Taiwan’s East Coast: A rugged, yet spectacular, area

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.


The coast of Taiwan is dotted with many fishing villages. Most of them are sandwiched between the ocean and a small mountain range that runs along the entire eastern seaboard.



Fishing in Taiwan

Commercial and recreational fishing is popular throughout Taiwan. The spectacular backdrop of the Pacific Ocean adds to the enjoyment of this sport.



Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu Geopark. Taiwan is endowed with a wide variety of natural beauty. Much of it is protected by the government in parks or national parks easily accessible to the public.



Seafood in Taiwan

Seafood galore! Due to the island nature of Taiwan, seafood is popular, plentiful, and inexpensive. A meal for five too large to finish with a large variety of seafood, wine, vegetable, tea, and dessert came to only US$115.



Seafood in Taiwan

Traditional, as well as exotic, seafood is fresh and readily available. Abalone, crabs, periwinkles, lobsters, oysters, octopus, and sea star, to name just a few, can be found in most restaurants.



Fishing in Taiwan

Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes. Young and old, they line the wharfs, stand in the waters, or sit on the shore.



Fishing boat

Fishing boats ply the waters claimed by Japan, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Many disputes have arisen between these countries over fishing rights in these waters.


Bike path in Taiwan

There are many bicycle paths most of which were built in areas of interest such as lakes, mountain roads, or along the ocean. With the recreational bicyclist in mind, there are usually bicycle rental shops adjacent to these paths.

East Coast of Taiwan

The coastal mountains along the eastern seaboard can be enjoyed from the many bicycle paths built just meters from the Pacific Ocean. The cool ocean breezes are a great respite from the hot humid inland weather. Most of these cycling paths are a short drive from any major city.


Taiwanese man

Many locals use the bicycling paths to gain access to the ocean. In addition to taking in breathtaking scenery, a taste of contemporary Taiwan can be had by riding along these paths.

**I was recently invited to explore Taiwan by the Taiwanese Tourism Agency. I have another photo essay about Taiwan here.


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4 Responses to Taiwan’s East Coast: A rugged, yet spectacular, area

  1. Shawna July 15, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    That third picture is amazing! I’ve never heard anything bad about the scenery in Taiwan and my urge to visit there has been slowly growing the more I stumble upon these inspiring photographs.

    • Nancy Sathre-Vogel July 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      @Shawna, Taiwan is really stunningly beautiful. All we hear is about the massive cities, but it’s easy to get out of them and the mountains are amazing.

  2. Wil @ Where's Wil July 19, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    I’m thinking of moving to Taiwan for a few months to learn Mandarin. It’s great hearing about what all Taiwan has to offer so I know what to expect when I get there.

    Just looking at your pictures makes me hungry for sea food.

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