Hualien among ‘top rising travel destinations’: TripAdvisor

Travel website TripAdvisor on Wednesday recommended Hualien as an ideal travel destination while announcing its annual “Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise,” which ranked the eastern Taiwan county the seventh-best destination in Asia.

Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園) was singled out as a must-see location in Hualien, according to the website, which also lauded the ocean view at Shihtiping (石梯坪).

“Most people come to Hualien to visit Taroko Gorge and with good reason — it’s simply beautiful. With rope bridges over rivers, hiking trails with astounding views and temples cut into the mountainside, it’s an unforgettable place,” the website said.

The awards recognize 43 destinations around the world selected by an algorithm primarily based on year-by-year increases in positive TripAdvisor traveler review ratings for accommodation, restaurants, attractions and increased interest in booking trips.

The destinations were in five geographical categories: the World, United States, Europe, South America and Asia.

Baku in Azerbaijan topped the Asia list, which also included El Nido in the Philippines, Jodhpur in India and Da Lat in Vietnam.

The beach city of Kihei in Hawaii was ranked the top rising spot in the U.S., while San Jose del Cabo in Mexico earned the number one ranking in the world.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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