The Northeast Coast National Scenic Area stretches to 102 kilometers in length from the Distric of Nanya in New Taipei City all the way to the Neibi Beach in the Township of Su-ao. It covers about 17,421 hectares of both land and sea and is found at the northeastern edge of Taiwan.
This truly scenic vicinity is famous for its abundant bays and capes with a majestic backdrop of green mountains. The area’s geological sights are a result of more than a thousand years of erosion, displacements and sedimentation. It is most noted by several attractions such as impressive rock formations, amazingly distinct sea-eroded landforms, stretches of fine golden sand along the beach, an affluent diversity of marine life and an untouched cultural heritage of the Taiwanese region.
The Northeast Coast National Scenic Area was established by the Tourism Bureau in 1984 with the aim of developing and managing the area’s tourism resources as well as preserving this fantastic local environment. In addition to developing the area into a scenic tourist hub, the Tourism Bureau also made sure to establish natural preserves at both land and at sea. For this reason, they are sure that the ecological vitality of the Northeastern Coast will be sustained for a very long time.
The Northeast Coast National Scenic Area’s most famous spot runs from the Juifang south to Beigangkou in the county of Yilan. It is most popular for its natural beauty filled with rivers, reefs, terraces rice paddies, rolling green hills, a lighthouse, and two of Taiwan’s best beaches. Aside from unique landforms, the area is rich in biological resources and is home to wonderful and exotic creatures. Spot sea gulls, eagles, migratory birds, shellfish, Crustaceans, corals, dolphins, whales and even more creatures than you can imagine.
Tourists and locals will also not run out of things to do with the many recreational opportunities the vast land has to offer. Visitors can choose to go camping, rock climbing, swimming, surfing, jet skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving. One of the more popular activities is undoubtedly hiking along the 200-year old footpath built during the Qing Dynasty, the Coaling Historical Trail.
The Caoling Ancient trail is a restored section of an ancient pathway that provided the only land connection between the northern and eastern part of the island over two centuries ago. This is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting and popular hiking trails in Taiwan today as the trail is blessed with historical and scenic spots that make the hike all the more interesting. Other scenic spots in the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area include Honeymoon Bay, Gueishan Island, Beiguan Park, Fulong Beach and the Lalilao Rock Fishing Area.
Today, the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area is a versatile tourist destination that serves both as a captivating natural classroom as well as an enthralling coastal playground. The best part about taking a stroll along the scenic area is seeing gorgeous ocean scenery on your right and equally majestic rolling green hills to your left. There is really no other place that offers the best of both the land and sea.