Sunday, 22 September 2013

Hualien

Low-cost carriers have really changed the way we travel. Cheaper air tickets allow me to travel more than I normally would. After flying to Darwin via Tiger Airways years ago, I am now a big fan of low-cost carriers. Thanks to them, I've traveled to more Asian locations over the last few years. I've never encountered any major delays or cancellations and I'm quite happy with the no-frills service.
 
Scoot flew us to Taiwan and back without a hitch. Even within Taiwan, we relied on the cheap domestic flights to get from Taichung to Hualien. The commute was merely 30 minutes, instead of several hours if we had traveled by train.
Like many tourists, we found ourselves in Hualien because of the majestic Taroko Gorge. Hualien's current name derives from the phrase "huilan"(eddying water), a reference to the swirling currents of the Hualien River where it meets the sea. The county borders the Pacific Ocean to the east and is hemmed in by the Central Range to the west. With its towering peaks, azure skies, vast seas, scenic valleys, cultural diversity, and friendly people, Hualien is one of the best places to live in Taiwan.
 
 
For these reasons, the owners of Dolphin Bay Auberge packed their bags and left the bustling Taipei City for the tranquil life at Hualien. During our stay here, we had the opportunity to experience the peaceful life at their lovely Minshu (homestay).
Stunning views from the room.
Dolphin Bay Homestay.
Comfortable living room.

The owner's three labradors.

We were treated to a delicious dinner at the cafe in the city every evening. The quality of food is excellent and portions are generous.






Once you get to the city, it is very easy to explore it on foot. Besides the main street, there are many little interesting alleys and shops to keep you intrigued.

Taiwanese wanton.

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Taiwanese people love dogs.

Popular dessert shop.

Snow ice dessert.

Painted electric box.


The locals come to this shop for the best watermelon.
We spent a pleasant afternoon at Chishingtan (7 stars Beach). The shore is covered with beautiful pebbles in all shapes and colours.


6 comments:

T Okaku said...

Looks like a great trip!

Blur Ting said...

Hey JY! Yup, it was. :)

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