Rafting on the Xiuguluan River The Xiuguluan River arises on the slopes of Mt. Xiuguluan and flows its way 103 kilometers until it empties into the Pacific Ocean on the East Coast. It is the longest river in eastern Taiwan, and has abundant water all year round. The river follows a winding path, flowing past Ruisui in the East Rift Valley and cutting a gorge through the Coastal Mountain Range on its way to the sea. This portion of the river is the most popular rafting course in Taiwan, with excitement- and thrill-seeking rafters being especially numerous from May to October. The Amis aborigine village of Qimei cuts the rafting section of the river roughly in half. During the first half the water is relatively placid, and allows rafting crews to develop their coordination and train their skills; the water flows much faster during the second half, which is relatively fraught with dangerous (but not very dangerous) rapids and eddies. Care should be taken here, lest you overturn your raft. The entire rafting trip takes three to four hours, probably with a stop at Qimei for rest and refreshment; the river drops 65 meters over the 22-kilometer distance of the trip, roiling over more than 20 sets of rapids of varying length and difficulty. Near the end of the trip, at Rainbow Bridge, the river widens out and becomes calm. The river bed here is scattered with large snow-white boulders that have been given the name of Xiuguluan jade. The International Xiuguluan River Rafting Race, held in June to July each year, has become the most important rafting activity in Taiwan. If you have a taste for thrills and a spirit of adventure, then this is the experience you're looking for. Hualien County Related sites National ParkBaiyang TrailSuao-Hualien HighwayLushui TrailChangchun Temple TrailYu Mountain (Yushan) National ParkSwallow Grotto（Yanzikou）Tunnel of Nine TurnsQingshui CliffBatongguan Historic TrailShakadang (Mystery Valley) TrailTianxiangTaroko National ParkBuluowanNational Scenic AreaChanghong BridgeLiyu (Carp) LakeSaoba Stone PillarsTropic of CancerEast Rift Valley National Scenic AreaLiushishi MountainWuhe Tourist Tea PlantationsEast Coast National Scenic AreaFanshuliaoShitipingRafting on the Xiuguluan RiverNational Forest Recreation AreaFuyuan National Forest Recreation AreaChinan National Forest Recreation AreaAmusement ParkHualien Farglory Ocean ParkSceneryNanbin ParkQixing Lake (Qixingtan)Hot SpringAntong Hot SpringsRuisui Hot SpringsHongye Hot SpringsHeritage/TempleTzu Chi HeadquartersHualien Sugar FactoryFarmsShin Kong Chao Feng Ranch & ResortBeaches/IslandsShiti Fishing HarborTourism TownRuisui Township, Hualien County: Fragrant Tea, Dairy and Hot Springs Recommendation 17 Recommendation QR code Travel Information （Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.） TEL：+886-3-887-5400Address：No.215, Sec. 3, Zhongshan Rd., Ruisui Township, Hualien CountyLongitude/Latitude：121.401079/23.487893Web：http://www.erv-nsa.gov.tw/user/article.aspx?Lang=2&SNo=03000132Transportation：Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Su-ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9 → County Hwy 193Public：Air: From Kaohsiung International Airport fly to Hualien on Mandarin Airlines. Hualien Airport Train: Take a train to Ruisui Railway Station. Take a train to Hualien Railway Station, continue by Hualien Bus to Ruisui stop.