Taitung Private Tour Day 3: Visiting Hualien’s Southernmost Fengbin Township 台东包车游第三天:探访花莲县最南端的丰滨乡

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.

豐濱鄉就在台东县的长滨乡的北部,是花莲县东部海岸最南端的一个宁静的乡,坐拥许多风景秀丽的景色。本乡与长滨乡相似,传统上以农业及渔业为主要经济活动。近年来,因为丰滨乡的优越地理位置,东临太平洋,是许多自然景观如石门、石梯坪和磯崎的聚集点,因而开始大力推广观光业。

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.

本乡总面积约162平方公里,但总人口只有不到4,500人(2017年7月),是花莲县人口最少的乡。的确,一路上我们真的没看到太多人或车辆,特别是当时的雨势还蛮大的。

Our first stop in Fengbin was the Tropic of Cancer Landmarker, just 5 min drive from the iconic Jhangyuan Presbyterian Church in Changbin.

抵达丰滨乡的第一站是著名的北回归线游憩区,仅离长滨乡的樟原教会地标5分钟车程。

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? 😉

北回归线是太阳在北半球能够垂直射到的离赤道最远的位置点,位置约在北纬23.5度。夏天时,你能够在北回归线感觉到太阳直接在你的头顶上照射。台湾有三处北回归线地标,两个在花莲县。丰滨乡的北回归线是个著名的旅游景点,访客多数会在中午12点时到来,通过坐标塔上的一条细缝,体验太阳下无影子的自然奇观。虽然我们赶不及在中午时分抵达,况且当天太阳公公多半时间在和我们玩捉迷藏,我还是想到此一游。部分原因是因为我属巨蟹座,星座的英文名称以及北回归线的英文名称是相同的,哈哈。很无聊的原因,但反正会路过,下车一下下也碍不了多少时间吧?😅

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. 🙂

之后,在前往私房景点前,阿伟带我们去一间他强力推荐的部落餐厅——升火伊娜现烤飞鱼。不知道这里有什么好吃的,因为我们没时间坐下来慢慢品尝美食,只能买瓶特酿的米酒(台币200元)带去民宿喝。刚才有提到丰滨乡人烟稀少,但在升火伊娜现烤飞鱼,却有好几桌的客人,而且只是下午4点多。我没去留意客人在吃什么,不过之后有上网搜寻了一下,这里的现烤飞鱼好像很受顾客喜爱哦!隔天晚上,在花莲民宿吃夜宵时,共享了这瓶米酒,很甜很香醇!下次有机会到访丰滨有名的石梯坪景区(靠近餐馆)的话,我想去升火伊娜现烤飞鱼吃烤飞鱼配米酒。:)

Too bad we forgot to take picture of the bottle of sweet rice wine before drinking. 可惜忘了拍米酒 😛

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. 😛

当然,来到丰滨不去欣赏风景秀丽的石门太说不过去了。车子在石门班哨角休憩区入口处停下,我们就下车缓缓走下梯级朝风景撩人的海岸去。说再多也敌不过直接欣赏漂亮的照片,所以话不多说了,看照片吧。😎

美丽的石门双心

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. 🙂

纵使石门是许多游客必访的景区之一,但阿伟说不是很多人会像我们一样,走到石门双心这一块,因为从入口处无法看到这可爱的造型。因此,石门双心是个让人可以放松心情享受大自然的怀抱的好地方,静静地听着海浪声,或许也能舒缓一下紧绷的情绪。应该也是个适合情侣拍拖的浪漫景点吧?😄

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.

整个风景区好长,我们也驱车北上到台11線32公里處的芭崎瞭望台,欣赏壮丽的磯崎景区。拍照的地方有一道长长的楼梯,应该是朝向海滩去。虽然没下去,但从高处欣赏的风景已经是超美及梦幻的。

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! 😉

离开了丰滨乡前往花莲住宿两晚,人是已经到了另一个地方,但脑子里却还是对秀丽的东海岸线念念不忘。到了花莲市,也表示我们三天精彩的台东包车游真的结束了。希望你喜欢所有关于我们包车游的文章,也希望能让你对台东更了解并挑起你前去台东的动力。敬请期待接下来关于花莲旅行的文章!😁

Sidenote: The 2 driver cum guides throughout our 3-day private tour in Taitung were wonderful, & I personally recommend booking with them if you plan to visit Taitung. Drop me a message if you are interested in engaging their service. 🙂

注:台东包车3天游的两名司机导游都很棒,如果你想去台东包车旅行,我极力推荐请他们当你的司机兼导游。如果你想请他们为你提供包车游服务,可以给我留言。☺

Company Name: Bylli Tour 

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