We wetnt to Hualien with much anticipation but when we arrived and saw Hualien town, it wasn't really anything to shout about - in fact, it was nothing more than a pitstop to Taroko Gorge. It was almost like a ghost town. But when we arrived at the entrance to Hello Backpackers (located only about 10mins away from the train station), we were rather pleased - the first thing we saw were 2 bicycles which we have been meaning to do some cycling around the town/beach.
When we entered the house, the interior design was classic-modern and very warm. As was our room & bathroom, it was also spacious and clean. In terms of service, the landlord was more than helpful - he informed us that every taxi trip around town to/from the lodge costs NT100 (only for his customers) using a certain taxi agency (he gave us the taxi agency's number to contact), he recommended a cheaper & more reasonable taxi driver/tour guide to Taroko Gorge which cost us NT2500 which included additional trails (compared to other tour guides, especially the ones which approached us at the train station) and Chingsui Beach & Chising Beach along the way to Taroko Gorge. He also helped us book our train tickets to Taichung.
Overall, it was a great stay at Hualien.
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