Hualien, Taiwan cruises

Charming Hualien has a laid-back, small-town vibe and is one of the most scenic and naturally beautiful areas in Taiwan. It also provides access to the magical Taroko Gorge. 

Hualien boasts an old-fashioned island culture with a friendly blend of ethnic minorities. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the imposing Central Mountain Range, it’s also home to some of the most stunning scenery in Taiwan.

There are many Tao and Buddhist temples dotted around the city, with a golden Buddha in the Dongjingchan Temple and the exceptional Japanese-style Chi-An Chinghisu Temple. The Pine Garden, originally a military official’s residence during the Japanese colonial rule, sits at the highest point of the city with amazing views out to the Pacific Ocean.

The main attraction is the magnificent Taroko Gorge. Carved by the Liwu River over millions of years, it’s the largest marble canyon in the world. Explore this natural haven of breathtaking scenery and discover the highlights, including the Eternal Springs Shrine, Swallow Grotto, and the Tunnel of Nine Turns.