The new indigenous town with tribal historical site and nature
The most distinctive landmark of Zhangyuan Village is the Zhangyuan Presbyterian Church. The Amis tribes in Zhangyuan followed the spirit of Noah's building the Ark and raised funding through charity sales of wild vegetables and hand-caught frogs to design and build the church on their own. This church building is now known as the most beautiful "Noah's Ark" in Taiwan. The two sides of the building are surrounded by low walls, as if a ship is approaching Zhangyuan Harbor and about to dock, guarding local residents. The distinctive red brick tribal totem symbolizes the eternal spirit of the indigenous tribe.
In addition, Zhangyuan Bridges at the south end of Zhangyuan Village are three parallel bridges across Shuimuding Creek—the old, the middle, and the new. As the terrain varies, a unique landscape is formed. East Coast National Scenic Area Administration of Tourism Bureau, MOTC also set up "Zhangyuan Bridge Rest Area" here. Tourists standing on the new bridge can admire the old cobbled bridge. The arched bridge spans across the valley, offering natural and unsophisticated scenery.
History and culture
Zhangyuan Village is located in the northmost part of Changbin Township. "Zhangyuan" is derived from the name "guzilü" in Koladot (a Kavalan dialect). Nowadays, the local Amis pronounce it as "gulalu'" while Kavalan people pronounce it as "gulaalu'." Guzilü is a joint settlement of the Kaliawan Plains indigenous people and the Amis people. It has the largest Kavalan population in Taitung County. Zhangyuan Village also has the largest Kavalan population in Changbin Township.
Nature and ecology
West of Zhangyuan Village there is a mountainous area in the Shuimuding Creek valley with vast primitive camphor forests. During the Taisho era of Japanese rule, the residents chopped down large number of trees to make camphor. It was an important place for camphor production during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. Below the bridge is the main water inlet of Changbin Canel, as well as the Shuimuding Creek Basin. Surrounded by old camphor trees, there are many kinds of boulders and fish ladders in the river. It is a great spot for observing animals and plants, learning about ecology, and trekking upstream. On the way upstream, you will find the towering high mountains and waterfalls cascading down. The charming scenery and clear spring water make it a great spot in summer.
The entire Shuimuding Creek valley has huge volcanic agglomerates containing many types of jade, such as purple jade, yellow jasper, and white chalcedony. Shuimuding Mountain is part of the Duluan mountain layers, which mainly consists of hard volcanic agglomerate rock. Many years of seawater erosion and formation created the cliffs. The large number of agglomerated rocks were formed during the eruption of submarine volcanoes millions of years ago. Together they form the magnificent riverscape of Shuimuding Creek.
- Gas Station
- Parking lot
- View Point
- Bus station
How to Get There
2. When entering the valley or doing river trekking, please always do so with a companion to avoid being trapped and unable to escape in the event of an accident.
3. The Pakelang Houseboat was built by the four Hawang brothers of the Amis tribe. The building merges with the sea and the landscape. It is worth a visit.