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Accessible tour – South to North

Updated:2019-09-06

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Accessible tour – South to North
Day 2 Days
Transport City Bus、Drive
Category Others

Introduction
Life is short and there are always places waiting for us to visit. Follow us to the East Coast to experience the amazing craft of nature, discover magnificent sceneries, and explore prehistoric ruins. The hospitable indigenous people will welcome you with their performances. This is a tour that will allow you to experience life and learn about history at a relaxed pace.

◎ Duration: 2 days and 1 night.
◎ Starting time: 8:30

Plan an itinerary

〔DAY 1〕

Xiaoyeliu
Xiaoyeliu is located north of Fugang Fishing Port. It is the southmost tourist attraction on the East Coast. Due to the interlayer deposition of thick-bedded sandstone and thin-bedded mudstone, changes in geological structure, and the erosion and scouring of sea waves, odd-shaped rocks such as cuesta, honeycomb rocks, turtle rocks, tofu rocks, and mushroom rocks are formed.
The huge, twisted coral reefs, along with the fig trees growing on the rocks, form a unique sight. On a clear day, from Xiaoyeliu you can see clearly Lüdao about 32 kilometers towards the east as well as ferries departing from Fugang Fishing Port for Lüdao and Lanyu.
We recommend you to take a walk from the Visitor Center to Xiaoyeliu along the seaside walking trail. Observe coastal plants such as Silvery Messerschmidia and Sea Hibiscus, stroll along the coconut tree walk, feel the serenity of nature, and listen to the Concerto of the sounds of birds and waves.

無障礙遊程-2日遊

◆Suggested time: 8:30-17:00
◆Crutches (2), wheelchair (1), and bikes for disabled people are available for borrowing.
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilets (5), accessible parking lots (5), accessible ocean view platform (1).

Jialulan
At Jialulan, there is a large grass field, a pagoda and tourist center of distinct design, and a viewing platform where you can look out to Doulan Bay, Doulan Mountain, and Xiaoyeliu. It not only offers a great place for a break during your East Coast trip, it is also a wonderful photo spot. Tourists can relax in the sound of waves, the sea breeze, and the warm sunlight in Jialulan.
Besides the natural beauty, there is various driftwood art and carved stone art on display in the park. You might notice that driftwood art was used to decorate the pagoda.
Every year during summer and fall, a group of artists gather here and present their art in the Jialulan handcraft market. Their original artwork is focused on utilizing natural materials. Along with various activities such as outdoor movie screening and live music performance of local bands, visitors can stroll around, shop at the market, and experience the natural, simple, creative, and hospitable East Coast.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 11:30-13:20
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilets (1), accessible parking lots (2), accessible ocean view platform (1).

Water Running Upward
As soon as you arrive here, you will hear tourists exclaiming in excitement for this geographical wonder - Water Running Upward.
As an old saying goes, "People go high, water flows low." This irrigation ditch about only 1.8 km away from Doulan, interestingly, violates the basic rule of gravity and runs slowly uphill along the ditch. Next to the ditch stands a block inscribed with the word "Wonder."
The road next to the ditch goes downhill while the ditch itself is in fact slightly uphill. As a result, when visitors stand at a low point and look at the ditch in continuation with the road, it looks as if water is running upward. A magical geological site!
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 9:00-17:00
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilets (2), accessible parking lots (2), accessible ocean view platform (1).

Performance by the Amis Kakeng Musical Group at the Amis Folk Center
The Amis Folk Center is located next to the Head Office of East Coast National Scenic Area Administration in Douli. The whole area is about 2 hectares in size, including an outdoor performance plaza and outdoor seating that can accommodate 2,000 people. It is a great place to experience the Amis traditional culture.
The main building of the Center is comprised of ceremonial houses and residential houses, a replica of Shaman’s houses of Taibalang Tribe of Hualien. In addition to the special architecture, there are exhibitions of tribal artifacts, handcrafts, specialty products, food, and traditional dance performances in the Center.無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 9:00-17:00
◆Crutches (2), wheelchair (1) are available for borrowing
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilet (1), accessible parking lots (3)

Douli Visitor Center
Douli Visitor Center is situated against the mountain and facing the sea. Towards the north, you can see Chenggong Township and Sanxiantai, and towards the south, Lüdao. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Inside the Center, there are various themed exhibition including the Amis section, the ocean section, East Coast scenery section, and the interactive experience section. Through various interactive multimedia facilities, films, models, and themed exhibitions, visitors can learn about the unique ecological and cultural features of the East Coast, as well as the various activities they can take part in here.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 8:30-17:00
◆Crutches (2), wheelchair (1), and bikes for disabled people are available for borrowing.
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilets (3), accessible parking lots (3).

Chenggong Marine Environmental Education Center
The Center is located next to Xingang Fishing Port—the largest port in eastern Chenggong Township. This location benefits from the Kuroshio, a warm Pacific current cultivating a diverse range of marine species, including dolphins and whales. In an effort to raise awareness of Chenggong’s marine resources and fishing industry, the East Coast National Scenic Area Administration launched this marine environmental education facility for the general public as part of the Chenggong Yacht Marina. With the help of the Taiwan Cetacean Society, the Center offers free, guided tours as well as marine-themed trips and workshops to provide visitors with knowledge and insights of the unique fishing culture of Chenggong, as well as the marine ecosystem of Taitung County, making their whale-watching trips even more worthwhile.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 9:00-17:00
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilets (1), accessible parking lots (2).

