The estuary of Hualien Creek
Hualien Creek estuary is the first stop to explore the beauty of East Coast. There are constantly changing estuaries, precious sand dunes, the longest fault in the east, and peculiar sea erosion landscape; as well as beaches, rocky shores, plants growing on the dunes, and all kinds of migratory creatures. This place can be said to be a treasure vault for learning about the topography, geology, and ecology of the East Coast.
The wetland in Xikou is also the best place to watch waterbirds in the suburbs of Hualien City. Herons can be seen roaming here all year round. As soon as winter comes, waterbirds such as ducks, geese, sandpipers, and shorebirds arrive in groups.
At nights before and after the winter solstice, there are crowds of people on the banks of the Xikou, using headlights to catch eel seedlings in the cold and harsh northeast monsoon.
The estuary of Hualien Creek is only a ten-minute drive from Hualien city. It is a great place to watch sunrise and welcome the first rays of light. You can also climb the Hualien Mountain and gaze afar, or stroll on the beach, enjoy the peculiar rocks, and observe plants and animals. It is a great place for the whole family, with members young and old, to enjoy together.