Itinerary change in Hualien

Posted: September 13, 2009 in Taiwan, Travel
Train to Hualien

Train to Hualien

We made it to Hualien, on Taiwan’s east coast. It was about a 3 hour train ride from Taipei. It was a nice change of scenery from Taipei – with more views of the ocean and the mountains. When we arrived, a taxi took us to the homestay/bed-and-breakfast we had booked. We were surprised how far the homestay is from everything – it was not quite what we were expecting.

Park Taipei Hotel in Hualien

Park Taipei Hotel in Hualien

We decided to look into other accommodations and found ourselves at the Parkview Hotel in Hualien. This place is amazing! It is a full-service resort, with a spa, four restaurants, golf course, indoor squash court, pool, recreation center with a pool table and ping pong tables. The rate is only a few dollars more than we would have paid at the homestay. It’s probably one of the best hotels in which we have ever stayed. The rate listed in the Taiwan guide books is much higher than what we are paying for our room. If you ever make it to Hualien, I’d recommend this hotel.

At the waterfall near the hotel

At the waterfall on the hotel grounds

On Saturday, before leaving Taipei, we visited Danshui. It was similar to the night market atmosphere, with a few streets of vendor stalls and shops. I think the best way to describe it is as a little bit State Fair, a little bit beach boardwalk, and a little bit carnival. We picked up a few gifts for our kids and enjoyed the scenery along the river.

Along the river in Danshui

Along the river in Danshui

  1. Judy K. says:

    I’m glad you’ve been able to get a brief couple’s vacation out of the trip. Thanks for the tip on the hotel. We may have to check it out one day.

  2. Sara says:

    Oh my goodness how fun!!!! Oh I wish I had more time there, but it definitely leaves us wanting to come back. Thank you for that hotel tip too… I have to find super kid friendly ones next time. You guys look like you are having a great time. I’m so glad you got to experience more of Taiwan too. =0)

  3. Terry says:

    I will definitely be looking up these places too! That hotel sounds and looks amamzing. Looking forward to seeing more of your trip and some great pictures too. Enjoy your vacation !

    Just a few more days until you meet your son – Forever Family Day! 🙂

  4. Misty says:

    It is so beautiful there!

  5. Cindy says:

    Sara – this hotel looks kid-friendly. There are quite a few families staying here, and they have an indoor and outdoor playground areas. The rec center area looks amazing – I wish we could stay here longer! I hope you can visit this hotel sometime.
    – Cindy

  6. amanda says:

    My guess is that yall might be receiving the “Ghost Month Special.” Traveling is on the taboo list for activities that can be done during Ghost Month.

    Glad yall were able to find another place that fit your needs better and was still in budget! YAY!!

  7. Dena says:

    Wow! I looked at the hotel’s website. That looks like a wonderful place. So glad you were able to stay there. Enjoy! Hopefully the rain clears out so you can go swimming.

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