The 104-kilometer-long Xiuguluan River originates from the Central Range and is the largest stream in eastern Taiwan, cutting through Coastal Range and flowing into the sea. The cutting and erosion of the stream for many years have cut many steep gorges, created meanders, river steps, and other landscapes, as well as shaped the sedimentary rocks of the mountains on both sides into a variety of landscapes. The huge stones commonly known as the imperial stone are as white as jade and have beautiful lines are named, "Xiugu goggling jade."
An absolutely thrilling rafting experience
The best time for rafting: the high-water season from May to October each year
Rafting time: about 3-4 hours
Midway stop: Qimei rafting rest stop
The best way to experience Xiuguluan River is definitely rafting! Departing from Ruisui Bridge and going all the way down the river, passing through thrilling rapids, crossing the Qimei Suspension Bridge, and finally arriving under Changhong Bridge at the estuary of Xiuguluan River, the beautiful scenery on both sides of shores is all in your view. At the same time, you must dodge the hidden whirlpools and the sudden rapids. Experience the soaking wet adventure of 100% excitement!
The strange rocks on Xiuguluan River
Ruigang Highway that follows along Xiuguluan River is an excellent route for observing the terrain and landscape of the Coastal Range. The best two spots are Qimei Grand Canyon and Xiugu Goggling Jade. Along the western section of Xiuguluan River, you can see that sandstone and shale are alternately layered, like a giant mille-feuille—Qimei Grand Canyon is famous for it. In contrast, Xiugu Goggling Jade in the riverbed of the lower Xiuguluan River is port limestone.