TAIPEI (The China Post) — A short 150-meter stroll at the bare edge of Hualien’s coastline, has become the most recent addition to eastern Taiwan’s long list of panoramic spots.
The skywalk is split into two parts. The first half of the walk is an ancient trail strengthened and widened by cement. Yet, the second half is even more impressive featuring a 30-meter long tempered glass-bottomed section. Below, the crashing waves 50-meters underneath the footpath are a reminder of just how powerful this pristine ocean actually is.
The walk was built following the mountain cliff and was the only path for Taiwan indigenous tribes Amis, Kavalan and Sakizaya to reach outside. Because the cliff is so steep, legend has it that the location’s another name “Qinbuzhizi” (親不知子斷崖), literally “cliff of the unaware child,” originates from an unfortunate story of two local farmers who lost their son after he fell into the sea below.
Ever since the Provincial Highway 11 in eastern Taiwan, also known as Hualien-Taitung Coastal Highway, was built, along with Xinji Tunnel which deep within the mountain to connect Xinshe and Jiqi tribes, the used important yet scary “Qinbuzhizi” path began to wane and was closed on 1971. Not until July 2017, the Fengbin Skywalk had finally been renovated and opened to the public, and the unbelievable scenes through Taiwan’s first and only skywalk is a resounding must.
Once reaching the path after a short five-minute walk from the parking lot, the 180˚ view may feel overwhelming to some, glancing out to an otherwise infinite expanse of azalea blue, pacific water. At a certain point on the trail, there’s a sizable cave where the mountain meets the sea, called “Pirate Cave” (海盜洞).
It is said that long ago when the Dutch and Portuguese roamed the seas, a group of Dutchmen hid in the cave, fleeing the winds and tides of an incoming typhoon. When they happened to be spotted by the locals, they were believed to be pirates.
How to get there?
Address: 977, Hualien County, Fengbin Township, Hualien-Taitung Coastal Highway. (Right next to the southern entrance to Xinfeng Tunnel (新豐隧道) on the highway.) Phone: (03) 879-1350 (Fengbin Township Office) Open hours: from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.
Ticket: NT$40 per person; NT$150 per tour bus; NT$50 per car; NT$20 per motorcycle.