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Su-Hua Highway, Xiulin

4.3
#1 of 7 in Scenic Drive in Taiwan
Following a contour carved by the dramatic cliffs rising up from the Pacific Ocean, Su-Hua Highway provides travelers with a scenic and exciting drive. Making up a 118 km (73.3 mi) section of the Provincial Highway No. 9, which runs north to south down the east of the country, the highway incorporates a 21 km (13 mi) stretch of cliffs called the Chingshui Cliffs, which rise an average of 800 m (2,624.6 ft) above sea level. The route began life as a military footpath used initially by the Chinese in an effort to assert sovereignty over the east coast. It was subsequently widened into a road by the Japanese colonial government, with extensive works done and tunnels and bridges constructed, until it was opened to the public in 1932. Be aware that with falling rocks considered a constant threat, the road is regarded as one of the most dangerous in the world, so take it slowly, and consider abstaining during bad weather. To visit Su-Hua Highway on your trip to Hualien, use our Hualien trip planner .
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  • Acclaimed as one of the most scenic drives in Asia, this 73-mile road hugs Taiwan's cliffs along the east coast from Su'ao to Hualien. The best place to stop allows spectacular views of the Qingshui C...  more »
  • What a feat of engineering this road is clinging to the cliffs and passing through numerous tunnels. There are scare stories about the road but it’s 2 full lanes wide so unless you’re driving a bus or...  more »
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