in Taroko Gorge


Wenshan hot spring Taiwan
Wenshan Hot Spring, Taroko Gorge’s secret, semi-closed hot spring. Find out how to access Wenshan Hot Spring here!


River Tracing to the Golden Grotto and other Adventure Sports

River tracing the Golden Grotto in Sanzhan, Hualian, Taiwan
End point of the Golden Grotto. We made it!


River tracing (aka river trekking) is becoming a very popular summertime activity in Taiwan. Basically, you walk up a river, jumping in various spots, playing in the water, sliding down rock slides, and more. It’s really fun and a great way to cool off in summer.

If you are a first timer, you can consider trying this river trekking in Hualien guided adventure.

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), but it’s probably not the best idea for beginners.

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.

In the summer, the stretches of river just upstream from Sanzhan, basically the start of the river trace to the Golden Grotto, are filled with Taiwanese river tracing tour groups. There are several good cliffs for jumping in within 20 minutes trace upstream from Sanzhan. Here is a complete guide to river tracing to the Golden Grotto.     

Whale watching, sea kayaking, SUP (stand up paddle boarding), and paragliding are other awesome adventure ideas!

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.

For a more leisurely ride, you can cycle along the coast from Qixingtan beach (see below) to Hualien City. You can hire your bikes at one end and drop them off at the other.

The Taroko Lodge (read reviews / check prices) organizes bike excursions into Taroko Gorge where they drop you off at the top and let you zoom down to the entrance.   


River tracing the Golden Grotto in Sanjan, Hualien, Taiwan
Climbing waterfalls up to the Golden Grotto


River tracing the Golden Grotto in Sanjan, Hualien, Taiwan
River tracing the Golden Grotto


Taiwan Golden Grotto Hualian, Taiwan
Cliff jumping in the Golden Grotto


Golden Grotto, Hualian, Taiwan
Crystal clear pool of water outside the Golden Grotto


Qixingtan Beach, Hualien

“Seven Star Lake” (七星潭) is not a lake but a picture-postcard pebble beach in Hualien with incredible views of mountains looming over the sea looking north along the coast. There are a dozen or so food stalls set up here and it’s a great place to lie on the beach and gaze at the sea, but note there is no swimming permitted due to strong tides, and yes, they will stop you.

Qixingtan is between Taroko Gorge and Hualien City, so it is very doable to make a stop here on your way to or from Taroko Gorge if you are staying in Hualien City. If you are staying in Xincheng or Sanzhan (see below), it is a 20-minute scooter ride down county road #193 to reach Qixingtan.

The Taroko Gorge van tour from Hualien includes Qixingtan on its itinerary.

If you’re looking for sandy beaches for sun tanning, swimming, or surfing, check out my article on the best beaches around Taipei, or Dulan beach in the south.


Qixingtan Beach, Hualian, Taiwan
Visiting the beautiful pebble beach at Qixingtan is a must!


Hualian (Hualien) City

Hualien City (花蓮市) is a convenient base for exploring the area and has the highest concentration of excellent hostels anywhere in Taiwan. You can also take this highly recommended aboriginal cooking course there!

If you are in Hualien City for the night, you’ll probably want to check out the East Gate Night Market (東大門觀光夜市) at #50, Zhongshan Rd., which has recently been restored to its original location after it was set up in a different location and called Ziqiang Night Market for years. It is separated into three sections: a games street, regional cuisine street, and aboriginal street.

Visitors with children or people interested in a leisure farm experience might want to consider a day trip from Hualien City to this eco-resort, which features a petting zoo, farming demonstrations, bike and electric car rentals, swimming pool, and hot spring. You may also be interested in Farglory Ocean park, a marine ecology theme park.

For more ideas, see my detailed article introducing 40 things to do in Hualien.


Aboriginal Culture in Hualien

Taiwanese aboriginals, aboriginal festival in Hualian, Taiwan
Aboriginal festival in Hualien


Nearly 30% of the population of Hualien county is aboriginal, including the Ami (Taiwan’s largest tribe), Atayal, Bunun, Truku or “Taroko”, Sakizaya, and Kavalan. As such, many aboriginal festivals take place in Hualien city and county, including the most famous, week-long Ami Harvest Festival in summer.

