Happy Valley Road ( Paoma Historic Road ) was one of the main channel for contacting with Taipei in Qing Period. It is now developed for moutain trail after planned by Township Hall of Jiaosi. It is along the mountain cliffs and exactly picturesque. Happy Valley Road ( Paoma Historic Road ), with the length of about 7km, is located among Wulai village of Taipei County, Toucheng of Yilan County, and Jiaosi village. It takes about 2~3 hours by foot, depending on individuals. You can enjoy the nature, Turtle Island by far, and the beautiful scenery of Lanyang Plain at the foot.
Pretty forest winding stone path (Linmei Shipan Trail) is located in Lin village, Jiaosi Town, Yilan County. And it is a newly programmed forest train for the whole family to have a walk. It’s 2 kilometers long and 3 meters wide. It takes about 1 hour walk to finish the whole annular and twisted path along the canyon. The road is flat and surrounded by natural, ecological and beautiful sceneries, so you can appreciate dankish ferns, adnascent plants, Muma forest path and ditches remained by ancestors. In addition, the sounds of water flow echoing among the mountains and forests can be heard once in a while, so this scenery spot is too terrific to miss for photographers.
This mountain, situated in Zhutian Village, Fuli Township, features a 300 to 400 hectare tableland offering expansive views at elevations of 200 to 1,000 meters. The blooming of daylilies in August and September makes this an otherworldly fairyland.
The Railway Culture Park includes a railway culture museum, a fountain, a machine workshop, and a track maintenance workshop and police departments of the old Hualien station. The railway culture museum, originally known as the Railway Department Hualien Harbor Branch Office, was set up as an administrative office for construction and operation of railways in eastern Taiwan during the Japanese occupation era. This site is now the only complete light railway station remained from that time. With the help of the government, dedicated historical workers and specialists, it was registered as a historic site in 2002. It is now run as a cultural and leisure park area dedicated to the railway culture.
Pine Garden is located at the southeast of Meilunshan, Hualien City.
You can overlook the whole Hualien Port and the Pacific Ocean in Pine Garden. Aside from the architecture, more than 60 pieces of pinewood cover the area like a green umbrella. Romantic and amorous feelings are formed with the blue coast and the quiet sky. You can overlook Hualien Port, Shuguang Bridge and Jinghua Bridge from the wooden pavement in front of the Pine Garden. The art exhibition will be held regularly in the garden. Besides, there are also a coffee house and some little stores. Tourists can have afternoon tea and buy peculiar souvenirs. Built in 1943, Pine Garden was formerly inside of a pine forest and used as the military department’s office of Hualien Port. Pine Garden offers a wonderful view that visitors can overlook the mouth of Meilun River, Hualien Port, and the Pacific Ocean. Its vantage point makes it the best location to control both air and sea traffic in the area, while still camouflages itself well in the forest. This is why it was selected as the Japanese military control center.
After the second World War, the government resumed the control of the building and made it a leisure center for American Military Assistance Advisory Groups. In 2000, Pine Garden was designated as a “Historic Building” by Hualien Country Government. In 2001, the Council for Cultural Affairs reopened it as a tourist attraction and it has become one of the “100 Historic Sites in Taiwan”.
Hualien Distillery is located at Meilun Industrial Park, near Chisingtan and Meilunshan Park. The distillery covers a large area. In the distillery, workshops with a long history stand in great numbers. Green walls with white spots across corridors are full of ancient charm. In the park, there are the exhibition and shoppoing center, tourist guide, and an outdoor prairie that tourists can visit. Small scenes made by wine bottles and wine jars are everywhere. The distillery’s store is adorned with exhibits designed in aboriginal style and collection of liqueur-making utensils. Visitors can enjoy delicious food and taste a variety of drinks.
Dongdamen Night Market opened on July 2015. There are 400 stands available to the tourists including four areas :Futing Night Market ,Aborigine Street, China Street and Ziqiang Night Market. As Hualien’s Tourist Service Center, the sidewalk of Dongdamen Night Market was paved with black and white granite, which represents the grandness of Hualien makes Hualien the hottest tourist spot in Taiwan.
Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung City. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Qingshui to Nanhu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area.
The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Baiyang Waterfall, Yindai Waterfall, Changchun Waterfall, and Lushui Waterfall. Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) and Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Tourists can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Changchun Temple is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway.
This is the site of an old Atayal village at the confluence of the Liwu and Dasha Rivers. Its name commemorates Wen Tianxiang, who lived in the 13th century and was the last prime minister of the Song Dynasty.
Scenic spots at Tianxiang include Xiangde Temple, Tianfeng Pagoda, a suspension bridge, the Wen Tian-siang Memorial Garden, the Plum Garden, and Tianxiang Church. In winter each year the Plum Garden blooms forth, forming a sea of white blossoms stretching from the highway to Xiangde Temple. Shanyue Village at Bulowan, another old tribal settlement in the gorge, offers a new and unique type of accommodation for the area.
（Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.） TEL：+886-3-862-1100~6 Address：No.291, Fushi, Fushi Village, Xiulin Township, Hualien County
Transportation ** The Central Cross-Island Highway (Guguan to Deji Section) is currently closed for repairs. 1. Nat'l Hwy 1 → Zhanghua Interachange → Nat'l Hwy 3 → Wufeng Interchange → Nat'l Hwy 6 → Puli Interchange → Prov. Hwy 14 → Prov. Hwy 14A → Prov. Hwy 8 2. Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Su-ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9 → Prov. Hwy 8
Public Air: From Kaohsiung International Airport fly to Hualien on Mandarin Airlines. Hualien Airport Train: 1. Take a train to Xincheng Railway Station, continue by rental car to Taroko National Park. 2. Take a train to Hualien Railway Station, continue by Hualien Bus (New Hualien Station-Tianxiang Line) to Taroko Visitor Center stop.