Suao-Hualien Highway In addition to the Central Cross-Island Highway, another road that offers considerable attractions for the tourist is the old Suao-Hualien Highway. First opened to traffic in 1932, this 118-kilometer-long road was the first government-built road in the area, but its origins go back to 1874, when a road was first cut between Su-ao and Hualien under order of the imperial Chinese government. North along the road from Hualien is the Chongde Control. In the early stages of its development, the road could carry traffic in only one direction at a time, and vehicles had to wait at the control station for convoys going the opposite direction to pass. It rapidly developed into a spot where travelers would stop to enjoy the scenery, have a snack, and buy souvenirs. At the northern mouth of Chongde Tunnel, 182.5 kilometers along the Suao-Hualien Highway, is the Shiahai Trail. This is a perfect spot to view the Pacific Ocean. A walk of 10 minutes down the trail brings visitors to a shingle beach featuring limestone formations and a variety of rock-growing plants. The 20-kilometer stretch of highway between Chongde and Heping is the most tortuous and spectacular section of the Suao-Hualien Highway. Cliffs of gneiss and marble from sheer drops of more than a thousand meters, and the road winds its way precariously between the cliffs on one side and the ocean on the other. After this stretch, the road runs through to Heping and Guanyin, funnily reaching Nan-ao and Dong-ao. In the vicinity of Nan-ao, the Wushr Promontory protrudes majestically into the Pacific Ocean, dividing the Suao-Hualien coastline into the Nan-ao and Dong-ao bays. Dung-ao is a major producer of lilies; moreover, the Japan Current brings this coastal area a rich annual harvest of fish. Hualien County Related sites National ParkMeiyuan Zhucun Agricultural RoadLushui TrailSuao-Hualien HighwayBaiyang TrailQingshui CliffChangchun Temple TrailYu Mountain (Yushan) National ParkTunnel of Nine TurnsSwallow Grotto（Yanzikou）Batongguan Historic TrailShakadang (Mystery Valley) TrailTianxiangTaroko National ParkBuluowanNational Scenic AreaSaoba Stone PillarsTropic of CancerEast Rift Valley National Scenic AreaEast Coast National Scenic AreaFanshuliaoShitipingRafting on the Xiuguluan RiverWuhe Tourist Tea PlantationsLiushishi MountainChanghong BridgeLiyu (Carp) LakeNational Forest Recreation AreaFuyuan National Forest Recreation AreaChinan National Forest Recreation AreaAmusement ParkHualien Farglory Ocean ParkSceneryNanbin ParkQixing Lake (Qixingtan)Hot SpringHongye Hot SpringsAntong Hot SpringsRuisui Hot SpringsHeritage/TempleHualien Sugar FactoryTzu Chi HeadquartersFarmsShin Kong Chao Feng Ranch & ResortBeaches/IslandsShiti Fishing Harbortourism townRuisui Township, Hualien County: Fragrant Tea, Dairy and Hot Springs Recommendation 30 Recommendation QR code Travel Information （Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.） TEL：+886-3-862-1100~6Address：Suao-Hualien Highway, Xiulin Township, Hualien CountyLongitude/Latitude：121.764776/24.339586Web：http://www.taroko.gov.tw/English/?mm=5&sm=1&page=1#upTransportation：Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Su-ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9Public：Air: From Kaohsiung International Airport fly to Hualien on Mandarin Airlines. Hualien Airport Train: Take a train to Heren or Chongde Railway Station. Take a train to Hualien Railway Station, continue by Hualien Bus (New Hualien Station-Chongde Line) to Chongde stop.