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Breathtaking Landscapes run up and down the entire East coast of Taiwan with Hualien nestled in the perfect location to experience the beautiful and sometimes alien landscapes produced by millions of years of tectonic plate movement! From Hualien to the Beinan River, the East Coast includes coastal terraces, sandy and gravel beaches, reefs, islands, capes, and marine-erosion land formations such as marine benches, caves, and ditches.
Indigenous Cultures and Coastal History runs deep and enriches any experience on the Eastern coast. Because the narrow coastal terraces proved a fruitful space for settlements and paddy fields, the dramatic landscapes in Doulan and Chenggong areas have seen dozens of various ethnic groups settling on the land looking for a new home. From the Amis and the Siraya, to the Kavalan and the Sakiazya, and of course the Taiwanese and the Hakka, the East Coast has been home to many interesting and memorable people and events.
In recent years, with the rise of social and racial awareness, a younger generation of artists have gone back to the coast and rebuilt the beauty of their traditions. Although many of the traditions and rituals have been lost over time, the singing and dancing still flows with the unique cultural characteristics of the indigenous people, passed down from generation to generation.
Local Delicacies are a must-try while visiting Hualien! Because the Black Current dominates the Pacific Ocean flowing along Taiwan, seafood is king. From flying fish to swordfish, dorado to tuna, finfish to cod, abalone (usually only found in fish farms!) and squid are abundant along the coast and creates a delicious opportunity for seafood lovers! Aside from all the seafood, another must-try are the famous Buddha fruit, white pomelos, and Wentan pomelos grown in the Township of Fruit, Taitung.