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Hualien is a city in Taiwan situated near the spectacular Taroko Gorge. Located on a strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Central Mountain Range, Hualien is considered one of the most pleasant cities in Taiwan. Many tourists visit the city to enjoy the scenery and fresh air and also to tour the famous Taroko Gorge, which is located a few miles north of the city.

Hualien Ocean Park is Hualien's biggest man-made tourist attraction. As well as ferris wheel and cable car, the park contains eight zones that introduce different aspects of ocean and marine life. Kids, in particular, will have great time here. Hualien has one of the best terrains in the world for river tracing and hiking. Ample rain and deep river valleys make it an outdoor enthusiast's playground. Several wild hot springs also make the area a great place to get into the woods and mountains.

The small Abode of Still Thoughts Buddhist temple at the foot of Mount North Jialiwan is the original facility of the world-famous Tzu-zhi Buddhist foundation. In keeping with the foundation's ideals, the temple is very simple, and incorporates a Japanese style garden. Qi Xing Tan is an excellent vistas of the ocean, delicious seafood, friendly people, and a special goat restaurant specializing in goat milk coffee. Beibin Seashore Park, Nanbin Seashore Park and Meilun Seashore Park are scenic areas of palm trees and landscaped greenery that runs the full length of the city's foreshore. The views over the Pacific Ocean are especially spectacular at sunrise.

Some great local foods that visitors can enjoy here in Hualien are Zhu tung fan, Muaji and Wonton. Zhu tung fan is rice steamed in a bamboo tube is a specialty of the local aborigines. Muaji is glutinous rice filled (or sometimes covered) with various flavors, such as peanut, sweet red and green bean paste, sweet sesame paste, coconut or fruit. Wonton is Hualien's wontons are very famous throughout Taiwan.

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