Fringed by the magnificent Taroko National Park, Xincheng Township attracts hikers, climbers and nature enthusiasts with one of Taiwan’s most impressive natural landscapes. Witness dramatic coastal cliffs, rocky canyons and sparkling blue seas while immersing yourself in Taiwan’s exquisite culture.
Things to do in Xincheng Township
A trip to Taiwan isn’t complete without witnessing the magnificent Taroko Gorge. Set in the heart of Taroko National Park, the 19-kilometre-long marble-walled crevice is a dwarfing sight. Walk across the giant suspension bridge and follow the Shakadang Trail through the region’s mountainous landscape. Experience the tranquillity of the Eternal Springs Shrine and capture the beauty of Swallow Grotto, where the gorge twists and turns in a spectacular display of colour.
Partake in the popular tradition of “river tracing” through the Golden Canyon. Hike, climb and jump from boulder to boulder as you navigate your way along the Erxhan South Creek before reaching the Golden Grotto, a series of deep aquamarine pools and cascading waterfalls.
Experience the raw beauty of Qixingtan Beach. Set against the backdrop of the rugged Qingshui cliffs, this sweeping shoreline is speckled with white and grey pebbles providing a magnificent contrast to the turquoise Pacific Ocean. For an active adventure, cycle along the coastal bikeway.
Discover an extensive collection of over 1,700 pieces of Chinese jade at the Kuang Long Museum. Learn about the importance of jade in Chinese culture and admire a range of antique stone carvings, including fossils, marbles and meteorites. Don’t miss the Earthquake Experience, where you can feel the floor tremble beneath your feet.
Getting around Xincheng Township
Xincheng Township is just five kilometres from Hualien Airport, with local buses, taxis and rental cars available. Xincheng Township can be explored on foot, while regular buses provide access to Hualien City, Taroko National Park and Qixingtan Beach.