The hometown of hairy crabs—Balaeluan Creek
Balaeluan Creek means "division" in the Amis language. As the estuary is next to the Tropic of Cancer marker, the creek happens to be the dividing line between tropical and subtropical zones.
Balaeluan Creek has not been reclaimed and developed, so it could retain its most pristine and natural features and its extremely rich ecological resources, such as muntjacs, Taiwan moles, red-bellied tree squirrels, LaTouche's frogs, common Chinese tree frogs, stag beetles.
The estuary of the creek is directly connected to the sea and therefore is a special environment where seawater and freshwater blend. It is particularly suitable for migratory fish, shrimps, and crabs to thrive. As a result, many precious aquatic species, such as hairy crabs, pea crabs, mitten crabs, freshwater shrimps, giant mottled eels, monk gobies, and flagtails. It is an excellent place to observe migratory fish, shrimps, and crabs here. In summer and autumn, tens of thousands of young mitten crabs finding their way back home to their previous generation is a magnificent and breathtaking view.
In order to protect the environment of Sanfu Creek, Jingpu villagers established the Balaeluan Creek Protection Association in 1999. Almost all residents participated in the protection work so that the ecological resources of Sanfu Creek were kept intact. If you would like to visit this creek, it is recommended that you contact the Protection Association in advance. Balaeluan Creek Protection Association, Jingpu Village, Fengbin Township, Hualien County: 03-8781274