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Located on a strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Central Mountain Range, Hualien is considered one of the most pleasant cities in Taiwan. Many tourists visit the city to enjoy the scenery and fresh air and also to tour the famous Taroko Gorge, which is located a few miles north of the city.
The Visitor Information Center for the Hualien area is located in front of Hualien Station (right side). Tel: 886-3-8360634, it is hosted by Taiwan Hospitality and Tourism College, that has been authorized, by the Hualien County Government since December 2004, to operated and manage the Visitor Information Center (VIC) at Haulien Airport as well as the Hualien Railway Station. These two centers provide general services such as tourism guide and tour bus information, home-stay information, bi-lingual traveling brochure, travel inquiry, emergency handling and so on.
The city center is small and easy to negotiate on foot, although scooters are available for rent several places around town for about NT$400 a day.
Make sure the maps in your guide book have "english" as well as "chinese" characters, so you and the cabdriver can communicate by pointing at the map. Cabdrivers only speak chinese.
The Taroko Gorge is an impressive 19 km long canyon located in Taroko National Park. The park covers about 92 thousand hectares of springs, grottoes, waterfalls, and high cliffs that enchant visitors. Highlights of the Gorge include the Eternal Spring (Changchun) Shrine and the Shakadang Trail. In the back of the Changchun Shine, there are stairs leading to Kuanyin Caves, Taroko Tower , Bell Tower, and through a hanging bridge, so called "Heaven trail" to Changuang Temple.
As in many Asian countries, night markets are a staple of Taiwanese entertainment, shopping and eating. Night markets are open-air markets, usually on a street or alleyway, with vendors selling all sorts of wares on every side.
The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD, but also referred to as TWD). An easy rule of thumb is that NT$100 roughly equals US$3. Plenty of ATM's around.
Most hotels and department stores accept credit cards, most restaurants and small stores do not !
English is sporadic spoken.
Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers are plentiful, although you may have to wander around before finding one. Rather, Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers in Taiwan should be called gaming cafes.
There seem not set opening hours for stores, it seems as long as there are customers they stay open. Chinese New Year,6 days long, is the time when all the Taiwanese are traveling and transportation can be very hectic.
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