Attractions

Buddhist Temple in Hualien

Chingszu Temple

Chingszu Temple's simple white and grey exterior is striking. Inside the 10-storey modern building, a large exhibition hall showcases the Tzu Chi Buddhist organisation's activities around the world. Exhibits are in …
Gallery in Hualien

Fogstand

An ambitious little gallery that showcases edgy and experimental works by Taiwanese, Asian and Western artists. Fogstand also has an artists-as-resident program and runs workshops and summer programs for indigenous …
Temple in Hualien

Temple to the Lords of the Three Mountains

This temple may look quite ordinary, but it is the hub of Hakka religious life in Hualien. When the Hakkas migrated to Taiwan in the Qing dynasty, they initially set foot in the central and southern plains. But find…
Shrine in Hualien

Martyr's Shrine

This solemn and striking Chinese palace-style structure honours the Kuomintang soldiers who died during the Chinese Civil War. It's perched on a small hill in Meilun Shan Park, on the very site of the Japanese-style…
Waterfront in Hualien

Qixingtan

Qixingtan, about 3km north of Hualien, looks down a coastline of high cliffs and green mountains. The water is too rough for swimming but it's a great spot for biking, strolling or picnicking. At the south end amid …
Historic Building in Hualien

Pine Garden

This graceful compound is a former WWII command post for the Japanese Navy. Built in 1943, it was also where kamikaze pilots were wined and pleasured the night before their final missions. The rooms on the upper flo…
Buddhist Temple in Hualien

Tungching Temple

Eastern Purity Temple was built in the middle of the 20th century, but had evolved from a much older one, also dedicated to Siddhārtha Gautama, founded around 1920 by the Japanese. The main hall of the present struc…
Historic Building in Hualien

Hualien Railway Culture Park

This pleasant park covers the grounds of the restored eastern railway depot, built in 1932. Further toward the harbour lies the old machine yard, recently restored. The park doesn't offer too much by way of enabling…
Landmark in Hualien

Solar City

Hualien's old railway yard compound has been fitted with solar panels and turned into a mini-theme park featuring a 9m x 7m outdoor climbing wall, fake train compartments, a sea viewing deck, and railway-themed 3D g…