Chishingtan Beach when translated literally means “Seven Stars Lake” and is one of the few places in the East coast region of Taiwan where the scenery is almost magical. Contrary to its name, Chishingtan is actually a beach and not a lake, right on the north eastern side of Hualien City. The reason for the name is that it was taken from a nearby lake. During the Japanese occupation, troops filled the original lake up to make space for more land. Today, the former location of the lake is where the Hualien airport stands. To remember the lake, Chishingtan was named after it instead.
The Beach of Chishingtan is also known as the Crescent Moon Bay mostly because of the shape the beach possesses. Like many bay areas along Hualien, Chishingtan has spectacular view of the deep blue Pacific Ocean with an equally astonishing blue shade of the sky. Chishingtan is especially known for being the subject of many spectacular photos, which is why any tourist photographer will have a blast just shooting around the beach shore.
Several signs can be found along the beach saying that swimming is prohibited in Chishingtan. Although the water produces a beautiful aqua blue color, the sea bottom is full of rocks with very little sand to accompany it. In addition, the water goes from shallow to deep within five feet of the shore. The beach is then infamous for producing many accidents and drowning incidents so the government decided to close the entire beach altogether to avoid further unfortunate occurrences from happening. Similar to most beaches around Taiwan, no one attempts to swim here but visitors are still free to roam around the shore and feel the nice and warm ocean breeze.
Despite being prohibited from swimming, people still come to the beach. The beach of Chishingtan still gets pretty crowded during the weekends. Towards the end of the day, crowds of locals gather together along the shore with their dune buggies to ride along the rocky shore of Chishingtan. Its shore full of rocks and pebbles makes it the perfect place to enjoy adventure sports such as dune buggy racing.
Visitors who prefer the solemn sound of the waves can still enjoy Chishingtan Beach, only on a different and secluded side of it. Take your ride a few kilometers to the north from the actual Chishingtan Park along Route 193. You will be able to pass by a Chinese cemetery and a number of small villages along the way. Notice on the east side of the road several short paths and openings. Take your pick as most of these paths will lead you to the same beach front. The only difference is these paths will bring you to a more secluded part of the beach that you can definitely have all to yourself.
Chishingtan beach is found just outside Hualien City and continues to be a very popular destination for both tourists and locals. A seemingly endless road will actually be the road to take you to one of the most scenic areas in the East Region. Enjoy Chishingtan Beach as it should be with its warm ocean breeze and a camera in your own hand.