Hualien, the largest city among the east coast of Taiwan, is a popular leisure resort. Although the city is prevented from becoming a major economic area because of geographic considerations, Hualien still has the potential to become the premier city of eastern Taiwan.
Along with wonderful natural scenery and an active tourist industry, Hualien has the richest mineral supplies in Taiwan, including marble, various crystal rocks, limestone, dolomite, serpentine, tale, asbestos, soft jade, feldspar, mica and quartz. All of this minerals are important building minerals and for crafts and jewelry.
Hualien’s marble is particularly famous in Taiwan, and Hualien is the island’s center for craft’s made from marble. Marble quarries are located all along the East-West Cross-Island Highways and at the tunnel of Mine Turns. The A-la-May area, which is located to the west of the city Yu Lee in center Hualien County, has a marble quarry that extends over an area of 40 square kilometers. The areas of Herping and Hershan are also rich in marble.
The color of Hualien marble ranges light grey, grey and green-grey to black. The color of serpentine ranges from light to dark green. But regardless of the color, uniform quality and bright luster are the signature characteristics of Hualien marble.