Directly connected to Taitung County’s Changbin Township, Hualien County’s Fengbin Township is a quiet rural township with plenty of scenic attractions to marvel at. Traditionally, Fengbin’s economic structure is based mainly on agriculture & fishery, just like Changbin. However, in recent years, the township is placing more emphasis on tourism given its strategic location facing Pacific Ocean in the east, where many magnificent wonders such as Shimen, Shitiping & Jiqi can be found.
As of July 2017, the 162 sq km elongated township only has a population of around 4,500, declining year on year, making it the least populated township in Hualien County. Indeed, we hardly saw anyone else on the road throughout the short time we were in the township, especially because it was raining quite heavily.
Our first stop in Fengbin was the Tropic of Cancer Landmarker, just 5 min drive from the iconic Jhangyuan Presbyterian Church in Changbin.
The Tropic of Cancer, which is a circle marking latitude 23.5 degrees north, is the Northern Hemisphere’s furthest location from the Equator where you can experience the sun being directly overhead in summer. The circle passes through Taiwan & hence there are 3 such markers in the country, with 2 in Hualien County. It is a well-known tourist attraction in Fengbin where visitors would drop by the marker to witness the unique shadowless phenomenon at noon through a slit in the tower. Although we didn’t make it to Fengbin around noon, plus it was a day of hide-and-seek with the sun, I still requested to pop by because I was born to the Cancer horoscope. Lol… lame reason I know, but it doesn’t hurt to make a brief stop when it’s along the way right? 😉
Thereafter, before getting to a hidden scenic spot by the coast, we were brought to an indigenous tribal restaurant – Ina Fly Fish, highly recommended by A-Wei. He didn’t tell us what good food here to try, but only its home-brewed sweet rice wine (200 TWD, ~S$9.35 per bottle) to take out since we couldn’t afford the time to sit down to enjoy its food. Although I had mentioned earlier that Fengbin is sparsely populated, at 4+ pm on a rainy afternoon, there were quite a number of occupied tables in the restaurant. I didn’t notice what the customers were eating but later read online that Ina was known for its grilled fly fish. We drank the rice wine in our minsu room the following night with our supper & it was very nice! If I visit Fengbin again to check out the fascinating Shitiping (which is relatively near the restaurant) next time, I wanna taste the unique local fly fish specialty together with the rice wine again. 🙂
Of course, a trip to Fengbin won’t be complete without visiting the awe-inspiring coastline scenery at Shimen. We made a stop in front of the entrance at Shimen Ban Shao Jiao & walked down the steps to get up close to the breathtaking coast. Pictures speak a thousand words, so I shan’t bore you with more words that would never be able to describe the splendid scenery before us. 😛
Although Shimen is a popular tourist attraction in Fengbin, A-Wei mentioned not many would go all the way down to the site where the love (double heart) sign is found as it isn’t visible from the entrance. Thus, this is a wonderful place to relax & enjoy the picturesque scenery, or simply quieten down to listen to the rhythmic sound of waves. A romantic spot for couples too I guess. 🙂
The entire coastline is quite a long stretch, & we made another brief stop at the 32km marker along Provincial Highway 11, at Baqi Gazebo to marvel at the fascinating scenery around Jiqi area. There is a long flight of staircase from where we stood to take pictures, possibly to get down to the beach. We didn’t go down this time, & the view atop is already so surreal.
Our physical bodies might have left Fengbin for Hualien City where we would be staying for 2 nights, but our minds remained along the picturesque east coast. It also marked the end of our 3-day fun-filled private tour in Taitung County all the way to Hualien. Hope you had enjoyed the “journey” through reading my posts up to now & feel inspired to visit the alluring county. Stay tuned for the next leg of my Taiwan trip in Hualien soon! 😉
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