Dates of festivals can change, so if you want to see if anything is coming up, I would recommend contacting the Hualien County government. All of my photos above and below were taken at the Hualien County Joint Aboriginal Festival in Hualien City in 2014. At any authentic aboriginal festival, you can expect song and dance performances, curious smiles, and profuse consumption of millet wine (xiaomi jiu).

At aboriginal culture centers, such as the Ami Cultural Village (阿美文化村) in Hualien City, don’t expect any booze along with the performances.

If you would like to try aboriginal cuisine, this day tour from Hualien includes lunch at an Ami aboriginal restaurant, or you can stay at Taroko Village Hotel (see reviews / check prices) in Taroko Gorge.


Other great places to experience aboriginal culture in Taiwan include Orchid Island and Sun Moon Lake.



Taiwanese aboriginals, aboriginal festival in Hualian, Taiwan
Aboriginal dance performance


Aboriginal leader, aboriginal festival in Hualian, Taiwan
Aboriginal tribe leader, Hualien


Taiwanese aboriginals, aboriginal festival in Hualian, Taiwan
Taiwanese aboriginals in costume at a festival in Hualien


Where to Stay in Hualien and Taroko Gorge

Besides all the Hualien and Taroko Gorge accomodations I recommend below, you can also find some great properties on Airbnb. See here for Airbnb options near Taroko Gorge, in Xincheng (Taroko Gorge train station), and in Hualien City. (As an Airbnb associate, I earn a small commission if you book through this link, at no extra cost to you. Join Airbnb here and you’ll get up to $50 off your first stay!)

Camping in Taroko Gorge

This is your cheapest option. Heliu Campsite is first-come-first serve, with a dozen wooden platforms (NT200 per tent) 16.5 kilometers up the valley. I stayed here several years ago with my family; the facilities are very basic but the setting is awesome.


Hostels in Hualien City

There is high concentration of hostels in Hualien, and their quality and value for money is better than anywhere else in Taiwan. It is a 40-minute ride by scooter from Hualien City to Taroko Gorge.

Some top rated hostels include Just Walk Backpacker Hostel (see reviews / check prices), Ni Hao Hostel (see reviews / check prices), and View Hostel (see reviews / check prices).    


B&Bs in Hualien

Some other highly rated B&Bs in Hualien include Moon House B&B (see reviews / check prices), Mr. Buster B&B (see reviews / check prices), and Dropby B&B (see reviews / check prices).

Good choices with kids are Fun Kids B&B (see reviews / check prices) and Hualien Inn (see reviews / check prices).    


Good Options in Xincheng

Staying near Xincheng (Taroko Gorge) train station is very convenient for accessing Taroko Gorge.

I have a friend who stayed at Taroko Lodge (see reviews / check prices) and raves about it. The owner speaks excellent English and is incredibly helpful. He can pick you up at the train station and can organize bike tours. The hotel is near Xincheng. They also have larger cabins for groups.

Another good option in Xincheng is Yu’s Homestay B&B (see reviews / check prices).


Moon River Guesthouse, Sanzhan

My personal favorite is the Moon River Guesthouse (check prices) in Sanzhan (Sanjhan).Sanzhan is a small aboriginal village 10-minutes south of the Xincheng train station, in the direction of Hualien City. You can rent scooters from one shop in the Xincheng Train Station parking lot (2 pieces of photo ID needed, international or Taiwanese driver’s license preferred but may not be necessary, speaking Chinese helps).

The relaxed one-street town of Sanzhan sits on a lovely stretch of the scenic Sanzhan River with a stunning mountainous backdrop, with many good spots for jumping into blue-green pools of water. It is a 15 minute ride by scooter from Sanzhan to the entrance of Taroko Gorge.

There are only a few tiny shops and informal restaurant-slash-KTV joints with limited hours in Sanzhan, so you may want to pick up supplies at the 7-11 on the highway just south of Xincheng train station.

They don’t speak much English and the hotel is basic but clean. I love it for its location and the town’s non-touristy atmosphere. I’ve never seen other guests staying there, but do be aware that it can sometimes be filled with river tracing groups, so advance reservations are strongly recommended in summer.


