The small mountain range that runs along Taiwan’s east coast is covered with lush green forests which accentuate the already spectacular coastline. Rugged in both its physical and cultural characteristics, the coast is dotted with fishing villages whose inhabitants are the descendants of hardy pioneers who first crossed the almost insurmountable central mountain range looking for a new way of life.
Winds are strong at times and the weather unstable, but the landscape is always spectacular. Sometimes the mountains end abruptly at the ocean’s edge necessitating steep climbs and long tunnels, but the abrupt edge also creates cliffs towering over the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.
In other places, the coastline is flat, calm and peaceful, giving time to contemplate the huge expanse of ocean before you. There is a good reason a large portion of the eastern coast of Taiwan is designated as a national scenic area. There are many parks and recreational areas to visit along the way, each highlighting its unique physical characteristic. In the most scenic areas bicycle paths have been built so people can enjoy the beauty in a more intimate way.
**I was recently invited to explore Taiwan by the Taiwanese Tourism Agency. I have another photo essay about Taiwan here.