Provincial Highway No.11

Provincial Highway 11 runs along the east coast of Taiwan. With gorgeous mountains on one side and blue sea on the other, the picturesque highway features many attractions along the way. Of course, one of the most famous scenes is the well-known ocean view, which sparkles in different hues with every change of the weather. From the early morning sunrise to the moonlight on the sea come evening, the East Coast uses its tender charm to sooth the traveler’s soul. Whether you’re sipping on a mug of warm coffee by the shore, or gazing into the Pacific from the top of Dulan Mountain, a locale considered sacred by the local Amis tribe, you won’t want to leave in behind. Or maybe you’ve come to go surfing, river tracing, snorkeling, picnicking, or star gazing, or maybe to go on an ecological tour. Whatever you’ve come to do along the journey up or down Provincial Highway 11, your heart will be filled to the brim.

Back when the Jhihhang Air Force Base was under construction, what is now the Jialulan Recreation Area was just a discarded plot of land. After many plans by the East Coast National Scenic Area Management Bureau, the area has been converted into a beautiful park for picnics and stargazing.

An expansive plot of grass is scattered with uniquely crafted driftwood art sculptures. With the broad blue ocean as the background, this place is truly fascinating.

Address: 1km north from Fugang Fishery Harbor, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan

( It is located at 157.5km point of Provincial Highway No.11.)

Shanyuan Bay suffered serious damage due to overfishing, almost completely depleting the area of fish and resources. As a result, the government worked hard to restore and set up the Fushan Fish Habitat Reserve. Now, the area is ecologically protected and fishing is prohibited.

The beach just south of the fish recovery area is a great spot for water sports like snorkeling and windsurfing. To the north, you will find a fully formed and preserved coral reef intertidal zone, abundant with marine ecology. Try to find some of the area’s diverse species, like the whitebait or the sand crab! Unsurprisingly, exploring this region’s ecology has become one of the main attractions to this spot.

Address: No. 2, Shanyuan, Fushan Vil, Beinan Township, Taitung County, Taiwan

Tel: 089-381368

Dulan is a must-visit village for so many tourists looking to see what Taitung life is like. In Dulan, the Shindong Sugar Factory -- once the center of business in the region -- has been converted into a arts and culture park. Dulan has been nicknamed by some the “Home of the Driftwood” since many artists gather here and use driftwood to create art pieces and furniture that overflow with spirit. Dulan is home to the Atolan aboriginal tribe, gathered artists, and the surfing community that comes for the magnificent waves on the beach here. Cultural diversity makes this place unique and attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the local creativity!

Address: Dulan, Donghe Township, Taitung County, Taiwan

(Near 152km point of Provincial Highway No.11)

Tel: 089-841520

 

Located in the northeast section of Taitung’s Chenggong Township, Sanxiantai is an extraordinary scenic area composed of several offshore islands and coral reefs. Because of the strong weathering and erosion, odd-shaped rocks and distinctive landscape such as sea columns, sea trenches and sea caves can be found all over the island. Far more than just a perfect nesting habitat for seabird species like the egretta, sacra, and noddy, it’s one of the most well-known and highly visited tourist destinations on the east coast.

How did the island get its name? The Amis indigenous tribe has been passing down some explanatory local folklore: since three of the “eight immortals” -- Lu Dongbin, Li Tieguai, and He Xiangu -- are thought to have visited this place, the place is called “the terrace of three immortals.”

This gorgeous spot is known to be the first place to see the sun’s morning rays on all of Taiwan’s east coast. Therefore, it is a tradition to view the first dawn of a new year on the shores of Sanxiantai.

As early as the Qing Dynasty, Chenggong Township housed the earliest Han settlement. After the first port allowed the local population to begin to trade goods, the locals’ lifestyles continuously changed with the resulting societal and economic changes. Chenggong Harbor, built in 1932, is the largest fishing port in the east coast of Taiwan. Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Striped Tuna are the major fish species found here. The harbor gradually becomes a new hub of urban life, filled with the vitality of different walks of people attracted to the fishing industry, from fisherman to merchants and from natives to foreigners.

Address: Chenggong Township, Taitung County, Taiwan

Changbin Township’s gorgeous King Kong Avenue is located at the 85km point of Provincial Highway No. 11, off of East 13 Country Road. This beautiful road also happens to be part of the Zhongyong Bikeway. Endless green fields that change color with the seasons line the road, and other than a pavilion perfect for resting and getting lost in thought, there are no other buildings in sight. While biking down the road, visitors can take in the stunning view of the mountains on the west and the Pacific Ocean’s sparkling horizon to the east: a view that just never gets old.

Address: East 13 Country Road, Changbin Township, Taitung County, Taiwan

( Go along Provincial Highway No.11 and turn in to East 13 Country Road at 85km point. )