A wooden bridge to help people cross over a stream in Taroko Gorge National Park in Hualien, Taiwan
The marble walls of Taroko Gorge can reach over 300 feet high and are surrounded by green bamboo forests. Be sure to stop at the beautiful Eternal Spring Changchun Shrine, built to commemorate the 226 workers who died when building the highway to get here from Taipei.
A white monumental building called the Tropic of Cancer in Hualien, Taiwan
The Tropic of Cancer crosses through Taiwan, including through two townships near the city of Hualien. Visit one of the Tropic of Cancer Markers to commemorate being right on top of one of the five major latitude circles on the planet.
At Hualien County Indigenous Museum, you can see displays of crafts, art and traditional clothing from Taiwan's native tribes. Check out cultural performances on the weekends. Cruise to Taiwan to learn more about the area's history and culture at the Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park.
The street food scene is Hualien rivals the world's best. Seek out a lao pai, a crisp scallion pancake with an oozy poached egg inside. Head to the Gong Zheng Bao Zi district for xiao long bao, steamed pork dumplings with fragrant broth and pork inside. For dessert, try mochi, a sweet rice cake that harkens back to city's period of Japanese rule.
A marble ornament or jewelry, perhaps even using the rare Hualien rose marble, is a local treasure. You can also bring home red coral jewelry or patterned textiles made by the Hualien indigenous people. For an affordable souvenir during your Taiwan cruise, pick up a box of the peanut nougat beloved by Taiwanese people so you can bring a taste of the country back home.
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