Hualien (花蓮) - Daylily (黃花菜) Flowers - Liushishi - Sixty Stone Mountain (六十石山) [The Affair of Autumn and Summer] | Travel in Asia

Hualien (花蓮) - Daylily (黃花菜) Flowers - Liushishi - Sixty Stone Mountain (六十石山) [The Affair of Autumn and Summer]

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Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

I know one love story in Taiwan. It's a romance between the two seasons of the year. A passion so deep that is boundless and repeats over time. There's a magical connection between these two beings even though they try to conquer one another. They look separated but actually just inches away from each other. During the last days of August and the beginning of September, they combine to become as one. They are Autumn and Summer. Our lovebirds in this great affair.

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Summer's mood is always hot like the sun while Autumn is as cool as the wind. At those times when they fuse, the blistering heat of the sun suddenly disappears and the cool breeze of the wind replaces it slowly. They do these every year. Summer comes first and Autumn next. Then, they will wait another twelve months to meet again as husband and wife.


Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

They had been married in the eyes of villagers in Hualien. With the moon as their wedding ring and the constellations of Pegasus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Cepheus, Scorpio, Hercules and Sagittarius as their witnesses, they made a vow in front of Mother Earth that they will always take care of each other. Autumn said, “I love you”. Summer replied, “I love you too”. 

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers


The fusion of these two seasons gave birth to a flower that only blossoms in a day. The daylily. It’s a beautiful bloom! Now, the desire of anyone wishing to visit Taiwan from the middle of August to the first half of September. The arrangement of its petals resemble the stars in the night sky that guided their parents for their meetup. They cover the rolling hills of Fuli District to become a wonderland painted with an orange hue. 

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

A blessing from the unseen forces in Taiwan, the pledge of love between the two seasons of the year is a food for the mortals. The daylily isn't just an attractive flower but it’s also edible. Farmers pick the unopened buds to be dried under the sun and processed into a delicious snack. 

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Sixty Stone Mountain. The love nest of our couple. It's nice to come here on a bright sunny day. But whenever our king and queen have a quarrel, a thick fog will suddenly come turning the whole place into an enchanted landed. It will hide the view of the mountains shrouding the hills in mystery. 

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

The fog will stay there until the anger of Summer has subsided. Autumn, on the other hand, will wait for the right time to hug her wife again. A few minutes, a few hours even up to the next day. Their love for each other is so strong that they will soon kiss again. This is the story of the two seasons of the year. This is the affair of Autumn and Summer.

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain daylily flowers

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Notes:
1. Taiwan daylily season: Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 only

Hualien Sixty Stone Mountain Daylily Season
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2. Best time to visit: late August to early September during full bloom (depends on weather conditions)


3. How to get here from Taipei:

TRA timetable: https://tip.railway.gov.tw/tra-tip-web/tip?lang=EN_US

a. Option 1: Taipei City Hall Bus Station → Luodong Station → Hualien Station → Fuli Station → taxi

Buy the combo bus-train ticket (NTD 209) at Taipei City Hall Bus Station. Board Luodong Express Bus 1570 and then transfer to a train going to Hualien Station at Luodong Station. Board another train to Fuli Station then take a taxi.


b. Option 2: Taipei City Hall Bus Station → Luodong Station → Fuli Station → taxi
Board Bus 1570 at Taipei City Hall Bus Station. At Luodong Station, board an express train going to Fuli Station then transfer to a taxi.

• Option 1 is cheaper but takes a longer time. The good news is that many trains are running from Hualien Station to Fuli Station.
• Option 2 is faster but more expensive. However, there are fewer trains traveling from Luodong Station to Fuli Station.
• Roundtrip taxi fare from Fuli Station to Sixty Stone Mountain is estimated to be NTD 1,400.

4.   Hualien to Sixty Stone Mountain by tripool taxi

Suggested tripool taxi itinerary on visiting Sixty Stone Mountain from TRA Hualien Station. Don't forget to book another ride for the return trip. If you are going to travel on a group composed of 8 people, the budget per person will be NTD 1,644 for the entire roundtrip. Regular taxi ride from TRA Fuli Station to Sixty Stone Mountain ranges from NTD 1,200 to NTD 1,800. The taxi drivers there at Fuli Station will try to confuse you, to lure you to ride their taxi even if it's a colorum or not, especially if you can't speak Chinese. So beware! tripool taxi web app: https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji
Pick-up pointDrop-off pointDistanceTravel timeEstimated tripool taxi fare (NTD)Suggested pick-up period at the pick-up point
# of passengers
1 to 345 to 8
Hualien StationSixty Stone Mountain106.5 kms2 hrs 23 mins 4,4934,7186,57611:00 am - 11:30 am
Sixty Stone MountainHualien Station6:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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