〔DAY 2〕

Sanxiantai
Sanxiantai island is comprised of Duluan Mountain agglomerate rock. It was originally a headland before gradual sea erosion cut off the neck of the headland, turning it into an offshore island. In the past, visitors could only reach the island by crossing the water during low tide. In 1987, the eight-arch bridge was completed and crossing over to the island was made possible. The bridge was designed in the shape of waves, like a dragon crouching over the sea, connecting Sanxiantai with Taiwan Island. It has become a famous landmark on the East Coast.
There is a walking trail that goes around Sanxiantai, which takes about 2 hours to complete at a relaxed pace. Coral reefs surround the island. The strong weathering and erosion created natural and geological wonders such as sea trenches, sea caves, sea columns, and sea walls, making the visit to the island full of discoveries and surprises.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 8:30-17:00
◆Crutch (1), wheelchair (1)
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilets (2), accessible parking lots (4)

Baxian Cave
Baxian Cave, both a geological wonder and prehistorical remains, is located on a cliff facing the ocean in Shanjian Village, Changbin Township, Taitung County. There are more than a dozen of naturally formed sea caves, with a walking trail leading to each cave. The largest among them is Lingyan Cave. The highest cave, Kuenluen Cave, is about 130 meters high. In addition, there are Chienyuan Cave, Joucheng Cave, Hailay Cave, Chaoyin Cave, Yongan Cave, and Shuilian Cave. Due to that these caves were originally used as shrines, they all possess a religious vibe.
Baxian Cave is an important archaeological site of prehistorical remains. A rich reserve of pre-pottery culture of Palaeolithic Age was found here and subsequently named “Changbin Culture.” It is the oldest pre-historical remain discovered in Taiwan, recognized as a national archaeological site for its significance.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 8:30-17:00
◆Crutch (1), wheelchair (1)
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilets (4), accessible parking lots (3)

The Tropic of Cancer Landmark
The Tropic of Cancer landmark is at 23.5 degrees north of the Equator, the most northerly circle of latitude on Earth at which the Sun can be directly overhead, also dividing the subtropics and tropics. The Jingpu Tropic of Cancer landmark is located at the 70.5-km marker of Provincial Highway 11. Every year on the summer solstice, the sun rises and falls along the white tower. A slit can be found in the landmark tower that facilitates the observation of this phenomenon. At noon on the summer solstice, sunlight goes directly into the slit. Visitors next to the tower can experience the unique phenomenon of becoming shadow-less under the sun.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 8:30-17:00
◆Crutch (1) and wheelchair (1) are available for borrowing.
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilet (1), accessible parking lot (1).

Xibulan Visitor Center (Xin Taipingyang Yi Hao Dian, or New Pacific Number One Store)
The limestone bed of Xiuguluan River, after years of washing and eroding of the running river, forms various shapes of rock and is white—like jade—in color. The name “Xiugu goggling jade” is therefore given. The design of the Xibulan Visitor Center is based on this image, using pure-white, rock-texture paint on the exterior wall and aluminum grid sunshade to replace the traditional slanted roof—a eye-catching design sure to get visitors’ attention.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 8:30-17:00
◆Crutch (1) and wheelchair (1) are available for borrowing.
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilet (1), accessible parking lot (1).

Shitiping Recreational Area
Shitiping is located at the south end of Shiti Bay, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County. The whole area is a large coastal terrace with a high degree of marine erosion. The landscape includes marine platforms, raised coral reefs, sea trenches, and sea cliffs. The potholes, specifically, are one of Taiwan's top sites.
The Shitiping coast is rich in coral reefs and tropical fish. Various seaweed, fish, shrimps, shellfish, and other marine life thrive in the intertidal zones and tide pools from the potholes. As a result, Shitiping is a great place for observing intertidal ecology as well as diving and seashore fishing.
Visitors can walk along the circular trail and make close-up observations, or climb up the 17-m high cuesta to enjoy the geological view of Shitiping alongside the magnificent Pacific Ocean.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 8:30-17:00
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilets (3), accessible parking lots (4).

Baqi Gazebo
Baqi Gazebo is located at the 31.5-km marker on Provincial Highway 11, a rare vantage point on the coastal highway. Clime up to the viewing platform and look towards the south, you will find the Jiqi Bay, Guihou Headland, and Xinshe Cliff, forming a layered and continuous landscape—a unique geological wonder.
Coin-operated telescopes can be found on the platform, offering a clearer view for the visitors. At sunset, you can see the returning fishing boats. Looking towards the south from the viewing platform, you will have a clear view of the top of Dashibi Hill on the south side of Jiqi Bay.
無障礙遊程-2日遊◆Suggested time: 9:00-17:00
◆Accessible facilities: accessible toilet (1), accessible parking lot (1).

Notes

Day 1
Route: Xiaoyeliu -> Jialulan -> Water Running Upward -> Performance by Amis Kakeng Musical Group -> Douli Visitor Center -> Chenggong Marine Environmental Education Center -> Overnight stay
Day 2
Route: Sanxiantai -> Baxian Cave -> Tropic of Cancer Landmark -> Xibulan Visitor Center -> Shitiping Recreational Area -> Baqi Gazebo -> Return home

Remind

1. The two-day tour does not take into consideration the time needed to travel to Taitung from other cities.
2. Currently there is no wheelchair service on the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle. Low-floor buses can be reserved by calling Dingdong Bus +886-89-333443 or Hualien Bus +886-3-8338146.
3. Hualien and Taitung are places where indigenous culture is preserved. Please respect the local lifestyle. Appreciate and experience the culture with an open mind.
4. It is recommended that you consider visiting the East Coast accompanied by family and friends. If medical care is required during your trip, please contact the following institutions:
Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taitung Hospital Chenggong Branch +886-89-854748,
Taitung County Accessible Bus +886-89-311922.
5. Before departure, please check again if all necessary personal items and medications are packed.

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