Hualien 1 Day Trip
6th Day of my 10D9N Taiwan Trip
Weather ☼ Hualien: 29°Celsius
1. Admire the Sea cliff of Qingshui 清水斷涯
After had our breakfast buffet at the hotel, we came to admire the famous Qingshui Cliff. There are big Qingshui 大清水斷崖 and small Qingshui 小清水斷崖 with observations decks that offer a splendid view of the 800meters high coastal cliffs. Both decks located around 2 to 3 km apart. The stunning view of the high cliffs with emerald-blue water of the Pacific ocean really took my breath away. This nature’s wonder is definitely your must-go place in Hualien!
2. Visit Tzu Chi Foundation 慈濟靜思精舍
We had actually been in Hualien and met the founder of Tzu Chi about ten years plus ago. This time, my parents decided to make a special trip to this Tzu Chi Foundation (where the founder stay) hoping to meet the sifu again. This place is so tranquil as it is far away from the city and surrounded by mountains and nature. It is really an ideal place to meditate and calm your mind. If you have time, can simply drop by this public place and have a vegetarian meal here.
Note: Tzu Chi Foundation is a very famous Buddhist non-governmental organization that often collect funds for disaster relief worldwide.
3. Lunch at Hualien Jiaxing Lemon Juice 佳興小吃與檸檬汁店
We then came to this local restaurant which renowned for their fresh home-made lemon juice to have lunch. When we arrived, there were already many customers queuing outside for buying the lemon juice and most of the tables inside were occupied too. The lemon juice tastes quite sour for me but it’s really can quench the thirst quickly. The signature fried noodle 什錦乾麵 is in a very large portion with many
4. Strolling at Qixingtan Beach 七星潭
After had a very full lunch, we get some exercises by strolling at this beautiful seashore of Pacific ocean. Qixingtan is not a beach with sand but with countless of pebble stones. Many local people were sitting along the beach merely looking at the sea enjoy the sea breeze. In the morning, you can watch the sun rises up from the beautiful horizon. As for the night, this place becomes a good spot for stargazing. If you find it boring, can go cycling on the coastal bikeway. There is also some street food stall or food truck nearby, selling ice cream, corn, coconut drink and so on.
We could occasionally hear a thunder-like sound from the sky here. It was actually the fighter jet taking off from the nearby Hualien Air Force Base. Anyway, it was still peaceful and relaxing to wander around this place.
5. Pass by the Pine Garden 松園別館
This is a historical building which used to be a Japanese military site during WWII. Now, it is a cultural centre showcasing some historical things. Entrance fee is 50 TW$. We didn’t go into the centre but just walked around the majestic pine trees in the garden and visited the souvenir shops selling aboriginal craftworks. Nothing interesting. You can go to the cafe for a light meal or afternoon tea if you wanna take a break.
6. Visit Yunshanshui 花蓮雲山水夢幻湖
Yunshanshui is a place where you will walk through an aisle of palm trees to where you can see mountains, lakes and numerous greenery. It is a place to enjoy in nature not too far away from the city. There are many Airbnb and villas scattered around in YunShanShui. You may consider staying overnight here if you love to.
Anyway, this place is somehow quite a quirky place for me. Maybe because of the cloudy sky, the weird tree branches, and the green colour still water in the pond and lake. The most attractive spot for me is the little waterfall on the lake full of tree branches. We walked past the beautiful trail above it not long before we go back to the entrance.
Due to the rises of tourists’ visit, there are many construction projects going on around this place. So, don’t expect too much for this place will be nice.
⚠ Beware of the sand flies ⚠
Beware of the mosquitoes / sandflies / so-called black biting flies 小黑蚊, at this place (or maybe around the whole Taiwan). I got bitten all over my legs and hands which leave scars that only disappear after a couple of months. It was super itchy and irritating on next 4 days after the biting. So do remember to wear long pants and apply insect repellent!
7. Dinner at 松田釣魚池
Our driver brought us to this special seafood restaurant which is at the outskirts of Hualien. This place is actually a leisure fishing pond site. There are local people come here just for fishing activity instead of a dinner.
Their signature grilled fish with salt is really delicious and big in size. The fish meat is so tender and without any fishy smell. Same goes with their Fish soup. As for other dishes like fried rice and vegetables just taste so normal. So if you come here must try their fresh fish instead of other dishes. Do book your table in advance.
8. Strolling around the streets in Hualien
Returning to the city of Hualien, we spent some times walking around the busy streets. Hanging red lanterns with overlapping Chinese written signages made the streets look so happening at night. When we passed by those food stalls and restaurants with a long queue, we really felt like joining them. Sadly we were too full of dinner lol.
I unintentionally discovered a special craft shop – 花草空間along one of the street. I was first attracted by the exquisite and amazing miniature works displayed at the storefront. Beside selling those minature handicrafts, they are actually a restaurant serves various beautiful vegetarian food. Check out the Google’s reviews, it’s been high-rated.