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Su-Hua Highway, Hualien County

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Following a contour carved by the dramatic cliffs rising up from the Pacific Ocean, Su-Hua Highway provides travelers with a scenic and exciting drive. Making up a 118 km (73.3 mi) section of the Provincial Highway No. 9, which runs north to south down the east of the country, the highway incorporates a 21 km (13 mi) stretch of cliffs called the Chingshui Cliffs, which rise an average of 800 m (2,624.6 ft) above sea level. The route began life as a military footpath used initially by the Chinese in an effort to assert sovereignty over the east coast. It was subsequently widened into a road by the Japanese colonial government, with extensive works done and tunnels and bridges constructed, until it was opened to the public in 1932. Be aware that with falling rocks considered a constant threat, the road is regarded as one of the most dangerous in the world, so take it slowly, and consider abstaining during bad weather. To visit Su-Hua Highway on your trip to Hualien County, use our Hualien County trip planner .
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  • It's a beautiful road, one side is the mountain, one side is the sea, very special experience, the road is not big, if you are not fast can rely on the side to let others first, do not let others dangerous car, if you want to appreciate the wind can be parked by the side.
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  • Scenic costal highway linking Hualien and Yilan. Windy mountainous route. Requires good driving skills. Avoid this road during bad weather due to risks of rock falls and also landslides. Towards Yilan...  more »
  • The road runs along the East coast from the northeastern part of Taiwan. Saying only the Taiwan Railway, it's hard to drive by car. Is the road Taiwan of crustal deformation and orogeny was a quite steep terrain. I saw Shimizu cliffs plunge into the sea at a sharp angle, so satisfied.
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Budget-conscious travelers in Hualien should look at the area around the main train station: densely populated, the district boasts a number of restaurants, tour operators, and cafes, along with the bulk of economical accommodations. Meanwhile, the areas around Meilunshan Park and the harbor have wider boulevards and a more relaxed, suburban feel. Here, a number of boutique hotels and some high-rises cater to those wanting a little luxury and more laid-back surroundings.
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