this is long overdue – but better late than never!
hualien is.. a frequent stop on the taiwan travellers’ circuit, but it’s both unassuming and pretty indistinct. it feels more like a pit stop before going through the pretty darn cool taroko gorge (coming up sometime!), and I’ll be frank – if you’re not doing the latter, this place might not hold too much charm for you.
there’s some decent food to be had though (hence better gastronomically than cingjing), but it lacks the picturesqueness of the former, or the bustling draw of taipei – and is essentially a small, old town.