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The Eastern Surprise
Places to Visit in Taiwan
The Eastern Surprise by Anand
Many many not fancy a trip
to Taiwan as being one of the priorities in their wish list around five
years back, but a surge of new-age exploration has resulted in the country
becoming a swarming ground for tourists of all kind.
South Cross-Island Hwy:
known as the Nánbù Héngguàn Gonglù,
the destination is the perfect personification of the age old adage - sometimes
the journey matters more than the destination, but there is much to see
here as well, not to take anything away from the fantastic journey though
that one has to undertake to reach South Cross-Island Hwy!
|The highway passes through
the southern part of the Central Mountain Range, running a corner around
the bottom of the Yushan National Park. The surrounding area is modestly
developed, and is very picturesque, interspersed with aboriginal villages,
great hiking trails, old forests and a multitude of hot springs like Lisong,
which is considered by many as the most beautiful natural spring in Taiwan.
However, like all mountain routes in the country, the roads in and around
this destination are more often than not washed away due to landslides.
Winters are the safest time to visit, as it is the dry season, although
the afternoon fog is a problem throughout the year, which is why it is
advised to not travel on road after 3pm.
Taroko Gorge: 15 kms
north of Hualien lies Taiwan's number one tourist destination, inside the
Taroko National Park. Some of the signature characteristics of this place
are huge expanses of flora and fauna, along with fascinating cliffs, and
marble walled canyons. Taroko is home to close to 50% of Taiwan's animal
species, with the wild boar and the Formosan black bear being the most
sought after ones, although they are as rare to spot as one can imagine.
However, one can easily come across a Taiwan macaque.
The park is spread over
an area of 120,000 hectares, with the blue-green Liwu river flowing through
the centre, giving birth to ravines and valleys. It is a common sight to
see tourists soaking in the natural ambiance, so to speak, of the surroundings.
There are also many hiking trails and places for swimming and river tracing.
The park can be visited at any time of the year, although it is advised
that during holidays and weekends there are excessive hordes of people
that swarm in, and one might have a hard time reaching the place altogether
due to the heavy traffic. A few adventurous travellers take a bus to Tienhsiang
and then hike 19 kms to the National Park Headquarters, in order to avoid
traffic and bask in nature's pristine glory. For swimming or river tracing,
the best time to visit is summers, as the winters are quite cold with the
occasional drizzle, even though May and June are the official rainy months.
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Farglory Hotel Hualien is
a modern hotel with comfortable accommodation and friendly service. This
property is short drive from Hualien Harbour and Seven Star Lake. Some
of the attractions in vicinity are Cap Lake, Tarako National Park, Loshan
Waterfall, Henan Temple, Narrow Gorge, Meiluen Mountain Park, Bashiendong
Caves and Mugua River Valley. Located close to Farglory Ocean Park, the
Farglory Hotel is in the city of Hualien. This property also has Teifen
Waterfall, Ching-Shui Cliff, Taroko Gorge, Chishingtan Beach, Liyu Lake
and Hsiukuluan River in its surroundings. The Farglory Hotel has British
Garden Restaurant, The Oriental Garden Restaurant and Aki Kusa Japanese
Restaurant. Guests can also relax and unwind in warm ambiance of The Cliff
Lobby Lounge or at The Piazza KTV Bar.
Fullon Hotel Hualien offers
257 guest rooms.Taking advantage of its aboriginal culture, the Hotel fashioned
its overall design and details into an aboriginal experience that delicately
accommodates your needs. Our rooms overlook the Pacific Ocean, East Rift
Valley and downtown Hualien with Hualien Harbor, Pine Garden and Meilun
Mountain in the vicinity. Comprehensive services at Fullon will guarantee
a wonderful vacation experience. Lotus Room is a five-star venue ideal
for weddings and parties. The chefs select seasonal ingredients that will
surely please your taste buds. Arcadia Café boasts bright and exquisite
design as well as delicacies, providing a rest spot for your trip.
Chateau de Chine Hotel
This eco friendly hotel
boasts its exterior which is inspired by the artist style of Piet Mondrian
and is located within close proximity to Hualien County Stone Sculpture
Museum. The onsite restaurants serve a full menu of Asian and Western cuisines.
There is a fitness centre onsite which is easily accessible and offers
spa tub and sauna facilities. A mere 45 minute drive will take you to Taroko
Gorg, whereas Hualien train station and Hualien Airport, Hualien Port and
Hualien cultural center are just around the corner. Chateau de Chine Hotel
is an excellent choice for both, business traveler who always wish to keep
in touch with their work, or the leisure lovers who want a complete relaxing
As the firstluxury resort
hotel in Hualien, Parkview breaths and moves to the groove of Hualienís
rhythm since its conception. Situated in the embrace of the deep blue sea
and dense hill ridges, Parkview Hotel is a gateway to Hualienís beautiful
landscape. Whether your destination is to radiant and enchant view at Taroko
Gorge, the soothing scenery at Seven Stars Lake, or enjoy delicious foods
and collect finest souvenirs you can find in Hualien city. Parkview is
the most ideal starting point in your Hualien travels. Furthermore, with
an infinite and wide band of blue and green scenery, Parkview is not only
a leisure vacation hotel in an urban city, but also the brightest and liveliest
landmark in Hualien! In addition to being the geographical center in terms
of scenery, it is also a hub for Hualienís history, culture, and senses.
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