Cliff jumping at Sanzhan (Sanjhan), Hualien, Taiwan
Jumping in the river in Sanzhan (Sanjhan), my favorite place to stay in Hualien


Sanzhan (Sanjhan), Hualien, Taiwan, starting point of the Golden Grotto river trace
The incredible backdrop to Sanzhan, an aboriginal village near the entrance to Taroko Gorge


Where to stay in Taroko Gorge

There are a few places at the entrance to Taroko Gorge, including Liwu Hotel (a hostel) (see reviews / check prices).

Another option is to stay in Tienhsiang at the head of the gorge at the Catholic Hostel (03-8691122), Tienhsiang Youth Activity Center (see reviews / check prices), Silks Place Hotel (luxury resort) (see reviews / check prices) and finally there are wood cabins at the aboriginal-themed Taroko Village Hotel(see reviews / check prices).

I’ve never stayed in any of these, but we did enjoy an excellent buffet-style aboriginal dinner at the Taroko Village Hotel. See more information on my complete Taroko Gorge article.


Well, I hope that the information here helped you to plan your Taiwan East Coast itinerary. Enjoy your Taiwan road trip! Please continue on to Part 2 of this guide for Hualien to Taitung and Taitung to Kenting National Park!



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19 thoughts on “The Stunning East Coast of Taiwan Part 1: Yilan to Hualien and Taroko Gorge”

  1. Hi,
    Nice guide !!!
    I drove my scooter from Taipei to Kaohsiung along the east coast 6 years ago. here’s the video

  2. Hey Nick,
    I’m a Taiwanese tried to help my foreigner friend plan their trip. And your blog is so helpful even I have known most of the places and things you mentioned. Not just for the language is in English also the info is well organized and very detail. I appreciate all your writing for people who want to travel in Taiwan. I tried hard to search your part 2 for telling the rest part of east coast but I can’t find it, and also I can’t find others with the same quality as yours! Can you plz finish your part 2 for all of us? I crave for that!

  3. Thank you so much for your travel inspiring blogs of Taiwan east part. I myself also recommend my friends to visit these places since they are just amazing! Thank you and love to immerse into your next travel blogs!

  4. Enjoy reading your story very much.
    Easy to find the various places you named in your blog on Google map, only one place gave a small problem.
    It is called Dongyue (東岳)Cold Spring instead of DongAo CS.

  5. thank you for your reply, i am looki at 4-5 days, likely alone with low budget. i heard so much how stunning the scenery is. ( forests, hot spring, gorge)

    but i will be flexible with your suggestions as you are more experienced and I have none,

    i fall in love with taiwan, i think its going to be my favorite country. so far been to taipei only.

    not willing to go down all the way to southern tip. ( Taitung, kenting) or am i missing something?

  6. Hi. I’m reading almost every single article. Thank you so much for all this great information.
    I read your article about travelling with children but my question is. Is it doable to travel Tapei to Hualien and explore the area (Qingshui cliffs, gorge and Qixingtan beach) exclusively by public transportation with an 9 months old? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Aline,
      Thanks for you message and comments! To be honest, I think this would be tough to accomplish, even without a kid. Taroko Gorge only, then sure, you could do it. It’s just slower, and you won’t be able to see as much of the gorge because you’ll spend more time getting around and waiting for the bus. Qixingtan is also doable, since the local bus to Taroko stops there along the way:
      For Qingshui Cliffs, though, as far as I know, there is no bus that goes along that road because the road is considered a little dangerous. The only way you can see the cliffs is by driving on your own, taking a tour that includes them, or hiring a taxi.
      Even though the first two are doable, this is one day trip that, in my opinion, is worth paying a little more on to at least have a driver, especially if traveling with a kid. Then you can have more time and energy to focus on the sights in the gorge, instead of spending most of your time and energy just getting there and getting between the sights. The buses are not very frequent, too, so you really have to time it right to avoid long waits.
      I hope this helps!

  7. Hi Nick,

    love all the recommendations you shared, especially between Hualien to Taitung.
    Your website is a good reference for many folks new to Taiwan.

    I brought 2 kids to cycle South over 4D3N, slow and easy, and we love the EXPERIENCE!
    Have blog about our adventure too and link up to yours.

    Cheers to more exploration!


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