Los Angeles, California (March 27, 2018) – With an array of geological marvels, breathtaking beaches and enduring cultural traditions, Eastern Taiwan is filled with wonders worth exploring. A three-hour train journey from Taipei, the seaside city of Hualien is the gateway to the awe-inspiring Taroko Gorge. Located within an easy day trip from the heart of the city, this winding gorge — part of a larger national park — is an extraordinary sight to behold: the rushing Liwu River cuts through ancient limestone, carving out miles of massive canyons and soaring cliffs.
Farther south on the eastern coast lies Taitung, easily accessible on a 55-minute flight from Taipei and voted one of the “must-visit cities” by Lonely Planet in 2016. While travelers are drawn to its incredible beaches, they’re also inspired by engaging cultural experiences within this region. Live music spills into the streets of Tiehua Music Village, showcasing indigenous music along with glowing lanterns and handicrafts on display. On weekends, this village is transformed into a “Slow Market” as small-scale farmers and artisans with hand-made goods set up shop.
Nearby Luye Township and its surrounding valleys are filled with the dreamy spectacle of hot-air balloons during the annual Taiwan International Balloon festival. Attracting nearly half a million visitors last year, this popular festival will dazzle from June 30 through August 8, 2018. Festival-goers can watch as brilliantly crafted and colorful balloon float in the breezes, soar high up in balloon rides, and join in lively nighttime glow concerts and even balloon wedding ceremonies!
For those seeking rejuvenation and relaxation, soaking in natural hot springs is a must-experience activity in Taiwan. Among the country’s top 10 hot springs, two are located in eastern Taiwan: Rueisuei Hot Spring with its healing waters and the historic Jhihben Hot Spring. Warm up each winter in the annual Hot Spring & Fine-Cuisine Carnival, which brings together two of Taiwan’s best pastimes: soaking and dining!
ABOUT TAIWAN TOURISM BUREAU
The Taiwan Tourism Bureau is the official government agency responsible for domestic and international tourism policy development and execution. There are three North American Tourism Offices located in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.