The Hualien Pine garden 松園別館 is one of the most popular spots in the city. It used to be a military base for the Japanese navy, that has occupied Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century. Today over 200 pines are planted, giving refuge to the exhausted visitor and offering a breathtaking view of the city below. There is a café and a souvenir shop for your convenience, as well as pathways and benches to stroll around or take a rest. It's definitely a lovely place to spend an hour and enjoy the ambiance of these old pines.
See some of my photos of the Hualien Pine garden (August 2011):
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