Hualien is one of the Eastern provinces of Taiwan, originally named by the Japanese as "Karen", meaning recurrent waves. With the Central Mountain Range on the West and Pacific Ocean to the East, it is also referred by locals as "Behind the mountain where the sun rises". It is the largest province of Taiwan but population is small, due to late development and geographical isolation.
Hualien has no large cities. Its capital, Hualien City, is the size of a town. Due to its late development, visitors can enjoy natural sights and unique culture that is very different from other parts of Taiwan.
The most notable and popular sight is Taroko National Park, where hikers, bikers and fishermen enjoy beautiful gorges, cliffs and streams. A car trip up south or north from Hualien City along the rocky beaches facing the Pacific Ocean is also a good option.
For city explorers, explore Hualien City's different delicacies, like mochi, night market food, street food, exotic seafood, and aboriginal wine. Different ethnic groups, especially the Amis and Hakka, brings so much more flavor to the province!