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Hualien, Taiwan

Often known as the gateway to the breathtaking Taroko Gorge, Hualien’s glistening lakes, pristine beaches, epic hiking trails, picturesque rice terraces, and vibrant night markets have a presence all their own. 

With a history that weaves together Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese influences over the past 400 years, Hualien's cultural tapestry tells a collection of fascinating stories at every turn. Many visitors flock to the Pine Garden, once a Japanese military outpost, where ancient pine trees loom over a lush forest floor adorned with native flora like macaranga, ferns, and silver grass. Step with quiet contemplation through the vibrant and colorful temples that grace this region with their intricate structures and serene gardens.