Next stop on the Taiwan itinerary, the coast!!
I nearly cried when I saw the blue water and endless sky. We realized it had been close to 9 months since we’d been to the coast. The Emerald Coast lives up to it’s name, it’s gorgeous.
Do we look happy?!
There are multiple areas to stay on this east coast of Taiwan. We stayed in the laid back town of Hualien, a 3 hour train ride from Taipei. There is also Yilan more north, and Taitung with more beaches to the south. Hualien is the most similar to our central and northern California home where mountains meet the sea.
The best way to experience the scenery is on a rented motor scooter. For $20 a day, you can get a descent ride from the only guy in town that will rent to foreigners, he’s one block south of the train station. Just find out where the “Russian” guy is, he rents cars as well as drives a taxi.
We rode from our hotel, about 10 minutes from the train station, for around 20 minutes to get to the coast. We took Hwy 11 from Hualien to the township of Fengbin.
In Fengbin we stopped for lunch with this wonderful family, the Mom northern Vietnamese originally. Great food!
Cruising back up the coast…rice fields right on the ocean!
After our ride, hanging out in front of our B&B Hotel, KeChiHsuan Homestay.
I would highly recommend this place run by a local family with it’s cute dog, spacious rooms, and home feel. KeChiHsuan Homestay: http://www.05168.com.tw, email: email@example.com, http://www.bedandbreakfasts.com. Normally a giant two person room is US$65 at current exchange rates.
Take the bikes out to QiXing beach and watch the fighter jets take off in the early afternoon from the nearby base. Take a nice rock home as a souvenir too.
For eats, there is a German restaurant a couple doors down, small coffee shops, bakeries, and noodle shops close by, though in Taiwan, it’s all about the night markets.
Hualien has two night markets, the one near the beach is more like a carnival, the one east of downtown has the better meals.
Wood fired pizza, fresh sushi, fruit juice, French toast stuffed with tender beef, and sweet-savory spring rolls/ Chinese burritos, are all to be had and delicious!
There is even massage at the night market. Yes, those are dull knives I’m being massaged with!
Other Hualien eats…handmade wontons…
You definitely won’t go hungry in Taiwan, come to The Emerald Coast!!
Next on the future itinerary; Taitung County, Hot Springs, Orchid or Green Island, and Alishan National Scenic Area.