Liyu Lake is a scenic lake in Hualien. Here you can paddle across the lake, or take a scenic bike ride around the shore. There is also many food options here. It is like the Sun Moon Lake of eastern Taiwan.
Liyu literally means carp, so named because there are many carp fish in the lake. Therefore it is also known as Carp Lake.
Liyu is the largest lake in Hualien.
During Taiwan's logging days, an old logging railroad track (Halun Forest Railway 哈崙森林鐵路)
ran through this area, and parts of it can be seen nearby.
In 2002, the area around the lake was proposed as a scenic tourist area. In 2014, completion on the area was finished, which included a bike path, visitor's center, bus routes, and a pier.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: From Hualien city, take highway 台9丙線 southwest until you reach the lake, it will be hard to miss. There is free parking nearby.
By TRA/Bus: From Hualien TRA station, take bus 1139 about an hour to the lake. You can also take a bus to there from TRA Shoufeng Station.
Please see below:
When we visited, there were these black ducks on display on the side of the lake, along with a fountain. Also it rained pretty much the whole time. We kind of escaped the rain inside the paddle boat but we still got soaked.
See a video of the ducks and fountain above.
Map of the area. It is great for cycling.
Tons of paddle boats on the lake, even during a rain storm.
Pier with paddle boats. As I recall, a human powered boat was only 300 NT per hour.
Fog across the lake.
More boats through the fog.
After we were done boating, the weather cleared up somewhat.
We made our way over to see the ducks there.
Boats along the lake during good weather.
Another view of the middle of the lake.
View looking north.
Steps down to the peir.
Along the main road, there are lots of food options.
Rock sculpture shop.
Another view of the main drag.
Fried crab cake.
Stinky tofu and braised pork rice.
More fried snacks.
Mickey mouse car.
Guanyin riding a dragon.
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