Miaoli road voted most scenic highway in Taiwan

The 111-121km mark on Provincial Highway No. 61, which crosses Tongxiao Township, beat out 30 candidates to receive the title of most scenic highway section (Courtesy of Directorate General of Highway)
The 111-121km mark on Provincial Highway No. 61, which crosses Tongxiao Township, beat out 30 candidates to receive the title of most scenic highway section (Courtesy of Directorate General of Highway)

TAIPEI (CNA) — A road section in central Taiwan’s Miaoli County was voted the most scenic highway in the country, as part of a government campaign to encourage road trips and boost local tourism, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said Wednesday.

The 111-121km mark on Provincial Highway No. 61, which crosses Tongxiao Township, beat out 30 candidates to receive the title of most scenic highway section, according to DGH.

The hilly and curvy features of the 10km stretch allow road users to capture sunsets facing the Taiwan Strait, making it a hotspot for Facebook check-ins, the DGH said.

The section is also the only one on the highway, more commonly known as the West Coast Expressway, that sits between mountains and ocean, it said.

The stretch received 34,839 votes out of a total of 210,000 during a one-month voting period that ended on Dec. 1, according to the agency.

Second place went to another section of the expressway, between the 53-54km mark in Xinwu District, Taoyuan.

The section, known for a bridge that connects to Yong’an Port in northern Taiwan, was inaugurated last year and has since emerged as a local landmark, the DHG said.

The stretch, part of the expressway that reaches from New Taipei to Tainan, collected 21,783 votes, it said.

The third spot went to the elevated section and Jinlun Bridge at the 412-414km mark on Provincial Highway No. 9, which runs along Taiwan’s east coast.

The third spot went to the elevated section and Jinlun Bridge at the 412-414km mark on Provincial Highway No. 9, which runs along Taiwan's east coast. (Courtesy of Directorate General of Highway)
The third spot went to the elevated section and Jinlun Bridge at the 412-414km mark on Provincial Highway No. 9, which runs along Taiwan’s east coast. (Courtesy of Directorate General of Highway)

Enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean and the Kavulungan (or Dawu Mountain), the bridge is in Taimali Township, Taitung County.

Baimijingguan Bridge in Yilan secured the fourth place. (Courtesy of Directorate General of Highway)
Baimijingguan Bridge in Yilan secured the fourth place. (Courtesy of Directorate General of Highway)

It was opened in 2017 and quickly became popular, receiving 19,219 votes, the DHG said.

Other roads considered scenic include sections of provincial highways No. 2, 3, 14A, 18, 20 and 21.

To take a look at the winners, go to https://campaign.cw.com.tw/smiletaiwan/2019roadtop10-105