Provincial Highway 11, which connects Hualien city to Taitung county, is known as the most beautiful coastal highway in Taiwan. Amedee, a Polish photographer who recently took a road trip from Kaohsiung to Hualien, was amazed by the breathtaking landscapes along in southern Taiwan. Driving along the highway, Amedee, who excels at telling stories through photographs, takes you to the fascinating eastern coast of Taiwan.
The Polish photographer set foot on Taiwan for the first time in 2013. With his a backpack and camera, he wasn’t different from other backpackers; yet, he has now lived here for more than 7 years which gives him a different perspective on Taiwan. When asked his reason for settling here, he would list thousands of reasons, such as friendliness of local people, mouthwatering delights and scenery.
The first stop on the route is Sanxiantai. Located in the north of Chenggong Township in Taitung County, Sanxiantai boasts a huge bridge that links the offshore island and the trail in a 2-hour-long journey. Due to the strong weathering and erosion, the natural wonders around make the spot one of the must-see destinations on the eastern coast.
After the long walk, Amedee headed for a dip at Lisong Hot Spring. Different from other hot springs in the region, the secret spot, known as the “most beautiful wild hot spring,” features breathtaking hot spring waterfalls flowing out from the rocks in a dream-like scene. The destination attracts thousands of nature lovers from far and near every year. However, it’s not that easy to visit this paradise. The hiking trail to this spot is 3.7 kilometers in length and the round trip takes around 2 hours.
After crossing the boundary between Taitung and Hualien counties, Amedee drove for 7 minutes and arrived at the Shitiping, which is known for its beautiful sea view. All kinds of landscapes are spread all over the scenic area including sea, cliffs and uplifted coral reefs.
Amedee then hopped on his car again and headed north for about 30 minutes to discover some golden fields. Located at the Fengbin Township, Sinshe terraces features stunning broad sea views and art installations, such as a bamboo tunnel, swing and strawmen. Before going to the terraced fields, it should be noted that there is only one crop stage on the east coast so you are advised to visit between February and July.
The last stop is the Dashibi Mountain Trail (Guay-an Mountain Trail) in Fengbin Area. It is located next to the Jiqi Beach; just follow the wooden staircase uphill, in just 15 minutes, you will arrive at the gazebo. Sitting there, you can overlook the sea like Amedee, and leave all your worries of the city behind.