Pine Garden

The Pine Garden was built between 1943 and 1944 (about the 18th year of Shōwa Era) and named after the tall pine trees towering in the tranquil environments, Pine Garden is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The building features the arcades of colonial architectural style on the outside and wood-framed interior with reinforced concrete exterior walls. Pine Garden is the best-preserved military building from Japanese colonial era in Hualien County. Utilized as the Japanese highest military command center and military recruiting department in Hualien, Pine Garden was called “Hualien Harbor Department of Military Affairs” and was one of the important buildings in Meilun Mountain along with the other nearby buildings, such as “Broadcast Bureau” (radio station, now Broadcasting Corporation of China, Hualien Station), “Coast Telecom”(long distance telecom bureau, now Chunghwa Telecom), and water treatment plant (Taiwan Water Corporation).

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Qixingtan Beach

Located on the northeast beach of Xincheng Township, Qixingtan is the only county level scenic area in Hualien and is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Besides the fascinating crescent bay, the clear blue ocean and the visible pebbles in the waves are also intriguing. Qixingtan used to be a tranquil small fishing village, yet has become a popular scenic area due to its unique natural geographic environment, simple scenic trails, beach gazebos, Sun-Moon Towers, and Star-Gazing Square, where the visitors can enjoy the turquoise sea and blue sky. Without the light pollution at night, Qixingtan is most ideal place for moon and start watching, or just simply listening to the songs composed by the ocean waves washing over the pebbles.

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Lichuan Fishery

Located in Shoufeng Township, Hualien, Lichuan Fishery is a 35-minute drive from the hotel. Lichuan Fishery is perfect for raising the renowned gold clams, golden trout, sweet fish (ayu), and eels due to its natural clear spring water. Lichuan Fishery has been actively developing processed foods, such as cured clams, clam essence, clam tablets, and clam balls, integrating the fishing village culture and leisure educational concept to create a leisure farm and fishery that includes an eco system, production, and life, where visitors can further understand fishing village culture, taste delicious clam and trout cuisine, and experience the idea of “washing pants while harvesting clams” on the tour.

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Farglory Ocean Park

Located in Yanliao Village, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County, Farglory Ocean Park is a 35-minute drive from the hotel, 10 kilometers from downtown Hualien. With convenient transportation and its nearly 50 hectares vast area, Farglory Ocean Park is very famous in Taiwan, including 8 major theme parks. There are splendid seal shows and dolphin shows besides the entertainment facilities of an amusement park. Ariel Tramway and escalators are available to transport visitors to help you enjoy your visit at Farglory Ocean Park.

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Mukumugi Ecological Corridor

Located in Tomong Village, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Mukumugi is a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Its area includes Papaya Creek and its branch, Qingshui Creek, originated from Nenggao Mountain and thus also called Nenggao Qingshui Creek, 40 kilometers long and known for its marble riverbed, which makes the water emerald. Mukumugi is nicknamed “Xiaotianxiang” due to the beautiful original forest views of Emerald Valley. Many years ago, the 8 Taroko families that originally lived in Chunyang Hot Spring, Nantou, crossed Mt. Qilai and Nenggao Mountain and reached Tomong community and Banyan Settlement. Attracted by the natural beautiful views, they started to farm and settle in. It was named “Mukumugi” after the first family that arrived there and was later renamed “Tomong” (Copper Gate) due to its special mineral copper and its location as a gateway to other places. However, the beautiful Taroko language “Mukumugi” still echoes in these beautiful views.

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Qingshui Cliff

Located on the east of Qingshui Mountain, ranging between Heping and Chongde of Suhua Highway, stretching for 21 kilometers, Qingshui cliff is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Of all the cliffs, the southeast big cliff of Qingshui Mountain is the most dangerous, with a 5-kilometer long, magnificent cliff wall. It feels like riding on clouds in the air when driving between the mountain slope and the endless ocean with towering mountains above and stretching oceans under. What is before you is a magnificent poem of mountains, oceans, and human that describes the hardship they went through when building the highway. Here you can enjoy the blue sky and water of Pacific Ocean, the standoff between the mountains and the sea, and the amazing blue sceneries presented by the layers of coasts.

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