Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Travelogue: Hualien, Taiwan Part 1 | Nanbin Park & Farglory Ocean Park

Woke up early to catch the bus from across the street of our accommodation in Kenting to Fangliao train station to catch our train to Hualien. Virgin traditional train ride was accompanied by the traditional lunch bento which Taiwanese love to have, especially on the go. You would have seen me checking into Instagram really frequently during the trip, all thanks to the high speed wireless wifi service from Visondata's pocket wifi device, which was on tip-top strong 3G signal even as we zip through mountains and across cities.

Our host, Andy, from Hualien Bay, is really a generous and hospitable man who treated us with utmost care throughout our three days stay in Hualien. He fetched us from the train station to his mansion, and fetched us to and fro Hualien's main district at night so that we could catch dinner and do a little shopping. We borrowed bicycles from him and cycled to the nearby park which has cycling lanes. We were all in awe with how magnificent the waves breakers stood across the shore. The whole experience and view is simply breathtaking.

Our cheap and good dinner: TWD$5 for 1 xiao long bao, TWD$50 (SGD $2 plus) for 10 xiao long baos! How could we have said no?

Andy and his wife made breakfast for us every morning: Homemade Soya milk, white bread with homemade jam, toasted cheese toast which tasted like bo-luo bun. Our very sumptous and delicious breakfast which we had no complains about even though they were the same for everyday. We even had sandwiches packed for each of us for the day :)

So here's a verdict: Do not even think of heading down to Farglory Ocean Park if you are not going with younger kids or elderly at least. The rides were limiting and kiddy, so we basically spent our day amusing ourselves with the kiddy rides and going gaga over the sea lions and dolphins. 

Back at the same stall for their dumplings, which cost the same as the xiao long bao, and equally good.

I must have struck lottery to chanced upon this sweet potato-flavoured hokkaido ice-cream! They are made from purple and yellow sweet potatoes! My love for sweet potatoes and taro never dies.

Ending our second day in Hualien with desserts from this popular shaved-ice desserts stall. We ordered two of the fruit-flavoured ones and they were really refreshing and fresh, and very generous with their portions. 

Last part of Hualien trip to be up soon! 

Follow more of my Taiwan journey 2015 here:
8 Things to do in Taipei (LaidBack Edition)
Kenting Beaches, Taiwan
Kenting Part 1: Water Sports + Kenting Night Market
Kenting Part 2: 9 Famous Sightseeing Attractions
Hualien Part 1: Nanbin Park + Farglory Ocean Park
Hualien Part 2: Taroko National Park

With Love, Quans

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