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Hualien County

I currently live in Hualien City, the capital of Hualien County. Hualien is one of the chief cities on the east side of Taiwan.

Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch signThis one is not a restaurant with animals, it’s a horse farm with animals. Taikai Horse Ranch has a few horses and from what I have heard offers horse riding lessons. That is not why the majority of people go. Instead, they want to see the animals. Located at

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Typhoon Nesat Gallary

Typhoon Nesat Gallary

Typhoon Nesat

Instead of going to Taipei I stayed at home and watched the typhoon this weekend. Typhoon Nesat was our first Typhoon of the year so it got a lot of attention. The Typhoon hit the south of the country harder so there was not much to see in Hualien. It was actually a nice down weekend. I worked on the novel I was working on and took some pictures. I then promptly accidentally deleted most of the pictures.

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Hua-Dong Farm

Hua-Dong Farm

Hua-Dong Farm

Location of Hua-Dong Farm

Baby Chickens at Hua-Dong Farm A new animal farm complete with a restaurant opened up in Hualien. Hua-Dong Farm (華東牧場) is located near the Hualien fishing port and is a great place to see animals and eat. The place is actually hard to find. I rode past it the first time on my bike. You have to keep your eyes open for a small road/ driveway on the west side of Gang Kou road. After turning down the driveway you can park and walk to see the farm.

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Mu Ming Restaurant

Mu Ming Restaurant

Looking for Mu Ming

Mu Ming restaurant

The Quest for Mu Ming

We were at Chishingtan Beach and wanted to find a place to eat. We asked at the Family Mart if there were any restaurants near us. She told us about a restaurant called Mu Ming. The clerk told us the restaurant did not have a menu “does not have a menu”. Well, that caught my attention. So off through the streets, we set off to find a restaurant with no menu.

 

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Sun-Shine Mountain Tea Shop

Sun-Shine Mountain Tea Shop

View driving up the mountainMenu at Sun-Shine Mountain Tea Shop

It was not the best of weekends. Like many weekends in Hualien, it was raining and cloudy. As a rule of thumb it is nice and sunny when I am at work, and today it is raining when I am not. Undeterred we took a scooter up into the mountains to try Sun-Shine Mountain Tea Shop that I have wanted to visit for a long time. The first part of my interest is of course tea. The second part was what the view would be. So up the mountain, for a warm cup of tea we went.

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Liyu Lake

Liyu Lake

Picture looking South West across Liyu LakeLiyu LakePicture looking west across Liyu Lake

One day after waking up early I decided to go for a walk. Off to Liyu Lake, I went. Liyu Lake is in Shoufeng, Hualien. Liyu in English means carp and is also the name of the mountain next to it. In addition, it is a great place to walk and you can see a variety of insects, lizards, birds, and sometimes monkeys.

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Dolphins at Farglory Ocean Park

Dolphins at Farglory Ocean Park

Me with a dolphin at Farglory Ocean ParkThis is where I brag about feeding a dolphin

Farglory Ocean Park is built into the side of a mountain to the south of Hualien. It has rides [A LOG RIDE], dolphins, sea lions, a manatee, fish, sharks, and otters.What’s not to Love?  Tickets are normally 890 NTD ( about 30 USD) fortunately my ex-girlfriend works as a dolphin trainer so I was able to get discount tickets. She also deserves credit for most of the photos that appear in this post. I mascots at Farglory Ocean Parkneed to get better at remembering to charge my phone.
The park was opened in 2002 by The Farglory Group. The Farglory Group is a
large construction and development group. They also own multiple hotels around the island including the luxury Farglory Hotel next to the ocean park. In fact, you see an add for the hotel on screen before the dolphin show. It looks like map of Farglory Ocean Parkit was the add they played at the opening of the park. Still, the place looks baller.

Anyway, the park could use a little updating in some places. It is still a great place to spend the day looking and learning about ocean animals and going on rides. A lot of signs also have English captions and Farglory has an educational angle.

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Bike share in Hualien???????

Bike share in Hualien???????

 

Ubike

Taiwan Easy card. U bike in TaipeiUbike is a bike sharing program in Taipei that is extremely popular. You simply tap your easy card to rent a bike and put it back in a stall and tap your card to return it. It’s a simple system that works well, is cheap and popular. A bike sharing service originally from Singapore called O Bike has come to Hualien and the rest of Taiwan

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Riding on Chuyin Bike Trail

Riding on Chuyin Bike Trail

 

Chuyin bike path signChuyin Park and Path

What’s in a name? Don’t ask me I am a cynic, not a lovesick teenage girl. Like a lot of places in Taiwan, there are multiple English names. Online I found Chuyin Waterside Eco-Park and on Google Maps it is labeled as Chuyingqinshuishengtai Park. I will go of the names on the sign that tell me it is technically two things; Irrigation Ecology Pathway and Chuyin Riverbank Ecology Park. Either way, these two are so close together that they make one good combined bike ride.  They are in Ji-an and are an alternative to part of the Chuyin Bicycle Path.

 

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