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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. See Su-Hua Highway and all Hualien County has to offer by arranging your trip with our Hualien County holiday planner.
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Where to stay in Hualien County

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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  • It's well worth doing this drive for the amazing views. We drove from near the bus station and to rent scooters from around the area was 400 TWD for the day; pretty reasonable for what you get to see....  more »
  • We had a sunny day that may made the difference for this beautiful drive. You do need be careful on switch backs & important to keep up with the traffic, then it's not that bad at all. I drove rougher...  more »
  • Tis road connected YiLan county and Hualien county, its d only way (road) from north part of Taiwan to Hualien, driving journey takes abt appr. 3hrs, travel along d narrow cliff of taiwan east coast, ...  more »