Huatung Valley 花東縱谷 (Hualien + Taitung, also called East Rift Valley), is one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Taiwan. My wife and I had the pleasure to take the train between Taitung City and Hualien City. It took us 2 hours and 43 minutes to master the distance of 145 kilometers. Below are some snippets of the wonderful spots we saw. I love to share them with you and hope you can find them useful, if you're deciding to go on a similar trip.
Our ride starts at Taitung City railway station and ends at Hualien City railway station:
I have to say that this part of Taiwan is not only good for riding through with the train, there are several beautiful spots found here, from lakes to hot springs to beautiful waterfalls, the area is rich with natural and cultural sites. And Huatung valley is a paradise for bicycle riders, you can follow several routes in and around the valley and have tons of fun cycling. Here's a map of the area and here's a webiste dedicated to toursim in this part of Taiwan. I'm sure, that I will return one day and explore this valley, because it's truly gorgeous.
To continue our tour along Taitung's northern coast, click on the link below or see the map.
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