The Xiuguluan River originates in the Central Mountain Range, follows along the East Rift Valley through Ruisui, turns east, cuts through the coastal range and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Da Gangkou. At 104 km long, it is the longest river in eastern Taiwan and the only river that cuts through the Coastal Mountain Range.
The Xiuguluan River from Ruisui to Da Gangkou is known as the
Xiuguluan River Canyon. Here, the river has over twenty
sets of rapids and is a popular spot for river-rafting.
Xiuguluan river-rafting from Ruisui Bridge. The first leg of the trip lasts about two hours and allows rafters to navigate many sets of rapids. After the Chimei suspension bridge there are many thrilling rapids. After this test, rafters arrive at Chimei Recreation Area. After Chimei, the scenery in the valley is quite different. Here the water is deeper and wider. You will see whirlpools and rapids. This is the highlight of the trip. When the Red Bridge appears the riverbed opens up, slows down and becomes flat and wide. The rafting trip ends at the base of the Changhong Bridge.
The Xiuguluan River rafting trip is about 24 km and takes between three to four hours. Rafting is possible all year long but the best time to go is between April and October. Rafting times begin as early as 7am and go to 12pm. Rafting expeditions are rare in the afternoon and no boat is allowed on the water after 3pm.
Xiuguluan River Rafting Center
The Xiuguluan River Rafting Center is located in Ruisui Township in the East Rift Valley. It can be found near the Xiuguluan River Bridge. The center has been built with a traditional aboriginal design and is equipped with display areas, ecological resources, safety videos and campsites for tourists.
- The peak rafting season：May through September AM07:00~PM04:00
- June through August AM06:00～PM03:00
- October through April AM08:00～PM05:00
Service Tel：(03)887-5400 Fax：(03)887-5405
During the rafting season there are usually about ten operating rafting companies. The largest daily capacity on the river is 3,000 people. Most rafting services have storefronts in Hualien City.
The official rafting fee NT$750 per person (this includes rafting gear, life jacket, helmet, lunch, insurance and cleaning). Return transport is extra.
Rafters should be covered under the rafting service’s accident insurance to the amount of NT$2,000,000.
- People with heart disease or epilepsy are not permitted.
- No drinking.。
- Listen to the safety talk prior to the trip.
- Clothing should be lightweight and shoes should have soft bottoms to facilitate walking on the riverbed and to prevent the scratches in the boat.
- Sunscreen should be applied to avoid sunburn.
- Do not take off your life jacket, helmet, or untie the tether.
- Nanshan Recreation Co., Ltd. 03-8339275 http://www.nsboat.com.tw/about.htm
- Shaing Shan Entertainment, Inc. 03-8781166、03-8781078
- Dong Hai Rafting Recreation Co., Ltd. 03-887-6338、887-6339 http://www.eastsea.com.tw/
- Qing Lio Rafting Recreation Inc. 0919-281346 https://www.facebook.com/1517895018425870
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